#36: Allison Robinson, CEO of The Mom Project

The Mom Project is a digital talent marketplace and community that connects professionally accomplished women with world-class companies.

What do you consider your top 3 core values and how do they affect how you lead your business?

Be respectful. That’s a pretty obvious one, but incredibly important.

Be curious. I’ve tried to build a culture of curiosity and risk-taking so we don’t hold ourselves back.

Know your strengths. It’s impossible for any one person to do everything well. I hire people smarter than me and I then try to get out of their way.

Can you share a time you either thought you failed, or actually did fail? How did you react and move past it, and what impact did it have on business decisions?

Early on, we had a major company pull out of a deal at the 11th hour. It would have been very significant for us at the time and we made the mistake of committed resources to the account before the paperwork was signed. That was a good reminder for me to put the champagne on ice.

What types of projects do you have coming up that we can look forward to seeing in the future?

We are working on the Women’s Work Initiative this year, which is an opportunity for companies to join the movement and take action to bringing more diversity into their ranks. With this initiative, we're especially focused on connecting companies with highly experienced women who may have been out of the paid workforce for a time in order to raise children or care for an elderly parent. We're here for all women (and men, too), but we know this group is dealing with a unique set of challenges. A career gap for caregiving on an otherwise impressive resume hasn't historically helped an application rise to the top of the pile—but we're doing everything we can to disrupt those attitudes and hiring practices. Our goal is to bring at least 1,000 women back into the paid workforce in 2019. We’ve already got some amazing companies on board (Etsy, Nike, Facebook, etc.) and we’re just getting started!