What a pleasure it was for me to sit down with my friend Phyllis Newhouse, entrepreneur, retired military senior officer, mentor and founder and CEO of Xtreme Solutions, Inc., a firm that offers a wide range of IT expertise and provides industry leading, state-of-the-art information technology and cybersecurity services and solutions. Newhouse is also the Founder of ShoulderUp, a nonprofit she founded alongside Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis, dedicated to connecting and supporting women on their entrepreneurial journeys.
As a pioneer in cybersecurity, she is the first woman to win an Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur Of The Year® award in the technology category. She was admitted into the 2013 class of EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women, and in 2019 was inducted into the Enterprising Women Hall of fame. Additionally, XSI received inclusion in the Inc. 5000 list in 2013 and 2014, and has been recognized as one of Women’s Presidents’ Organization’s (WPO) 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned Companies in the U.S. consecutively for the past eight years.
Passionate about women-led businesses, Phyllis teaches aspiring entrepreneurs to recognize and capitalize on their leadership skills and empowers others to operate in greatness.
Phyllis discussed growing up in a family with ten siblings, her time in the military as a woman, family, leadership, supporting and lifting up women and her new campaign #SeeTheColor. She shares her intentional leadership style that we can all learn from, and why our best leaders lead with courage.