Leah Busque Solivan

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Fees* $20,001 - $35,000

Tagline: Business Innovation

Talent Highlights

  • Pioneering the Gig Economy: Leah Busque Solivan is a trailblazer in the gig economy, having founded TaskRabbit, one of the first and most successful platforms connecting people with freelance labor. Her innovative vision revolutionized the way people approach everyday tasks, from household chores to business errands, by leveraging technology to create flexible work opportunities.
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit: With a background in computer science and a passion for problem-solving, Leah embodies the entrepreneurial spirit. Her journey from software engineer to startup founder is a testament to her drive, creativity, and willingness to take risks. Through TaskRabbit, she not only disrupted traditional labor models but also inspired a new generation of entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams.
  • Empowering Communities: Beyond its economic impact, TaskRabbit under Leah’s leadership empowered individuals to take control of their own destinies. By providing a platform for people to monetize their skills and talents, she enabled countless freelancers to achieve financial independence and pursue fulfilling careers on their own terms. This commitment to empowerment resonates throughout Leah’s work and serves as a guiding principle in everything she does.
  • Innovation and Adaptability: Leah’s ability to innovate and adapt has been instrumental in TaskRabbit’s success. Under her leadership, the platform continuously evolved to meet the changing needs of users and freelancers alike, incorporating new features and services to enhance the user experience. Her forward-thinking approach and willingness to embrace change set TaskRabbit apart as a leader in the gig economy landscape.
  • Social Impact: Beyond building a successful business, Leah is dedicated to making a positive social impact. Throughout her career, she has advocated for diversity, inclusion, and women’s leadership in the tech industry. As a mentor and role model, she inspires others to challenge stereotypes and break down barriers to success. Leah’s commitment to social responsibility extends beyond the boardroom, demonstrating that business success and social good can go hand in hand.

Keynote Topics

Mom always told us not to talk to strangers, but are there really any strangers today? Five years ago it was unthinkable to flag down a random car and hop in for a ride, but today, with the use of technology, we don’t hesitate in sharing rides with people we don’t know.

We are willing to hire a handyman through an app, such as TaskRabbit, and we are renting out rooms in our own houses to people we’ve never met before. How did the sharing economy begin and what will it evolve to next? In this dynamic speech, Busque will share her story of starting TaskRabbit and why 2008 was a pinnacle for the beginning of the sharing economy.

Over the last 8 years, this new trend has evolved into mainstream adoption and continues to grow and scale in new ways that are changing the future of work. Busque will explore how businesses, large and small, will need to evolve to support this new fragmented workforce, and how, despite the skeptics, providing more flexibility and entrepreneurship in our work environments will drive innovation, support diversity, and ultimately translate to stronger, longer lasting companies.

We constantly hear about the “pipeline problem” of women in the technology industry. Companies want to hire more women and drive more diversity, but they say they struggle in finding qualified candidates. Is the pipeline problem real and how can we better prepare our girls and young women for careers in the technology industry?

Busque will share her experiences from how her eight year old self learned about what a CEO does, to having strong female mentors and role models throughout pivotal educational years, to quitting her job at IBM to found TaskRabbit – a pioneer of the sharing economy movement.

Her experiences as a speaker for Girls Who Code, mentor for Girls in Tech, and board Trustee for Sweet Briar College have shaped her perspective on bridging the gap for women in technology. As we strive to increase diversity in the pipeline, Busque will also share how companies can start finding qualified diverse candidates today, by increasing their focus on culture building, investing in diversity and inclusion programs, and working with untraditional recruiting resources to fill the gap immediately.

The audience will be left motivated, inspired, and with new tools at the ready to drive diversity for their organization.

Mom always told us not to talk to strangers, but are there really any strangers today? Five years ago it was unthinkable to flag down a random car and hop in for a ride, but today, with the use of technology, we don’t hesitate in sharing rides with people we don’t know.

We are willing to hire a handyman through an app, such as TaskRabbit, and we are renting out rooms in our own houses to people we’ve never met before. How did the sharing economy begin and what will it evolve to next? In this dynamic speech, Busque will share her story of starting TaskRabbit and why 2008 was a pinnacle for the beginning of the sharing economy.

Over the last 8 years, this new trend has evolved into mainstream adoption and continues to grow and scale in new ways that are changing the future of work. Busque will explore how businesses, large and small, will need to evolve to support this new fragmented workforce, and how, despite the skeptics, providing more flexibility and entrepreneurship in our work environments will drive innovation, support diversity, and ultimately translate to stronger, longer lasting companies.

Leah Busque Solivan is not just a speaker; she’s a visionary entrepreneur who has redefined the way we approach productivity and task management. As the founder of TaskRabbit, she revolutionized the gig economy, empowering individuals to outsource errands and tasks with ease. Leah’s journey from a software engineer at IBM to a pioneering businesswoman showcases […]

Leah Busque Solivan is not just a speaker; she’s a visionary entrepreneur who has redefined the way we approach productivity and task management. As the founder of TaskRabbit, she revolutionized the gig economy, empowering individuals to outsource errands and tasks with ease.

Leah’s journey from a software engineer at IBM to a pioneering businesswoman showcases her unwavering commitment to innovation and problem-solving. With her wealth of experience and insightful perspective, Leah brings a unique blend of entrepreneurial wisdom and technological expertise to the stage, inspiring audiences worldwide.

Leah Busque Solivan | Business Innovation

Background and Expertise:

Leah Busque Solivan’s journey is a testament to the power of determination and innovation. With a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Sweet Briar College, Leah began her career as a software engineer at IBM, where she honed her technical skills and developed a passion for leveraging technology to streamline everyday tasks. It was during a cold winter night in Boston that the idea for TaskRabbit was born. Faced with a shortage of dog food and unable to leave her apartment, Leah conceptualized a platform that would connect busy individuals with reliable helpers who could complete tasks on their behalf.

In 2008, Leah took the leap and founded TaskRabbit, pioneering the concept of the sharing economy long before it became a household term. Under her leadership, TaskRabbit grew from a simple idea to a global phenomenon, transforming the way people approach errands and household chores. Leah’s ability to identify market needs and leverage technology to address them has earned her widespread recognition, including being named one of Fortune’s “40 Under 40” and Time’s “100 Most Influential People.”

Beyond her role as an entrepreneur, Leah is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. She actively mentors aspiring entrepreneurs, particularly women, encouraging them to pursue their dreams and break barriers in traditionally male-dominated fields. Leah’s commitment to social impact extends beyond her business endeavors, demonstrating her dedication to creating positive change in society.

Reasons to Book Leah Busque Solivan:

Event planners should book Leah Busque Solivan for her unparalleled expertise in entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership. With her captivating storytelling and firsthand experience building a successful startup, Leah delivers invaluable insights that resonate with audiences of all backgrounds. Whether discussing the future of work, the power of technology to drive social change, or the importance of embracing failure as a stepping stone to success, Leah inspires and empowers her listeners to think outside the box and pursue their passions fearlessly.

Moreover, Leah’s dynamic stage presence and engaging demeanor ensure that her presentations leave a lasting impression on attendees. By booking Leah Busque Solivan, event planners can offer their audience a unique opportunity to learn from one of the most influential voices in the tech industry, sparking creativity, and fostering innovation within their organizations.

Reasons to Book Through Speakers Inc:

When it comes to booking a speaker of Leah Busque Solivan’s caliber, event planners can trust Speakers Inc to deliver a seamless and unforgettable experience. With years of experience in the industry, Speakers Inc has established a reputation for excellence, connecting clients with top-tier talent that meets their specific needs and objectives.

From initial consultation to event coordination, the Speakers Inc team handles every aspect of the booking process with professionalism and attention to detail, ensuring that each event is a resounding success.

By booking Leah Busque Solivan through Speakers Inc, event planners can enjoy peace of mind knowing that they are working with a trusted partner who is dedicated to exceeding their expectations. With access to an extensive network of speakers and entertainers, as well as personalized support every step of the way, Speakers Inc simplifies the booking process and helps clients create memorable experiences that inspire and motivate their audiences.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, Leah Busque Solivan is more than just a speaker; she’s a visionary leader who has reshaped the way we live and work in the digital age. From her groundbreaking work with TaskRabbit to her commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion in the tech industry, Leah’s impact extends far beyond the boardroom.

By booking Leah Busque Solivan for your next event through Speakers Inc, you’re not just securing a speaker – you’re investing in an unforgettable experience that will inspire, educate, and empower your audience for years to come.

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