Haley Hoffman Smith is a professional speaker and the author of Her Big Idea, a book on creativity, ideation, and women's empowerment which debuted as a Top 3 Bestseller in Women & Business and was rated a 'Must Read' by the Tory Burch Foundation. She has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, and the Washington Examiner. A recent Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University, she wrote her honors thesis on how women develop their sense of self agency in entrepreneurship and venture capital. She is the founder of the Her Big Idea Fund in partnership with Brown University's Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, which awards grants to women who apply with BIG ideas. Having founded an international nonprofit for girls’ literacy and empowerment at age 18, she has harnessed her own self agency to surpass doubt surrounding her age and gender.
At Brown, she was the President of Women’s Entrepreneurship and started the first-ever women’s entrepreneurship incubator. She has been on a speaking tour since Fall 2018, speaking at colleges and companies such as Harvard, Yale, Microsoft, SoGal Ventures, Columbia, and more, and recently founded cosmetics company featuring bold false lashes called Her Big Lash. She writes for Entrepreneur and Thrive Global, and is currently working on her third book. She cares deeply about identifying and obliterating the limits women feel in the pursuit of their ventures, so they may live in their full power and create their own BIG ideas, and is passionate about personal branding helping companies engage their Gen Z and millennial employees for intrapreneurship.
- In 2017, only 2% of venture capital spending went to female-founded companies. *That doesn't quite cut it.* Haley Hoffman Smith set out to research why this was, and to challenge the barriers to BIG thinking in women's pursuits of entrepreneurship. Her Big Idea explores the themes of creative ideation and the common pitfalls of entrepreneurship. Highlighting the successes of the greatest female entrepreneurs of the 21st Century, Hoffman Smith underscores their big ideas and reminds readers of the overarching message that any woman, regardless of her age or level of experience, can bring her idea to life and make it bigger than she ever dreamed possible. Featuring stories from Headbands of Hope's Jessica Ekstrom and Diversability's Tiffany Yu, stories of favorite female-led companies such as Rent the Runway and Hint Water, Her Big Idea ushers in a new frontier of entrepreneurship. Combining extensive research with innovation strategy and expertise from Brown University professors and mentors, Hoffman's Smith book joins the too-short list of guide books for the next generation of entrepreneurs. See how the worlds of Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship can change in a monumental way by simply considering Her Big Idea.
- 2018 Fall Must Read by the Tory Burch Foundation for Her Big Idea