The Year of the Woman Entrepreneur: Kellee Khalil
To kick off our Year of the Woman Entrepreneur, we are pleased to introduce Kellee Khalil of Lover.ly!
Name: Kellee Khalil
Founder of: Lover.ly
HQ Location: New York, NY
Favorite Quote: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill
Background info: Kellee Khalil, an Entrepreneurial Studies Graduate from USC, is the Founder and CEO of Lover.ly, the world’s first visual search and commerce engine revolutionizing the wedding industry. Kellee started the company after realizing firsthand the inefficiencies of the wedding industry. She moved to NYC, invested her post-grad savings and launched Lover.ly in February of 2012. Prior to founding Lover.ly, Kellee ran Business Development at Be Inspired PR, the leading PR firm servicing the luxury wedding market.
What made you what you are: Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with,” and growing up in an entrepreneurial family of 7, I was constantly inspired by my family. The curiosity and creativity fostered by my family has contributed greatly to the person and business owner I am today.
Advice to other entrepreneurs: Everything will work out in the end. Don’t spend your time worrying about the little things, focus on the big picture and if it’s meant to be, it will be.
Entrepreneur you most admire and why?: Sara Blakely, because she saw a problem that all women faced, and took that as an opportunity to create a business out of something that nobody else thought to do. Now, Spanx is a million dollar business.
Most embarrassing moment: Lover.ly was recently on Fox-TV’s Good Day New York talking wedding trends, and the anchor referenced our website URL as www.Loverly.com and I had to correct him on LIVE television. (It’s www.lover.ly)
Favorite thing about your office: I enjoy the open layout space of our office, because it fosters creativity and creates a collaborative space where our departments can work together to create a unified product.