Speaker

Shelly Sun Chairperson, IFA Board of Directors; CEO and Co-Founder - BrightStar Care

Shelly Sun is the CEO and co-founder of BrightStar Care®, a premium healthcare staffing company providing the full continuum of care, from homecare to supplemental staffing for corporate clients such as nursing homes and physicians. In 2005, BrightStar launched its franchising efforts, becoming the first and only franchising company in the country to specialize in both medical and non-medical care and health care staffing.

Shelly is a Certified Franchise Executive and participates on the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Board of Directors. Shelly was recently elected as the Chairperson of the IFA Board of Directors. Shelly was also selected by the IFA as the 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year.

BrightStar Care was featured on CBS’ Undercover Boss. Shelly also published her first book, Grow Smart, Risk Less – a low-capital path to multiplying your business through franchising, where she discusses her journey as an emerging franchisor through amazing growth, lessons learned and game-changing ideas.


Presenting in the following seminars/workshops:

Thursday, June 15, 2017
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Why Franchising? How Women Can be Successful in Today’s Franchising Marketplace

Room: 1B01

Moderated by: Michelle Rowan, President and COO, Franchise Business Review

Panelists: Catherine Monson, Chief Executive Officer, FASTSIGNS International, Inc.; Shelly Sun, Chairperson, IFA Board of Directors; CEO and Co-Founder, BrightStar Care; Susan Steron, Rochester and Buffalo, NY Multi-Unit Franchisee, Sylvan Learning

Franchising is not a business opportunity for men alone. More and more franchise owners are women – women who are extremely successful and making a difference. Learn from some of the savviest female franchise leaders, representing a wide variety of backgrounds, who chose franchising for their career path. Why did they look to franchising? What have been their biggest challenges and how did they overcome them? What are the rewards? What would they do over again? Hear real stories, personal experiences, best practices and lessons learned from an elite group of female franchise founders/CEOs and franchisees. By attending this session, you will walk away with the following: insights about franchising and determining whether it is the right fit for you; who can help you learn more about franchising and the steps necessary to become a successful franchise owner; tips for overcoming obstacles in launching a successful franchise business.
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