Here are 10 questions for Manon.
Where are you from? Old Greenwich, Connecticut. I grew up outside of Boston. My mom emigrated from Czechoslovakia as political refugee; my dad is French-American.
Why is your Pitch a game changer? Historically, it’s been difficult for high-achieving women to find flexible job opportunities once they have children, and Inkwell offers a solution. I believe we’re the only staffing company devoted to tapping the unique talents of women and mothers. We also fill a need on the part of companies that can benefit from exceptional talent for less money.
First job? In high school, I worked at a florist shop and as a waitress. In my first professional job, I designed compensation packages for the top five executives at Fortune 500 companies.
Light bulb moment? In my previous job running a nonprofit company, I hired my old boss from the New York City mayor’s office for 20 hours per week for $35 per hour. She was a very experienced woman willing to do a highly skilled job for well below market rate — because it allowed her to work from home. This was an aha moment for me.
Where do you do your best work? I love working on trains. I’ll work from my iPhone wherever I go.
Favorite female-led entrepreneurial venture outside your own? Ellevate, a global professional women’s network dedicated to the economic and business engagement of women worldwide. It’s the brainchild of Sallie Krawcheck, a corporate executive-turned-entrepreneur.
In 10 years you will be… Traveling. Preferably on a boat off the coast of Croatia.
Guilty pleasure? Cocktails. Long lunches. Luxury travel. I’m a sucker for a five-star hotel.
Favorite book? The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I cry every time I read it.
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