In this episode, the guest is Nell Merlino, an influential leader primarily focused on empowering women and girls. Nell is recognized for her significant efforts in making women and girls more visible, valued, and heard.
Nell's Story: Nell couldn't find a suitable job for herself in 1988, leading to the creation of her own consulting firm. As a CEO, she realized she could make a difference not only in her life but also in the lives of others. This realization led her to help thousands of women become CEOs in their own right.
Empowering Women: As the founder of “Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence,” Nell has been able to rally global companies such as American Express, Walmart, and Cartier, along with experts like Hillary Clinton, Corey Booker, and Suze Orman to help women business owners across the country gain access to billion-dollar financing, grants, contracts, and customers.
Business Service: Nell offers coaching services to empower women globally, offering guidance on how women can present themselves visually.
Secret Sauce: Her approach to successful leadership involves collaboration with other CEOs in both small and large groups.
CEO Hack: Nell advocates for physical exercise and setting priorities to maintain energy and focus.
CEO Nugget: Nell emphasizes the importance of trusting our gut instincts and seeking advice from other CEOs when in doubt.
CEO Defined: For Nell, the “E” in CEO stands for “Excitement.” Being a CEO brings liberation, the pleasure, and excitement to do more of what you aspire to.
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Nell Merlino Teaser 00:00
For women, what it looks like is still it's like some fashion models shoot and, some of us will do well in that. Some of us, that's not where that's not where we shine. And so how do we show up visually, particularly given the medium that you and I are talking through now? We need ways to show up visually that are not just all based on youth and beauty, but are based on beauty and power and accomplishment.
And how do you show that in a picture?
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Gresham Harkless 00:52
Hello. Hello. Hello. This is Gresh from the I Am CEO podcast, and I appreciate you listening to this episode. If you've been listening this year, you know that we hit 1600 different where we're repurposing our favorite episodes around certain categories, topics, or as I like to call them, business pillars that we think are going to be extremely impactful for CEOs, entrepreneurs, and business owners, or what I like to call CB nation architects who are looking to level up their organizations.
This month, we are focused on innovation, disruption, women entrepreneurship, DEI, gig economy, remote economy, even the cannabis industry. Think about these industries and these disruptive technologies that really sometimes aren't as disruptive, but this people that are just paying attention to what the market needs and they're providing that.
So really think about the things that are quote-unquote outside of the norm, but really Help entrepreneurship to grow and fully develop. I think it's an extremely exciting time when you're talking about any type of innovation or disruption, because I think that there's so many opportunities and needs that aren't felt that are starting to be filled by different groups, different organizations, or even different industries.
So what I want you to do is sit back and enjoy this special episode of the I Am CEO podcast.
Hello. Hello. Hello. This is Gresh from the I Am CEO podcast. I have a very special guest on our show today. I have Nell Merlino of nellmerlino.com. Nell, super excited to have you on the show.
Nell Merlino 02:17
I'm so happy to be here.
Gresham Harkless 02:19
Yes. I'm excited about all the awesome things that you're doing and excited to unpack some of those words of wisdom and knowledge that you have. And of course, before we jumped into the interview, I want to read a little bit more about Nell so you can hear about some of those awesome things.
And Nell is an iconic leader whose life work is making women's and girls more visible, valued and heard. Nell mobilized more than 25 million people in support of girl's ambition in support of Take Our Daughters To Work Day.
And as the founder of Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence, Nell, help galvanize global companies, including American Express, Walmart and Cartier, along with leases, including Hillary Clinton, Cory Booker and Susie Orman to help women business owners across the country gain access to $billions and financing grants, contracts and customers.
A constant presence with the press for a decade now has generated millions of media mentions about women's and girls. And in her new business as an artist now is capturing every evolving female power and beauty and dynamic collage portraits of women who are running businesses and changing our world.
Nell, love everything that you're doing. Super excited to have you here today. Are you ready to speak to the I Am CEO community?
Nell Merlino 03:27
I am so ready because being a CEO has been the most extraordinary thing in my life.