Janet has spent her career (and her weekends) starting, leading, and advising high-growth start-ups creating both financial and social value for employees, customers, investors, and communities.
She started and sold three companies – Circles, Spire and Peach – and she spent six years on the entrepreneurial management faculty at the Harvard Business School where she taught and/or mentored over 1000 students, many of whom have gone on to start and grow amazing companies. There is nothing she enjoys more than entrepreneurial journey (well, except her family, family, nature, music, dancing, and meditation).
As an entrepreneur and CEO, Janet has been involved in every stage of the
entrepreneurial process including idea generation, product development, assessing product/marketing fit, building teams, fund raising, identification of key strategic partners, business development and direct sales, operational scaling, crisis management and recovery, buying and exiting companies.
As a CEO, one of the best decisions she ever made was to join the High-Growth CEO Forum™. In her HGCF she discovered the “board” that she really needed - a dedicated, unbiased, and equally passionate group of entrepreneurs going through the same predictable stages of growth and facing the same types of challenges.
It was her CEO Forum members - who led some of the best start-ups in the country at the time – HubSpot, EInk, IRobot, OneSource, ZipCar, and others – who helped her wrestle with and successfully tackle some her hardest issues.
Janet is excited to be a part of the organization that grew her, and to help advise and mentor others on their journey. As a member of the team, she leads CEO Forums, provides strategic planning, CEO coaching, and ad hoc advisory services.
Janet received her BA in political science from Yale University and her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She and the companies she has led or advised have been profiled in the Wall Street. Journal, Fortune, Fortune Small Business, the New York Times. She spoken at conferences and educational institutions about entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, building teams, vision, values leadership, happiness, and life planning.
A seeker, a hiker, a beach lover, and music & musical theater enthusiast, Janet values people and the planet we live on over everything else. And most of all, she is deeply lucky to be happily married to Jim and “mama” to 16-year-old twin girls, Ally and Ceci.