Corner Office Q&A: Kellee Khalil, CEO And Founder Of Lover.ly
Corner Office QA: Kellee Khalil, CEO And Founder Of Lover.ly
12:00 pm, December 26th | by Amy Tennery
While we spend a lot of time writing about powerful women, we also like to hear from those women, in their own words. Today we spoke with Kellee Khalil, the founder and CEO of Lover.ly, a new media and technology platform for the bridal industry.
Put simply, what exactly do you do and how’d you end up there?
I founded a company called Lover.ly. We are a visual search engine for wedding planning. Prior to founding Lover.ly I worked with my sister, Leila Lewis, who ran the premier PR and Digital Media Consultancy firm in the Bridal industry. While working with my sister, she was got engaged and I served as maid of honor. It was during that I saw a huge opportunity to create a technology that solved the painful process of searching, saving, and sharing wedding inspiration. B
Before noon, you’ve already…
Had a coffee, daily team meeting, checked 50+ emails, tweeted, and maybe if I’m lucky eaten something.
What would you tell a young woman who wants your job someday?
Be aggressive, work hard, and don’t take no for an answer!
Women shouldn’t underestimate the value of _________
Confidence. If you believe in yourself others will believe in you. Don’t be afraid to speak your opinion and go after what you want
What was the first thing you splurged on after making it big?
When I worked in finance I was bonused a car allowance, so I chose a 7 series BMW. To be honest I’m not a car person and it wasn’t all that great! I was 22 and I always got the stank eye from people like “why are you driving your dad’s car.” It was fun but not what I would choose now!
I like to splurge on experiences, travel, exotic food, and I can’t say no to a great massage!
If you weren’t in this career, what would you be doing?
This is my dream job! I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing!
When was the last time you were “reminded” you’re a woman in the business world?
When I was at an industry networking event and I met the CEO of an industry leader and a competitor to Lover.ly. He had said he had been hearing great things about the company and was asking a bit about what we were up to. He then asked me, “so what do you do there.” I answered I’m the founder and CEO, the look on his face, jaw dropped to the floor in total shock and dismay. After all, how could a 27-year-old WOMAN be doing a big boy job. I laughed it off but felt the burn a bit. It just inspires me to push harder and kick a*s!
What’s the best advice anyone’s ever given you?
Keep your eye on the prize! There is an overwhelming amount of noise that will surround you in chasing your dream. It is essential to have an unwavering focus on the end goal, charge forward, don’t look back or to the sides just keep going.