Carrie Arsenault is the CEO & Founder of Accountability Resources in Austin,TX. She grew up in Denver,CO with parents who had a sales background. Her dad always encouraged her to get into a career that would require sales because he was certain this was one of the ways she could thrive. Although she fought it for a while, Carrie eventually ended up selling her recruiting services to large corporations which is now a business named Accountability Resources. Never having any doubts about what her strengths were, it wasn’t until her son was 3 years old that she decided to branch off on her own. Time seemed to have gone by quickly those first three years and Carrie did not want to miss out on any other aspects of her kids lives, therefore, she decided to become a business woman and a mom. Not wanting to decide between one or the other, she chose to do both and began by renting out a cubicle from the neighboring CPA’s office.
Carrie says her driving force was knowing she was a talented individual which is why her original $1,000 investment was enough to jumpstart her business. Her routine consisted of being a mom and jumping on the computer to finish work once her kids were asleep. She didn’t mind working harder because she wasn’t missing out on those pivotal moments in both of her children’s lives. Carrie believes “you can only be a mom once but, you can run a business for a lot longer.” Given her experiences and priorities, Carrie Arsenault now provides the same flexibility to the working mothers that she employs because she believes they’re likely to thrive and be successful when they’re given those resources.
Carrie doesn’t lose sight of what’s important and deals with fear by constantly implementing this attribute. She emphasizes that while being a mother is her priority, focusing on the long-term impact we have on this world is essential to achieve continued success. Despite her busy schedule, Carrie Arsenault stays busy by maintaing a full social calendar with activities centered around her personal and professional life as well as being physically active through sports.
Throughout Carrie’s interview, her energy and positive outlook is contagious and transparent. However, since 2010, she has experienced some hardship including the death of her father, an automobile accident, and surviving breast cancer. Six months after the death of her father, whom Carrie was very close to, she was caught in a flash flood that nearly took her life. During this time, she only thought of her children and the possibility of leaving them behind which validated that everything she had done was in-line with her priorities and being there for them was at the top of that list. Two years after surviving the flash flood, Carrie faced adversity once again when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Through the process, her team was able to support and sustain the business while she addressed and battled her illness. She believes that strong individuals you’re surrounded by has the ability to make all of the difference during life-changing experiences.
Carrie seeks adventure and happiness through family, business, friends, and travel. Acknowledging the blessings she has been given has been instrumental throughout her success. Carrie Arsenault is a WOWWoman because she persevered through all obstacles and challenges while maintaining a positive attitude. Although she’s humble, her confidence shines through her personality; giving other women the support they need to achieve their own goals. She has received many awards and recognition for being one of the fastest growing businesses in Austin,TX however, she has not become complacent and continues to provide opportunities for her team and the community.