How it all began

Meet our Founder!

Lauree Ostrofsky knows how exciting and daunting it can be to work for yourself.

She's owned her business, Simply Leap, since 2006 helping women create meaningful careers and businesses, face fears getting in their way and hug like they mean it. 

At the heart of it all is the belief that: Women do business differently. 

We care deeply about the work we do, and the people we serve. We are natural collaborators and connection-makers. And we are THE biggest cheerleaders for each other.

We can also get stuck in our heads trying to figure it all out on our own.  

After growing up in Dutchess County and moving to Manhattan and Washington, DC, Lauree founded Hudson Valley Women in Business (HVWiB) in December 2014 wanting to lean on and learn from other women.

Together, we can succeed faster and with more confidence.

Her communities of high-achieving women business owners are encouraging more women entrepreneurship in the Hudson Valley, across the country and around the world.

Click below to learn about Lauree's business journey, books, #HugTour and more.