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As the CEO of Jellyvision, Amanda Lannert orchestrated a pivot from a services agency to a profitable software-as-a-service company, grown the team from 100 to 400 employees, increased customer count by 250%, navigated through a layoff and refocused the team through the COVID 19 pandemic while also providing insights as a board member for many prominent Chicago tech startups. She's seen it all.
In this fireside chat, Jellyvision CEO Amanda Lannert shares her experience on the ups and downs the working and leading in the tech world.
When: November 17th, 6:00-7:15 PM CST
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Amanda Lannert is the CEO of Jellyvision and an active leader in Chicago’s startup community, serving as a board member of SpotHero, KnowledgeHound, Popular Pays, and Equilibria. Amanda is also an investor and board member at Hyde Park Angels. Since taking over Jellyvision in 2011, Amanda has played a key role in growing the company's customer count by 250% in the last three years.
Amanda Lannert is the CEO of Jellyvision, the maker of interactive benefits communication software ALEX. More than 1,500 companies (including more than 20% of the Fortune 500) use ALEX to help their employees understand complex topics, from choosing a healthcare insurance plan to saving for retirement or navigating a leave of absence.
Since taking over Jellyvision’s helm in 2011, Amanda has played a key role in the company’s success: she spearheaded Jellyvision’s pivot from a services agency to a profitable software-as-a-service company, growing its employee count from 100 to 400 in only five years. In the last three years, Jellyvision’s customer count has increased by 250%. On top of that, in spite of the company’s rapid growth in the last five years, Jellyvision is profitable and hasn’t lost its sense of humor.
Meanwhile, the company has been recognized as the Best Software Company and Best Culture by the Moxies, the 2015 Lighthouse winner by the ITA, a top 10 best place to work in Chicago by The Chicago Tribune and the #1 place for millennials to work in Chicago according to Crain’s.
Prior to joining The Jellyvision Lab, Amanda managed global brands for Kellogg’s while at Leo Burnett, where she developed strategies and implemented campaigns for Pop-Tarts and Nutri-Grain bars, in addition to spending two years in a new business and new brand development think tank. She attended Haverford College and Edinburgh University.
Amanda was named CEO of the Year at the Moxie Awards in 2014 and 2015, Woman in Tech in 2016, Woman of the Year for the Chicago Rotary Club of 2018, and was recognized as 2016’s Industry Champion by the Illinois Technology Association. She has been profiled in the Chicago Tribune and Crain’s. Amanda is also active in Chicago’s startup community, serving as a board member of SpotHero, KnowledgeHound, Popular Pays, and Equilibria, and she is both investor and board member at Hyde Park Angels. She also serves as “Super Mentor” for Chicago incubators Impact Engine and TechStars, where she was also named Mentor of the Year. She is quick to laugh and enjoys a good cupcake.
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