PresentingHear from Kindred Bravely co-founders Deeanne & Garret Akerson on how they are revolutionizing online marketing, hiring practices, company culture, and remote teams. Winner of the “Shoppify’s Pick” award from Shopify’s Build a BIGGER Business With Tony Robbins Competition, they’ve created multiple maternity line categories in just two short years with a culture based on generosity, gratitude, bravery, and encouragement. They will share how they screen for cultural fit, as well as independent self-managing employees that are highly driven. Come learn how they built culture in a remote team and how they keep everyone accountable and focused on their ONE thing.
Deeanne Akerson–CEO, Co-founder:
As a mathematician and former teacher, Deeanne has always loved numbers and problem solving, but she didn’t begin her journey as business owner and entrepreneur until after she became a mother. A year after the birth of her second son, when she became frustrated with the lack of options in nursing wear, Deeanne started designing her own clothing. Soon after, Deeanne and her husband launched Kindred Bravely, which they lovingly refer to as their third child. Creating stylish, comfortable, and functional clothing is only one part of Deeanne’s vision though; she also wants to inspire a community of moms who support and empower each other, helping them to recognize their inherent value and beauty. When she isn’t busy with her boys or business, Deeanne loves running, hiking, backpacking, and traveling. She and her family are often found spending time at one of their favorite beaches in San Diego County.
Garret Akerson–President, Co-founder:
Garret began his professional career as an English teacher. After several years of teaching he recognized a desire to pursue business and entrepreneurship, and returned to school to obtain his MBA at San Diego State University. While in school, he founded several startups with other classmates, and ultimately joined a classmate in eBoost Consulting, a digital marketing firm based in San Diego. Four years later, Garret built his own consulting business, which merged with Motionstrand, a San Diego web development shop. When his family grew to include two boys in 2011 and 2013, Garret began to look for a way to spend more time with his family while also using his skills in eCommerce. When his wife began designing her own breastfeeding clothes, they recognized an incredible opportunity and launched Kindred Bravely. When not building Legos or the business, Garret loves to run and go to the beach. Grateful for his amazing wife and their incredible team, Garret mission is to build a team that changes mom’s lives.
We are happy to accommodate our vegetarian guests with registration no later than Sunday, June 3rd at Midnight. Please indicate your preference when you register by placing a checkmark in the indicated box.
Doors open at 5:15 PM for Registration and Networking
6:00 PM – Dinner & Program
8:00 PM – Adjourn
Dinner proceeds support the BEC Management Apprentice Program (MAP), which brings together university undergraduates and BEC members over a lunch meeting. BEC members provide advice and counsel to help students prepare for the marketplace.