Pamela Slim is a small business coach with a strange twist: most of her clients are very large companies who serve the small business market. They hire Pam to advise them on how to understand and connect with small business owners today.
Pam’s insight is drawn from her small business learning laboratory on Main Street in Mesa, Arizona, where she talks every day with entrepreneurs from every walk of life, from side hustlers to companies in high scaling mode. In the lab, Pam’s passionate community of small business owners test and try all kinds of approaches to solving business problems, rejecting tired advice from past decades.
A former Director of Training and Development at Barclays Global Investors in San Francisco, Pam spent the first 10 years of her business as a consultant to large companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Charles Schwab and Cisco Systems, where she worked with thousands of executives, managers and employees.
In the last twelve years, she helped thousands of people to start successful businesses. She built a powerful online presence at Escape from Cubicle Nation, a site designed for corporate employees who wanted to make the shift to entrepreneur. At Escape, Pam developed and taught business building courses and spoke at entrepreneur events around the country. She has worked with companies serving the small business market such as Infusionsoft, GoDaddy, Progressive Insurance, Kahuna Accounting and Citrix.
She is frequently quoted as a business expert in press such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Information Week, Money Magazine and Psychology Today.
Her first book, Escape from Cubicle Nation, (Penguin/Portfolio 2009) won Best Small Business and Entrepreneur Book of 2009 from 800 CEO Read. Her most recent book, Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together, (Penguin/Portfolio 2014) gives a fresh perspective on the skills required to thrive in the new world of work.
Rosie, Josh, Darryl and Pamela Slim in downtown Mesa.
Pam is a passionate martial artist who practiced the Afro-Brazilian Capoeira for 11 years in San Francisco, where she was Executive Director of Omulu Capoeira Group, a non-profit martial arts organization. She studied Mixed Martial Arts with Edward Kelly Fiori in Arizona, receiving her black belt in July, 2013.