WIRLS 2019 Keynote: Amy Errett, Founder and CEO, Madison Reed; Venture Partner, True Ventures

Madison Reed CEO Amy Errett on Why Getting Fired Was the Greatest Gift of Her Life

By: Kristina Stidham

The 2019 Women in Retail Leadership Summit kicked off last week with an energetic and powerful keynote presentation from Amy Errett, founder and CEO of Madison Reed, a hair color brand for women. In the opening keynote, titled “One Woman’s Journey to Disrupting a Multibillion Dollar Industry,” Errett discussed how she was able — with determination, tenacity, passion and an innovative mind-set — to take on the multibillion dollar hair-dye industry and completely disrupt it.

Among other topics, Errett discussed the inspiration behind the launch of Madison Reed; how her vision to build a brand that empowers women to look and feel their best has taken off; and her philosophy on leading by love rather than fear.

In the clip below, Errett tells the story of when she was fired from the CEO position at a company she had helped triple in size, and the lessons she learned from the experience.

“Lesson No. 1, follow your passion. Lesson No. 2, every single thing that happens in your life, pay attention to. It’s the gift of my life that I got fired that morning because it took me to a place in my life where I was never, ever, ever going to do something that I wasn’t passionate about and care about.”

To hear more about Errett’s career journey and the mission behind Madison Reed, how to “find your inner genius,” and more, Women in Retail Leadership Circle members can view Errett’s full keynote presentation here.

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