Ellen Bennett is the founder and CEO of Hedley & Bennett, an apparel company that specializes in premium chef aprons. Since starting the business in her L.A. home, Ellen has grown H&B into a multi-million dollar business. They have collaborated with Vans, (Red), and Don Julio, among others and creates uniforms for 4,000 restaurants and coffee shops all over the U.S.
"Full of passion and color, highly motivating and aspirational.
That is Ellen Bennett and H&B to a T! It is also the perfect
description of what her debut book is. Ellen gives us a rare,
honest and occasionally blood pressure-raising first account of how
a successful business gets built and the traps you might (will!)
fall into along the way. Dream First, Details Later is the
best guidebook, pep talk and cheerleader to anyone who is at the
base of the mountain of their next big dream."
-Jesse Tyler Ferguson, actor and author of the cookbook Food Between Friends
"Ellen Bennett is the platonic form of a go-getter who inspires go-getter after go-getter to become a better go-getter. In an afternoon with Ellen there is never a dull moment, so be prepared to be inspired, motivated and delighted by her humor, wit and grit. If I could bottle her productivity and enthusiasm I would, but since I can't, I will just read her book."
-Zooey Deschanel, actor and musician
"I love, love, love this book! The true story of a true heroine for our times--bold, brash, and entirely honest about the downs and ups of making dreams come true."
-Angela Duckworth, New York Times bestselling author of Grit
"This book is delicious. It's inspiring, beautiful and actionable, and it might be just what you need to unlock the door and help you get going."
-Seth Godin, author of What to Do When It's Your Turn
"How exactly does one go from line cook to apron empress of the world? Sure, there's hard work and maybe luck, and of course determination, but Ellen Bennett has something else, something special that most mere mortals lack. But now, the secrets are out for all to read."
-Alton Brown, producer and writer
"Ellen Bennett's infectiously inspiring story of grit and entrepreneurial spirit, Dream First, Details Later is a powerfully honest and colorful account of her wild journey from line cook to business owner. In it, she gives license to break free from self-doubt and to seize the wheel for your own journey to success."
-Danny Meyer, author of Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business
"An important and marvelous new book full of can-do spirit from the force of nature that is Ellen Bennett. If you needed a reminder that you are capable of doing the impossible, this is it. Ellen inspires me daily! I've been on many impossible adventures with Ellen and just knowing her has given me so much personal power. Now she shares her can-do spirit with the world in this important and marvelous book. An essential reminder that you are capable of doing the impossible. Trust me, read this book!"
--Jeni Britton Bauer, Founder, Jeni's Ice Creams
"Dream First, Details Later is a rare book that combines inspiration with action. Learning Ellen's story is enjoyable on its own, but here she's gone above-and-beyond to leave readers with practical advice. I will be recommending this one far and wide!"
--Chris Guillebeau, author of The Money Tree and The $100 Startup