Seth Getz, Chief Operations Officer

Symposia Labs

While trying to get to know Seth Getz, the best way he could summarize his journey was, “There are many strange and diverse things in my background. When I tell some of them, I typically get looks of disbelief.” It may not have been a traditional career (or life) path, but it sure is an interesting one. Get to know Seth:

Tell us a little about your background. 
I’m the youngest of five and grew up in the mountains of Vermont. We were homeschooled, before homeschooling actually existed, but eventually moved to Chicago at the age of 13 after my father died. The move was the end of my organized education.

I started working full-time at 15 years old and realized that if I wanted to learn more I would have to educate myself. I have many years of experience under my belt. Each time I felt like I had mastered skills in a certain position, I would ask to move up and on.

I have worked in software development, doing things like programming the communications systems between large store chains and banks for credit and debit card transactions. I taught programming classes, have preached in over a dozen churches, started 8 companies (most of which have failed), was awarded the Top 40 Business Leaders Under 40 three different times, have raised cattle and sheep, dipped the wings of a fully loaded Airbus 380 mid Atlantic Ocean, and I have been to all 48 contiguous states and about 20 countries.

I am a business coach helping hundreds of businesses grow and improve.

What makes you excited about the work you do?
The team of people are what make me excited and feel challenged. I’m always asking, how can this team be the best, how can we grow both as a team and individually?

What challenges have you had to overcome in your field?
One of the most common challenges I have had to overcome is the idea that I am always too young to do what I’m doing. I have simply outgrown that insecurity, though. At other times, I have to overcome my lack of education and massive gaps in my education. But I also have to work around my insecurities, both by positioning myself so they aren’t a factor and by stepping up to do things even when I’m scared.

What is important to you about the culture at Symposia Labs?
I love being part of a team that is working together to be the best it can be. I love seeing growth in people and the team as a whole.

When you’re not killing it at digital, what do you like to do?
My biggest priorities are my kids. I enjoy spending time with them, teaching them, giving them opportunities, helping them along the way, reading to them, and introducing them to the wonders of the world. And just as importantly, I convinced an amazing woman to marry me!

I also love to read, be outdoors, play sports, go on hikes, mountain climbing, and sailing.  I enjoy making movies, work on improving the house, investing in small publicly traded companies, music (playing and singing), creating things, and organizations. I’m also on the board of a few non profit organizations.