Summer Crenshaw


I am a curious person. I have an obsession to know- and to solve problems.

My passion as a serial entrepreneur over the last 15 years is rooted in seeking a better way to serve those that are underserved and underrepresented. I have chased my dreams, driving value for companies (some my own, and for others) through marketing, branding, sales, PR, customer experience and executive leadership, but ultimately it is my passion to lift others up that drives my pursuits.

I have been an advocate for Cincinnati and the Midwest, driving awareness for the startup ecosystem that exists outside the coasts. I also aim to support women in entrepreneurship by building tribes to support their endeavors. I feel it is my job to create value for the community that I serve, and I have a relentless drive toward supporting my team and others chasing their dreams.


  • CEO, TalentNow
  • Former Co-Founder & COO of tilr. tilr is a marketplace for jobs that automates the recruitment process by using skills as the currency by which workers & companies are connected. Named as a Top 10 Startup Outside of Silicon Valley by VentureBeat, a Forbes Startup to Watch in 2018, CNBC Global Top 100 Most Promising Startups, & have been featured in Inc, Fortune, Fast Company & Entrepreneur.
  • Cincinnati Business Courier’s 2018 40 under 40 Honoree
  • Cincinnati Business Courier’s 10 Women Who Mean Business Honoree
  • American Inno, Cincy Inno 50 on Fire Honoree
  • Speaker at events such as Dreamforce, Techstars Startup Week, American Innovation & DisruptHR
  • Military Spouse and military supporter

Specialties: Leadership, Operations, Marketing, Growth, Customer Experience, PR, Strategy. Innovation, Agile, Future of Work.