- Become a Member
- Log In
Every May, Startup Grind Dayton joins more than 600 chapters around the world to feature incredible Female Founders on the Startup Grind stage during #sgwomen month. This year, we're hosting Joni Fedders, President of Aileron, a non-profit organization with the goal of helping private-business owners like you find greater success.
In her role as President, Joni oversees Aileron’s strategic direction, culture, and operational activities. Her leadership and energy inspire and motivate the Aileron team and the community as they strive to raise the quality of life, one private business at a time. At Aileron, business owners, presidents, and CEOs take classes on leadership, business culture, strategy, advisory board development, and transition planning. One of the country’s preeminent think tanks, the campus is credited for improving countless businesses across the country.
At our May 9 event, Joni will talk about an important topic relevant to all entrepreneurs, business owners, and leaders - the stories we tell - and will challenge the true vs. truths we tell about ourselves and our business.
Joni Fedders serves as President of Aileron, a non-profit organization with the goal of helping private-business owners like you find greater success. She's an entrepreneur herself, having founded and exited two companies, and understand the risks, rewards, and challenges that ownership brings. At Aileron, she oversees strategic direction, culture, and operational activities.
As a past business owner, Joni understands the risks, rewards, and challenges that ownership and professional management bring. She had the opportunity at Iams as a Brand Manager to live in a professionally managed organization where she saw first hand how strategy, strong leadership and culture can fuel a company to do great things.
After Iams, Joni co-founded a technology services company and became an Aileron client herself, taking the Course for Presidents, establishing an outside Board of Directors and utilizing strategic planning. The company grew from 2 to 100 employees in five years, was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Cincinnati Entrepreneur of the Year award, and was named by the Cincinnati Business Courier as one of the 25 fastest growing companies in the region. After selling this business, she and her husband just couldn’t stop and bought a second business in decorative packaging that they operated for seven years before successfully selling.
In her role as President, Joni oversees Aileron’s strategic direction, culture, and operational activities. Her leadership and energy inspire and motivate the Aileron team and the community as we strive to raise the quality of life, one private business at a time.
Joni was honored with the “Forty Under Forty” award and received her bachelor’s degree in business from Miami University (the real one, in Ohio). She obtained her MBA from Xavier University. As college sweethearts, Joni and her husband Jim have been married for 27 years; they have three great children, a golden retriever and a small mutt who thinks he’s a cross between a mastiff and a pit bull. Family time is a crucial priority for Joni and they enjoy skiing, tubing, running, fishing, sports, eating Chipotle (don’t ask Joni to cook – she can’t), family events and vacations.