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Stephanie Cummings is an experienced entrepreneur, business leader, and philanthropist. Throughout her career, she has focused on the betterment of others within her community as well as across the country and internationally.
She was inspired to start Please Assist Me, an all-inclusive home management app, after finding it difficult to find work life balance working in corporate America. After seeing many women leave the workforce due to the stress of family responsibilities, Stephanie was inspired to provide a service that allows working professionals, busy moms, and others find balance. Stephanie’s mission is to provide the support necessary for anyone to succeed in the workforce regardless of gender or financial status.
Please Assist Me has expanded to several apartment complexes in throughout the United States and has been featured in Reader’s Digest, MSN, The Tennessean, Nashville Lifestyles, The Daily News Journal, and more.
Previously, Stephanie worked with a healthcare IT startup that was acquired by a Fortune 500 company. During that time was responsible for program oversight of a new product that realized over $1 million in revenue during its first year on the market. She has also been actively involved in non-profit ventures. She also started a non-profit in 2009 called T-Shirts International which has donated thousands of clothing items to orphans in Rwanda, Honduras, and Mexico.
Stephanie received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University. Stephanie prides herself in being a minority tech founder and promotes the importance of STEM education everywhere she goes.
Startup Experiences as Minority Founder
Starting a technology business, Stephanie quickly realized that she didn’t look like most startup founders. Being an African-American woman in tech in the south, Stephanie was presented with challenges to gain respect from her peers, investors, and clients. From outright racism to overcoming unconscious bias, Stephanie dives into how she learned to hack the system, raise venture capital, and gained validation as a woman in tech.
- Building a tech company as a minority founder
- Overcoming obstacles to achieve success
- 5 ways to hack the system to create success
Women in Technology: Breaking the Glass Ceiling
As the child of two engineers, Stephanie found herself surrounded by STEM. As she ventured out into a career in technology, she found that many people questioned her ability to thrive in technology. In this talk, Stephanie addresses how to succeed in a tech career, how to handle yourself in the workplace, and how to give back to the next generation through STEM education.
- How to succeed as a woman in technology
- Next steps to ensure that we are no longer the minority
Stephanie’s life mission is to help working Americans find true balance in life. Based on her personal struggles, Stephanie was inspired to start Please Assist Me, a service that allows you to outsource household chores. After talking to numerous individuals who were also overwhelmed with tasks and seeing many women leave the workforce due to the stress of family responsibilities, Stephanie thought there had to be a better way to live life as a working professional. With over 85% of working Americans completely overwhelmed, stress and burnout are on the rise. Therefore, Stephanie took on the mission to create a business to help families feel like there are exceeding at home as much as they are at work.
- Importance of finding true work-life balance
- How to make changes to positively impact your wellbeing
- How to succeed in your career and still have what you want in life
Overcoming Personal Obstacles
Stephanie grew up in a single parent household. She and her mother moved in with her grandparents when Stephanie was 8 years old with only two suitcases. Stephanie saw her mother start from nothing and that inspired Stephanie to take her future into her own hands. In the 8th grade, Stephanie created a scholarship notebook and graduated from both undergraduate and graduate school debt free. She dives into overcoming obstacle after obstacle to creating success in life. This talk is an inspirational snapshot into changing perspectives and making the best of the situation around you.
- Finding ways to finance education (youth)
- Reshaping the narrative
- Refusing to let life define you