Our Teachers & Advisors

Project Entrepreneur is supported by founders, operators, and investors who have built some of the world’s most impactful brands. Each one is committed to helping you amplify your vision and achieve your goals.

Teachers

Julia Weed

Director, Business Development Group
UBS Financial Services, Inc.

Nisha Dua

General Partner
BBG Ventures

Lindsay Bressler

Chief Operating Officer
HATCH Collection

Reshma Chattaram Chamberlin

Co-Founder and Chief Digital Brand Officer
Summersalt

Katia Beauchamp

Co-Founder and C.E.O.
Birchbox

Divya Gugnani

Co-Founder and C.E.O.
Wander Beauty

Jeeho Lee

Partner
O'Melveny

Advisors

Melissa Grillo Aruz

Head of Talent & Business Development
Forerunner Ventures

Marsha Askins

Chief of Staff, GWM & President of Americas
UBS Financial Services

Chris Brown

Principal
Inspired Capital

Rachel Blumenthal

Founder and C.E.O.
Rockets of Awesome

Meghan Cross Breeden

Partner, Startup Operator, and Investor
Amplifyher Ventures

Tracy Chadwell

Founding Partner
1843 Capital

Marguerite Pressley Davis

Business and Financial Strategist

Sarah Donaldson

Private Equity Investor

Susan Elolampi

Head of Family Coverage, Managing Director, Global Banking
UBS Financial Services

Kori Estrada

Co-C.I.O. and Partner, Axon
Co-founder, RiseWell

Beth Ferreira

Partner
FirstMark Capital

Michelle Cordeiro Grant

Founder and C.E.O.
Lively

Amber Greene

Head of Product
Medley

Tovah Haim

Founder and C.E.O.
Bodily

Wendy Heilbut

Partner
Jayaram Law, Inc.

Mia Jung

Partner
Oxeon Partners

Jennifer Justice

Founder and C.E.O.
The Justice Dept.

Lexie Komisar

Global Head of Startup Ecosystems and Partner Platforms
IBM

Anjali Kumar

Founder and C.E.O

Nicole Lapin

Founder
NBG Productions

Jeeho Lee

Partner
O'Melveny

Vanessa Liu

Vice President
SAP.iO Foundries North America

Susan McPherson

Founder and C.E.O.
McPherson Strategies

Erica Duignan Minnihan

Founder and Managing Partner
1000 Angels

Karen Moon

Venture Partner
Elizabeth Street Ventures

Hitha Palepu

C.E.O.
Rhoshan Pharmaceuticals

Anna Plaks

Chief Creative Officer
Group Nine

Bethany Logan Ropa

Managing Director, Real Estate, Lodging, and Leisure
UBS Investment Bank

Lina Rubin

Chief of Staff, Wealth Management, U.S.A.
UBS Financial Services

Ann Rybak

Head, Family Office Solutions Group
UBS Private Wealth Management

Sapna Shah

Principal
Red Giraffe Advisors

Alicia Syrett

Founder and C.E.O.
Pantegrion Capital

Tina Wells

Founder
Elevation Tribe

Heidi Williams

Co-Founder and C.T.O.
tEQuitable

Sarah Woelfel

Co-Founder and Partner
Cult Capital

Melissa Wright

Counsel
O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Alison Koplar Wyatt

Co-founder
Female Founder Collective

Becky Yang

Partner
The Fund/Lin Lane

Julia Weed

Director, Business Development Group
UBS Financial Services, Inc.

Julia Weed is a director in the Business Development Group (BDG) at UBS Financial Services, Inc., responsible for the team’s cross-divisional referral activity between UBS Investment Bank (IB) and UBS Wealth Management (WMA). She focuses on IB and boutique-related referral activity and works primarily with family founded or entrepreneur-led businesses around transition planning and monetization strategies. She also specializes in IPO support services for WMA.

Before joining BDG in 2014, Julia was an associate director in the U.S. Investment Bank’s Financial Institutions Group. Her prior experience also includes consulting in the financial services industry for Deloitte Financial Advisory Services in New York. Julia holds a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Chinese Literature from Duke University, and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

 

 

Nisha Dua

General Partner
BBG Ventures

Nisha Dua is a General Partner at BBG Ventures, which she co-founded with Susan Lyne in 2014. A New York City–based seed fund investing in consumer tech start-ups with at least one female founder, BBGV invests across New Commerce, Connected Communities, Future of Work, the Emerging Consumer (Gen Z and Boomers+), and Personalized Health and Wellness. To date, Nisha has invested in more than 60 start-ups, including The Wing, Zola, Pymetrics, KiwiCo, Spring Health, Future Family, and Winky Lux.

Prior to BBGV, Nisha was the General Manager of AOL’s millennial site, Cambio, which she re-launched as a site “for girls, #BUILTBYGIRLS” in partnership with Girls Who Code. She also founded BUILT BY GIRLS, a software platform connecting girls and non-binary talent with professionals to prepare the next generation of leaders to step into careers powered by technology. Previously she was Chief of Staff for the AOL Brand Group, a management consultant for Bain & Company, and an M&A lawyer at the Australian law firm Blake Dawson. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws, Finance, from the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia.

Lindsay Bressler

Chief Operating Officer
HATCH Collection

Lindsay Bressler is the Chief Operating Officer at HATCH Collection, the leading brand for women before, during, and after pregnancy. At HATCH, she oversees all aspects of business performance and operations, including digital, retail, finance, logistics and fulfillment, legal, and human resources.  

Prior to HATCH, Lindsay co-founded A Founder’s Lab, a consulting agency for start-ups in the fashion and fitness space. Previously, she was also the Chief Operating Officer at Tracy Anderson Method and GM Marketplace at OpenSky. She spent the first several years of her career in finance both at The Raine Group and Goldman Sachs, working with digital media and entertainment clients on strategic advisory, M&A, capital raising, and private equity investments. She is also an active angel investor and advisor in the consumer retail space. She has a Bachelor of Science, in Public Policy Analysis, from Duke University.

Reshma Chattaram Chamberlin

Co-Founder and Chief Digital Brand Officer
Summersalt

Reshma Chattaram Chamberlin is the co-founder and Chief Digital Brand Officer of Summersalt, the disruptive, direct-to-consumer swimwear and travelwear brand. She leads the company’s vision of helping women feel empowered in their swimwear and travelwear, giving them the confidence they need to take on any adventure, whether it’s a trip to the neighborhood pool or a trip across the world. Her unique ability to balance authenticity and strategic marketing through influencer and brand partnerships have helped Summersalt to exceed projections year over year, and expand beyond swimwear to travelwear, underwear, and sleepwear. She is passionate about keeping sustainability and thoughtful practices at the heart of Summersalt’s mission, and is constantly working with the production and design teams to move further toward a 100% sustainable model.

Prior to co-founding Summersalt, Reshma spent more than 10 years in brand building, user experience design, digital marketing, and strategy for top direct-to-consumer brands. She ran a business design strategy firm, and had a front-row seat to the direct-to-consumer revolution. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from Principia College.

Katia Beauchamp

Co-Founder and C.E.O.
Birchbox

Katia Beauchamp is the co-founder and C.E.O. of Birchbox. She co-founded the company in 2010, driven by a fascination with the business dynamics of the beauty industry and the massive opportunity to redefine the way people discover and shop for beauty online. Today, Birchbox is best known for its monthly subscription of personalized samples, and has more than 2.5 million active customers, 500 beauty and grooming brand partners, operations in four countries, and retail experiences in select Walgreens locations across the U.S. 

Prior to Birchbox, Katia worked in structured finance and commercial real estate. She has been honored with accolades including Advertising Age Women to Watch, CEW Achievers Award, Fortune 40 Under 40, Inc. 30 Under 30, Marie Claire’s New Guard, WWD Digital Innovator of the Year, and YMA Fashion’s Entrepreneur of the Year, among others. She is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School, meeting with students and faculty as an official advisor on campus. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in International Studies and Economics from Vassar College.

Divya Gugnani

Co-Founder and C.E.O.
Wander Beauty

Divya Gugnani is the co-founder and C.E.O. of Wander Beauty, a company focused on multitasking beauty essentials created with global inspiration. Launched in 2015, Wander Beauty is one of the fastest emerging brands in the country, with more than 30 highly prestigious beauty awards under its belt, plus a loyal following of A-list celebrities, top journalists, and notable beauty and style influencers. 

Prior to Wander Beauty, Divya co-founded Send the Trend, an e-commerce site focused on personalized fashion and beauty, and sold it to QVC, where she focused on digital innovation. She started her business career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs, and then private equity and venture capital at Investcorp International and FirstMark Capital. She has appeared on shows on CNBC, NBC and MSNBC, and has been featured in publications including The New York Times, Vanity Fair, BusinessWeek, TIME Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. She has contributed to The Huffington Post, TODAYshow.com, and Daily Beast, and is the author of the book Sexy Women Eat: Secrets to Eating What You Want and Still Looking Fabulous, published by HarperCollins. She holds a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and attended the French Culinary Institute.

Jeeho Lee

Partner
O'Melveny

Jeeho Lee is a highly skilled corporate transactional lawyer with extensive experience representing US and foreign issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings, secondary offerings, private placements, debt offerings, including investment grade issuances and high-yield offerings, and debt restructuring transactions such as exchange offers. In addition, Jeeho assists public companies with securities law compliance, disclosure issues, and corporate governance matters. Jeeho also advises issuers, advisors, and funds with respect to the corporate, security law, and transactional aspects of financial restructuring matters. Jeeho has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by the International Financial Law Review every year since 2014.

Jeeho’s issuer clients include Air Lease Corporation, American Honda Finance Corporation, Care Trust REIT, Inc., Francesca’s Holdings Corporation, Geneva Enterprises Inc., Microsemi Corporation, and Verso Corporation. Jeeho also serves as designated underwriters’ counsel for Toyota Motor Credit Corporation.

Melissa Grillo Aruz

Head of Talent & Business Development
Forerunner Ventures

Melissa Grillo Aruz is the Head of Talent and Partnerships for Forerunner Ventures. She leads the firm’s efforts to support portfolio companies in the areas of talent strategy, organization development, and community building. She also spearheads efforts to facilitate partnerships with service providers for the benefit of the portfolio. 

Prior to Forerunner, Melissa spent more than 15 years working in the consumer space both on the agency and the brand sides in various capacities. She led her own consulting practice specializing in online acquisition and marketing for e-commerce and content brands, advising such notable companies as J.Crew, Warby Parker, and Birchbox, among others, in their early efforts to scale their businesses amidst the evolving commerce landscape. Additionally, as the first Director of Online Marketing at Gilt Groupe, Melissa contributed to the company’s success during its exponential growth period, resulting in invaluable experience in seeing how to scale teams to support rapid growth. She earned a B.A. in Art History and Italian Studies from Trinity College.

Marsha Askins

Chief of Staff, GWM & President of Americas
UBS Financial Services

Marsha Askins is Chief of Staff for UBS Global Wealth Management (GWM) and UBS Americas. In this role, she leverages her expertise to support the co-president GWM and president Americas in executing on the firm’s key strategic initiatives, focusing on activities in the Americas region. She is responsible for engaging with financial advisors, field leaders, and home office colleagues across the region to drive a culture of empowerment, reduce bureaucracy, and improve overall operational excellence. She also works  to improve connectivity and collaboration across UBS’s businesses in the region.

Marsha is a permanent guest of the GWM Executive Committee, the Wealth Management USA Management Committee, and the firm’s Combined U.S. Operations Management Committee. She also serves on the Americas Risk Committee, on the GWM People Board, as vice chair of the Board of the UBS Political Action Committee, and on the advisory board for All Bar None, which promotes the professional advancement of women at UBS.

Named as one of Worth’s “Groundbreakers 2020: 50 Women Changing the World,” Marsha is on the board of directors for Urban Arts Partnership and serves as the president of the board of trustees for Christ Church, New York. In addition, she is a member of the Women’s Forum, Inc. Marsha was selected as a David Rockefeller fellow for The Partnership for New York City class of 2014 to 2015. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Clemson University and participated in the Executive Leadership Program at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Chris Brown

Principal
Inspired Capital

Chris Brown is a principal at Inspired Capital, a Seed and Series A venture fund that invests in category-defining technology businesses across both consumer and enterprise.

Prior to Inspired Capital, he was an investor at First Round Capital and an analyst at The Blackstone Group. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Middlebury College.

Rachel Blumenthal

Founder and C.E.O.
Rockets of Awesome

Rachel Blumenthal is the founder and C.E.O. of Rockets of Awesome. The New York-based entrepreneur and mom launched Rockets of Awesome, in July 2016, to offer parents a simpler and smarter way to shop for high-quality kids clothing.

Prior to Rockets of Awesome, Rachel began her career in public relations at Yves Saint Laurent. She launched her first entrepreneurial venture as designer and founder of the fashion jewelry brand Rachel Leigh, and the brand was licensed to GlamHouse, in 2011. She then lent her hand to Warby Parker, which was cofounded by her husband Neil, before founding and acting as C.E.O. of Cricket’s Circle, the trusted resource and editorial destination for everything baby and toddler. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Tufts University.

Meghan Cross Breeden

Partner, Startup Operator, and Investor
Amplifyher Ventures

Meghan Cross Breeden is a startup operator and investor at Amplifyher, a new venture capital fund investing in visionary founders with diverse leadership teams.

Prior to Amplifyher, Meghan was the founding managing partner of Red Bear Angels and built the Cornell alumni angel network of 100+ high-net-worth individuals and led more than 25 investments, including Datalogue, Grokstyle (acq. Facebook), and Lyft (NASDAQ: LYFT). She received her venture training from Foundation Capital and Bowery Capital. As a startup operator, she was an early director at StyleCaster, Inc. (acq. She Knows Media) and a public relations specialist for Skype and Foursquare during their early years.

Meghan received her B.S. in fiber science from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Tracy Chadwell

Founding Partner
1843 Capital

Tracy Chadwell is the founding partner of 1843 Capital, a venture capital fund focused on early-stage technology companies. She is an attorney and investor, as well; notable investments include early investments in Beautycounter, Tempo Automation, HopSkipDrive, and May Mobility.

Prior to 1843 Capital, Tracy was a partner of a growth capital venture capital fund, Baker Capital, and a V.P. at Robertson Stephens. She is a leader and a sought-after speaker within the community of women founders, innovators, and entrepreneurs, and has given testimony before a U.S. Senate Committee. She has been a speaker for the Nantucket Project, M.I.T., and TEDx N.Y.I.T. In 2019, she was named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s “100 Powerful Women” list, and in 2018, received the Moffly Media Award for Women’s Business Advocate. She is a current board member of Marstone and board observer to Finn AI. She received a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College, and holds a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Marguerite Pressley Davis

Business and Financial Strategist

Marguerite Pressley Davis is an entrepreneur, business strategist, financial expert, and accredited angel investor who has spent more than a decade in the financial industry. She is the managing director of Marguerite Pressley Davis Inc., a business strategy and financial coaching agency, where she serves as strategist and C.F.O. to entrepreneurs and small businesses including Comcast NBC Universal, Marcy Ventures Partners, and Serena Williams–backed companies. She also is the creator of Your Profit Playbook®, the leading business financial planning training platform; managing director at Zane Venture Fund and the host of the podcast, “Finance Savvy C.E.O.”

Marguerite spent the early stages of her career on Wall Street, working as a manager in the global mergers and acquisitions consulting practice at Deloitte Consulting, and as a senior analyst at Goldman Sachs, where she controlled a more-than-$2 billion portfolio of private equity, alternative energy, and commercial real estate investments. Along with the Clinton Foundation and its Economic Opportunity Initiative, she helped small-business owners stimulate the economy in underserved communities. She also created Tulle La La, an award-winning global retail technology company that combines technology with a project management–based approach to wedding planning.

Marguerite was named “Atlanta’s 40 Under 40” by Atlanta Business Chronicle, has been mentioned in Forbes’s Top 100 Websites for Women, recognized by Forté Foundation, and co-authored Girl Power Uncensored with the chapter titled, “From Wall Street To Helping Main Street.” She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from North Carolina State University, and an M.B.A. in Finance and Strategy from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Sarah Donaldson

Private Equity Investor

Sarah Donaldson is an investor at a lower-middle market, operationally intensive private equity fund based in New York City. She is involved in all aspects of deal execution from initial screening to financing and portfolio management. Passionate about elevating women, she also co-founded Pionette, a network-driven consultancy dedicated to elevating female and underrepresented founders through the business building process by bridging the gap from ideation to implementation to fundraising and beyond.

Sarah serves on the advisory boards of two seed-stage companies, Silk + Sonder, a curated journal subscription service centered around authenticity, wellness, and productivity; and Pollinate, a virtual-community platform to discover, experience, and connect through art. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, and is also a C.F.A. charterholder.

 

Susan Elolampi

Head of Family Coverage, Managing Director, Global Banking
UBS Financial Services

Susan Elolampi is Head of Family Coverage, Managing Director, Global Banking for UBS Financial Services.

Prior to joining UBS Global Banking, Susan spent 17 years at J.P. Morgan, where she established the J.P. Morgan Investment Bank Family Coverage Group following 10 years of financial sponsor coverage in the U.S. and EMEA. She joined J.P. Morgan in 2001 as a banker in the Diversified Industries Investment Banking team. Susan also was a senior consultant focusing on technology strategy for KPMG Consulting. She is a member of the board of directors at The Hope Program which empowers New Yorkers to build sustainable futures through comprehensive training, jobs, advancement, and lifelong career support. She holds a B.S.B.A. Management and minor in Japanese studies from Bucknell University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Kori Estrada

Co-C.I.O. and Partner, Axon
Co-founder, RiseWell

Kori Estrada is the co-founder of the new natural oral care company RiseWell and the co- C.I.O. of Axon Capital, an asset-management firm in New York. With a focus on consumer-, technology-, and healthcare-related investments throughout her career in both public and private markets, Kori is passionate about innovative companies and brands that are moving the needle in these specific industries.

Prior to joining Axon Capital, Kori was an associate at Shumway Capital Partners and an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division at UBS Investment Bank. She received her B.A. from Columbia University, majoring in Economics and Philosophy.

Beth Ferreira

Partner
FirstMark Capital

Beth Ferreira is a managing director at FirstMark Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm based in N.Y.C. An accomplished operations leader, company advisor, and venture investor, she focuses on next-generation commerce, consumer tech, and enterprise companies.

Previously, Beth founded and was the managing partner at WME Ventures, the venture capital arm of WME IMG. Prior to this role, she was C.O.O. at Fab, where she led the strategic development and expansion of the company’s global operations and customer service infrastructure. As an early senior executive at Etsy, she served as Vice President, Finance and Operations, and played a pivotal role in transforming the company into a lifestyle brand and profitable global e-commerce platform, seeing revenue growth skyrocket during her tenure. Before joining Etsy, she also held positions at Flatiron Partners, The Boston Consulting Group, and Union Bank of Switzerland. She holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business.

Michelle Cordeiro Grant

Founder and C.E.O.
Lively

Michelle Cordeiro Grant is the founder and C.E.O. of Lively, a community and brand that inspires women to live life passionately, purposefully, and confidently, creating products and experiences to do so. She launched Lively, in 2016, and has since raised $15 million in funding and fostered a 100,000+-member ambassador network.

Prior to Lively, Michelle was Vice President of Merchandising at Thrillist Media Group and a Director/Senior Merchant at Victoria’s Secret. While working with Victoria’s Secret, she was inspired to create a revolutionary new experience and point of view for the $13B American lingerie category. She coined “Leisurée,” a new category that blurs the aesthetic lines of lingerie, active, and swim, taking the best elements of high-style and ultimate comfort from each category, and so Lively was born. She grew her business from its concept stage to a $100M acquisition by intimates leader Wacoal in just three years, beating the odds of female-founded companies. She holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh.

Amber Greene

Head of Product
Medley

Amber Greene is the Head of Product at Medley, which harnesses the power of small groups to help people grow. She is an angel investor who has consulted with early-stage start-ups in the wellness and aging space.

Prior to Medley, Amber spent several years focusing on user-experience research and service design for products that span the digital and physical environment. She started her career in tech at Google, where she did research to help create new desktop and mobile experiences for consumer and enterprise productivity tools. After Google, she spent several years working at companies focused on health and wellbeing: At WW (formerly Weight Watchers), she led strategic research projects that guided the creation and successful launch of a new food program. For Flatiron Health (acquired by Roche) and Cityblock Health, she started the experience research and service design functions, collaborating with product, operations, and clinical teams to create experiences that improve satisfaction for clinical staff and health outcomes for patients. She also worked as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs. She graduated with a B.A. in public policy from Stanford University.

Tovah Haim

Founder and C.E.O.
Bodily

Tovah Haim is the founder and C.E.O. of Bodily, an online destination covering inadequately addressed areas of women’s health, providing educational content and modern products backed by clinical research. Inspired by Tovah’s own experience after delivering her first child, Bodily is a direct response to what she found to be a startling lack of basic information, an assortment of lackluster products, and a wall of cultural taboo surrounding the common occurrence of birth recovery and breastfeeding. Since its inception, Bodily has raised $3 million of venture capital funding to date from Global Founders Capital, as well as Brooklyn Decker and Andy Roddick. The brand has been featured on Forbes.com, PopSugar, Well + Good, The Bump, and Cheddar TV, among others.

Prior to launching Bodily in November 2019, Tovah held executive roles leading finance, strategy, and data at direct-to-consumer meal-service and food-product brands Blue Apron and Daily Harvest, as well as Ralph Lauren’s global e-commerce business division. She also spent eight years on Wall Street as a private equity investor at Goldman Sachs and Global Infrastructure Partners, and an investment banker at Citi Group. She holds a B.A. in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Wendy Heilbut

Partner
Jayaram Law, Inc.

Wendy Heilbut is the first partner and founder of Jayaram Law’s New York City practice, working with companies to launch and execute their legal, I.P. and growth strategies. An angel investor, her legal expertise bridges the gap between traditional law and innovative growth.

In addition to advising early-stage companies and venture-capital investors, Wendy is a leader in managing the intellectual property direction for innovative companies large and small. She holds a B.A. in comparative literature from Indiana University Bloomington, and a J.D. in Law from American University Washington College of Law.

Mia Jung

Partner
Oxeon Partners

Mia Jung is a partner at Oxeon Partners, an executive search firm. In her role at Oxeon, she partners with high-growth, innovative healthcare organizations, boards, and investors to build diverse and cohesive leadership teams. She combines her experience working within an innovative and disruptive organization while advising similarly oriented clients. Her involvement with great teams, innovative technology and global sales and business development are utilized across Oxeon Holdings. She integrates Oxeon’s mission, To Make People Healthier, and its core values into every aspect of her professional and personal life.

Mia has spent more than 20 years working in the healthcare industry, holding commercial leadership roles in the pharmaceutical, medical technology, and executive-search industries at companies including Merck, Guidant, Boston Scientific, and Russell Reynolds. She is the co-founder of Break Into The Boardroom, an initiative that seeks to drive gender parity in the boardroom. Her projects include work with venture capital, private equity, and public company–backed organizations across payer, provider, consumer, employer, life sciences, and medical technology segments. Her board work includes independent director roles at Abzena, a Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe–backed company and The New York Academy of Medicine Board. She also serves as an advisory member of The Moth’s Development Committee and a speaker/advisor to M.I.T.’s Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship. She earned her undergraduate degree in communications and business from Villanova University, and has an M.B.A. from Columbia and London Business School where she also served as the co-chair for Sanford Bernstein’s Ethics and Leadership program.

Jennifer Justice

Founder and C.E.O.
The Justice Dept.

Jennifer Justice the founder and C.E.O. of The Justice Dept., a management, strategy and legal firm that works with female (and woke male) entrepreneurs, executives, talent, brands, and creatives to build and maximize their value focusing in the areas of tech, consumer product, finance, media, entertainment and fashion. As a champion for gender equality and diversity in the workplace, J.J. is an entertainment and live-experience executive known for her expertise in building artists’ careers and business portfolios by marrying art with commerce.

Prior to founding The Justice Dept., in 2019, J.J. was general counsel and E.V.P. for Roc Nation, where she helped to structure the company’s vision and growth. She served as Jay-Z’s personal entertainment attorney for 17 years, as well as Beyonce’s personal attorney for one year while at Roc Nation. She has been named a “Game Changer” by Goop and one of “50 Badass Women Changing the World in 2020” by InStyle; and has been included on Billboard’s “Women in Power” list three times. She has been featured on the TODAY Show and is a regular contributor on NBC News. She has a B.A. in Political Science from University of Washington, and a Doctor of Law (J.D.) from Cornell Law School.

Lexie Komisar

Global Head of Startup Ecosystems and Partner Platforms
IBM

Lexie Komisar serves as the Director, Global Head of Startup Ecosystems and Partner Platforms at IBM. In this capacity, she leads IBM’s global startup business and brings emerging technologies to startups and early-stage companies across the world. She previously served on the founding team at IBM’s first Digital Innovation Lab, which incubated new digital businesses integrating AI.

Prior to joining IBM, Lexie served as an associate director at the Clinton Foundation, where she created the Foundation’s first program focused on leveraging technology and innovation for social impact. She also worked for Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. She has been recognized by Forbes “30 Under 30 in Tech,” Crain’s Business “40 Under 40,” Crain’s Business Notable Women in Tech, and LinkedIn’s Next Wave as a Top Professional Under 35 in Technology. She co-leads the Women at IBM NYC group, and serves on the board of advisers for Open Style Lab, a nonprofit in partnership with Parsons School of Design and M.I.T., which focuses on creating accessible solutions in design and technology for people with disabilities. Lexie graduated with honors from Northwestern University and served as a Fulbright Fellow in Mexico City with the U.S. State Department.

Anjali Kumar

Founder and C.E.O

Anjali Kumar advises on all stages of business, focusing on early-stage tech, consumer products, and luxury fashion companies with a social conscience. She also recently founded an advisory firm focusing on legal counsel and business strategy for entrepreneurs, executives, talent, and brands.

Prior to that, she was the founding Chief People Officer and general counsel at Cheddar, the founding Head of Social Innovation and founding general counsel at Warby Parker, founding general counsel at Acumen, and senior counsel at Google. Anjali’s 2017 TED Talk based on her book Stalking God: My Unorthodox Search For Something To Believe In (Hachette 2018), has more than four million views and a television show in development. She serves on multiple boards including Happy Money, Women’s World Banking, GloProfessional, Amplifier, Edible Schoolyard NYC, American Documentary (AmDoc), and the Guggenheim Museum’s Global Innovation Council. She earned her B.A. in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University, and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Nicole Lapin

Founder
NBG Productions

Nicole Lapin is the founder of NBG Productions, a multimedia production company focused on creating accessible financial content across various platforms. As the host of the business reality competition show, Hatched, on CBS, and a regular financial report contributor to Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show, among others, she is America’s go-to money expert who “you don’t need a dictionary to understand.”

Prior to her current roles, Nicole got her start in the business world at age 18, reporting from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for First Business Network. She went on to become the youngest anchor ever at CNN and then again at CNBC, where she anchored the only global finance show on the network, Worldwide Exchange, while contributing financial reports to MSNBC and Today. She has served as a business anchor for Bloomberg TV and a special money correspondent for Entertainment Tonight. Currently, she co-hosts a podcast on iHeartradio with the editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur Magazine, Jason Feifer, called “Hush Money,” which tackles taboo money topics. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Jeeho Lee

Partner
O'Melveny

Jeeho Lee is a highly skilled corporate transactional lawyer with extensive experience representing US and foreign issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings, secondary offerings, private placements, debt offerings, including investment grade issuances and high-yield offerings, and debt restructuring transactions such as exchange offers. In addition, Jeeho assists public companies with securities law compliance, disclosure issues, and corporate governance matters. Jeeho also advises issuers, advisors, and funds with respect to the corporate, security law, and transactional aspects of financial restructuring matters. Jeeho has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by the International Financial Law Review every year since 2014.

Jeeho’s issuer clients include Air Lease Corporation, American Honda Finance Corporation, Care Trust REIT, Inc., Francesca’s Holdings Corporation, Geneva Enterprises Inc., Microsemi Corporation, and Verso Corporation. Jeeho also serves as designated underwriters’ counsel for Toyota Motor Credit Corporation.

Vanessa Liu

Vice President
SAP.iO Foundries North America

Vanessa Liu is the Vice President of SAP.iO, a global organization responsible for building an ecosystem of startups around SAP. In her role, she oversees SAP.iO’s North American Foundries in New York and San Francisco, including programs devoted to women and diverse-led B2B enterprise tech companies.

Prior to SAP.iO, Vanessa was the Chief Operating Officer at Trigger Media Group, a $22MM digital media incubator. While there, she co-founded, incubated, and oversaw business operations and strategic initiatives of Trigger’s portfolio companies: InsideHook (the essential digital lifestyle guide for adventurous and discerning men) and Fevo (SaaS technology bringing friends and networks together for group experiences at live events). She was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company’s Media and Entertainment Practice, based in Amsterdam, London, and New York, responsible for serving clients in a variety of media and high-tech sectors.

Vanessa currently serves as a board observer of Fevo and is an advisor or investor in start-ups including Bounce Exchange, Grata Data, GroundSignal, Knotel, and Narrativ. She also mentors female founders through Declare’s Lead Program. She graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. in psychology from Harvard University and cum laude with a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She was a Fulbright Scholar at Universiteit Utrecht, in the Netherlands, where she conducted independent research on the International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the International Court of Justice. She serves as Vice President, College Alumni Affairs, of the Harvard Alumni Association.

Susan McPherson

Founder and C.E.O.
McPherson Strategies

Susan McPherson is the founder and C.E.O. of McPherson Strategies, a communications consultancy focused on the intersection between brands and social impact, providing storytelling, partnership creation, and visibility to corporations, NGOs, and social enterprises.

A serial connector, angel investor, and corporate responsibility expert with more than 25 years of experience in marketing, PR, and sustainability communications, Susan is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Forbes. She is a featured speaker at industry events including Net Impact, Inspirefest/Dublin, Center for Corporate Citizenship’s Annual Summit, DLD, TOA Berlin, and Techonomy. She is a regular guest on a variety of business and leadership podcasts, and has appeared on NPR, CNN, and CBC (Canada), and has been quoted in major media outlets including USA Today, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times. She holds a B.A. in history and political science from the University at Albany, SUNY.

Erica Duignan Minnihan