Elena Bajic, Founder and CEO of Ivy Exec, Named a 2014 EY North American Entrepreneurial Winning Woman

Elena is one of 13 winners in North America.

New York, NY, November 20, 2014 --(PR.com)-- EY announced that Elena Bajic, Founder and CEO of Ivy Exec, was named one of 13 winners of the 2014 class of EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women, a national competition and ongoing executive leadership program that identifies a select group of high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to scale. Launched seven years ago, the Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program aims to help increase the number of market-leading businesses run by women entrepreneurs.

Ivy Exec is a highly selective and curated career community that offers career advancement resources to global business leaders, as well as recruitment, employment branding and market research to leading universities and companies across industries. Although the company accepts only 40% of its applicants, membership has grown to around half a million high-caliber professionals. Ivy Exec leverages its technology platform and curated community to offer innovative recruitment solutions to members of the Fortune 1000 and rapidly growing entrepreneurial companies. Ivy Exec’s recruitment services typically reduce the cost per hire by over 30%, in addition to shortening the time to hire.

“I am thrilled to be named an EY Entrepreneurial Winning Woman™ and look forward to meeting other women entrepreneurs and further developing my company, Ivy Exec, with the support of the experts at EY,” says Bajic.

According to an independent assessment by Babson College, the program is working: North American program participant companies’ total 2013 revenue was 63% higher than their total revenues in the years before they joined the program. Individual participants average 20% revenue growth annually; in the second year of participation, however, their companies have been known to grow up to 50%. Winners also report increases in entrepreneurial confidence, growth goals, networks and media visibility, to name a few.

Past winners have included: Jessica Herrin, founder and CEO of Stella & Dot; Alexa Van Tobel, founder and CEO of LearnVest.com; Lisa Stone, co-founder and CEO of BlogHer; Kara Goldin, founder and CEO of Hint; and Raegan Moya-Jones, founder and CEO of Aden + Anais.

“The Entrepreneurial Winning Women program has grown into a highly competitive platform to help female entrepreneurs accomplish the key goals they have for their companies, in turn growing to new heights,” said Kerrie MacPherson, Principal and North American Entrepreneurial Winning Women Executive Sponsor, Ernst & Young LLP. Elena Bajic is an exceptional business leader with great potential. We are pleased to honor her as one of this year’s winners.”

Launched in 2008, the program is intended to help women entrepreneurs break through the barriers that keep thriving second-stage businesses from scaling to their full potential. Once selected, the entrepreneurs participate in an ongoing, customized program designed by EY to catalyze their companies’ growth by building and fostering critical relationships, enhancing leadership skills, expanding business know-how and providing increased visibility. They are coached on the five crucial leaps they need to scale up their business:

· Thinking big and being bold;
· Building a public profile;
· Working on the business, rather than in it;
· Finding and establishing the right networks;
· Evaluating financing for expansion.

The 13 members of the Entrepreneurial Winning Women Class of 2014 also received an all-expense paid trip to this year’s EY Strategic Growth Forum®, an invitation-only gathering of more than 2,000 high-growth, market-leading company CEOs being held this week in Palm Springs, California. The Forum presents a one-of-a-kind platform for Entrepreneurial Winning Women to introduce their companies and share their corporate and personal brands with a community of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® winners, top executives, prospective investors and business advisors. All 2014 Entrepreneurial Winning Women will be introduced and honored at a special celebratory luncheon during the Forum. For more information on the Forum, visit: www.ey.com/us/strategicgrowthforum.

The distinguished panel of independent judges for the Entrepreneurial Winning Women program included:

· Cynthia Cohen, CEO, Strategic Mindshare
· Mike Cohen, Managing General Partner, VGPartners
· Laurie Cunnington, President, Cunnington & Cunnington (former President of Ward Williston Oil Company)
· Joy Taylor, Co-Founder and CEO, TayganPoint Consulting

The Entrepreneurial Winning Women program is conducted in collaboration with several organizations that encourage the development of women-owned businesses, including the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), The Committee of 200 (C200), Golden Seeds, the Kauffman Foundation, Babson College’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership and the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. For more information on the program, visit www.ey.com/us/entrepreneurialwinningwomen.

About Ivy Exec
As a career resource company for high-achieving executives, Ivy Exec provides job search and career building resources including its unique mentor network, consultative advisory services, a curated executive job board and original content. As a technology enabled recruitment firm, Ivy Exec also offers companies flexible, customized search solutions and helps companies recruit top talent by mining its proprietary member database and publicizing their employment brands to an engaged audience. To learn more about Ivy Exec, contact Gayle Rigone at 212-431-3969 or gayle@ivyexec.com.

About EY’s Strategic Growth Markets Practice
Ernst & Young LLP's Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) practice guides leading high-growth companies. Our multi-disciplinary team of elite professionals provides perspective and advice to help our clients accelerate the path to market leadership. SGM delivers assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services to thousands of companies spanning all industries. EY is the undisputed leader in taking companies public, advising key government agencies on the issues impacting high-growth companies and convening the experts who shape the business climate. For more information, please visit us at www.ey.com/us/strategicgrowthmarkets, or follow news on Twitter @EY_Growth.

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