Why I built the CEO Confidence Course
In my life, I’ve been an investment banker, financial advisor, technology start-up COO. I have an MBA in strategy and entrepreneurship from Chicago Booth, one of the world’s top programs. I’ve had a lot of exciting jobs, but they required total dedication. And that wasn’t working for me.
When I started Sif Industries, I brought all the habits I learned about how to be a good employee. Work a lot. Fill and justify your time. Keep 80% of your time billable. I was acting like an employee of my company.
I saw the same patterns when I started working with self-funded women founders: each had a vision, but was reluctant to call herself CEO. They were more like Head Employee. They didn’t feel confident that they could be out front and run a financially sustainable business, and felt some imposter syndrome over missing experience with accounting, finance, or operations.
There was something else I heard: “I’d feel a lot more confident if I had a class for this. Some formal training.”
But that course does not exist. School is set up to train us to be employees. MBA programs teach us to run big companies or raise venture capital and get big fast. Most business programs are designed with shareholders in mind, not business owners. And as valuable as sales, marketing, and leadership programs are to your growth, they leave you without a real plan for running and growing your company to deliver on your vision. There’s no start-up school or bootcamp for self-funded founders.
For all those reasons, I built the CEO Confidence Course, my 6-week start-up school for self-funded founders. Click to learn more about how it works and when our next cohort starts.