Ali Brown talks to women about becoming entrepreneurs
When we last caught up with entrepreneur Ali Brown '93, she was about to be featured on ABC's "Secret Millionaire." On her episode, Ali lived in poverty for one week and ended up donating $50,000 to Harvest Home.
Last week, Ali returned to Simmons to talk to the community about her success in marketing and entrepreneurship. She had a tour of the campus, lunch with President Helen Drinan, and led a class discussion with Simmons School of Management (SOM) students.
The class was hosted by Entrepreneurship Chair and Director of the SOM's Entrepreneurship Program, Teresa Nelson, and was attended by MBA students who have visions of their own entrepreneurial success. During the class, Ali talked about her time at Simmons and her own progression as an entrepreneur and role model.
"I loved Simmons and the communications department. I decided to come here after I met Professor Bob White," says Ali. "After I graduated, I was unhappy and restless in my jobs and wanted to do something different. I started off as a copywriter at a NYC ad agency, but I had so many more ideas and I was getting bored."
At the age of 25, Ali quit her job and began her new career as a marketing entrepreneur. It wasn't easy, but Ali soon learned how to navigate her way and become successful. She started her own email newsletter teaching other women how to become entrepreneurs and her subscriber base grew, which elevated her credibility.
"Women starting asking me how I did it. There's a lesson here, remember that there is always someone who wants to learn from you--who wants to know how you got where you are."
Ali earned $1 million before she turned 35 and has been included in Inc. 500, and Forbes' Women to Watch list.
As she tells Simmons students, and her clients, the new economy is best suited for women who are ready to claim their success.
"There has never been a better time for women, ever. Be open. You're going to ruffle some feathers. Who cares? People will talk about you anyway, whatever you do. Follow your dreams."
On Twitter? Say "Hello!" to Ali @AliBrown.