Co-Founder & CEO, Peach
Janet Kraus is co-founder and CEO of peach, a four-year-old lifestyle brand with a mission to help women “elevate their everyday” and thrive personally and professionally. For customers, peach offers contemporary and comfortable apparel for gym, work and play; for its cadre of social- sales brand representatives across the U.S., an opportunity to start their own fashion business without the financial risk; for female-founded accessory brands, a platform to collaborate and share success.
Kraus had spent four years as a senior lecturer teaching entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School when she met designer and e-commerce developer Derek Ohly, who joined her to serve as co-founder and COO of peach. Since 2010 she has remained an Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard, where she advises students in entrepreneurship. Previously, Kraus co-founded and sold two companies in the high-end travel and leisure industry: Spire (2007-10), a social media venture helping affluent travelers discover leisure and lifestyle experiences, sold to Perfect Escapes; and Circles (1997-2007), a concierge and events company, which was sold to Sodexo.
An angel investor and startup advisor, Kraus and the companies she has led or advised have been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Fortune Small Business and New York Times. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and educational institutions on entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership, corporate values, team building, vision, happiness and life planning.
Kraus is a recipient of Boston’s 40 Under 40 and a finalist of Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Her concierge and events company Circles was awarded the Small Business of the Year Award by the Chamber of Commerce. An entrepreneur’s advocate, she sits on the board of directors of three start-up companies and advises many others.
Janet Kraus received a B.A. degree from Yale and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She lives outside of Boston with her husband and 11-year-old twin daughters.
Janet will share with you how to tap into your strengths building culture-first companies and brands
Whether you run a large company or are a solo practitioner; whether you’re building a start-up or positioning your “seasoned” business for a future of growth, a strong culture is what will give your brand meaning, differentiate you in the market place and give you staying power over time! As organizational management guru, Peter Druker quipped, culture eats strategy for breakfast! And, as a founder of three culture-first companies, I’ll show you why it matters, how it’s done, why it will drive your success now and in the future.