At today’s Women Business Owners (WBO) luncheon, Allovus Founder Hayley Nichols sat on the Nellie Cashman Awards Finalists Panel with four other candidates to discuss their businesses.
When asked why she decided to build a business in the design industry, Hayley replied, “I’m a closet creative—and I love working with creative people. When I left my former job, I asked myself ‘What am I going to do when I grow up? My former clients answered for me. They kept saying, “you need to start your own company.’” Nichols went on to say, “I love helping people find their dream jobs—and I love giving my employees the flexibility to take care of their families while still having a fulfilling career.”
Perhaps the most poignant moment of the afternoon was her answer to the question, “What would you say is your biggest triumph?”
Nichols teared up as she answered. “Last year, when Allovus placed #7 (mid-sized company category) in the Seattle Business magazine Washington’s 100 Best Companies to Work For awards, I saw how proud our employees were of Allovus,” Nichols said. “I think seeing how proud they were—that was my biggest triumph.”
Hayley is one of five finalists up for the Nellie Cashman award. She’s in great company with Leasa Mayer of CRG Events, Debbie Oberbillig of Allen Partners, Debbie Rosemont of Simply Placed, and Roxie Schescke of Indian Eyes.
This year’s winner will be announced on October 8th at “The Nellie,” Women Owners Business of the Year Award event.
Read our earlier post on the announcement of Hayley Nichols as a Nellie Cashman Award finalist: Hayley Nichols Chosen as Finalist
Read more about Nellie Cashman here: http://womenbusinessowners.org/nellie-cashman-award/history/