VSB Sips Snarky Tea with CEO

Jenni-Lyn Williams talking to Julie Pirsch

VILLANOVA, Pa., March 12, 2018 – Villanova School of Business (VSB) was proud to host Jenni-Lyn Williams, CEO of Snarky Tea and VSB MBA student, in a panel filled with discussion, laughter and, of course, tea. Williams joined Julie Pirsch, PhD, associate dean of learning, and Villanova students to talk about her appearance on Shark Tank, share her entrepreneurial experience, and offer advice to future entrepreneurs.

“We are very lucky to have alumni like Jenni-Lyn who are not only so engaging, but also committed to connecting with current students and giving back to the VSB community” said Pirsch.         

Williams launched Snarky Tea in 2016 with the hopes of offering tea that was honest, straight to the point and added a little bit of snark to customers’ days. With names like Get Your A** in Bed and Fierce B*tch, Williams’ entrepreneurial ideas connects not only with consumers but with investors as well. In 2017, Williams was invited on the hit show Shark Tank and gained the support of two Sharks, Bethenny Frankel and Kevin O'Leary.

She shared the following advice with VSB students in attendance: "Don't doubt yourself if you have an entrepreneurial idea!" and "Create relationships with your customers, don't treat them like numbers.”

Williams described how she relied on the communities that she developed during her time at Villanova—especially her MBA cohort—for advice, leadership and support throughout her entrepreneurial journey.  She especially noted how the support of the other women in in her MBA program inspired her to continue to promote women’s empowerment in everything Snarky Tea does.

“Snarky Tea is about much more than tea; it’s about empowering our fellow women.” said Williams.

Williams is continuing to develop and grow Snarky Tea with the help of her Shark Tank investors and Villanova network. You can learn more about Snarky tea by visiting www.snarkytea.com.

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) undergraduate program is ranked #1 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. The VSB part-time MBA program is ranked #12 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek. VSB also offers Executive and Online MBA programs, as well as a Master of Finance and Master of Accounting with Data Analytics, and our #1 ranked online grad programs by U.S. News & World Report, the Master of Science in Analytics and Master of Science in Church Management. Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the global, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit business.villanova.edu.