Caroline Ghosn, co-founder and CEO of Levo League, was this week’s featured guest on Levo’s 100th episode of Office Hours. Ghosn is a Stanford University alum and is the first woman in her family to graduate from college. She has been passionate about entrepreneurship and social change from an early age and through Office Hours strives to democratize access to all of the resources that women need for their own personal success equation.
“I’m humbled by how much Office Hours has resonated,” said Ghosn. “We’ve had women share stories about how the insights from Office Hours has transformed their lives.”
Ghosn believes that as a generation, Millennials have the opportunity to change how people work and achieve excellence in their careers. She explained that as a team, Levo has striven to provide a healthy and supportive workplace through health initiatives like yoga, SoulCycle, family meals, and office dogs to connect with one another.
“I think as a leader, I’ve grown a lot,” said Ghosn. “I’ve really learned how to manage my energy and how to embrace this rollercoaster that entrepreneurship is with humility, faith, and with good humor. Sometimes you just have to take a step back and ask yourself what is funny about this situation.”
Through her journey leading Levo, Ghosn has found inspiration by remaining open to the new. “I’ve identified that I’m naturally a very curious person,” she said. “That tends to feed my inspiration, except when I’m exhausted. My challenge has been how do I get unexhausted or unexhausted enough that I can derive enough inspiration from my environment.”
Ghosn also explained that it’s important to watch out for things and people that drain your energy. By being kinder to yourself and seeking inspiration, you’ll find yourself being more creative, innovative, and inspired. It is also important to take the time to recover from busy moments in your career.
“You’ve maybe heard that starting a company is a marathon, it isn’t a sprint,” she said. “I’d actually correct that. I think it’s a marathon composed of a series of sprints and nobody tells you that. It’s up to you to recover between sprints.”
Providing women with the right access to leaders and information over the course of their careers and ensuring they are able to benefit from the same resources is her passion. She admits that she has struggled to prioritize and cut things off her priority list because she thinks about how a new idea or product could affect one more person. The only way to build resilience against the highs and lows of building a startup she explains, is to take care of your mental and physical wellness.
“No matter who you are,” Ghosn said, “I think especially for those of you who are extremely passionate about what you do, it’s really important to think about your own energy so that you can make it through the marathon. Great leaders manage their energy, they don’t manage their time.”