Where Are They Now? – Lindsay Avner, Bright Pink

The hustle never ends—it evolves.

By Sarah Achler June 23, 2015

Bright Pink founder and CEO, Lindsay Avner has established herself as a leader in breast and ovarian cancer prevention. Through her non-profit organization, Lindsay has inspired millions of people around the world to move from awareness to action, practicing risk reduction and early detection as a part of a proactive life.

We catch up with Lindsay to find out how her entrepreneurial journey has evolved in our first installment of “Where Are They Now?”.

Lindsay Avner

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced since being featured on Trep Life: Season 1?

Making sure we are moving fast enough in resourcing our life-saving programs to save as many lives as possible.

How has the Grind evolved since then?

I now have an incredible leadership team I trust so it has helped ease some of the management of day-to-day pressure.

How has the Hustle evolved? Where were you spending your time then vs now…

The hustle never ends, but it evolves. I now spend most of my days focusing on our new individual giving initiatives and supporting the team vs. doing the actual work.

What’s the biggest change/evolution that’s occurred (both personally and professionally)?

I am engaged, getting married and a new stepmom to three awesome teenagers! I moved to the suburbs and Bright Pink has to share the spotlight with my new family.

What’s the biggest win/payoff you’ve experienced since being featured?

Watching the dramatic expansion of our programs. We will be within +100 medical professional programs this year when we were only in 30 last year and two the year before. We will educate 35,000 women, up from 14,000 in 2014 and 3,000 in 2013. It’s been a rocket ship.

BIG Picture: What are you Hustling to make happen right now? What’s ahead for you/your business?

Grow the individual giving portfolio and bring on more foundation, brand and family partners who are just as committed to seeing the impact as we are.

Lindsay Avner

Who inspires you and why?

My fiancé is the greatest leader I have ever met. I have learned so much from him about the need to focus on the long-term, to go slow and get it right but then to go fast, and to hustle like there’s no tomorrow.

If you were a character on Silicon Valley / Game of Thrones who would you be and why?

So sorry I haven’t seen or heard of that? Eek! Is this what the suburbs have done to me?

What’s your current theme song?

Katy Perry – Roar

Recent/favorite quote (Words of Wisdom):

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt