As a follow up to the list of ‘Women in HR Tech’, we reached out a few women entrepreneurs to understand the HR Tech space. We asked each one of them a set of 5 questions and had an interesting array of answers.
What do you do once you are an award-winning television and radio personality and have started a digital communications agency 15 years ago? Well, you use all that knowledge and experience to start a company. Ilyce Glink has a wide-ranging and distinguished career graph in this space and has authored more than a dozen books and is a nationally syndicated columnist on topics of personal finance; it’s not surprising to find her leading a financial wellness company, Best Money Moves. We got talking to her about this journey and what she is excited about and what attracted her to the domain of HR technology. Here are the excerpts from our interaction.
1. Please share a bit about your role and a typical day for you
As the Founder/CEO of Best Money Moves, every day is different. I travel a lot, so I'm constantly on the go, but if I'm home, I'm up early, drinking a large coffee and checking email, usually by 6:30 am. If I'm lucky, I've got time for a fast workout and then I'm at the office by 9. It's usually back-to-back meetings, calls, product demos, and conversations with our team about what we're doing today and where we're going. My husband works down the hall, and I try to get home by seven at the latest.
I think my job is really about imagining the future and telling our story. My first career was financial journalism - and I'm still a nationally-syndicated columnist, radio talk show host, and book author - and so I'm always looking around and thinking about the landscape and where things are going in the industry and how we're going to keep pressing our product forward. Finally, one of the most important parts of my job is making connections with future partners and customers.
2. What's similar or different about being a woman in HR Tech?
I haven't been in HR Tech for very long, but being the CEO of a software company is very different from anything I've done previously. This is my fourth company, but it's the first one where I built a product on spec. I just felt there was a better way to approach financial stress and while there were other companies sort-of focused on financial stress, no one was doing it the way I wanted to do it. I've had a lot of great feedback from men and women in the industry on the product and on the way we're going to market, but it's still been a pretty steep learning curve.
3. Your view on the overall HR Tech industry a global perspective
I think it's pretty clear that artificial intelligence and machine learning are moving in quickly and upending the way things have always been done. I'm also seeing that Millennials are now firmly entrenched in the workforce and demanding employers change how they engage with their employees. I think that trend will continue globally.
4. Your advice to someone looking to build a career in HR Tech Industry
Create a vision for yourself and then reverse engineer the process. Start slowly, taking one step at a time. When I was hosting a radio show, I would tell my listeners, 'If you feel stuck, a step in any direction is actually a step forward.' And, I believe that.