34: Angie Hilem | President of Heighten Social

Originally from Philadelphia, Angie moved to San Fran. Which is a small reason why we are interviewing today. She is the President of Heighten Social, which is a boutique styled marketing agency that empowers and educates entrepreneurs and solopreneurs to most effectively tell the world, what they do.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/angiehilem
Personal Website: https://angiehilem.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/angiehilem
Why I Know Angie: http://technical.ly/philly/2016/03/08/angie-nick-hilem-bay-area/
Business Website: http://www.heightensocial.com

June 12, 2016 26 mins Download (MP3)


00:50 - Cheeseburgers (Cheddar, BBQ Sauce, mushrooms, caramelized onions, fried egg, and arugula…you know, for health reasons)
02:15 - Introduction
04:45 - Where Did the Desire to Teach Come From?
06:20 - Thoughts on Quitting School?
09:00 - How Teaching Has Helped Her Business
11:40 - Early Struggles of Business
13:25 - Biggest Failure Thus Far (One of The REALEST Moments on the Podcast to Date!)
17:30 - How Mentorship Has Helped Angie Grow as a Person
20:00 - Her Relationship With Philadelphia And What Inspired This Interview
23:00 - Note Taking
24:00 - Stay True To Yourself, Do What You Love, and Surround Yourself With Awesome People

Angie is one of the most passionate and sincere people I have met to date. Her willingness to help others is contagious. Angie’s business aims to highlight others that are doing great work and also aligned with with her core values by bringing something beautiful into the world through marketing.

In Angie’s previous life, she was a high school English teacher. In college, she also majored in English. After coming to Philadelphia for other job related reasons, Angie met her husband, who is a software engineer that worked at several startups in and around Philadelphia. As she was trying to figure out what she wanted to do next, her husband suggested she try her hand at sales. Angie then worked in real estate for a year. For her it was fun, but it wasn’t fulfilling.

Angie then started working at a startup where she focused on business development and communications. While working for there, she finally realized what she was meant to do. Angie knew that she had all of these skills, because while working with a bunch of techies, she was able to bring things to the table that most individuals didn’t see.

Continuing her string of bad luck in jobs, the startup that Angie worked at folded. In search of her next “real job,” she took to social media. Twitter helped her obtain a coffee meeting that informed her of a position at another startup. She then led that company to great heights, which  made her realize that she was the one propelling the progress from marketing efforts. Why couldn’t she do it herself? Angie has a skill set, I am sure you can tell what it is during the interview. Her genuine soul transpires through her work.

While working for herself, Angie now has the freedom to work with people she wanted to work with, she was able to set goals for individuals that were her clients, and then develop strategies for companies to execute.

Growing up in a Korean Christian household, Sunday school was where she developed her core skill of teaching. Every Sunday, Angie would teach others. You can say that her first real experience of entrepreneurship was at a very young age.Her experience teaching was inspired by a love of learningShe would even attribute a lot of her success to having great teachers throughout her academic career.

When talking about how important school was to Angie, she answered: “With school, there is a ton of non academic learning and internal growth. School may not be for everyone. but it’s a great foundation. Simple skills like division, moving a decimal, and communicating are important.

Teaching has allowed Angie to help create a foundation for her business. Now, Angie is using her own understanding of social media and her skills at teaching to create content and strategy for large organizations. For a while many individuals were telling her that she needed to focus on a specific niche and area of business. But, being the millennial she is, she learned herself what she was good at. It wasn’t a particular social media platform, she was just good at being a great human.

Angie has worked with high end fashion models, designers, , DJ’s, health tech startups, and more… By life’s natural selection and journey, Angie has fine-tuned her core foundation of being a great teacher and created a successful business doing what she loves to do.

You can learn more about Angie’s story and also how she went into hiding. For a while, Angie was so focused on helping other people that she lost sight on marketing herself. Now, leaving Philadelphia she has blossomed into an incredible business professional in California.


– Stay True To Yourself

– Do What You Love

– Surround yourself with Great People

By surrounding yourself with people who are on the same level of either self growth or have been where you are, you will be able to receive honest feedback you need to adjust for you to get back on your stride or look at the situation differently.