Kemp Steib

CFO, The Second Shift

Prior to joining The Second Shift, I spent 15 years working at Allen & Company LLC holding senior roles in investment banking, venture capital, and investor relations. I advised companies ranging from early-stage growth enterprises to large global public companies with a particular focus on education, media, e-commerce, and publishing.

Beginning with my first financial analyst class out of college, and throughout my years working in financial advisory, I got to know incredibly talented women working in senior roles across the corporate spectrum. I have considered myself fortunate to be a part of this cohort. However, as many of these women were hitting the heights of their careers, they were also entering the next stage, complete with spouses and children. As they struggle to balance work and family, it has been disheartening to watch these brilliant, ambitious women leave the workforce en masse–much to the detriment of their employers and the business world at large.

I joined the Second Shift to continue doing what I love which is helping companies realize their business goals, while also creating options for my peers in the workplace. I spent many years at Allen & Company working with mission-driven entrepreneurs in the education sector who worked hard to both build companies, and improve the lives of others. Today, I am thrilled to come home to my young children every day knowing we are working hard grow our business and to improve their options for work in the future.

Describe a moment that could’ve broken you, but didn’t. How did you get past the struggle?
I was working in a role I hated and not very successful at it.  After leaving without much success, I had a crisis of confidence.  Moving onto a new role with a steep learning curve was the right decision!

If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Wear more sunscreen!

Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?
Every day I am inspired by our Second Shift members, by my colleagues, and by my husband Mike who is a daily reminder that career success, leadership, kindness, and good parenting can all co-exist!

If you could create a slogan for your life, what would it be?
Work hard. Be brave. Take care of others.

How do you define your purpose & mission in life?
I hope to combine improving the world with personal success.