Founder & CEO of Hollister Speaks at Massachusetts Conference for Women

Kip Hollister Discusses Finding Balance in a Busy Life, Relays Own Success Story
By: Gillian Seely
Dec. 16, 2009 - PRLog -- Boston, Mass.,- Kip Hollister, Founder & CEO of Boston-based staffing firm Hollister, spoke at the Massachusetts Conference for Women on December 10th.  The conference, strongly geared towards female job-seekers and businesswomen, drew in over 5,000 attendees.  In addition to a broad variety of panelists, the conference hosted an all-star lineup of keynote speakers, such as financial expert Suze Orman, and First Lady of Massachusetts, Diane Patrick.  

Hollister opened the doors of her company at the age of 26 in 1988; only months after women were permitted by law to start their own businesses without having a male co-signer. Her goal was to eliminate the transactional nature of the staffing industry, and she has gone on to become an industry leader in recruitment, now running a leading, full-service company that has been named one of Boston’s “Fastest Growing Businesses”, according to The Boston Business Journal.  In addition, her company recently launched Recruiting 2.0- a revolutionary and highly successful social media recruiting platform.

After the morning’s keynote speeches, Hollister spoke on a panel entitled “How They Do It: Executives Discuss their Balance Strategies”. Sitting alongside such industry leaders as Renee Connolly, VP of Communications, EMD Serono and Heather Campion, Co-Founder, Chief Administrative Officer, Balance, Hollister related anecdotes from her own busy life and spoke to a full-house about the challenges of running a successful business while leading a fulfilling personal life- a topic that resonated deeply with many of the conference’s attendees.

“Balance is about sacrifice, and overcoming fear and guilt,” said Hollister.  “It’s about giving up what’s not absolutely critical and focusing on the things that are.  Sometimes that means you’re in the office on a Saturday, and sometimes it means leaving early to get home and eat dinner with your family-something I strive to do.”

While panelists held diverse perspectives on the best ways to achieve balance, all appeared to adhere to Hollister’s practice of “give-and-take” time management, and agreed that women should not feel guilty about sacrificing time and energy in various areas of their life in order to achieve a more harmonious work-life balance, even amidst the fear-driven atmosphere of today’s recession.

Following her first panel, Hollister spoke to a crowded room at a Capital Connection entitled “Finding Funding in Any Economy”, along with entrepreneurs Karen Ong, Founder of Language International, and Nancy Michaels of Grow Your Business Network. She addressed a room full of women seeking to fund their own startup businesses, and gave testimonials from her experiences as a young entrepreneur to answer questions from the audience.

“It’s important to practice full transparency with those who have something invested in your dream,” said Hollister. “That includes business partners, employees, and of course, your bank. Most importantly, just know that if you do what you’re passionate about, the money will come.”

Next year’s Massachusetts Conference for Women will be held on December 9, 2010.  For more information, please contact Conference Coordinator Robin Levan at

Gillian Seely

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About Hollister

Hollister is a Boston-based, woman-owned, full-service staffing firm, passionate about connecting Massachusetts’ opportunity with talent in innovative and effective ways. For over 20 years, Hollister has been the bridge that connects professionals with jobs in Massachusetts, and companies with the best employees.
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