The Force Behind Chic CEO

Founder & CEO

Stephanie BurnsStephanie Burns, A mid-westerner at heart, is the founder and CEO of Chic CEO. Chic CEO is an online resource for female entrepreneurs - bringing how-to information, tools and community to women starting businesses. With a background in brand building, media buying, strategy and entrepreneurship, Stephanie has wide experience with an eclectic portfolio of industries. While pursuing her MBA, Stephanie decided to create the business plan for what is now Chic CEO. After being a contestant on the Wheel of Fortune, she used her winnings to launch a web resource any woman could use and understand without having to obtain a business degree. 

Just 6 months after launch, Chic CEO was named as one of the Top 10 Entrepreneurial Websites for Women by Forbes and every year after. Chic CEO has also been included in the Top 100 Websites for Entrepreneurs by Forbes as well as featured in notable press outlets like Inc., Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, Amex Open among others. With 100,000 female entrepreneurs subscribed, Stephanie's vision for Chic CEO to be the number one resource for any woman who wants to start a business and follow her entrepreneurial dream. 


Advisory Board

Jody GreeneJody Greene is originally an Oregonian and is an alum of the College of Business at CSUSM where she honed her marketing skills and entrepreneurial spirit. She has been in marketing for the past decade and also owned and operated her own styling and personal shopping business before teaming up with business partner, Stephanie Burns, to become the Chief Marketing Officer of Chic CEO. Jody enjoys being active in the community through numerous volunteer outlets, has a passion for connecting people and an eye for style.


Jim HamerlyDr. Jim Hamerly has over thirty years of business experience, fifteen as an entrepreneur, fifteen doing corporate research and venturing in large corporations. Ten years of academic teaching experience, including oversight of over 500 business consulting projects. He has served on over a dozen community and business boards. He's had personal experience in all stages of funding, " sweat-equity", "friends and family", angel as well as venture capital investing. Jim also holds a BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (from MIT, IC Berkeley, and Carnegie Mellon University).



Fran MaierFran Maier is serial entrepreneur, general manager, and brand builder with nearly 20 years experience in internet businesses. She currently serves as Founder and Chair of the Board of TRUSTe, the leading privacy trustmark and solutions provider, in addition to several other board and advisory roles for emerging startups. Fran's career, from co-founder of to CEO at TRUSTe, has made her an experienced agent of change and growth, particularly in companies that build brands and results by establishing trust with online consumers. In addition to her expertise in online privacy, she is also known for her expertise in social networking, brand building, business development, and marketing.


Veronica BelmontVeronica Belmont is a technology and gaming-centric video host based out of San Francisco. Currently her projects include Tekzilla (a weekly tech help and how-to show on, Fact or Fictional, and The Sword and Laser, a science fiction and fantasy podcast and community, co-hosted with Tom Merritt. Recently Veronica appeared on BBC America as the co-host of Gizmodo: The Gadget Testers, and she was the original host of Qore on the PlayStation Network.




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At Chic CEO, we believe women should have the business knowledge and support they need right at their polished fingertips. We created this website as a resource for all the amazing women we've met who either didn't know how to implement their ideas or were too afraid to take the plunge. At Chic CEO you'll find easy to understand, easy to implement business knowledge in its most basic form. Best of all, you'll find other women who are willing to share their advice and experiences simply because someone else did the same for them. The ground level information is here for you to get started in being your own boss - the rest is up to you.


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