Disruptor. Entrepreneur. Mom.
Genevieve Thiers is an disruptor, entrepreneur, speaker and investor that lives in the Chicago area. Her first company, Sittercity.com, is America’s first company to take caregiving services online. Sittercity.com now has millions of users and worldwide, and Thiers has spread her self-made fortune around into 15 more investments in women tech CEO’s and over 50 donations to female political candidates in the last three years.
She is a Co Executive Producer and the political tech trainer on RUN, and founded this Chicago-based NewFounders conference, a political TED that brought in over 2000 major political leaders to Chicago between 2016 and 2020. Genevieve is the author of #TechYourself, the first-ever political tech playbook for candidates running for office. She has trained over 1000 women on how to use tech in their campaigns since March 2019, and is one of the foremost thinkers when it comes to tech and politics in the nation. See more at www.techyourself.org.
Genevieve was recognized by President Bush at the White House as the Small Business Administration Young Entrepreneur Champion of the Year for 2006, and her companies have won over 18 major awards, including the CEC Momentum Award, the WBDC Rising Start Award, a CNN Young Heroes feature, the UPS Out of the Box Award, the INC 500 list, and more.
Genevieve has been featured thousands of times in the press for her work, by the TODAY show, Ellen, the View, MSNBC, the CBS Early Show, CNN, Live & Style, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Redbook, Parents, Parenting, Marie Clare, TIME, Better Homes and Gardens, Working Mother and more. She has lectured or spoken at the TED Global, Cusp, Amex, Groupon, Enova, Inland, the CEO Conference, the Heartland Conference, Microsoft, Harvard business school, Kellogg, Columbia, Babson, Boston College, U Chicago and for hundreds of other entrepreneurial groups around the country.
Genevieve has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs throughout her career. She is on the board of the CEC, which has created 1871, a co-working space in Chicago. Genevieve teaches classes at 1871 and is a frequent mentor and teacher within the space. She is a mother of twins, and cannot stand flip phones.