About the Presenter:
Gail Zelitzky, founder and CEO of GEARSHIFT, is a premiere business coach for success-driven entrepreneurs. Business is dynamic, complex, ever-changing. Each stage requires different skill sets if the business is to thrive. GEARSHIFT is an innovative, fast-track coaching program that drives growth. Founded on the belief that creativity, alongside structure, improves a company, it promotes culture, leadership skill-building, employee engagement, team performance and operational precision – all necessary conditions for businesses to succeed in today’s competitive marketplace. Gail possesses a deep understanding of what it takes to grow a business and brings solid solutions to the challenges entrepreneurs face. Through her unique skills and leadership ability, revenue and profitability increase. Gail is a serial entrepreneur.
First, franchisor of the national retail liquor chain, Foremost Liquors™; next, founder of the groundbreaking worldwide Internet company, Liquor by Wire™, now Liquor.com™. In each case, her creative approach to sales and systematic organizational structure fueled their growth and resulted in award-winning, multi-million dollar businesses. She was one of the first 500 e-merchants online.
As adjunct professor at UIC, Gail created and taught 4 MBA courses: Gender Equity in the Workplace, Retailing, Retail Management and Marketing. Gail’s non-profit work includes NAWBO Chicago, (Past President), Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA), Women in Business Board, SBAC, (current Chair), Chicago Innovation Circle and 1871 Mentors. Previous boards include: Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) and Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce (past Chair).