How to Scale Successfully as a Multi-Passionate Entrepreneur


I'm thrilled to share with you my interview on the CEO School Podcast. First and foremost, I have SO much respect for Suneera Madhani. She's not only built Stax (formerly Fattmerchant) into a billion-dollar company, she's also created CEO School to help women achieve their next level business goals. Her podcast is AMAZING, so the fact that I had the opportunity to be a guest was a huge honor.


During our conversation, I discuss what it takes to run a business, lessons learned while scaling hundred million dollar companies, why success can sometimes be a lonely ride and why the state of “analysis paralysis” and perfectionism can get in the way of getting amazing projects off of the shelf and into the world. I also share the story of how we created a best-in-class app during the pandemic and our plans to scale in 2022.


Tune in and let me know your favorite takeaways!







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Love the episode? Check out the transcript below:


Allison Walsh:

I had to learn quickly that I could not be everything to this business if we wanted to fulfill the mission and the vision of what we want this to grow into eventually. And so, in the very beginning, I wore again, a ton of hats, a ton of crowns at this one too. And it was hard for me to relinquish. There were so many things that I loved doing. And yes, I can be good at something, but it doesn't mean I need to be the one doing it.


Suneera Madhani:

Welcome to CEO School. I'm your host, Suneera Madhani. And I believe that you deserve to have it all. Less than 2% of female founders ever break 1 million in revenue and less than 25% of women are breaking the C-suite glass ceiling.


Suneera Madhani:

And our team at CEO School is on a mission to change that. Each week you'll learn from incredible mentors who are breaking the statistics as well as women well on their way, sharing how they defied the odds so that you can do it too. If you are an ambitious woman who wants to create a life of hack through financial freedom, self-growth, and find confidence in your voice, grab a seat because class is officially in session.


Suneera Madhani:

Hey, everyone. It's Suneera here. And I am so excited to announce a new giveaway and contest for all of our incredible listeners. All you have to do is leave us a review you on why you love this show, and you will randomly be selected to participate in a one-on-one coaching session with yours truly. One-on-one, just me and you. And we're going to deep dive into whatever topic you want to deep dive into. We're going to catapult your business to the next level. We're going to start that next idea of yours. We're going to break everything down into a private one-on-one session, me and you.


Suneera Madhani:

And all you have to do is leave a review down below. That's it. Leave us a review. Tell us why you love the show. And every four weeks we are selecting a brand new participant for this giveaway. And so do not miss your chance. It's literally the odds are 100% and your favor. Leave a review down below. I cannot wait to select you for a private one-on-one coaching session. Let's do this.


Suneera Madhani:

Hello, everyone. Welcome to CEO School. I'm your host, Suneera Madhani. And today's guest is a two-time CEO with over 15 years of organizational leadership, mentorship and coaching experience. Allison Walsh has an unshakable passion for helping people, and mostly women, achieve their dreams and she uses her experience to help women, the go-getters and movers and shakers of tomorrow is what she likes to call it.


Suneera Madhani:

Allison is a host of two podcasts and has been named Orlando Business Journal's 40 under 40. And she's also former Miss Florida. We are so thrilled to have you on the show today. And I was so thrilled to actually be on Allison's podcast, that's how we met. Although she isn't local Orlando native.


Suneera Madhani:

And once we connected on the podcast, I knew I had to have her on the show so that you guys can just experience this woman's power, her energy. You're going to leave this Monday morning feeling so energized and ready for your week and confident in anything that you want to do. I'm so excited to welcome Allison to the show. Welcome, Allison.


Allison Walsh:

Thank you so much for having me. I'm thrilled to be here.


Suneera Madhani:

Oh, I'm so, so excited to have you. I would love for the audience to just hear your story firsthand a little bit about how you got started, your business background, what's led you to what you are doing


Allison Walsh:

Today. I've got quite the interesting story. And I think as I was going through it over the last 18 years, I didn't really see how it was all going to come together, but I'm really grateful that it's led me down the path that it has.


Allison Walsh:

Really, my entry into leadership was when I was 18 years old. I started a nonprofit after I went through a pretty significant struggle with an eating disorder in high school, and I wanted to do something about it. And that really led me into behavioral health care and really, the mental health industry. And then, throughout the course of that experience, doors opened for me to step into other leadership positions.


Allison Walsh:

And I was tasked with the opportunity and privilege of being a part of a healthcare startup. And so, I came in with virtually no experience at that point. And was given just the most incredible opportunity to learn and grow and develop. And I think what I realized is that your education doesn't really stop when you finish college or a master's program. Or in my case, I went to law school too.


Allison Walsh:

I needed to keep learning and I needed to keep growing. And I just became fascinated and almost obsessed with personal and professional development. And so, I kept stretching and thankfully, I kept having more opportunities in that industry to continue to grow. Eight years later, we are 1,000 team members strong in six states with nine locations.


Allison Walsh:

We just got another round of funding to continue to grow, which is just incredible. We got into the tech space during COVID and launched a mental wellness app. And so, it opened up so many interesting opportunities for me that just, I am so grateful for. And it allowed me to use my passion and my story to help others. Simultaneously, since I was in my early 20s.


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