This Weeks Women in Tech Wednesday features Task Rabbit CEO, Stacy Brown Philpot. Brown-Philpot is a successful woman from Detroit that has worked her way from Wall Street to Silicon Valley and is just beginning her success in the tech world.
Brown-Philpot holds a BS in Economics from Wharton School of Business and also holds an MBA from Stanford University. Before landing her first job at Google in Silicon Valley, she worked on Wall Street for Goldman Sachs. At Goldman Sachs, she worked as an M & A analyst. While working as an Analyst, she was able to see the growth happening in Silicon Valley.
Brown-Philpot transitioned to Google and worked alongside Sheryl Sanders. While at Google, she was offered an opportunity of a lifetime. She was given an opportunity to lead the team of Online Sales and Operations in India. At the time, Brown-Philpot’s husband was not ready to relocate to another country and Brown-Philpot was worried about how this would strain their marriage.
This is a common dilemma. Both men and women have faced this problem when they are offered opportunities to lead teams in other countries. Many sacrifice an opportunity for professional growth and experience because of the strain it will put on their relationship with their loved ones. Brown-Philpot weighed out the pros and cons and decided to take on the challenge. Her time abroad proved extremely successful and an experience she has never forgotten. Brown-Philpot and her husband worked through it and are still together to this day. She learned to “Never be afraid to ask for what you need to make your whole life — not just your work life — work for you.”
After working for Google, Brown-Philpot worked as COO for Task Rabbit for three years before becoming the current CEO. Not only is she CEO of TaskRabbit, but she is also on the Board of Directors for HP.
Stacy Brown-Philpot is a great example of how hard work indeed pays off and sometimes the ultimate sacrifices reap the greatest rewards.