Lindsey Vonn isn’t a stranger to threat. She says threat was one thing she at all times seemed ahead to and even embraced as an Olympic gold medalist and World Cup title holder in alpine snowboarding.
Extra importantly, Vonn hints that her love of threat not solely made her essentially the most profitable feminine skier of all time, it’s additionally has helped her enterprise profession.
“I’m a down-hiller, and so I don’t get afraid of issues,” Vonn stated, throughout a Zoom interview final week. “I have a look at all the pieces pragmatically, and for me I feel being fearless bodes properly, being in (the enterprise) area.”
Since retiring from the slopes, Vonn has been busy with quite a few ventures. First off, Vonn runs the Lindsey Vonn Basis, a non-profit established to empower younger girls, which presents needs-based scholarships to ladies 10 to 18 years of age who’re pursuing tutorial, athletic, and enrichment actions. Vonn runs the group together with her sisters, Laura and Karin Kildow, and staff of execs.
The 82-time World Cup occasion winner additionally has longstanding relationships with quite a few manufacturers she’s continued to work with since her Olympic days. Vonn factors out, nonetheless, that she’s not only a celeb endorser licensing a well-known identify.
“I’ve extra time now, and I’ve turn out to be very concerned with companies on (product) improvement and design, deal circulate, and different features.”
With sports activities gear maker Head, Vonn has her personal ski clothes line, and with Sweden-based Yniq Eyewear, she conceptualizes and helps design premium ski goggles.
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And shortly after retiring in 2019, Vonn jumped on board with Under Armour as part of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Mission Rock.
Along with that, Vonn is an avid investor. She’s part of a handful of company advisory boards, and in addition stated that she “advises on a number of funds,” and has labored carefully with tech banking star Paul Kwan of Basic Catalyst, to scout new market alternatives.
“Paul has taken me underneath his wing, and I’m studying loads,” Vonn stated. “I’m excited to share what I do know, and achieve some information, and I feel I’ve loads to supply these firms.”
Vonn once more taking the rostrum
In mid-October, Vonn is ready to take the rostrum in Montréal, Canada, because the keynote speaker at C2 Montréal 2021.
C2 Montréal is a nonprofit group that describes its annual occasion because the “premier convention on commerce and creativity.”
C2 showcases enterprise leaders, social game-changers, and material specialists on all the pieces from social media to aerospace. This 12 months’s occasion takes place October 19-21, each in particular person and just about.
“I’m actually excited to be part of it,” stated Vonn, who is not any stranger to enterprise and management summits.
In Montréal, Vonn plans to discuss teamwork, whereas additionally sharing tales about competing, balancing enterprise and basis work, all whereas being within the public eye.
Together with Vonn, the one athlete on this 12 months’s invoice, C2’s attendees will hear from Mindy Kaling, an writer and director greatest identified for her work on The Mindy Mission and TV comedy The Workplace. C2 2021 additionally options executives and innovators from well-known firms reminiscent of Tik Tok and Google.
Previous family names which have led or spoken at C2 encompass Tipping Level writer Malcolm Gladwell, plus Steve Wozniak, Martha Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Richard Branson and Snoop Dogg. The theme for this 12 months’s C2 occasion is “renewal.”
Trying again, Vonn additionally says that she takes loads from her time as an Olympian into the enterprise world.
“Whereas snowboarding is a person sport, we did very a lot have a staff,” Vonn says of Group USA and the Olympic alpine squad. “We needed to work collectively, and being an Olympian is a really massive honor, but in addition a whole lot of accountability.”
“Being in enterprise, you’re representing your self, however there’s loads on the road,” Vonn concludes. “There’s loads to figuring out your competitors, figuring out your psychology and theirs, and figuring out your competitors’s strengths and weaknesses. And information is energy.”