AceUp Cofounders Will Foussier and Layla Lynn Honored by Forbes 30 Under 30 for their Company’s Support of Millennials and Gen Z in the Workplace

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New 30 Under 30 Honorees See Expanded Investment in Leadership Development Across the Enterprise for 2020 and Beyond

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“Layla and I agree with former Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s assertion that ‘Everybody needs a coach,’" said AceUp CEO Will Foussier. “But we take this one step further and deeply believe that everyone deserves a coach."

Global media giant Forbes has announced that Will Guillaume Foussier and Layla Lynn, cofounders of AceUp, provider of technology-enabled, one-on-one executive coaching, have been named to the 2020 class of Forbes 30 Under 30, the annual list chronicling the brashest entrepreneurs across the United States and Canada. Foussier and Lynn have been selected to the Enterprise Technology category for their innovative approach to executive coaching that Boston-based AceUp brings to the training and professional development market.

Given that Forbes’ theme for this year’s 30 Under 30 in Enterprise Technology is the future of work, it’s no coincidence that AceUp has found a home in this category. Foussier and Lynn are laser-focused on enabling the next generation of leaders to thrive in an environment of constant change. “Layla and I agree with former Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s assertion that ‘Everybody needs a coach,’ said AceUp CEO Will Foussier. “But we take this one step further and deeply believe that everyone deserves a coach. Coaching made all the difference for me in my own professional development, so we are working to extend that tremendous benefit to employees at all levels of the organization and at all stages of their careers.”

Foussier and Lynn launched AceUp in anticipation of the growing demand for leadership development among the rapidly rising Millennial and Gen Z populations, which will comprise at least 70 percent of the workforce by 2025. Their numbers are swelling at a time when executive leadership is acknowledging that power skills such as adaptability, time management, communication and collaboration, are in short supply and of greatest need. The recent IBM report, The enterprise guide to closing the skills gap, underscores this new perspective: Power skills now dominate the list of core competencies that global executives seek in employees, supplanting technical skills for the first time.

Lynn and Foussier see power skills development as a headliner on the executive leadership agenda for 2020. “Enterprises everywhere are recognizing the skills gap identified in the IBM report,” said AceUp Chief Product Officer Layla Lynn. “They understand that they have to invest in their greatest asset -- their people -- if they are to remain competitive in 2020 and beyond. Millennials and Gen Z are the next leaders of today’s companies, and our coaching platform gives them the personalized leadership development they need to thrive in their roles and take their companies to the next level.”

AceUp taps into today’s broad expectations among its target market of personalized product and service delivery by offering personalized, one-on-one executive coaching. AceUp utilizes a technology-driven framework that enables an end-to-end executive coaching deployment enterprise-wide and measures impact through progressive analytics. The company is democratizing one-on-one coaching to make it affordable and accessible across an organization.

Currently, the AceUp platform offers services from close to 500 premier executive coaches and counts over 40 companies among its clients, including LovePop, Rapid7, Boston Children’s Hospital and Ginkgo Bioworks among others. The company has raised $3M in funding to date and is well on its way to achieving aggressive growth goals to make one-on-one coaching widely available. Foussier and Lynn are confident that this notable recognition by Forbes will help them meet and then exceed their objectives.

About AceUp:
For companies that want to maximize their employee engagement, increase retention, and foster performance through a culture of continuous learning, AceUp delivers personalized executive coaching to connect employees with their full potential through a tech-enabled framework that is impactful, scalable, and measurable.

Informed by leaders from Harvard, MIT and Yale, AceUp delivers the only personalized executive coaching service supported by a growing community of vetted executive coaches, certified by ICF, iPEC, CTI, Hudson Institute, Harvard University, among other accredited institutions. Learn more at

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