2013 Entrepreneurs-in-Training Instructors & Panelists

11-Day Program, Residential Only

Sunday, July 6 - Thursday, July 17



Caroline Ceniza-Levine

Caroline Ceniza-Levine is a career and business expert, having launched diverse business from SixFigureStart® career coaching to FBC Films sci fi/ horror film production. An extreme career changer who trained in classical piano at Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music, Caroline specializes in working with people who want to make a change – from individual contributor to leader; from one career to a new one; from employee to entrepreneur. Caroline blogs for Forbes.com Work In Progress and is the co-author of “Six Steps To Job Search Success” 2011, Flat World Knowledge; and “How the Fierce Handle Fear: Secrets to Succeeding in Challenging Times” 2010, Two Harbors Press. Her career advice has been extensively quoted including repeat guest expert appearances on CBS, CNN and Fox Business and mentions in Business Insider, BusinessWeek, CNN Money, Newsweek, NPR, Real Simple, Success Magazine, and Yahoo! Finance. Caroline is a 2010 grant recipient of the Jones New York Empowerment Fund and performs stand-up with Comic Diversity. Caroline is a graduate of Barnard College and teaches professional development courses at Barnard and Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.

Elise Hernandez (Santora)

Elise recently starred as Abuela Claudia in the first national tour of In The Heights as well as its Broadway company. Other Broadway credits include Paul Simon's The CapemanandAdventures of Tom Sawyer. Additional national tours include Man of La Mancha with John Cullum and A Chorus Line starring Bebe Neuwirth. Toured internationally as a vocalist for such legends as Bowie, Julio Iglesias and Danny Kaye's Unicef in Africa tour. She was one of the first Latina dancers on the nationally syndicated program, Soul Train. In addition to extensive commercial/voice-over work and directing, Elise has served as teaching artist, acting/voice coach and audition coach for such varied venues and participants as Manhattan Theatre Club, Henry Street Settlement Center, Theatre Development Fund, Frank Sinatra H.S., Professional Performing Arts H.S. and York College.

Vanessa Hurst

Vanessa Hurst is a data-focused technologist turned social entrepreneur and the founder of CodeMontage, where software developers improve their skills while improving the world. Vanessa founded and runs Developers for Good, a network of technologists who help non-profits and social mission businesses. She also co-founded Girl Develop It, which provides accessible and affordable in-person software development courses worldwide.Vanessa previously led data and analytics for Paperless Post, a customizable online invitation startup that redefines the tradition of stationery. Before entering the startup world, Vanessa worked in business intelligence at The Ladders and financial data at Capital IQ. She serves as a technical advisor to a number of non-profits and startups, including Ohours, and is a scout for Mozilla’s WebFWD. Vanessa holds a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Systems & Information Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Angela Lee

Angela is an entrepreneur and angel investor with a focus on education. She is a marketing consultant to Fortune 500 companies and started her consulting career at McKinsey. She teaches Strategic Problem Solving and Executive Communication at Columbia Business School and NYU. Angela holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics from University of California, Berkeley. She is the co-founder of 37 Angels.



Nathalie Molina Niño

Nathalie Molina Niño, together with the Office of Pre-College Programs, developed Entrepreneurs in Training as part of the Entrepreneurship mission of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies. She launched her first startup at the age of twenty. A global business guru with over a dozen years deep in the globalization trenches, she’s advised Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Disney, Mattel, MTV and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. Nathalie is a frequent speaker on the topic of international SEM, global crowdsourcing and multicultural marketing and contributed to “The 4-Hour Work Week” (2009). Nathalie is currently on a storytelling hiatus at Columbia University where she also advocates for women-owned start-ups by spearheading entrepreneurship strategy at the Athena Center at Barnard College.


Michaela Murphy

Her work as a writer, playwright and storyteller has been featured on NPR, Off-Broadway, The Moth Mainstage, the Clinton White House and in The New Yorker, while her talents as a digital storyteller and social media guide have produced both happy clients and measurable results. Michaela is an expert in how to effectively engage and connect with an audience. For the past 18 years, Michaela has served as a brand conduit, drawing on her audience expertise to help companies create brand loyalty, forge new markets, and meaningfully convey a brand’s message through dynamic and interactive engagement. Michaela has a long list of happy clients. They include Quest International Fragrances, Estee Lauder, Yale University, The 52nd Street Project, Manhattan Theater Club, Second Stage Theater, The Taunton Press and Track Research.

Grace Ng

Grace is an entrepreneur, designer, and Co-Founder of Lean Startup Machine, in which she trains entrepreneurs around the world in a scientific process to create successful companies. As the youngest practitioner and thought leader on Lean User Experience, Grace has been a featured guest speaker for the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows, and is an instructor for Princeton University, Singularity University, and Wharton School UPenn.

Eva Sasson

Eva is a Barnard senior majoring in Economics and is greatly interested in the startup tech world. At age 19 Eva started her first company TappMob, a mobile and web applications company and complete student initiative, creating highly specialized applications for students by students. The company has been featured in many notable press outlets and won the People’s Choice Award at the MobileBeat 2011 conference in San Francisco. The company was acquired in early 2013. In addition to TappMob, Eva spent a summer at the London School of Economics, enjoys discovering new music and is greatly involved in her sorority, Sigma Delta Tau, on the Columbia Campus.

Elizabeth Talerman

CEO and Managing Partner of Nucleus – a brand strategy collaborative. She has spent more than 25 years working with leading brands in the consumer, business, and non-profit sectors. Elizabeth’s more recent experience includes conducting a feasibility study for the Prince of Wales that analyzes a global expansion for his Duchy Originals brand, defining and developing a brand architecture for Gilt Groupe, helping reposition the radio industry for future growth, launching 9 new brands for the merchandising division of Martha Stewart, developing ground- breaking augmented reality campaigns for Audi and Levis, re-positioning both the MSN and Yahoo! brands, and creating innovative digital work for IBM, NBC, Gillette, The Food Network, Met Life, and Credit Suisse First Boston. Additional collaborations include work with Ogilvy PR, MWW, O’Keefe Brands, Neil Powel, DiMassimo Goldstein, The Brooklyn Brothers, Deputy Consulting, Faith Popcorn, eatbigfish, Ted Sann, and Campfire for brands including Hanes, Sundance, Colgate, Gerson Lehrman Group, Radio Shack, Sharp, Old Spice, HP, Timex, Kellogg, Pepsi, Unilever and Kodak.

Andrea Davila

Andrea Davila currently works as a Senior Associate at Echoing Green, managing the portfolio of Echoing Green's over 500 alumni. In this role, Andrea supports Echoing Green funded social entrepreneurs to continue to make big, bold impact in the world. Prior to Echoing Green, Andrea was a consultant at the Blue Ridge Foundation, a nationally recognized social innovation fund and incubator, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Dodd-Frank created federal regulatory agency. For five years prior to business school, Andrea was the director of finance and operations for Let’s Get Ready, a Goldman Sachs funded college-access organization. She holds a BA in Philosophy from Barnard College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Meet the Expert Pitch Panel!

Galia Gichon

Galia is an independent personal financial expert with more than 18 years in financial services, including nearly 10 years on Wall Street and an MBA in finance. She founded, Down to Earth Finance, which offers individual sessions and seminars without selling any investments. She is the author of, My Money Matters, a boxed set with money affirmations, instant money tips and workbooks. Galia has been widely quoted as an expert on money and women, including mentions in The New York Times, TODAY Show, Newsweek, Real Simple, NBC Weekend Today Show, Essence and more. She is a frequent speaker at Barnard College and Freelancers Union. Before starting her own company, Galia was a securities research analyst at Bear Stearns and Nomura Securities, and also worked for Institutional Investor. She is also actively involved in Angel Investing for women-owned comapnies and was part of Pipeline Fellowship. You can visit her at www.downtoearthfinance.com and sign up for her newsletter at DownToEarthFinance-On@zines.webvalence.com

Adam Quinton

Adam is an active investor in and advisor to early stage companies. He is a Managing Director at Golden Seeds. He serves as a Mentor for 37 Angels and the Women Innovate Mobile accelerator program. Adam, is a member of the Global Advisory Board for Astia and a Founding Angel at Astia. He is also an Advisor at Topstone Angels. He supports Women2.0 as a first stage judge for their San Francisco and New York pitch competitions. Adam is a Board member at Thrive Metrics. He serves on the Advisory Board of leading Board and executive search firm RSR Partners as well as Philadelphia based start up Cloudamize. In the not for profit space he is on the Board of the Center for Talent Innovation and International House, New York. He is also a member of the 2020 Women on Boards New York Steering Committee. Adam has over 25 years of investing and management experience most recently at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he was Managing Director and head of Global Macro Research. He was a top ranked sell side investment analyst in the UK, Asia and the US. Additionally he is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs where he is a Capstone workshop advisor and member of the Management and Gender & Policy faculties. He holds a MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MBA from Cass Business School, London.

Joanne Lang

Joanne Lang is the founder and CEO of AboutOne. She designed AboutOne, based on her direct experiences as the mother of four children.Since launching first on stage at VentureBeat’s DEMO Spring 2011, Lang was named a Forbes Top Ten Female Entrepreneurs to Watch, won the StartupNation and the Startup Princess competitions, received seed funding from Ben Franklin SEP, Series A from Golden Seeds and MAG, and was accepted to the Astia portfolio and DreamIt Ventures. A regular blogger on StartupAmerica, Women 2.0, and The Huffington Post, Lang is also a frequent panelist, including the NYU 2012 Women Entrepreneurs Festival with Arianna Huffington (founded by Joanne Wilson and Nancy Hechinger), the CES MommyTech Summit, Women 2.0 Founder Friday, Penn State’s Igniting Innovation Forum, BlogHer’s Entrepreneurs ’12, and was the keynote speaker at the Chamber of Business & Industry’s Annual Small Business Dinner. She is also a member of the elite Dell Founders Club and is a frequent speaker at Founder Factory.

Avani Patel

Avani Patel holds a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Avani practiced Corporate and Securities law and while practicing law, she founded a luxury fashion company called Nasaani. Nasaani evolved into a major buzz on the Chicago fashion scene and was featured in newspapers, magazines and TV shows. She used her learnings from Nasaani to launch TrendSeeder. TrendSeeder is an emerging designer platform that grants customers exclusive access to hand picked, up and coming designers.

John Gerzema

John Gerzema is a pioneer in the use of data to identify social change and help companies anticipate and adapt to new interests and demands. A New York Times best-selling author, columnist, speaker and social theorist, his books have also appeared on “best of” lists at Fast Company, Inc., and The Week Magazine. His research, writing and interviews have appeared in The Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNBC, NPR, Forbes and many others. As Chief Insights Officer at Young & Rubicam he oversees the world’s largest database of brands and consumer behavior and studies social change and its impact on business, society and the economy. John’s TED talk ‘The Post-Crisis Consumer’ has been viewed by over a quarter of a million people. His latest book The Athena Doctrine: How Women (And The Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future was released April 2013 and is a New York Times best-seller.

Jovanka Ciares

Jovanka Ciares is a former entertainment executive turned Wellness expert, motivational speaker, author and media entrepreneur. She is the creator of the Clean Foods Diet Method an online weight loss program that focuses on cleansing, nutrient-rich foods for natural weight loss. After more than a dozen years climbing the corporate ladder, Jovanka left a lucrative career to follow her passion and inspire people to adopt a healthier, more conscious way of life, and motivate them to embrace ideas that inspire action and positive change. Jovanka studied nutrition with best-selling author and Cornell University professor emeritus, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and coaching at the Spencer Institute. She has spent over 10 years studying and experimenting with alternative therapies, nutrition and herbalism. Her journey towards self-healing, peace and happiness became her motivation to inspire and support others to do the same. A native of Puerto Rico, Jovanka is a featured expert at Whole Foods, Veria Living, Fox News LA, NPR and CBS Radio. She’s also a regular contributor in Spanish-language media outlets like Telemundo and a contributing guest expert at The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, BlogHer and Everyday Health and SheKnows.com. Jovanka has authored 3 books and is currently developing a lifestyle and wellness show for network TV.

Elizabeth Hollister

Elizabeth is a graduate of Columbia University.  With over ten years of event and client management experience, she currently runs the NYC market for a startup called Event Farm - an online invitation, registration, and check-in platform for all types of events.  Elizabeth began her career producing everything from intimate VIP cocktail parties for 50 guests to weekend-long conferences and reunions for up to 8,000 attendees.  Her event planning clients included the Rockefeller Family, Columbia University, the New York Public Library, and Bloomingdales.  She also pursued her interest in health and enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she earned her American Association of Drugless Practitioners board certification as a Lifestyle and Holistic Health Coach.  Afterwards, she went to Plus, a hybrid boutique creative agency and production house in NYC where she worked in new business development, client services, and managed projects for luxury, fashion, and beauty brands. Plus clients include: Starwood Hotels, Kiehl's Since 1851, MAC Cosmetics, and Hudson Jeans.  Elizabeth is an active member of the Recent Alumni Leadership Committee of the School of General Studies at Columbia University.  She is also training for the upcoming NYC Marathon which she will run in November 2013.

Kavita Mehra

Kavita Mehra has been working in the not-for-profit sector in the New York City area for the past 10 years. She is currently the Vice President of the GlamourGals Foundation. Her work has included program development and expansion, special events, government relations, marketing and communications, and strategic planning for the organization. Since joining the organization, GlamourGals has doubled its program size; launched a Scholarship and a Fellowship program; secured additional national press, including a segment on CBS The Early Show and a makeover with the New York Yankees; doubled the size of its Advisory Board; and developed new strategic relationships to accelerate the organization’s growth and national presence. In September 2012, Kavita published a piece for the Huffington Post titled “Glammying Up” discussing the impact of the GlamourGals program, and, was honored by Visions VCB’s Manhattan Advisory Board. In January 2013, Kavita was one of 21 young leaders in New Jersey accepted into the New Leaders Council’s Fellowship class. Ms. Mehra completed her Bachelor of Arts from New York University with a double major in both History and Gender Studies. She also holds a Master of Arts from Columbia University with a concentration in South Asian Studies. Prior to joining GlamourGals, she has worked with a host of organizations, including New York Asian Women's Center, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Easter Seals New York, South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!) and Asian Women In Business.

Tracey Welson-Rossman

Tracey is the founder of TechGirlz. She is also a founding member of, and Chief Marketing Officer for, Chariot Solutions, a Philadelphia-based Java and open source software development and consulting firm. Tracey has created the branding and marketing strategy for Chariot, helping it to grow from 10 employees in 2002 to 50. She is also responsible for managing the strategic planning process, as well as spearheading Chariot’s sales efforts. After graduating from Drexel, Tracey started her career in retail management and advertising sales. She learned about lead development, marketing, and distribution in these roles, but what she really learned was that she’s an entrepreneur at heart. In 1996, Tracey bought a New Jersey-based child transportation company called KangaKab. In 1999, with revenues at $2.5 million and having started a branch in Pennsylvania, Tracey sold KangaKab. As the director of sales & marketing for accounting software provider Skylight Systems, Tracey developed and executed marketing and channel efforts around one of the first-ever hosted accounting products. This program supplemented the existing sales of RFS, Skylight’s server based flagship product. It was very early on for the web-hosted software concept, but several firms began to use this product for their clients.Tracey is also the founder and current chair of the Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise Conference, (ETE), which is held in Philadelphia each year. ETE attracts world-renowned thought leaders in cutting-edge technologies and serves as a community forum for regional technology companies. Tracey was named one of Christina Vuleta and Whitney Johnson’s 40 Women To Watch Over 40. She is one of the founding board members of Philadelphia Startup Leaders, a regional organization dedicated to growing technology startup businesses (www.phillystartupleaders.org)

Josh Gordon

After completing his service army as an infantry class commander, Josh got a bachelor's in Neuroscience at Columbia University and an M.D. at NYU School of Medicine. Upon graduation, Josh concluded he faithfully fulfilled his mother's dream of becoming a doctor and moved into the world of entrepreneurship opening his first business with a credit card of $8,000. This business is now profitable which has allowed the launch of his second company, NOYA, a line of natural cosmetics that is now in 200 stores. Josh is preparing to launch another brand later this summer, Nios Sheild, which is the first line in the world that combines hair styling products with SPF 15 sunscreen