Genevieve Thiers is a disruptor, entrepreneur, speaker and investor that lives in the Chicago area. Her first company, Sittercity.com, is the first U.S. company to take caregiving services online. Sittercity.com now has millions of users and locations in the UK and Canada.
Thiers 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 more than 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.
She has been featured 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's lectured or spoken at TEDGlobal, Cusp, Amex, Groupon, Enova, Inland, the CEO Conference, the Heartland Conference, Microsoft, Harvard Business School, University of Chicago and for hundreds of other entrepreneurial groups around the country. She is the author of the book "Love at First Sit," and frequently writes for various tech publications in the Chicago area.
Theirs has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs throughout her career. She serves on the advisory board of the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center. Theirs also teaches classes at 1871 and is a frequent mentor and teacher within the space. She is also an investor in TechStars and the Firestarter fund, and in several female-run new tech startups that target women and lesser-known industries.