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From Single Mother on Welfare to President of a $2 Billion Organization With Stormy Simon

Updated: Nov 30, 2023

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This Episode's Key Topics: - Stormy Simon's early and humble beginnings - Seeing color in people and racism - Stormy Simon's journey from a mother on welfare to the top of a $2 billion organization - How a psychic played a role in Stormy Simon's success - The number one reason Stormy Simon skyrocketed to the top of her organization Want $2,500 and an Opportunity to Pitch Mathew Knowles? It's simple. To enter, click here and let us know your biggest takeaway or lesson learned from this podcast. By submitting, you'll automatically be entered in our podcast giveaway. The winner will win $2,500 and the opportunity to pitch their business, music, film or television idea or project to one of the world's foremost business and entertainment executives: Mathew Knowles. One entry per podcast episode. Winner will be announced January 2024. About Stormy Simon Stormy Simon is an e-commerce pioneer, corporate leader, cannabis activist, and the host of the podcast, “Lunch with Stormy,” which features conversation with tastemakers and unexpected thought leaders delving into topics including reinvention, unique business practices, and the role that modern spirituality plays in our daily lives.

Stormy spent 15 years of her career at the e-commerce retailer, beginning her tenure as a temp and eventually rising to President of the nearly $2B company in 2013. Along the way she built Overstock’s Branding, Marketing and Customer Service departments, where she coined the phrase “Customer Care.” Her hands-on approach to leadership led her to write and produce the iconic “Discover the Secret of the Big O” campaign, which propelled Overstock into becoming a household name. She was also instrumental in taking the company public and led the organization to become a top 25 trafficked e-tail site. She garnered numerous distinctions for customer service including ranking in the top 4 AMEX/NRF Customer Choice Awards. Under Stormy’s guidance, Overstock was named to Forbes’ list of “America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies” and received multiple Mobile Web Awards and Stewie Awards. She was also honored as Power Player by the National Retail Federation in 2016, named the Customer Champion by Gartner 1to1 Media, and awarded Top Innovator by Utah Women in Tech in 2015. A devoted mentor to her female employees and a longtime advocate for women overall, one of her proudest achievements was growing the ranks of female executives at Overstock from 7% to 33%. In 2016, Stormy stepped down from the Presidency at Overstock and followed her passion into the burgeoning world of Cannabis. A longtime cannavangelist and recreational usage proponent, she began working at a cultivation center in Denver to fully immerse herself in the industry. Throughout that journey, she became a passionate medical advocate, spent two years as Strategic Officer for Mtrac, a blockchain payment system for cannabis-related businesses, and in 2017 joined the board of High Times, one of the leading global brands in cannabis culture. A sought-after speaker and panelist, Stormy delivered the keynote address at the Aspen YPO Conference in 2019 and debuted an inspirational TedTalk in 2018. An unconventional leader who went straight into the workforce, bypassing college and business school, she has been featured throughout the media landscape in outlets including Inc., The Washington Post, Forbes, SF Chronicle, MSN, Cheddar, Yahoo!, Entrepreneur, PopSugar, CNBC, and Fox Business. Active across multiple industries and disciplines, Stormy currently serves on the boards of Mission Green, a nonprofit organization that works to free non-violent cannabis offenders from federal prison, Opu Labs, a blockchain skincare line, 101 Studios, an entertainment company, and TRYP, an emerging rideshare company. Dedicated to service, she has volunteered her time to a variety of non-profit boards including the Columbus Community Center, which provides jobs to adults with mental disabilities, the Advisory Board of YWCA, Boys & Girls Club of SLC, and the Jon Huntsman Gubernatorial Committee of Economic Development. An advocate for veterans and a recipient of the Patriot Award herself, Stormy is a longtime supporter of Wounded Warrior Project, a charitable organization that helps active-duty service members and veterans. A lifelong activist passionately striving for equality, Stormy had the honor of presiding over the first gay marriage in Tooele County, Utah, where she still resides today near her close-knit circle of friends and family including her feisty granddaughter, Stella, and beloved pets. Mathew Knowles is one of the most sought-after speakers in the world today. If you're seeking a speaker for your upcoming event, click here.

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