Why this mission?
I spent nearly 17 years as CEO of Constant Contact, the trusted provider of online marketing tools for small businesses and nonprofits. At Constant Contact our passion was making small businesses more successful. During my tenure, I had the privilege of working with thousands of small and mid-sized businesses across the US and around the world. These businesses are run by the most dedicated, determined and resilient entrepreneurs I have ever met. What our country needs right now is more of these women and men. I would like to help make that happen.
More about my background
I took leadership of Constant Contact in 1999 and led the company from pre-revenue to a successful IPO (NASDAQ: CTCT) in 2007 and through its acquisition by Endurance in 2016 for $1.1b. At the time of the acquisition, more than 650,000 small businesses and nonprofits used Constant Contact’s online marketing tools to engage their customers and grow their businesses and company revenues topped $370 million.
I believe that small businesses succeed when they delight and engage customers, driving repeat sales and word of mouth referrals. In the world of social media, customer engagement can be amplified. In 2012, I published Engagement Marketing: How Small Business Succeeds in a Socially Connected World.
My 2013 TEDx talk, “Founders Can’t Scale,” offers a glimpse into my management philosophy and personal development, especially as it relates to scaling a startup into a large, public company.
Fostering entrepreneurship is my passion and mission and I am dedicating the next chapter of my professional career to scaling organizations and programs focused on small business success. Gail serves on the Boards of Shopify (NYSE: SHOP), MINDBODY (NASDAQ: MB), Entrepreneurship for All, Mass Challenge and Lola Travel. Gail holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.
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