Fran Hauser is a long-time media executive, startup investor and celebrated champion of women and girls. Best known for her role building PEOPLE.com – one of the biggest media brands online – Hauser made the leap to early stage investing in 2014, funding and advising consumer-focused companies such as HelloGiggles, Mogul, The Wing and Gem&Bolt. 18 of the 20 companies in Hauser's portfolio are founded by women, highlighting her broader commitment to increasing the representation of female founders and investors.
Hauser's first book, THE MYTH OF THE NICE GIRL: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 2018) deconstructs the negative perception of "niceness" that many women struggle with in the business world and will resonate with smart, professional women who are looking for real advice to take their career to the next level.
Hauser spent 15 years in the digital media space, holding President and General Manager positions at Time Inc., AOL and Moviefone. She played an integral role in the $525mm sale of Moviefone to AOL and in building PEOPLE.com into one of the most successful women's websites.
Hauser speaks frequently about topics such as career building, digital media and investing in and by women. She recently received the Fairy Godmother Award from Girl Be Heard and the W Award from the YWCA of the City of New York, both of which honor change makers who advocate for women and girls around the world. In 2014, Forty Over 40 selected Hauser as one of 40 Women to Watch Over 40, a distinction that honors women who are reinventing, disrupting and making an impact. That same year, she was also named one of the Six Most Powerful Women in New York City's Tech Scene by Refinery29 and was honored as a Global Champion of Women on International Women's Day.
A passionate advocate of women around the globe, Hauser is Special Advisor to Girl Be Heard; an advisory board member of 92Y Women inPower, Rent the Runway's Project Entrepreneur and WomenOne; on the board of directors of GlobalGiving; and a mentor to hundreds of young women. A summa cum laude graduate of Pace University, Hauser lives in Bedford, New York with her husband and two sons.
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