"An Entrepreneur’s Journey From a Farm to NASDAQ"
Therese Tucker is the founder and CEO of BlackLine, a provider of cloud-based solutions for Finance & Accounting (F&A) that centralize and streamline financial close operations and other key F&A processes for midsize and large organizations.
She just broke a glass ceiling as the first woman founder/CEO to lead a venture-capital-backed Los Angeles startup to an initial public offering. BlackLine ranked No. 7 on the 2016 list of the ‘50 Fastest’ Women-Owned/Led Companies in the world, as reported in Fortune.
BlackLine also has made the Software 500 list of the “world’s largest and best-performing software companies” for the past six years, the Deloitte Tech Fast 500 for the past seven, and the prestigious Inc. 500/5000 for the last nine years in a row, joining the ranks of such high-growth brand name companies as Jamba Juice, Microsoft and Patagonia. BlackLine also has been named a Red Herring 100 Global Winner – recognizing the company as one of the “most innovative and promising” tech ventures in the world.
In 2010, Accounting Today selected her as one of '10 To Watch' in the accounting profession. In 2011, San Fernando Valley Business Journal honored her as a ‘Woman of the Decade’ for her continuous accomplishments in building and growing the software company. The same year, she earned the 2011 Stevie American Business Award for Software Executive of the Year, awarded the previous year to Oracle’s Larry Ellison! Therese was honored with a ‘2013 Enterprising Women of the Year Award’ from Enterprising Women magazine, and both she and BlackLine received the Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award that same year – a unique honor, recognizing the company for innovations that help companies save time, reduce costs and make life easier for those working in corporate Finance & Accounting. She was also named to the 2015 socalTECH 50, the annual list of the top 50 people to watch in Southern California.
A recognized leader and inspiration for young entrepreneurs and other women looking to excel in business, Therse has been invited to speak to accounting and business students at leading U.S. universities including Harvard Business School, Columbia University/Barnard College and New York University's Stern School of Management.
Prior to launching BlackLine in 2001, Therese was the Chief Technology Officer at SunGard Treasury Systems. When she started BlackLine, she had more than 25 years in financial accounting and technology development experience under her belt and was focused initially on providing a wealth management solution to First National Bank of Nebraska. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Illinois.
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