2014 Entrepreneurs-in-Training Instructors & Panelists

2014 Entrepreneurs-in-Training Instructors

Jane Applegate

Jane Applegate is one of America's most respected small business management experts. She's the author of four books, including her best-selling: 201 Great Ideas for Your Small Business, published by Bloomberg/Wiley. She's a former syndicated small business columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Jane has covered the women's business market for more than 20 years, producing original TV, video, events and online content for news outlets including CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Lifetime and NBC. The Applegate Group Inc., her multimedia production company, has also produced dynamic educational content for American Express, Microsoft, Sprint, Pitney Bowes and Cox Communications, among others.Applegate currently serves as director of strategic partnerships and events for Plum Alley Fund, a crowd funding company dedicated to helping women raise capital. Founded in 2012, Plum Alley has worked with hundreds of women to launch companies, test market new projects, support philanthropic causes and produce a variety of arts and entertainment projects. www.PlumAlley.co  Applegate is producing an independent feature film based on the true stories of early American female lighthouse keepers in Maine. The Lighthouse Project film (working title) was written and will be directed by Erica Fae, who also plays the role of Abbie Moore. The film was shot in Jonesport, Maine at the Moose Peak Light. For more information on the film, visit: http://www.thelighthouseprojectfilm.com  

Dominique Aubry

Dominique Aubry is President of Lean Leadership, Inc., a team of lean practitioners providing training & services to the start-up, non-profit, social good and government sector. She previously worked at the Lean Startup Machine, where she Oversee Lean Startup Machine workshops and volunteers in New York City & Milan, Italy and identified and confirmed speakers, mentors, workshop logistics and built sponsorship opportunities with Paypal, Elance, Eventbrite, Intuit and Yesware. Aubry’s expertise is in strategic planning, organizational effectiveness & efficiency, communications, leadership & talent development and network management. She has a far-reaching experience in Government, Education Administration, K-12, Higher Education, non-profits and startups. She is co-founder of JiMa GF, an Organic Gluten-Free Granola Bar Company that sells bars throughout the tri-state area. She is a graduate of Lehigh University and the University of Pennsylvania. 

Ann Dachs

Ann is the Director of Pre-College Programs at Barnard as well as a Senior Admissions Officer for the Barnard College Office of Admissions. She received her JD degree from Columbia Law School and is a Barnard alumna, class of ’81. Born and raised in NYC, Ann is an avid lover of the Upper West Side, Pilates, historical fiction, and foreign films. In the summertime, Ann enjoys traveling (once PCP is done, of course!) and sunscreen. 

Lainie Love Dalby

Lainie Love Dalby is a visionary artist, soul sculptor, author and transformational leader with her own brand of multimedia ministry. Recently pegged as a “Global Midwife for the 21st Century,’ she will activate you to amp up your aliveness, claim your deep gifts, and create your life as a great Masterpiece for the good of all. As a spiritual guide and ordained Interfaith Minister, she skillfully combines over a decade of cross-disciplinary experience in love-filled leadership, authentic soul expression and branding, as well as cultural innovation and creative entrepreneurship – helping individuals and organizations lead more heart-centered, morally courageous and radically authentic businesses and lives. Lainie delivers keynotes, facilitates groups, and revolutionizes lives with her "containers for transformation,' woven from threads of copious wisdom, conscious entertainment and multi-sensory experiential learning. Through her He(art) Warrior™ movement merging spirituality, creativity, and sacred activism, she’s helping her unique tribe leave normal in the dust while they SPARKLE shamelessly and shake the world! Her work has been featured in online global summits, TV, and radio shows; presented at institutions such as Cornell University, The New School, Rush Arts, One Spirit Learning Alliance and SCOPE, and sought after by high profile art collectors as well as the stylists of Nicki Minaj and Paris Hilton. Her diverse talents and finesse have also appeared in the New York Times, NY Arts Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, Paper Magazine, V Magazine, Time Out New York, and several other publications and blogs where, because of her marriage of unmistakable style and deep urban mysticism, she is often referred to as “The Lady Gaga of Consciousness and Spirituality.” Read more at www.lainielovedalby.com

Allison Goldberg and Jen Jamula

Alli & Jen are co-creative directors of Lively Productions (livelyproductions.org), a nonprofit dedicated to exploring the influence of new media on storytelling, with a focus on women’s voices. They co-conceived, produced, and performed in Blogologues (blogologues.org) beginning in May 2011, and have subsequently created and performed in 16 new versions of the show throughout lower Manhattan and Philadelphia. Blogologues has been featured in Time Out New York (“Your Perfect Weekend”, print and online), The Daily Beast (“this is a great, funny, intelligent show”), CBS (5 best things to do in NYC), The Guardian, Mashable, The Huffington Post, and more. They have created content for brands such as The Guardian, Mashable and Time Out New York, and lead comedy and public speaking workshops for companies and student groups as varied as Barnard, The Girl Scouts, Lean Startup Machine, NYCRIN I-Corps, and more. They are also the official storytelling instructors for General Assembly’s teachers. Alli and Jen have spoken and performed at conferences nationwide, including SXSW, Internet Week, and TheLi.st Summit. They graduated from Yale University.

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 women-led startups, international search technologies, global crowdsourcing and multicultural marketing. She contributed to “The 4-Hour Work Week” (2009) and was recently featured in Keith Ferrazzi’s 2014 update to the NY Times bestselling book, “Never Eat Alone and Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time." Nathalie recently graduated from Columbia University with a degree in playwriting and is spearheading the effort to level the playing field for women entrepreneurs 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.

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.

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 atwww.downtoearthfinance.com and sign up for her newsletter at DownToEarthFinance-On@zines.webvalence.com

Leah Young

Leah Young is a former high school theatre teacher with a passion for combining performance and improvisation principles  to help organizations learn to work collaboratively and creatively. She's completed extensive coursework at Columbia University in the areas of cooperation, conflict resolution, negotiation, and mediation. She holds a B.A. in Theater Education from Union University and has studied improvisation with some of the best teachers in NYC, Chicago, and LA. She’s a proud volunteer with Cherub Improv, performing in hospitals, shelters and senior centers, and teaching workshops throughout New York City’s Big Brothers Big Sisters programs. In addition to teaching Leah actively performs, writes, and consults in higher education.


Meet the Expert Pitch Panel!

Erica Bell

Erica is the co-founder of Hukkster, a free desktop and mobile app that allows shoppers to track products across hundreds of sites and get notified when those products go on sale. She began her career in San Francisco training with Gap Inc. in apparel production, planning and merchandising after graduating from Barnard College in 2006. Missing the energy of New York City, Erica had the opportunity to join J.Crew where she worked as an apparel merchandiser for four years before transitioning to management consulting at A.T. Kearney. While at A.T. Kearney, Bell and co-founder, Katie Finnegan, started to collaborate on the idea behind Hukkster with the mission to save shoppers time and money, so they can spend it on more important things.

Kristin Calve

Kristin is a serial entrepreneur with experience in startups, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, new product development, nonprofits, as well as commercial and residential real estate. She has extensive experience in both traditional and new media, including executive positions at American Lawyer Media, The Deal, and A&E/The History Channel. Kristin recently joined LiftMetrix, a tech-startup as VP of Revenue and is the founder of Topstone Angels. She also serves as a mentor to the NY Region of the Kairos Society. Her nonprofit experience includes multiple terms as President of the Board of Directors of the YWCA Darien/Norwalk. Kristin graduated from Fordham University with a BA in English Literature and an MBA in Finance and Marketing. An independent consultant and licensed realtor, Kristin is associated with Kelly Associates in Darien, CT, where she resides with her husband and four children.

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.

Anthony Frasier

There are dreamers and there are doers and there are people like Anthony Frasier. Not often do you find individuals with the ability to have a vision and put it into action and he has done just that. The Newark NJ native walked into the tech scene with little to no experience and has become a trailblazer throughout the industry. Currently he is the co founder of The Phat Startup, a multi level content platform that provides insight to aspiring entrepreneurs in tech through exclusive interviews, events, and conferences. He got his start by pairing his love of gaming and technology in 2008 when he cofounded the alternative game review site TheKoalition.com.With that experience under his belt he was able to land an internship with a startup called Bubbalon where he increased their traffic and landed key partnerships and conceptualized his next startup idea Playd. All of this momentum led him to one of his biggest breaks yet, becoming a NewMe ambassador. The first minority tech accelerator gave him the opportunity to experience life in Silicon Valley and provided him with more exposure than he ever dreamed of when he was featured and profiled in the CNN documentary Black In America. He was awarded by NBC’s the Grio 100 as one of the entrepreneurs making history in tech today and received a BOC award for his leadership and community impact.

Cynthia Hellen

Cynthia Hellen is a Peruvian-American, entrepreneur, writer, producer, director, and speaker. In her role as Founder and Chief Executive Officer, at SMPLCT Lab, Hellen is involved in all aspects of the company’s social and environmental impact. SMPLCT Lab is a for-profit R & D lab located in New York, NY, with a mission to create cross cultural collaboration between sectors; artists, designers, technologists, scholars, researchers, policy-makers, and citizens worldwide; design simple solutions for those living on less than $2 a day; and better educate society on sustainable living. Before SMPLCT Lab, she co-founded, directed, and produced GIRLS WHO ROCK during Internet Week NY, sponsoring girls’ education worldwide. Cynthia is a speaker on social entrepreneurship and technology in emerging markets. Cynthia is a global ambassador and co-author Innovating Women: Past, Present, and Future, a campaign to crowd-create a book featuring research, stories and perspectives about women’s global participation in the innovation economy. She is the NY Chapter leader of New York Women Social Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit promoting young women social entrepreneurs by providing training, development, resources, networking opportunities, and general support for members.

Liz 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.

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 atwww.downtoearthfinance.com and sign up for her newsletter at DownToEarthFinance-On@zines.webvalence.com

Andrew Scheinman

Andrew has a long record of success combining his expertise in business, law and science to engage with entrepreneurs to develop, refine and, most importantly, advance their businesses. Andrew is also a licensed patent attorney, and in this capacity has spent the last 10 years in multiple roles building company Intellectual Property (IP) around business products. And equally important, building company business direction based on IP strategic analyses. Andrew has a BS in Biochemistry (University of Illinois, Urbana), a PhD in Biology/Molecular biology (UCLA). Andrew is a great resource for all startup related questions but especially for questions around entrepreneurship ideas that involve inventions and products that may involve trademarks or patents.

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