As a highly successful businesswoman involved in many business endeavors, Gia Rutledge has taken to sharing her knowledge with others who hope to follow in her footsteps. The CEO of ProEval Insights and co-founder of HelloGrants, Gia Rutledge has years of valuable experience in the industry. She is passionate about empowering others, particularly women, to find their vision and make it a reality.
Her involvement with the Millionaire Mastermind Academy has provided the perfect avenue for her to do this and she continues to offer as much assistance as she can to raise up women and inspire them to become entrepreneurs in their own right.
Hi Gia, welcome, can you start by introducing yourself and giving us some background on you?
My name is Gia Grant-Rutledgethe. I am the CEO of ProEval Insights. ProEval Insights’ mission is to provide small businesses and non-profit organizations with the capacity to gain a deeper understanding of their organization’s impact and provide insights on how to use their data for program improvement, expansion, and leveraging funding.
I have over 20 years of experience in public-private partnerships working with federal, state, and local governments, community-based organizations, non-profits, and national organizations. I provide expertise on strategic planning, development of programs, contract bids and grants, and measuring social impact. I received my master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Arizona and a bachelor’s in science of biology from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). I am currently working on my Doctorate in Policy, Planning, and Development with a certificate in Social Innovation at the University of Southern California (USC).
What made you decide to develop your company ProEval Insights?
I have been working in the public-private partnerships space with federal, state, and local governments, community-based organizations, non-profits, and national organizations and continued to see a lack of diversity in the organizations that were being awarded contracts and grants. Oftentimes they had the capacity to do the work, the past performance, and experience, but lacked the ability to package their services or programs and communicate it to funders in an effective way.
What exactly does ProEval Insights do?
ProEval is rooted in social innovation, we aim to develop innovative solutions to the social problems of today in a better way than the existing solutions. The core services provided by ProEval Insights include research-based strategic planning, program development and evaluation; proposal development; curriculum development; conducting workshops and trainings; and measuring social impact (data collection, analysis, and reporting).
You are also co-founder of a tech start-up HelloGrants. Can you tell us a bit about that?
HelloGrants is a social impact startup leveraging technology to match non-profits to grant-makers, donors, resources and volunteers. As a grant writer and as a funder, I have always been frustrated with the grant-making process and would love to disrupt the antiquated way of funding non-profits.
How did you become involved with the Millionaire Mastermind Academy?
In 2018, there was a government-shut down. That night I was scrolling through Eventbrite and saw the event and registered. I went into the office to “shut-down” (put on my out-of-office reply) and headed to the event. From that day forward I attended every month and joined the leadership/volunteer team.
How would you describe your role at the Millionaire Mastermind Academy?
I would say logistics and support. Basically anything Dr. Trayham or the team needed to help execute the monthly events, workshops, or the academy.
Why do you think it’s important to inspire women to reach their entrepreneurial goals?
I think entrepreneurship is the pathway out of poverty and provides an opportunity for women, especially women with children, to set their own schedules. I think everyone has a purpose in life that is attached to an innovative business that only they can fulfill. There are so many women walking around with solutions to problems we have in society today that are waiting to be nurtured.
What would you say is your main motivator for doing what you do?
I really love seeing people’s visions manifest. When you are working with your gift, your purpose, it brings a different level of fulfillment. It just gives women a different level of self-confidence. It gives them a “glow”. I love to see the “glow”.
Finally, what advice would you give to someone looking to follow in your footsteps in terms of becoming a successful business leader?
I would tell them to write their vision and make it plain and look at it often. “Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its way. It will come right on time” (Habakkuk 2:2-4).
Writing my vision and keeping it in front of me gave me endurance and grit to keep working on it until it came to pass.
Thank you Gia for your time!
You can follow up with Gia Rutledge at http://proevalinsights.com