CrowdSource CEO Stephanie Leffler Inspires Young Achievers to Think Like Entrepreneurs

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Stephanie Leffler, CEO and co-founder of CrowdSource, was the keynote speaker for the 2014 Young Women of Achievement Awards ceremony April 14 at Bellecourt Manor in Belleville, Ill. Leffler's speech to 15 exceptional young women addressed how she achieved success on her own terms by not being afraid to take chances.

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These are the people who will be leading the next generation, and it is exciting to see them in the infancy of their leadership.

More than 250 people attended the awards ceremony and accompanying dinner, presented by the Rotary Club of Belleville. The 15 honorees, all high schoolers, received honors in four different categories: academics, arts, athletics and community service.

Leffler, whose company is the industry leader in managed crowdsourced solutions, explained how she had to overcome her original presumptions about how her career might play out.

"I always imagined myself having a fairly traditional career path," she said.

Leffler realized she had to chart her own path: "When you are young, just getting out of college, it's a great time to be risk takers if [that's] something you want to do. I hope somebody can draw from that experience and do something great with it."

Leffler started her entrepreneurial activities while still attending Washington and Lee University. She was selling sun protection products online when she decided to create a shopping cart system with her business partner Ryan Noble. That eventually became MonsterCommerce, an ecommerce platform that grew to serve more than 8,000 small businesses.

Along with Noble, Leffler went on to found, a reference resource that grew into a huge network of websites. In 2011, Leffler and Noble created CrowdSource, which offers full-service crowdsourcing solutions to enterprise clients worldwide. CrowdSource
is the largest managed solutions provider in the crowdsourcing space.

About CrowdSource

CrowdSource is the industry leader in a multibillion-dollar market, providing clients with on-demand access to a scalable workforce. CrowdSource specializes in content solutions for online retailers, publishers, advertisers and marketers. By using a distributed workforce, clients receive high-quality, cost-effective results at unprecedented speed.

CrowdSource is headquartered in St. Louis and backed by Highland Capital Partners.

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