Autumn is a proud alumnus of the University of Arkansas (Go Hogs!) and is a serial entrepreneur with experience building and designing products, establishing growth strategies, and assembling and leading high-performance teams. She spent the first part of her career applying her education in behavioral psychology to understand the characteristics of effective leaders and cultures and built automated assessments and tools to measure and move these to have an elevated impact.
She brings product and go-to-market, combined with deep change management and communications experience, to optimize team performance, organizational cultures, and business ROI. For nearly 20 years, Autumn has helped teams and companies get initial lift and fly to achieve repeatable revenue and deliver a differentiated service experience to the customer.
Her work across diverse industries and companies at each stage, from large enterprise to early tech startups, has reinforced her core philosophy that making life and work count for people matters materially to building sustaining value and exceptional performance. It is this philosophy that led her to co-found and lead YouEarnedIt (now WorkTango) in 2013, an industry leading B2B tech platform that combined employee engagement, culture, and performance enablement solutions to companies around the globe, eventually exiting to Vista Equity Partners in 2018. Following her time as CEO of YouEarnedIt, Autumn served as President & COO of Cratejoy, a B2B2C Marketplace enabling thousands of small business owners to deliver recurring subscription box products to consumers around the globe.
Autumn currently serves as Partner at Motley Fool Ventures, an early stage, technology-focused venture capital fund, powered by The Motley Fool’s brand and commitment to building a smarter, happier, richer world. Autumn spends her time advising and mentoring a handful of tech companies, with a spotlight on women and underrepresented founders in tech. She also enjoys serving on the board of Scholarship America, where she works to increase access to great education to young people across America, and serves as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) to offer a voice to those most in need – children.
Autumn is a regular speaker on topics impacting culture and the employee experience, women in leadership, and leadership and innovation in the tech space. She has been profiled in The New York Times, HuffPost, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, and the Economist to share her thoughts on culture and leadership. During her tenure as CEO of YEI, Autumn was named Austin’s Best CEO in 2018, receiving the 2018 Stevie Award for Best Female Executive of the Year, and was named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of Best Company Cultures in 2017 and 2018.