The Story Exchange, Stacey Hawley, CredoYour Name: Stacey Hawley

Business Name: Credo, a career services provider for companies and individuals

Type of Business: Coaching & Consulting

Business Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Twitter @staceycredo

Reason for starting
Because of my background as a Board level, executive compensation consultant, I am familiar with most industries – and what these companies require from employees. Therefore, my clients are very successful finding new jobs or switching careers or negotiating pay packages because I know how to “sell” the client and help them convey to the prospective employer “what’s in it for them”.

How do you define success?
I have two goals. On a personal level, I define success as helping someone find career happiness. I am also developing a platform to help women maximize their compensation. I am writing a book based on my experiences with Fortune 500, pre-IPO, private, not-for-profit and start up firms on how women are perceived and how this perception impacts their compensation. I know my experiences can help women earn more money. I also speak on this topic at public conferences.

Biggest Success
On April 24, I was selected to speak on women and pay at the Illinois Women’s Conference. If I can help one woman understand how she is perceived at work and how that perceptions influences her pay. Then I can help her change (or maximize) that perception to earn more money. And if she can share this information with someone else, then I can start a chain reaction. That will be a success for me.

What is your top challenge and how have you addressed it?
I am focusing on finding small business to help them successfully transition employees out of the company. Finding the clients is the challenge. I am addressing it through extensive networking.

Who is your most important role model?
I met hundred of interesting executives at Fortune 500 companies, among others. But my mother is my role model. My mother worked part-time while raising us. She is now battling cancer. She is my role model because her strength shows me to appreciate all of life’s moments – good and bad and that I can learn from each moment (both successes and failures).