Katelyn Glass

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Fifty Six founder and CEO Katelyn Glass, in brief.

Katelyn Glass

Home: New York, NY.  Age: Thirty-five-ish.  Birthplace: Hartford, CT.  Profession: Marketing and eCommerce.  Organization: Fifty Six.  Title: Founder & CEO.  Pronouns: She/Her/Hers. Alma mater: American University (BSBA); The University of Chicago (MBA candidate).

Current project: Over the past two years Fifty Six has grown tremendously and I couldn’t be more proud of what the team (and a little bit of myself) has created!  Recent professional development: Currently working toward my MBA from Chicago Booth (I commute there bi-weekly); graduating in June 2023.  What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Ending an engagement; beginning my MBA work at Chicago Booth; developing and growing Fifty Six, all in 2021/22.  Recent travel or adventure: A summer in Paris and now trying to decide if I want to move there!  Also, fortunate to travel to London and Singapore this year for school.  Last book read: Nudge, by Cass R. Sunstein and Richard H. Thaler.  Recently viewed and recommended: The original Star Trek series.  I’ve become a Trekkie.

Personality profile: Authentic, transparent, composed, witty.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Resilient.  Moral compass: Close your computer, it can be finished tomorrow with a clearer head.  What is your greatest fear? The dark.  I’ve never gotten over it.  What is your go-to workout? Boxing + Peloton + Pilates, repeat.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Appropriate footwear (e.g., sandals or hiking boots).

What was your first paying job? Babysitting.  What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Soccer.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? Twelve Angry Men.  What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? Instagram.  What world event has had the greatest influence on your life? The COVID pandemic.

What is your big idea?

One day I would like to launch and incubator through Fifty Six.

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? More women with MBAs and in the board room.  What change would you like to see in the world? Greater understanding and kindness, especially with respect to political and religious views.

What title would you choose for the movie about your life? The Comeback Kid.  What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Anne Hathaway.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? Photographs.  What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? High school.  I’d re-do those years without caring about being popular.

Personal mission: Mentoring and developing future women leaders.   Personal motto: You look great.

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