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Limited Partners

Eisha Armstrong, Cincinnati OH

Eisha Armstrong is the Senior Director of Analytics Products & Services for E.W. Scripps Company, a diversified media company based in Cincinnati. In her current role, she defines and drives the roadmap for Scripps’ portfolio of analytics products and leads their Analytics Product Management team. Prior, Ms. Armstrong was a Managing Director and Finance Practice Leader at CEB, now Gartner, the world’s largest membership-based corporate performance research and advisory company. Ms. Armstrong had P&L responsibility for CEB’s businesses serving CFOs, Corporate Controllers, heads of Shared Services and heads of Investor Relations. Ms. Armstrong has extensive experience advising corporate finance executives, developing new information services, building executive education products, and overseeing data analysis and qualitative research in a renewable-based business model. Ms. Armstrong has a MBA from the Harvard Business School and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas. She currently serves on the Advisory Boards for SOAR (www.soarlead.com) and Datazar (www.datazar.com) and on the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Early Learning Centers and Women Helping Women. She also serves on the Hamilton County Commission for Women & Girls.

 

 

Barbara T. Bauer, Denver CO

Barbara is Director, Women’s Investor Network (WIN), for the Rockies Venture Club, Denver, CO. Barbara started this new initiative to recruit and support women interested in early stage investments and prepare them to become active and engaged angel investors. Prior to this position, Barbara was the Executive Director, Myanmar, for Partnership for Change (PfC), a Norwegian impact investment and international development organization. Barbara worked closely with community, state and national Myanmar leaders to design and implement programs and development models to encourage entrepreneurs, especially women. Barbara founded the Myanmar Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference in 2014, and continued to host it for three years.

Past position for Barbara include being a Princeton in Asia Senior Fellow, working in Thailand on a strategic analysis project to assess the requirements for Myanmar refugees; founder of two boutique businesses: GlobalSight Partners, an international management consulting organization, and Silk and Stones Travel, a boutique travel company specializing in custom-designed sustainable tourism tours to Southeast Asia. Barbara also developed and led the innovative Center for Women Entrepreneurs at the University of Denver. During her career as a software development business leader, she held executive positions at Sun Microsystems, StorageTek, US West, Raynet, and Bell Laboratories. Her academic credentials include a B.S. and M.S. in Physics, and the Stanford Summer Executive Program.

 

 

Shelley Bird, Dublin OH

Shelley Bird is a “builder” with 25+ years of global marketing, strategy, and business transformation experience at technology start-ups and Fortune 500 companies across multiple industry sectors. Having lived and worked in seven countries, she has helped organizations navigate disruptive change and culture transitions, launch new ventures, and retool existing models. She is CEO of LiveFocus, a medtech start-up that makes optical examination of biological samples and other materials mobile, user-friendly, and affordable. Utilizing innovative liquid lens technology, LiveFocus puts a lab in the hands of doctors, researchers, educators, and students. She is also the founder of the Bindu Project, a social enterprise supporting charitable startups, and former co-chair of X Squared Angels, an angel group that invests in women-led early-stage companies. She earned a Doctorate in Communication at the University of South Australia, but still doesn’t speak with an Aussie accent.

 

 

 

 

Sally Boulter, Baltimore

Sally is a Senior Engagement Officer at ImpactAssets. She has a 30-year track record of helping people align their money with their missions. Her skills include constituent relationship building, strategic planning, project management, communications, as well as capital raising, both philanthropic and investment. Prior to joining Impact Assets, Sally was responsible for individual constituent relationship building and capital raising at the Wilson Center, Calvert Foundation, and the Bonner Group. Sally also served as the Development Director for the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, the YWCA of Greenwich and The Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, CT. Sally is a graduate of Hamilton College and a Level II Candidate in the CAIA program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephanie Breedlove, Austin, Texas

Stephanie Breedlove has been traveling the entrepreneurial path for over 20 years. After launching a career in corporate America with Accenture, she found her true calling as co-founder of Care.com HomePay, the nation’s largest household payroll and tax firm. Her startup grew to national leadership, was later acquired for $55 million, and plays a vital role in the quality and professionalism of the in-home care industry. Stephanie’s ability to combine scale and quality has made her a sought-after business expert and thought leader. Her expertise has been showcased in Forbes, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and many more. She is a best-selling author of All In: How Women Entrepreneurs Can Think Bigger, Build Sustainable Businesses, and Change the World. Stephanie is engaged with organizations that share her passion for strengthening entrepreneurship, and she strives for smart progress as a speaker, mentor, board member and angel investor.

 

 

 

 

 

Yuni Choi, Hong Kong

Yuni has over ten years of experience in investing both in public and private markets. Currently, she is a Senior Associate on the investment team of TAU Investment Management, an impact-driven PE established to generate above-market returns by upgrading global supply chains. Her responsibilities include deal sourcing and screening, analysis of investment opportunities, and due-diligence on target companies. Previously, Yuni worked as a Senior Investment Analyst at the Hong Kong office of Mirae Asset Global Investments. While there, she analyzed and invested in consumer companies in Asia including garment manufacturers, apparel brands, and retailers. She is also an active angel investor and advisor to mission-driven startups. Yuni holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Yonsei University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. She is a native of South Korea and based in Hong Kong.

 

 

 

 

 

Lucy Chow, Dubai

Lucy is a Director of WAIN (Women’s Angel Investor Network) and Little Thinking Minds (creators of Arabic education content). She is a Non Executive Director for Sparkle Malawi and sits on the Canada150 Committee with the Canadian Consulate in Dubai. Recently she was honored to be a Judge for the GEMS Global Innovation Challenge (student entrepreneurs) and the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab & Challenge 22 Prize (an innovation award that promotes creativity in the Arab world).

During her 10 years in Dubai, Lucy has garnered a strong reputation for originating business focused events that target captains of industry, as well as trendsetters in the UAE through her firm, The Elements Group.
She is Chairman of the Events Committee with The Capital Club (a prestigious private business and social club located in the Dubai International Financial Centre), and founded the Dubai Chapter of Room to Read. Previously, she sat on the UAE committee for Acumen, Non Executive Director for Educate Girls Globally and was a Co-Chapter Chair for Techfugees (UAE).
Lucy holds an EMBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management Northwestern University and HK University of Science &Technology and a BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia.
Lucy was featured in the photography book, Women of the UAE and was one of Ahlan!’s Hot100 in 2012, under the Entrepreneur category. She is particularly focused on the innovation space, both in terms of supporting students and as an investor. Lucy contributes regularly to media and at conferences in her role as a business leader in the UAE.

 

 

Susan Coleman

As a professor of finance at the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business, Dr. Susan Coleman taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in entrepreneurial and corporate finance for over thirty years. Her research has been concentrated in the area of entrepreneurial finance with a particular focus on the ways in which women entrepreneurs secure financing for their firms. Dr. Coleman’s work on this topic is widely published and cited in hundreds of refereed journal articles. She has co-authored two books on women-owned firms, A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-Owned Firms (2012) and The Next Wave: Financing Women’s Growth-Oriented Firms (2016). Dr. Coleman has also written on the topic of social entrepreneurship and co- authored a book titled Creating the Social Venture (2016).

 

Dr. Coleman is an active angel investor and a limited partner in the Next Wave Impact Fund. In 2017 she was named to the Board of Directors for the Next Wave Foundation, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization focused on developing education and training programs designed to increase the number of women angel investors in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Coleman is also a member of the Board of Directors for the reSET Enterprise Trust which provides a broad range of services and support to social entrepreneurs seeking to launch and grow their firms.

 

 

 

Diana David, Hong Kong

Diana David is a strategist and innovator with a focus on helping companies and leaders to be more entrepreneurial and resilient in the face of constant change. She has spent the past decade as a business leader and intrapreneur in the Financial Times’ senior management group, reporting to the board and in charge of developing and delivering the FT’s global strategy, and continues to lead the board effectiveness and governance program. Prior to that she has been an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, management consultant and assistant to Dr. Henry Kissinger, the former United States Secretary of State. Diana has an MBA from Columbia Business School, is a past recipient of Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders and Luce Foundation Scholar honors. She serves on the boards of Davinci Labs robotics education, American Chamber of Commerce HK, Shared Value Project Hong Kong and Teach4HK. She is also a mentor in Women Corporate Directors and The Women’s Foundation, empowering women at all levels to lead and contribute.​

 

 

 

 

Kathy Fritch, Broomfield CO

Kathy Fritch is a Managing Director at Donnelley Financial Solutions in the Global Capital Markets group. Based in the Denver office, she works with clients throughout the Rocky Mountain region. In this role, she partners with private and pre-IPO companies, providing guidance on due diligence solutions and reporting solutions as well as preparing for the IPO. She continues this partnership with her clients through the IPO process and into the post-IPO compliance and growth phase, providing technology platforms and printing solutions for compliance, XBRL, Proxy and M&A projects with the SEC. Kathy has been with Donnelley Financial Solutions for 24 years, with the last 13 focusing on Sales and Client Partnerships. Previously, she was the Deal Manager in the Denver office and the Service Delivery Manager in the Austin and Silicon Valley markets. She began her career with RR Donnelley in Service Delivery in the San Francisco office. Kathy has been a guest lecturer at University of Denver and volunteers with Junior Achievement, teaching middle school students about our global economy, business ethics and personal finance.

 

 

 

Galia Gichon

Galia Gichon is an independent personal financial expert with more than 20 years in financial services, including nearly 10 years on Wall Street and an MBA in Finance. Her career has spanned corporate bond research analyst, personal finance expert, angel investor, entrepreneur advisor and author.  As an angel investor and advisor, she has worked with Pipeline Angels, Astia, Topstone Angels, Next Wave Impact, Her Corner, and Refinery CT,  She is the Founder of Down to Earth Finance, independent personal finance education. She has been teaching at Barnard College’s Athena Center for Leadership for over 10 years and Yale University SOM. She has been widely quoted in The New York Times, NBC, CNN, Real Simple and more. Previously, she worked at Bear Stearns and Nomura Securities.  Galia is also the author of “My Money Matters” which was featured on TODAY SHOW.

 

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Goltra, Denver CO

Carolyn moved from New York to serve as President of her family’s steel foundry in Golden, Colorado. As president, she has worked all c-suite responsibilities including strategy, marketing, customer relations, business development, financial monitoring and social media. She implemented energy efficient programs that led to 10% budget reduction and labor contracts with back to work programs for ex-offenders, improving job turnover rates and assisting with prisoner society reintroduction.

Prior to this position, Carolyn was employed as a major gift associate at New York Presbyterian Hospital and a development coordinator for the Endometriosis Foundation of America. She functioned as project manager setting up a mobile medical clinic in the highlands of Peru and also worked with Core Innovation Capital, a venture capital fund focused on start-up companies which serve the under banked community. Carolyn currently works under Barbara Bauer at the Women’s Investment Network (WIN), an arm of the Rockies Venture Club focused on empowering women investors, entrepreneurs and the next generation of girls. She continues to sit on a wide range of boards including the Foothills Animal Shelter, an electronic medical records company serving international hospitals and the U.S. Army, and the New York Academy of Art. She also has served on the advisory board for the start-up company, Edward Field wallets. Her academic credentials include a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.S. and M.A. from New York University in Fundraising and Social Entrepreneurship.

 

 

 

Tara R. Greco,

Tara is a marketing evangelist and angel investor in start-ups including medtech, biotech, edtech, CPG, sustainability and women-led startups. Tara is a successful marketing executive specializing in multimedia properties including games, iOS apps, virtual goods, film, videos, web content and consumer goods. Tara excels at leading organizations, building brands, mining research for insights, and developing new platforms as she has for CoSlide, Care Academy, The JFK Library, RoboSail, Voltree, Playrific, Bare Tree Media, Turbine (Warner Bros),TJX, Stride Rite, Atari, Crayola, Mattel, Tyco Toys, and K’NEX. Tara created the strategy and drove implementation of key brand initiatives, new product launches, package redesigns, and new social media campaigns. With a keen interest and command of the youth market, Tara has successfully taken concepts to commercialization while working with in-house and outside agencies. As the brand strategist, Tara has led the creation of marketing collateral for multi-tiered campaigns, including online, TV, print, POP, radio, event, social media, and PR. In addition to building brands, Tara enjoys leading teams and fostering a spirit of excellence. Tara holds an MBA in Marketing from Temple University and a BS in Business from Skidmore College.

 

 

 

Maria Jobin-Leeds, Cambridge MA

Maria Jobin-Leeds has been funding strategic social justice organizations for 25 years which educate, develop leadership, mobilize voters and create the Solidarity Economy.  She supports the infrastructure to develop community centered candidates for public office, and fundraises for the best and brightest especially women, and especially women of color.  Her advocacy on several philanthropic investment committees steers portfolios towards equity and economic democracy.  She’s newer to the early, direct investments and has the same constructive financial agenda: to create wealth in underrepresented communities and generate a reasonable return.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arbora Johnson, Arlington VA

Arbora Johnson is a progressive activist and impact investor. She worked in international business for 20 years, including roles in M&A, business development, policy and strategic planning, mostly for the Japan-based conglomerate ITOCHU. She is an angel investor in women-led impact firms through the venture fund Rethink Impact and the angel network Next Wave Impact. She recently began working as a political consultant after years of grassroots volunteer work, including outreach with the business community. Arbora was a Presidential Management Fellow and is a member of Cap & Gown Women’s Honor Society. She is a graduate of Stanford University, with an A.B. in International Relations, and holds a Masters’ of Global Policy and Strategy from the University of California at San Diego. A West Coast native, she currently lives in Arlington, VA with her husband and three kids. She volunteers with Girl Scouts, AFAC (food assistance), and Arlington Public Schools.

 

 

 

Ning Mosberger-Tang, Boulder CO

Ning has been trained as a computer scientist and had worked for many years in high performance computing, embedded operating systems, distributed systems, and search and advertising platforms.  She was one of the early engineers working for Google and last worked there as a staff engineer and technical lead.  She now runs Innovo Foundation, a grant-making foundation that focuses on environmental education and climate change. She is interested in investing in companies with a focus on creating impact, especially on creating impact on the environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathleen Neumann,

As President of Serenity Shares Investments, the investment adviser to the Serenity Shares Impact ETF (NYSE: ICAN), Kathy is in charge of day-to-day operations including partner relationships and compliance oversight. She brings more than 30 years’ experience in the investment management industry including executive level experience running and managing an investment advisory firm. As President of TAMRO Capital Partners in Alexandria, VA, she was in charge of leading the business aspects of this $2.5 billion asset management firm including client services, finance, operations, compliance, and administration. Prior to joining TAMRO in 2004, Kathy held positions as Managing Director and Senior Client Portfolio Manager for Atlantic Trust Company and as Director of Client Services for Riggs Investment Management Corporation. Kathy earned her B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland, where she was nominated to Phi Beta Kappa, and her M.B.A. in Finance and Investments from George Washington University. Kathy holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a past President of the CFA Society of Washington.

 

 

 

Amy Nguyen-Chyung, San Diego, CA

Amy Nguyen-Chyung is Visiting Faculty and responsible for content development and instruction of the entrepreneurial capstone course at University of California San Diego’s Rady School of Management. She joins the Rady School from University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, where she was nominated for the Golden Apple Teaching Award and the Weekend MBA Teaching Excellence Award. Previously she has also taught at Berkeley’s Haas and Penn’s Wharton School.  Her research is in the area of entrepreneurship and strategy, investigating individual choice in transitions to entrepreneurship as well as entrepreneurial strategies at the firm level. Her research has been awarded the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship, NFIB Best Dissertation Finalist and Kauffman Foundation Research Grant (2016-2020). She has strong interests in sustainable business and creating shared value. She is also the co-author of an award-winning case on Amazon in Emerging Markets.  Dr. Nguyen-Chyung has 10+ years of industry experience, previously working in management consulting, investment banking and government, helping companies grow and enter new markets. She earned a PhD and MS from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School, a joint-MBA-MPA from Penn’s Wharton School and Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and an undergraduate degree from Harvard.

 

 

 

Kathy Parks, Boston MA

Kathy Parks is a software professional with over 30 years experience in the software industry, currently  working in IBM’s Watson IoT division as a senior offering manager. In her spare time, Kathy is an angel investor, focusing on women-led technology startups. For fun, Kathy is a runner and fitness enthusiast. She has held leadership positions in quality assurance, project and product management, as well as 10 years of upline management experience and 3 years in software strategy at IBM. Kathy graduated with a BA in English and Psychology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, an MBA from Babson College, and graduate certificates in Publishing from Denver University and Program Management from Boston University. Kathy has been a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2004.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandra Stone, Cumberland Foreside ME

Sandra Stone is Chair Emeritus of Maine Angels, Maine’s angel investment network in southern Maine with a growing subchapter in Bangor. Since first investment in 2004, Maine Angels has been a cooperative membership mechanism for accredited investors to collaboratively identify, vet & individually make investments in promising northern New England early-stage companies, through pooling of the group resources and expertise.  The consolidated portfolio is now over $22.3M of investments in over 77 New England companies. There are currently over 65 members, 11 of whom are women. Mainebiz recognized Sandra as a 2013 Woman to Watch. Sandra is also President of the Board of Trustees of a private Chicago grant-making foundation focused on education, early childhood development, and youth development where she has been an active Trustee since 1990. In Maine, she serves on the Board of Directors of CEI Ventures, Inc, a socially responsible venture capital fund. In addition, she is on the Top Gun Mentor advisory board as well as the MxG (Maine Accelerates Growth) Advisory Board. She is also Principal of Sea Cove Solutions, enhancing connections and creating linkages in innovation and the ecosystem with an intentional focus on female entrepreneurship.

 

 

Valentina Vitols-Bello, Seattle WA

Valentina is an angel investor focused on supporting entrepreneurs in the technology and social impact spaces. A native of Venezuela, she is a Pipeline Angel, a member of Alliance of Angels, a member of Hera Angels, a SheEO Activator, a member of New Wave Ventures, a startup mentor, a committed supporter of female entrepreneurs, and an attorney. She worked as a political consultant in Caracas and ran as a candidate for the Latin American Parliament and the House of Representatives of the State of Miranda. She holds a graduate degree in Integrated Marketing Communications, an MFA in Photography, and a law degree. She has worked at the Venezuelan Supreme Court and in tech companies in Venezuela and the US. She is also a photographer with work from all over the world. In the past, Valentina was the founder of the startup Love to Thank, now in standby. As a mentor, she offers advice on how to deal with the challenges of being an entrepreneur, how to approach entrepreneurial failure, and how to prepare for fundraising.

 

 

 

 

Katy Yung, Hong Kong

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Katy Yung is the Director of Investment at RS Group (www.rsgroup.asia), a Hong Kong-based family office with a mission to create a paradigm shift in people’s values and priorities so that economic growth will support, instead of jeopardize, human development and environmental sustainability. She focuses on the sustainable and impact investments as well as strategic philanthropy of a specific portfolio. Formerly an investment banker at J.P. Morgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Limited, she worked on a variety of M&A and capital market transactions. Katy co-founded an NGO Table for Table for Two’s Hong Kong chapter which aims to raise awareness on the issue of global food imbalance through restaurant and corporate partnerships. She was also a member of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum and is currently the executive board member of the Duke Alumni Club in Hong Kong.

Katy graduated from Duke University in North Carolina with a BA in Economics and a minor on Comparative Area Studies. She is interested in impact investing, permaculture, education technology and environmental causes.

 

 

 

Nicole Bagley, Denver CO

Nicole Bagley focuses on positive social change and female empowerment in her work as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and investor. She leads the Brenn Foundation, which hosts thought-provoking, action-oriented gatherings regarding the world’s most complex issues; she is the Vice President of the Arca Foundation, which advances equity, justice and human rights; and, she is a board member of the Sapelo Foundation, which promotes progressive social change and works to enhance and preserve the natural environment in Georgia. She is active in the Colorado impact community through her direct investments in early stage companies and her membership in Investors’ Circle, Beyond our Borders and CO Impact Days.

 

 

Trish Groom, Boulder CO

Trish Groom is a tech entrepreneur, strategic connector, and fervent advocate of authentic people development. She spent the past ten years growing companies, raising over 8 MM in funding, and building dynamic teams to sustain growth. Trish’s vigor for fostering women in leadership has led her to become a mentor, board member, and impact investor, ensuring that the seats at the table are increasingly diverse for the good of our society.

 

 

Jessica Robinson, Dubai

Jessica Robinson is the Founder and Managing Director of Moxie Future – the world’s first insights and community platform empowering women as responsible investors. As well as running Moxie Future, Jessica works as a strategic advisor to institutional investors, think tanks and governments on all things relating to green finance, sustainability and responsible investment. Prior to this, Jessica was Head of Asia for the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (UN-PRI), following a long stint as Chief Executive and Board Director of the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA), one of Asia’s leading think tanks working to promote sustainable finance and responsible investment across the region. She also led the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change and played an active leadership role in the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA) and the Global Investor Coalition on Climate Change (GIC). Jessica has an extensive background in professional services and business consulting, focusing on financial services, environmental finance and sustainability industries. Through varied roles, she has had experience of working and living in Asia (in particular, China and Hong Kong), Europe and North America, and across a range of different sectors, markets and regulatory environments.

She frequently contributes articles, authors reports and speaks at conferences on issues including green financing, financial market developments, climate finance policy and broader sustainable finance issues. She also provides input to several advisory panels and working groups on green finance and sustainability issues, and was a member of Hong Kong’s Financial Services Development Council’s Green Finance Working Group, responsible for making policy recommendations to the Hong Kong government on green finance. Beginning her career working for a member of the UK Parliament, Jessica has worked in a number of policy and public affairs roles, subsequently joining one of the ‘Big Four’ professional services firm as a consultant, providing advisory services to a range of financial institutions including investment banks, insurers, reinsurers and asset managers, notably on issues related to governance and risk management. Thereafter working in environmental and carbon financing, she was a director of a leading China-based developer of energy and emission reduction solutions, in addition to working with a number of start-ups in the Asia-Pacific region.

She holds an MSc in Applied Environmental Economics from the University of London, an MSc in Politics from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from the University of Manchester, UK. She also holds a Professional Diploma in Financial Management from the ACCA and the FT Post-Graduate Diploma for Non-Executive Directors.

 

 

Emma Sherrard Matthew, Hong Kong

Executive Chairman – Quintessentially Asia-Pacific. Born in Singapore and raised in Hong Kong and Britain, Emma launched Quintessentially in the Region, with the first office in Hong Kong in 2005. Emma has been instrumental in building the brand and company profile over the past decade and recently held the position of Global Chief Executive Officer for four years, where she played a lead role in the successful transition of the company into a global brand, recognised for its superb service delivery. Emma currently sits on the Board of Women Helping Women and previously sat on the Board of The Women’s Foundation for 4 years. Emma is an active investor with a focus on young businesses founded by female entrepreneurs. In addition, she sits on the Board of Private Family Members’ Club: Maggie & Rose (maggieandrose.com)  and is an advisor to Shiza Shahid who co-founded the Malala Fund and now heads up NOW Ventures (nowventures.co). Emma is an active member of YPO Pan Asia (Young President’s Organisation) and currently sits on the EXCO Board. She is a proud wife of Steven, mother of Willa and Arthur, and is passionate about living life to the fullest. Emma’s wanderlust keeps her exploring the globe as well as participating in a range of competitive sports, including running the Great Wall and London Marathons, hiking the Kokoda Track and climbing Mt Kinabalu, Ben Nevis and Mt Kilimanjaro.

 

 

Lise Shipley, Clinton MO

Lise is Managing Director, LRS Strategies and Solutions, LLC helping new start-up businesses and small businesses driven to expand.  Lise learned the importance of an education early in life coming from a family of educators.  She has scholarships at two (2) universities and mentors to students through college and into their careers enjoying the strong bond of lifetime friendship.   Lise is an angel investor focused on supporting entrepreneurs in the technology and social impact spaces. Lise is a results-driven leader with 25+ years experience in product development, marketing, business development, operations, and program/project management in the Internet / Wireless / Telecommunications industries. Served in executive positions in product development, marketing, IT, sales channel operations, and technology & service delivery. Demonstrated unique ability to blend marketing, product development and IT/engineering experience to define and deliver powerful solutions to meet business needs for AT&T and business customers (i.e. Starbucks, Hilton, Marriott, UPS, McDonald’s, DFW Airport, Yahoo, etc). Consistently recognized for leadership and building strong effective teams for delivering results with creative problem-solving skills.

Lise has a B.A. in Computer and Information Systems, an M.B.A. from Washington Univeristy of St. Louis and completed a summer program at the London School of Economics.    She serves on the Washington University Regional Cabinet for alumni and students for central Texas. She enjoys travel, photography and helping her community as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteer.

 

 

Daniela Yoder, Cincinnati OH

Daniela Yoder is a Sr. Vice President of a valuation firm in Cincinnati, OH, focusing on valuing companies for mergers and acquisitions. She gained an appreciation for start-up investing when valuing a local start-up and becoming hands-on as an angel group investor in Cincinnati. Daniela’s interest in investing with impact companies starts with a curiosity to learn how start-up investing can bring about positive change to the world while bringing positive returns to investors.