Sheila’s inspiration to found Care.com was the natural by-product of her personal and professional experiences. A young mother with two small children who also became part of the “sandwich generation” at an early age, Sheila was challenged to find quality care solutions. She knew this problem was not unique to her family and that there had to be a better solution than word-of-mouth or the phone book. Having simultaneously embarked on her career in technology, she knew that was the answer. Sheila founded Care.com in 2006 and today, the company is the largest online care destination in the world, with more than 9.5 million members across 16 countries.
Sheila’s passion for technology developed during her time as a management consultant and a teaching fellow at Harvard Business School. Her growing appreciation for the power of technology to help solve real problems for people led her to Upromise, where she was VP of Product Management and Marketing for the service that helped families save for college, and then to executive search engine TheLadders.com, where she was VP and General Manager of TheLadders.com. Following TheLadders, she was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Matrix Partners. As Care.com has grown and innovated, Sheila has been honored with numerous accolades, including one of the “Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs” (Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit, 2009); “Entrepreneur of the Year Award for New England” (Ernst & Young, 2010); one of the “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs” (Goldman Sachs’ Builders and Innovators Summit, 2012); “10 Most Powerful Women in Boston Tech” (The Boston Globe’s Innovation Economy, 2012); “Tech Luminary Innovation All-Star” (Boston Business Journal, 2012); and “Leader in Diversity” (Boston Business Journal, 2012); “Digital Trailblazer Award” (National Association of Female Executives, 2013); and “The Pinnacle Award for Achievement in Entrepreneurship” (Boston Chamber of Commerce, 2014). @smarcelo http://blog.care.com/