What We Learned from the Women of the Inc. 5000

Posted by Jamie Pritscher on October 17, 2014

During our time at the Inc. 5000 Conference, we were fortunate enough to have uncovered a wealth of unique strategies, tactics and ideas for keeping companies growing sustainably.

The common thread?

They all come from the 14% of the Inc. 5000 Companies that are women owned.

We asked the discussion leaders for the Inc. 5000 Women’s Networking With Purpose to share the highlights from each of their topics. Here are seven of our favorites….

  • When it comes to delivering creative compensation, millenials don’t understand the value of unlimited PTO. They haven’t learned the importance of time yet.
  • The greatest challenge of finding the right people is culture fit. Using a combination of team interviews and behavioral assessments can build enough insight and experience to make the best decision possible.
  • Their top 5 creative interview questions: Describe your favorite boss and why? Least favorite? Tell me your 5 top values that you live by. How do you measure success? How will you know you had a successful day.
  • When it comes to making the most of the Inc. 5000, communicate that you’re part of an exclusive group inside the list. You’re in the 14% of the list that is a woman-owned company.
  • You can’t scale your culture locally, nationally or globally if every single new hire isn’t versed in the same process of acclimation to how you work.
  • Create pockets of employees that champion defined elements of your culture. Culture is championed from the top, but truly driven from the front line. You don’t own your culture, your employees do. Commit to that.
  • If an employee makes an exit, commit to doing it gracefully. They’ll talk about who you are even if you’re not signing their paychecks.

Want more tips, strategies and experiences from the Women of the Inc. 5000? Check out more exclusive insights via Twitter on @SmallGiantsBuzz and follow our discussion leaders: @SueFrech, @VioletStephens, @projeinc, @I_find_techies, @Meetings360 and @palmspringsjet

And a huge thank you to Ink from Chase for making it possible to bring more than 100 leaders of women-owned businesses together for real, challenging and empowering relationship building and sharing. Follow them for more small business insights via @ChaseSmallBiz

Topics: Business, Branding, General, Values, Employee Engagement

About Jamie Pritscher

Jamie Pritscher is an award-winning entrepreneur committed to excellence, professionalism, positive workplace culture and exceptional client experiences. In addition to positions as Director of Communications at full-service caterer Tasty Catering, Co-founder and Chief Communications Officer of creative marketing agency nuphoriq and Co-founder and CEO of socially-responsible high-end gift company That’s Caring, Jamie is also an active speaker and volunteer in the community. She obtained her undergraduate degree in communications with psychology and visual communications minors from Illinois State University and her Master’s in integrated marketing communications from Roosevelt University. Jamie has been presented with national awards for her leadership and business efforts, including Harper College’s Distinguished Alumni 2013, Diversity’s Magazine 2011 Top 100 Under 50 Emerging Leader and Ecovers’ 2011 30 Under 30 for Sustainability.

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