Wednesday afternoon Amy Errett spoke with students in Grade 7 about her life in business, and about the importance of giving back to others.
Amy’s multifaceted career has ranged from founding and operating companies, to investing in startups, to volunteer nonprofit leadership. Currently, Amy is founder and CEO of Madison Reed, an omnichannel beauty brand that is challenging industry titans in the hair color space. She is also a Venture Partner at True Ventures, focusing on investments in consumer and e-commerce startups.
In 2015 and 2018, Amy was named one of the “Bay Area’s Most Influential Women in Business” by the San Francisco Business Times. She was also a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 Award in the Northern California region, which she won in 2006 for the consumer category.
Amy believes in the power of giving back and dedicates herself to supporting humanitarian organizations. Amy is a member of San Francisco’s Barbary Coast chapter of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization), and serves on the boards of the University of Connecticut Foundation, Common Sense Media, Glide, and Madison Reed.
Ms. Errett shared the following (among other points):
-That it is important to do things that are going to help the world
-That people with privilege have a responsibility to give back
-That she wanted to create a company that didn’t use harsh chemicals, used eco-friendly packaging, and didn’t retouch images of women
-That hair coloring is a $20 billion market
-That her company is named after her daughter who currently attends The Bay School
-The mantra of her company, “Confident is the new beautiful.”
-That her company provides 4 days a year for employees to volunteer in the community
-That her company (in the Mission District of San Francisco) allows people without homes to use their showers in the early morning pre-work hours
-That she has learned more about herself by giving than by anything else she has done
To learn more about her company please visit: https://www.madison-reed.com/