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Karla Lightfoot and Stella Grizont

Ladies Who Launch Market Directors


As the Market Director of Ladies Who Launch New York City and New Jersey, Karla Lightfoot has worked with hundreds of women to explore, clarify and achieve their entrepreneurial and personal dreams. Her past professional background includes working in executive management, sales, and marketing at companies such as Bloomingdale's, Starbucks Coffee Company, and Tribune Interactive. She co-authored the best-selling cult classic, The BAP Handbook: The Official Guide to the Black American Princess (Random House) and founded compassion couture, a t-shirt company that aimed to inspire the world through the power of its positive messages. Karla has been featured on Good Morning America, Fox News (in the top 5 markets), NPR, The New York Times, Newsweek, the London Evening Standard and more. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Karla is passionate about encouraging others to follow their entrepreneurial bliss!

Stella Grizont has supported thousands of women in making their dreams come true. She is the Managing Director of Ladies Who Launch in New York City and New Jersey, along with her partner, Karla Lightfoot. Previously Stella worked with the Ladies Who Launch Corporation as the Vice President of Marketing where she helped catapult the brands presence from 35 markets to 54 markets in the US & Canada. Stella co-authored and designed the new Incubator Intensive workshop, taught internationally to women launchers. During her role as VP, Grizont managed and trained a global staff of 75 Incubator Leaders. Stella has been featured on the Today Show, Reuters, Yahoo News, The New Jersey Star Ledger, and other media channels for her expertise in business and entrepreneurship. She also runs her own brand consultancy, and currently is an early contributor to new-breed communication agency, Living Breathing, where she consults for clients such as Nintendo, NBC, and McGraw-Hill. Previously she served as Senior Brand Strategist at Young & Rubicam on the Dannon and Pepperidge Farm accounts. Grizont has been published in iMedia and quoted in AdAge for her keen insights on cultural and consumer trends. She received accolades from the Campbell's Soup Company for her ethnographic research and won a Y&R Leadership Award for creating an inspiration/motivation initiative for employees. Stella graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University where she serves on the Alumnae Leadership Development committee. She holds a Master in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. You can catch her insights on living life plus at