By Mark Ambrogi
As Women’s Entrepreneurship Day approaches on Dec. 2, it’s only fitting that Zionsville resident Tiffany Sauder recently got some great news.
For the second consecutive year, Inc. 5000 has named Sauder’s agency Element Three to its list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Just 14 percent of the 2014 and 2015 Inc. 5000 lists were led by women. Just 23 percent of the companies have ever made the list twice and even fewer have made it two years in a row.
Element Three experienced a three-year growth rate of 367 percent to place No. 1,151 on the 2015 Inc. list. Element Three has expanded from seven to 40 employees.
Element Three, located on the northwest side of Indianapolis, is a marketing strategy company, helping with marketing for business to business companies. The 10-year-old company does brand and marketing strategy and digital marketing, Sauder said.
Sauder, a 35-year-old Purdue University graduate with a business and finance degree, started as an Eli Lilly financial analyst before starting her own company.
“I tell my team If we’re going to tell the marketplace we’re really good at helping companies grow, I think our own business is proof of concept,” Sauder said. “If we can’t show people we know how to grow our own business, how are people going to believe we know how to help them grow. We’ve learned how to grow and scale our own business with marketing. That’s an important part of the way we learn and test what works and what doesn’t so we can help other companies grow and scale in similar fashion.”
Sauder said she has talked to women about juggling a career and a growing family.
“There’s a lot of different dynamics and things that have to be navigated through that,” Sauder said. “I’m definitely an advocate from women who are trying to figure out to how to ‘have it all.’’
Sauder and her husband, J.R., have three daughters (ranging from 6 years old to three months old).
Sauder wrote a blog post for HubSpot on the advice she would tell her 24-year-old self 10 years ago http://elementthree.com/blog/advice-to-my-24-year-old-self-8-career-lessons-i-learned-the-hard-way/.