Lead Like a Girl – Shelley Prevost
Always intrigued by human behavior, Shelley’s toy of choice as a child was a Barbie doll. Fascinated by Barbie’s relational malleability, she would play out endless scenarios with Ken and Skipper. Three psychology degrees later, it seems Shelley never stopped wondering what makes relationships tick and how to make good ones even better. After several years as a psychotherapist, in 2010 she did a career about-face leaving her private counseling practice for the world of startups at venture capital firm, Lamp Post Group. As she would later learn from one of her heroes, Joseph Campbell, she had heard the clarion call to leave the ordinary world to go on a hero’s journey. And she’s hedging her bets that other women feel the same way. In 2012 Shelley saw an opportunity for capitalizing on an untapped market in the U.S.—female entrepreneurs. Along with a group of six other women, she co-founded the JumpFund— an angel investment fund focused female-led startups with high growth potential. Shelley and 50+ strong female limited partners are seeding the C-suite with more and more women.
Shelley writes about her work on purpose, relationships, and leadership in columns for Inc. and The Huffington Post. Her work has also appeared in Time, Yahoo Business, Fast Company, LifeHacker, and Business Insider. The hero’s journey never ends. We finish one journey only to start a new one. Shelley is now on a new adventure of starting her own company. She is a co-founder and CEO of Torch a company that’s making the internet a safe and wonderful place for kids to grow up.