Erica Mackey

Erica Mackey

Co-Founder & CEO


MyVyllage

Bozeman, MT USA


Follow your gut intuition. If something feels like you’re being uniquely useful and motivated and passionate...lean into it with courage.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Growing up, she split her time between living with her mother in California and her father in South Africa.
Her first experiences in South Africa coincided with the end of apartheid, which sparked her passion for social justice and change.
Attended UCLA where she received a bachelor’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology.
While in college, got the opportunity to go to Tanzania to work with an organization that was helping people living with HIV.
After graduation, returned to Tanzania to run that organization—and for the next seven years, built it into an organization that made government health services accessible to rural communities.
Wanted to further develop and refine her business skills, so she pursued an MBA at Oxford University.
While at Oxford, met her co-founder and started Zola Electric, which delivers clean, renewable energy to communities in Africa.
After giving birth to her daughter and dealing with the struggles of becoming a working mom, was inspired to start MyVillage, a community of high-quality in-home childcare programs.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of California-Los Angeles
graduate
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
University of Oxford
Career

Career

Co-Founder & CEO

I work to harness the power of the community to provide exceptional care for every child.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Business
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Helping People
Helping People

Day to Day

It is all about prioritization and problem-solving. I wake up and think - what are the three most important things I can do to move my business mission forward and then I organize my day around those things. This involves working with our Educators (going and sitting in their businesses), building relationships with policymakers and local child advocates, building operating systems for our business to scale with, talking to investors, communicating our learnings, motivating our team...etc.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Courage, optimism, hunger for feedback/mentors, relationship management, and intuition.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Build a solution to a problem you have. Even if it is small, go through the process of creating something out of nothing.

Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"This problem is too big, too complex and too broken to fix. The economics will never work. A for-profit business is the wrong approach with which to tackle the childcare crisis."

Focus on the positive and stay connected to your motivation. Ask yourself - "you want this because you want..." and "you want this because you want..." and "you want this because you want..." When you get to your core motivation, it is always much bigger than the hurdle you have in front of you!

Challenges I Overcame

Gender Discrimination
Gender Discrimination

I am a young, white woman and my first business was building a large energy company in Africa. I stuck out like a sore thumb in every situation. Focus on your strengths and get mentors that will guide you and help you improve.

Working Parent
Working Parent

After I gave birth to my daughter and started working again, I was told that it was irresponsible to have a baby at such a busy time in my life. I launched MyVillage to solve the problem that myself and so many others had with getting childcare.