“I think there’s always a question of whether entrepreneurs are kind of risk-averse or risk loving or somewhere in the middle. And for us, no question that pursuing our own business was more risky than going a very traditional path.”
“ And I think there’s a big misconception out there that you’re going to have this overnight success, and you’re going to go from nothing to this huge company so fast. And then you’re going to sell your business for tons of money or whatever it may be. But really, it’s a really long road. It’s really hard work. It’s sprinkled with some really fun, exciting times, no question. But most of the time you are just slogging through for what feels like an endless stretch of time.”
Stephanie Kaplan Lewis is a co-founder, chief executive officer, and editor-in-chief of Her Campus, an online magazine targeted toward American college women. She regularly appears on the local FOX News affiliate in Boston to discuss college-related issues on behalf of Her Campus.
Stephanie has grown Her Campus to over 90 million monthly multi-platform content views, with chapters at 300+ colleges worldwide. Stephanie also spearheads Her Campus’s additional user-facing initiatives, including 22 Under 22, the InfluenceHer Collective and High School Ambassador Program, oversaw Her Campus’s first book, The Her Campus Guide to College Life which was a back-to-school bestseller at Barnes & Noble, and led Her Campus’s acquisition of HerUni Media Limited. She has been named to Inc.’s 30 Under 30, Businessweek’s 25 Under 25, EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women, The Boston Globe’s 25 Under 25, Glamour’s 20 Amazing Young Women and The Boston Globe’s 25 Most Stylish Bostonians. She has served as a National Women’s Health Week Ambassador and a MassChallenge Alumna-in-Residence, and has spoken at Harvard University, Stanford University, S.H.E. Summit, University of Southern California, Northeastern University, and many more. Stephanie is a 2010 graduate of Harvard University, where she majored in psychology, minored in economics, and was a member of Delta Gamma. Some of her favorite things include doing barre classes, running (she ran her first Boston Marathon in 2015), watching Grey’s Anatomy, bargain shopping, hanging out with her rescue puppy Yeti, and vacationing in Maine with her husband, Jason. Follow Stephanie on Instagram and Twitter @stephkaplewis.