Join us for an “in the boardroom” with Jules Pieri, CEO & Co-Founder of the Grommet.
The Grommet is Jules’ third startup. Jules started her professional life as an industrial designer working for computer enterprises. She soon realized the majority of our economy is shaped by consumer products companies, so she followed the action over to consumer brands as an executive at Keds and Hasbro. Jules is told she is the first industrial designer to get a Harvard MBA, where she is now an Entrepreneur in Residence. Jules was named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013 and in June 2014, she was invited to launch The Grommet Wholesale Platform at the first-ever White House Maker Faire.
Jules spent her childhood days reading every single biography her Detroit elementary school offered, filling her head with gigantic ideas about how each and every person can impact the world. This inspires Jules as she leads the Grommet. She’s building a Citizen Commerce-powered platform to help people support the kind of products that align with their interests and values. Jules’ confidence in attacking seemingly impossible challenges was formed at a young age. Her first trip to Europe was not a mere visit…she moved herself to Paris right out of college. Similarly, she relocated her family of five to Ireland for the first half of this decade. Why? Why not?
- University of Michigan, BFA Industrial Design, Graphic Design
- Harvard Business School, MBA
- Design Continuum, Vice President of Sales
- Stride Rite, Vice President of Strategic Planning
- Ziggs.com, President and COO
- Avid hiker, theatergoer, and rescuer of greyhounds