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Geri Stengel of Ventureneer: Managing Rejection and Improving Your Ask

Uncategorized Mar 18, 2020

Geri Stengel is the President of Ventureneer, a company that does brand research, training, and educational content on and for entrepreneurs. The company is best known for producing the American Express’ State of Women-Owned Business Report. They have also worked with renowned clients such as CNBC, Del, NYC SBS, the National Women's Business Council, QuickBooks, and the Tory Burch Foundation.

Geri has a column in Forbes about women entrepreneurship, and she believes that the entrepreneurial world is at a moment of meaningful change with women and minorities leading that change.





Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • Speed round with Geri Stengel
  • Geri’s first and most tension-filled ask
  • What to do when the response to your ask catches you off guard
  • How to effectively balance the use of data and personal connection in your ask
  • How to efficiently integrate data into your ask
  • Overcoming investor bias against women 
  • The impact of minority-focused organizations on getting funding for non-traditional entrepreneurs
  • How women founders give back to their community 
  • The importance of role models for women entrepreneurs and where to find them
  • How Geri decides who she says yes to


In this episode…

Have you ever gotten a response to your ask that caught you off guard? How did you respond? What did you do afterward? Geri Stengel of Ventureneer has been in that tough position and she knows all too well how hard it can knock you off of your pedestal. She was single, hardworking, and was denied her request to get higher pay in the most shocking way. It was a learning experience that molded her to become the successful woman that she is today.

In this episode of What’s Your Ask?, Geri also talks to Stephanie about how you can best handle harsh rejections, how to effectively use data and personal connections into your ask, how entrepreneurs can tell better stories using data, and why she believes that women and non-traditional entrepreneurs are the game-changers in the world of entrepreneurship. Stay tuned.

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