The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program this week announced their finalists, and we’re excited to announce that Hearsay Social CEO and founder Clara Shih is on the list!
The awards, which is celebrating its 30th year, recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year has been at the forefront of identifying game-changing business leaders for the past 30 years. The program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks; Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com; John Mackey of Whole Foods Market; Pierre Omidyar of eBay; Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; and Mindy Grossman of HSN, Inc.
Clara was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges from multiple industries, including technology, finance, healthcare and more. The selection process included a nomination application and a series of in-person interviews. Previous finalists from the greater northern California region include Kenneth Lin, CEO and founder of Credit Karma (and guest speaker at our Hearsay Social Innovation Summit last week); Keith J. Krach, Chairman and CEO of DocuSign; and John Foraker, CEO of Annie’s, Inc.
The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world. It has recognized more than 10,000 outstanding entrepreneurs for their vision, innovation, courage and leadership in building and growing successful businesses – businesses that influence the way we live, the products and services we depend on, and the economic vibrancy of our local communities and global markets.
For more information on the awards program, visit the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year – Northern California Region site.
We’re excited to share that our CEO and founder, Clara Shih, was named this week to Investment Advisor’s prestigious 2016 IA 25 list of the most influential people in the financial services industry. She is joined by an impressive group of leaders includingNaureen Hassan, chief digital officer at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; Kate Healy, managing director of marketing at TD Ameritrade; and Marty Bicknell, CEO of Mariner Holdings.
This year’s winners represent the various forces that shape and steer the industry forward, from traditional brokerages to technology startups, regulatory organizations to research firms. Now in its 14th year, the IA 25 is chosen by editors of the Investment Advisor Group, which includes Investment Advisor and Research magazines and ThinkAdvisor.com.
Read the complete profile, “Clara Shih: Democratizing Financial Advice,” in the May issue ofInvestment Advisor and on ThinkAdvisor.com.
This honor is the latest of several recent accomplishments for both Clara and the company. Earlier this week, Clara’s newest book, The Social Business Imperative, was released, and the company was awarded “Best Place to Work” by the SF Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal. In March, Clara was honored at the 2016 Girls Inc. Celebration Luncheon for her support of and advocacy for girls’ education, especially in STEM fields. And earlier this year, we were named to HousingWire’s HW TECH100 list of most innovative technology companies in the mortgage and housing industry. We also continue to grow our international customer base, as evidenced by the recent addition of three new marquee customers in Asia.
Hearsay Social has been chosen as one of the
Bay Area’s best places to work for the second year in row, and we are honored for the award! The San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal revealed the “Best Places to Work” list last week, and Hearsay Social was ranked 7th of all companies in the mid-sized company category–up from 8th last year.
Companies on the “Best Places to Work” 2016 list are ranked based solely on employee satisfaction surveys in areas such as employee engagement, work satisfaction, employee recognition, professional development, organizational leadership and management practices.
“We’re thrilled to receive this recognition; it’s a wonderful validation of our commitment to our team at Hearsay Social,” said Patty Buckley, VP of Operations, People and Culture. For one, “we’ve put in a lot of work in our professional development program, giving people a strong sense of ownership and supporting them in their endeavors to grow at Hearsay. We’ve also launched some great programs that highlight our team’s skills beyond their day-to-day work. For example, Hearsay Talks gives folks the chance to share their expertise on any subject that’s important to them. It connects us as people, not just co-workers, while also showcasing people’s individual talents and interests.”
So, what makes Hearsay Social such a great place to work?
Great Leadership Team
Hailing from all points on the globe, the Hearsay Social leadership team embodies the innovation and agility that defines Silicon Valley, and do an excellent job at creating a work environment that fosters creativity, productivity, and collaboration. Senior leaders work to establish an environment where employees feel valued by the company, helping employees to stay motivated to share ideas, try new things, and have fun.
At Hearsay Social, one of our primary missions is to engage our employees by making sure they’re excited about the problems we’re solving for our customers and the team that they’re partnering with to a build great company. We’re a place where we want our team to make mistakes and encourage them to do so, so that we’re all learning and getting better every day. And Hearsay Social employees are engagedemployees who values a work-friendly environment, customer-first mentality, effective team building, and getting stuff done (GSD).
Cool Perks and Benefits
Hearsay Social continues to add employee benefits as the company grows and evolves. We offer competitive salaries, full health benefits (medical, dental, vision, life), equity so that employees share ownership in what we’re building, unlimited vacation, a 401k plan, free daily lunches, and more.
While these are fabulous benefits and perks, the best part of our culture is our employees who voice what matters most to them and share it with all of us. Teammates lead Hearsay Makes sessions on crafting, coordinate climbing, basketball, tennis and soccer clubs, host regular game and movie nights at our headquarters. Our Hearsay Helps team has partnered with the Family House, a local non-profit in San Francisco, and hosts year-rounds volunteering and fundraising events for all of us.
Company Culture and Collaborative Workspace
When asked “what word best describes your work culture,” employees responded with the word “Fun”! “Our culture’s such an important part of who we are and how we approach our business and learn together, said Patty. “As we grow, our recruiting team and hiring managers work really hard to ensure we’re hiring people who, in addition to being smart, proactive, and talented in their craft, genuinely care about their teammates and customers.”
Technology is critical for companies in the housing economy, who are striving to be accessible to consumers, efficient in their operations and compliant with regulations. That’s why, for the third year in a row, HousingWire is recognizing the most innovative technology companies in our industry in the HW Tech100.
The number of applicants for the 2016 awards ballooned from previous years and these 100 companies demonstrate how deep the tech bench now is for mortgage finance and the larger housing economy. Out of these100 companies, 34 are new to the list this year, and in a trend that accelerated rapidly from last year, a large majority of the companies on the list are working feverishly on automating systems or solutions for the much-anticipated eMortgage.
In evaluating companies for the list, our editorial team viewed innovation along six discrete dimensions, which served as a guideline for inclusion to the larger list, and then selected one company that best represents that given dimension. The companies that won in these six special categories are:
We’re honored to announce that Hearsay Social was named the best social media platform by WealthManagement.com and REP. magazine, as part of the first annual WealthManagement.com Industry Awards program (#WMAwards). The winners were announced last night at a black-tie dinner event at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City.
The awards program acknowledges excellence among vendors and suppliers serving the financial advisor community and recognizes forerunners of innovation and leadership in support of advisor success. Finalists and winners across 37 categories demonstrate industry expertise, superior products, top-notch service and innovative technology.
“The new platform from Hearsay Social lets advisors identify cross-channel client activity across multiple online and digital channels, including social media and websites,” said the awards committee. “Through machine-learning algorithms and predictive technology, the platform recommends the right content (from its built-in Predictive Content Library), and encourages the advisor to share it with the right person at the right time.”