International Association of Women Recognizes Hilary Grosskopf as a 2021-2022 Influencer

Hilary Grosskopf, Author/Leadership Strategist/Yoga Teacher at Awake Leadership Solutions, joins networking organization

The International Association of Women (IAW) recognizes Hilary Grosskopf as a 2021-2022 Influencer. She is acknowledged as a leader in entrepreneurship. The International Association of Women (IAW) is a global in-person and online networking platform with more than 100 local chapters, International Chapters and 1,000+ in-person and virtual events.

After earning Master's and Bachelor's degrees in engineering, Hilary Grosskopf embarked on a successful career in supply chain and logistics. While working in these fields at such retail giants as Urban Outfitters and Restoration Hardware she realized leadership is the most challenging yet important part of working.

"As a young leader in the corporate world, I realized there are not many tangible, practical resources for leading teams," Ms. Grosskopf said. "Outside of work, I was practicing and studying yoga. Yoga really inspired me and I started integrating concepts from yoga philosophy into my leadership approach."

Ms. Grosskopf decided to compile the exercises she did herself and with her team into a book, Awake Leadership, which is a guidebook for leaders seeking practical, tangible ways to start leading their team confidently. Everything took off from there.

"In 2017, I founded Awake Leadership Solutions to educate and inspire leaders seeking ethical, mindful and creative leadership practices," she said. From creating content, including articles, podcasts, free downloadable worksheets and new books to presenting seminars and trainings for professional organizations and schools, Ms. Grosskopf, like most successful entrepreneurs, does it all. "Of course, I also manage the behind-the-scenes business aspects as well, along with some expert contractors who help me out," she added.

As a Systems Engineer by education, Ms. Grosskopf said the skills she uses are centered around systems thinking. "I love solving problems in organized yet creative ways that optimize the results," she said. Also an accomplished Writer, Ms. Grosskopf is the Author of two other books, Awake Ethics, a guidebook for leaders seeking to find a balance of peace and progress at work, and Awake Apprentice, a career development guidebook. She is also a 500-hour Certified Yoga Teacher in Vinyasa yoga.

While it can be challenging running a business and staying on top of all the moving pieces, Ms. Grosskopf finds her career extremely rewarding and looks forward to growing her business. "I love creating new content and hearing from readers who say my work has improved their quality of work and life in some way," she said. "My future goals are to speak and present my content on larger stages. I'd also love to write another book soon. I have lots of ideas and concepts brewing!"

Education & Accomplishments: Master's, University of Pennsylvania Engineering School;

Bachelor's, University of Pennsylvania Engineering School; RYT 500-hour Certification, Yoga Tree, San Francisco, CA

Source: International Association of Women