Like many people, Julie Lenzer Kirk believed that one could succeed by finding the right company, climbing the corporate ladder and sticking it out until retirement. But everything changed for Julie after she had her first child.
Facing the obligation to travel for her job, Julie decided that she was unwilling to raise her children on the road. She tried to find a job with more flexibility, but discovered that such a position did not exist. So, she took it upon herself to make her own flexibility by starting her own company.
Combining her education with skills learned on the job, Julie opened an IT solutions firm that focused on manufacturing operations and inventory control. Gaining 500 companies as her clients, she ran the company for ten years before selling it for millions.
While taking time off from work to enjoy more time with her children, Julie wrote a book entitled, The ParentPreneur Edge: What Parenting Teaches About Building a Successful Business. The book draws links between starting, operating and running a successful business and raising a healthy family. Julie also writes a column for Enterprising Women magazine.
After completing her book, Julie began to itch for something new. She co-founded The Path Forward Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a non-profit that develops and delivers innovative programs to expand economic opportunity for women through entrepreneurship.