The Businesswoman of The Year Awards have recognized the accomplishments of outstanding women in the National Capital Region since 1983 andthis year, our CEO and co-founder, Dr. Lindy Ledohowski, has been named as a finalist in the Emerging Entrepreneur category. Please join us in congratulating Lindy on this feat. She has written about her experiences moving from being a tenure track English professor to being an EdTech start up CEO (here and here and here among other places), and her story about leaping successfully from the academic track to the entrepreneurial one is a narrative we wish more people knew. As a strong womanin business and leader to our team, we are just so very proud that the BYAs have sat up and taken notice of her accomplishments.
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Learn a little more about our CEO...
Dr. Lindy Ledohowski is an award-winning academic, educator, and entrepreneur and was both a high school English teacher and then Canadian literature university professor prior to co-founding EssayJack Inc and becoming its inaugural CEO. She holds an Honours B.A., B.Ed., M.A., and Ph.D., and a postdoctoral fellowship and has won a whole host of scholarships, awards, grants, and prizes.
Lindy also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights as a Governor-in-Council appointee. She has been recognized as a Silver Stevie Award Winner for Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Canada, was a finalist for the Women in IT Awards in the Global Leader category, and is a recognized alumna of L-Spark’s incubation program in Kanata. Really, sometimes we think it's all a bit overkill! ;)
Why should we care about her or these awards?
A recent 2017 study in Canada found that only about 5% of Canadian tech companies have either a female founder and/or CEO. Women and girls are still under represented in STEM fields, and the combination of tech PLUS business seems to increase that gap. Our CEO didn't start out in either STEM or business. She's not some savvy coder who was drawn to computers from an early age. In fact, she was an award-winning scholar and professor. She was well on her way to an illustrious career as a full-time academic when she couldn't help but respond to the needs of her students and educators around her when it came to critical thinking and writing skills. She used her problem solving skills and ability to take risks and jumped into developing in EssayJack the kind of sound pedagogical tool that she wished all her students and colleagues had access to. From there, she sort of fell into business and tech, learning at every step of the way. And through it all, she has made time to mentor other women and girls in business and tech. She has given talks to PhD students in humanities departments who are afraid that they won't get jobs as professors; she uses her story to tell them that there are many other exciting and fulfilling options out there beyond the professoriate.
We think people like Lindy - those who quietly solve problems and lead by example - are the kinds of change makers we want to see celebrated, so for us, the BYAs naming her as a finalist in the Emerging Entrepreneur category is a big deal, and we hope that you'll reach out to our CEO and let her know if it's a big deal to you too.
We also hope that you'll congratulate all the other finalists and the women and girls in your professional and personal networks who are doing great things in your world.
As March 8th - International Women's Day - approaches, take time to recognize the women and girls around you doing wonderful things!
EssayJack is an interactive web platform with a patented solution that pre-structures student essays, reduces writing anxiety, and allows educator customization and feedback. Ranked as one of the top English Language teaching digital innovations in the world by the British Council and Cambridge English, EssayJack was created by award-winning educators and can be customized for almost any writing task.