2016 Entrepreneurs-in-Training Instructors, Panelists & Mentors

2016 Entrepreneurs-in-Training Instructors

Other Past Years: 2014, 2013, 2013 Student Start-Up Pitches

Adam Berk

Adam travels the world asking entrepreneurs one question, "What problem are you solving?"

He then helps them design and run experiments to help them identify and manage the biggest risks in their business model. He teaches entrepreneurs from early stage founders to massive global companies (and even government agencies) to apply the concepts of being “Lean” - identifying and testing the most unknown factor to a potential business and the most crucial element to that business succeeding. He has founded several startups including neighborrow.com, a website that makes it easy and worthwhile for people to borrow things they need but don't need to own and 26smiles, a photo-sharing app where multiple people or guests at an event can contribute and shares photos in the same album. He has worked with organizations like KauffmanLabs, TechPeaks, Bizdom, Numa Paris, StartupTurkey Startup Chile, TurkishWIN, FastForward Ramallah, AOL, ESPN, NEWSCORP, AMEX. Currently, he is a coach on the Product Lifecycle team at Pearson (a global education company), working with a team of world class lean and agile specialists to help 44,000 people make evidenced based, customer centric decisions to improve learner outcomes as well as the bottom line. He is a graduate of Emory University with a BA in Economics. 

Lainie Love Dalby

Lainie Love Dalby is a visionary artist, multi-passionate entrepreneur, Interfaith Minister and transformational catalyst with her own brand of multimedia ministry that ignites you to achieve your inherent evolutionary potential. Recently pegged as a “Global Midwife for the 21st Century,’ she will activate you to amp up your aliveness so you can claim your deep gifts and create your life as a great Masterpiece for the good of all. As global ritualist Barbara Biziou has said, “Like a great sculpture, Lainie Love can see what lives inside of you and frees it to truly live fully.”  Lainie Love is also an accomplished marketing & branding professional possessing dynamic leadership abilities that skillfully combines over a decade of cross-disciplinary experience to help individuals and organizations lead more heart-centered, morally courageous and radically authentic businesses and lives. A longtime champion of diversity, marginalized communities, and challenging the status quo, she’s helping her unique tribe leave normal in the dust so they can 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

Katherine Gentile  

Katherine Gentile holds an MS in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University and a BFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts in theater. Currently she teaches the course; Introduction to Conflict Resolution: GETTING WHAT YOU WANT! Learning How to Communicate and Negotiate with Peers, Siblings, and Authority Figures. She has worked as an Assistant professor at the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program at Columbia University in the study of Advanced Conflict Resolution. In her thesis titled “ Giving Individual Citizens a Voice While Amidst Environmental Disasters” Katherine performs a case study of the long-term impact of the Exxon-Valdez Oil Spill on the local fishing village of Cordova, Alaska.  


Allison Goldberg and Jen Jamula 

Alli and Jen co-conceived, produce, and perform in Blogologues, a sketch comedy show that reimagines text from the Internet, verbatim and live onstage. Blogologues has been featured in The Daily Beast ("This is a great, intelligent, funny show"), CBS ("5 best things to do in NYC"), The Huffington Post ("Blogologues proves that the internet and live theatre can live in harmony"), and more. This past November, Alli and Jen were featured on the cover of Time Out New York, and the magazine ranked them among “the top 10 funniest women in NYC.” As a result of the live show, the Blogologues team has created comedic content for brands such as Mashable, Time Out New York, and The Guardian. Alli and Jen have spoken and performed at several conferences, including SXSW, Internet Week, and TheLi.st Summit, and they give comedy, storytelling, and public speaking workshops for companies and student groups, including Buzzfeed, Time Warner, Barnard, Lean Startup Machine, and more. Alli and Jen are also proud Creative Consultants to Randi Zuckerberg. The pair graduated from Yale. 

Angela Lee

Angela Lee is an educator & entrepreneur who inspires in both the classroom and the investment arena.  As Assistant Dean at Columbia Business School, Angela is a highly rated professor of leadership and innovation.  As Founder and CEO of 37 Angels, she evaluates early stage startups and teaches women how to invest in them.  In all of her work, Angela is known for demystifying complex topics and empowering others. Angela is a sought-after expert on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and Fox Business Network and is regularly featured in media outlets such as Forbes, Huffington Post, and Fast Company. Entrepreneur Magazine recognized Angela as one of Six Innovative Women to Watch in 2015.  

Michaela Murphy

Michaela Murphy is a writer, communications consultant and entrepreneur.

As an expert in how to effectively engage and connect with an audience, she has more than 25 years of experience helping individuals and organizations launch new ideas, forge new markets, and communicate their messages through dynamic and interactive engagement. Her clients include Microsoft, Yale University, Estee Lauder, The 52nd Street Project, Manhattan Theater Club, Second Stage Theater, The Taunton Press, Quest International Fragrances, and a host of private individuals.

As a storyteller she has been featured on NPR, The Moth Radio Hour, TEDx, and at the White House. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker and produced Off-Broadway. She is a widely sought business consultant and speech writer by c-level executives and technology startups. As an entrepreneur, she has co-founded several startup including, most recently, eProvStudio, a creative and collaborative business platform promoting multigenerational entrepreneurship through education, research, advocacy & public policy, and access to capital. 

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 most recently stepped in as Chief Revenue Officer of PowerToFly, a high-growth startup aimed at closing the gender gap in tech.

Elizabeth Talerman 

Elizabeth Talerman is CEO and Managing Partner of Nucleus – a brand strategy collaborative. She has spent 30 years working with leading brands in the consumer, business, and non-profit sectors. Most recently Elizabeth reinvigorated the FISHER-PRICE brand positioning, led the development of a new brand identity positioning and strategy for OPTIMUM (owned by Cablevision) revitalized the JUAN VALDEZ brand for Cafe de Colombia, created the brand strategy, narrative and positioning for MOHAWK Fine Paper, updated the global brand franchise for JOHNSON’S BABY, facilitated a brand positioning update for BAND-AID, defined a new retail experience for COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR, and re-defined and revitalized the ROCKETTES brand to establish new areas for revenue generation.  Elizabeth has taught at Columbia University’s Strategic Communications Master’s Degree program, is currently teaching at The School of Visual Arts Brand Masters program and serves on the board of Virginia Commonwealth University Brandcenter.  She is a member of the board of directors of Mohawk, North America’s largest privately held fine paper company and she is an advisor to Populist, which helps non-profits and social enterprises around the globe bring life-changing products and services to market.

Jacquette M. Timmons 

Jacquette M. Timmons is a financial behaviorist. She helps people identify the underlying behaviors and beliefs that keep them from reaching their financial goals. Jacquette coaches, teaches, speaks and writes on creative solutions to common financial problems for everyone from the middle class to the 1%. She particularly delights in helping her clients find their financial sweet spot – that special place where their money strengths, money style and money personality meet for the best results. She’s the founder of Sterling Investment Management, Inc. and the author of Financial Intimacy: How to Create a Healthy Relationship with Your Money and Your Mate. Jacquette holds an MBA in finance from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business and a BS in marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Prior to creating Sterling in 1995, Jacquette spent nine years with Bankers Trust Company (now Deutsche Bank). The last five years of her tenure were spent in the Private Bank. Among her many accomplishments was the successful launching of Private Investment Planning, an advisory business targeted primarily to emerging affluent individuals and smaller institutions. She served as the sole manager of this business unit for two years and was responsible for business development, client servicing and operations management.

Jacquette is a former member of the Board of Directors for The Laundromat Project, an arts organization. Likewise, she is also a former member of the Board of Directors for the New York Chapter of the National Association of Securities Professionals, an organization she co-founded.

2015 Mentors

Elaine Barsoom

Elaine Barsoom is the Executive Vice President and Partner at Eleven James. She leads the company's Marketing and Business Development Efforts, Prior to that Elaine headed up the Ecommerce Business Development team at American Express where she Co-Founded and launched vente-privee with American Express, a joint venture Vente-Privee and American Express. She grew the company to over $75 mm in revenue and over 1mm members. Elaine also negotiated and led the partnership with Inspirato and American Express and launched the first brand licensing agreement for American Express. Prior to her tenure at American Express, Elaine led sales and marketing at Exclusive Resorts in NYC and Europe, the first luxury destination club owned by Steve Case. Elaine holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s Degree in International Relations from SIPA, Columbia University and a B.A. from Barnard College.

Elaine Co-Founded a non-profit organization, Global Fund for Widows - http://www.globalfundforwidows.org-  an organization dedicated to empowering widows and providing micro-finance and vocational training to widows across the world. . In her spare time, she mentors a number of entrepreneurs and serves on a few advisory boards.

Jennifer Eident

Jennifer Morrow Eident is  an industry-leading, marketing expert and serial entrepreneur. She is CEO & Co-Founder of Morrow Lane, a leading full-service, results-driven marketing company in NYC focused on high-growth start-ups. She has lead marketing for several high-growth startups including as Head of Marketing for Rumble, a B2B mobile app publishing company, Head of Marketing for XOJET, as part of TPG in the restructuring post buyout, and Head of Consumer Marketing at TouchTunes. She was also CEO & Co-Founder of Vixely, the leading iPad publication in Women's Health.

Jen received her MBA from Stanford Business School where she created a startup incubator between the d.School (design) and MBA programs. Prior to Stanford, she worked for Cambridge Associates and the High-Tech Investment Division of the Abu Dhabi government. She is an expert in marketing and startup strategy and has been featured on Forbes, TechCrunch, GQ, HuffingtonPost, presented at SXSW and Stanford and was named in Mashable's Top 30 Under 30 and Top Women in Tech. She serves on the board of or as an or advisor to several start-ups, accelerators and nonprofits including SSE Labs (Stanford’s Start-up Incubator), Women in Tech, Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, Knowledgebeat, Athena Center for Leadership, Women 2.0, Knoala and Baby Bundle. Jen grew up in Connecticut, as well as Abu Dhabi, and loves traveling, wine, tennis, dancing, laughing and a challenge.

Diana Franco

Diana Franco brings with her more than twelve years of experience in a diverse range of corporate and technology driven environments, being integrally involved in finance, business development, operations and marketing. She has been a founding-member of multiple tech ventures, establishing and leading global business units with emphasis on mobile, Internet presence, and social media shopping. Diana’s experience and expertise in the synergies between technology and business fuel her ability to find technological solutions for tomorrow’s problems, today. Diana currently resides in New York City and is a partner at Grenout, connecting international technology companies with local resources.

Kirsten Magwood

A seasoned television producer , Kirsten Magwood created P.O.P. Media out of a growing demand for her production and marketing expertise in an assortment of visually-driven projects. Inspired by Kirsten’s creative flair, understanding of production and command of the power of media; artists, executives and moguls like Russell Simmons became some of P.O.P. Media’s first clientele. Russell explains, “I work with Kirsten because she is a great talent and she takes my vision to the next level every time”. Kirsten served Mr. Simmons as a Senior Producer for One World TV show, video strategist for Phat Farm and Baby Phat, and commercial director for the global launch of Run Athletic sneakers. The dance between television and video marketing led to an array of colorful creations including the opening for Kanye West’s concert tour, on air promos for Viacom, as well as, branded web content for a host of corporate and creative entities.

With over 15 + years of experience in broadcast production and marketing, Kirsten is a Swiss Army knife serving as a sharpshooter, director, producer, writer and editor. Creative flexibility allows her to lead skillfully and contribute in a variety of ways to ensure that the P.O.P. Media brand is distinct, entertaining, impactful. She graduated from Spelman College with a BA in History and studied at NYU’s award winning Tisch film school. She learned the tricks of the trade as music video PA and interning for Hollywood heavyweights like Jonathan Demme. While pursuing a Music Business MA from NYU, her experience in film and music landed her a work study opportunity at MTV Networks. In just 3 years, she became a senior producer crafting shows like “Weekend Vibe” and “The Source All Access”. Ms. Magwood is currently expanding into the documentary space to educate and entertain through honest, witty, pop culture expose and analysis.

Rachel Moreno

Rachel is a creative marketer developing highly experiential brands in the lifestyle and entertainment industries over the last 12 years. A former professional ballet dancer, she believes that excellence comes from challenging the unimaginable, being unafraid to take risks, while cultivating the emotional connection with audiences that ALWAYS puts people first.

As the first hire on the Spotify USA marketing team, she played a global role building the brand. In addition to leading a global team and having inspired creative work for many campaigns, her proudest accomplishments include launching in the US, developing a global brand & experiential strategy and creating marketing properties like the Spotify House.

Before Spotify, she was Executive Producer to Europe’s biggest independent music promoter, developing and executing large scale music festivals, featuring the likes of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Mumford & Sons and Prince. She also served as Creative Director at Proud Galleries, a popular music & gallery venue in London.

Native to NYC, the daughter of educators and artists, Rachel’s passion for building community led her to teach art workshops for NYC youth and contribute time and advice to nonprofit animal causes like Brooklyn’s Sean Casey Animal Rescue. Currently an advisory board member for various startups, she now works as a brand marketing consultant, helping businesses develop defining brands. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and rescue dog Schatzi.

Hitha Palepu

Hitha Palepu is an entrepreneur and writer with extensive global experience in the life sciences, travel and technology fields.  She is the founder of Hitha On The Go, a lifestyle website founded in 2009 focused on helping women pack faster and live better.  Hitha currently serves as the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Bridge2Act, a start-up technology company enabling charitable giving in a rapid, easy, and more informed manner. Prior to founding Bridge2Act, Hitha served as Vice President, Business Development for SciDose, a research-focused pharmaceutical company specializing in developing enhanced formulations for existing oncology and hospital injectable products.  She was responsible for worldwide licensing of the SciDose portfolio and closed numerous deals in totaling over $300 million in several diverse geographic areas. Hitha graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in biochemistry and history. She lives in New York with her husband and son.

Lauren Weiniger

Lauren Weiniger is Chief of Staff at Tau Investment Management, LLC, an active-growth private equity firm created to transform global supply chains.  Tau generates returns for investors and directly impacts the lives of hundreds of thousands of workers around the globe by using capitalist solutions to solve capitalism’s worst failure – the undervaluation of human and natural resources.  As Chief of Staff, Lauren works alongside the Chairman and CEO to drive strategy for fundraising, organizational design, and partnerships, while overseeing a rapidly growing trans-pacific team. Concurrently, Lauren overseas business development for TAU24, a separate technology spinoff of TAU Investment.  TAU24 a platform that provides real-time visibility across the global supply chain, from resource to retail.  TAU24 is designed to increase transparency among consumers, brands, factories and other suppliers, while driving leaner, smarter, more profitable, and more humane manufacturing. Previously, Lauren was Manager of Strategic Collaborations for the family office of a Forbes 50 member with a net worth over $8 billion.  While there, Lauren secured over $40 million in contracts with multinational corporations, directed portfolio company brand strategy, and organized high-profile events.  Lauren also lead the development of EpidemicIQ, a big data startup which tracks and predicts viral outbreaks (renamed Metabiota in 2012).

Lauren began her career at Citigroup as a Derivative Analyst in New York.  She later directed investor conferences for The Institute for International Research and the Financial Times, with a focus on family offices and pension funds.  Lauren also spent a year in South America leading a project for the Grameen Trust, the foundation arm of the Microfinance Institution Grameen Bank. Lauren received her MBA from the University of Oxford and her B.S. in Finance from the University of Maryland, College Park.  Lauren is passionate about empowering women leaders and facilitating positive professional support networks for both women and men, including a monthly “Brilliance Brunch” designed to encourage positive dialogue about gender biases and discrimination.  Lauren is a member of the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle, and is an active speaker on impact investing.

Jo-Na Williams

As featured on Marie TV, Jo-Ná A. Williams, Esq. founded J.A. Williams Law P.C. – The Artist Empowerment Firm in 2011 to provide artists, entertainers and this generation’s thought leaders with ways to successfully navigate their careers and provide assistance with business, entertainment and intellectual property matters. She is dedicated to issues regarding the rights of artists and content creators because she believes they are a population highly vulnerable to exploitation without proper knowledge. She founded Artist Empowerment Group in 2013 to advise artists on business, branding and marketing. Some of her clients have written best-selling books, created award-winning blogs, been nominated for Grammys, listed in the Billboard Top 100, Amazon and ITunes Top Album Charts and received local and International acclaim. She has served as one of the editors of the American Bar Association’s Annual Review of Intellectual Property Law Developments, 1st edition. She conducted workshops for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in Massachusetts, Brooklyn Arts Council, MoCada Museum, Brooklyn Museum and the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College. She is licensed to practice law in New York.

Meet the Expert Pitch Panel!

Neeta Bhushan

Neeta Bhushan is a motivational speaker, advocate, and social entrepreneur helping millions Step Into Greatness through harnessing emotional wellness practices. She shares her personal story of obstacles, resilience, and recovery. Growing up as the daughter of tiger parents and an orphan by the age of 19, Neeta's personal journey through navigating death, cancer, domestic violence, and divorce and how she overcomes incredible adversity to have her own Independent Awakening, (the name of her foundation) while achieving monetary success as a cosmetic dentist.  Spreading the inspiration that every single person can lift the veil of the Perfect Daughter when realizing their passion & purpose.


Jimmie Briggs

A National Magazine Award finalist and recipient of honors from the Open Society Institute, National Association of Black Journalists and the Carter Center for Mental Health Journalism, Jimmie Briggs’ book on child soldiers and war-affected children Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go To War won him accolades in 2005, and took readers into the lives of war-affected children around the world. Further, Briggs has served as an adjunct professor of investigative journalism at the New School for Social Research, and was a George A. Miller Visiting Professor in the Department of African and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois: Champaign-Urbana. He is also the co-founder of Man Up Campaign, a global initiative to activate youth to stop violence against women and girls. Briggs’ upcoming book Blood Work, is a meditation on manhood and transformation through the lens of illness. For his work with Man Up Campaign and the issue of violence against women, Briggs was selected as the winner of the 2010 GQ Magazine “Better Men Better World” Search, as well as one of Women’s eNews’ 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. He is a member of the Project for the Advancement of Our Common Humanity, (PACH) at New York University. Presently, Jimmie Briggs is the executive director of LOVE (Leave Out Violence), which uses media arts, socio-emotional wellness, leadership development and safe space(s) to assist youth affected by violence and trauma to transform their lives and come leaders within their communities.

Peta Clarke

Peta Clarke is a Co-founder of Urban Tech Alliance. She is also the former Deputy Director of Information Technology at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Peta has over 10 years of expertise as an Information Technology Professional with a background primarily in web design and development. As a beneficiary of a STEM development youth program and having years of experience in the tech industry, Peta has seen firsthand the need and the benefits of STEM programs for women and youth. Peta is a native New Yorker of Jamaican born parents. She resides in Queens with her daughter, Rochelle. Find her on Twitter here: @MadamPeta | @UrbanTechAlly

Kat Cole

Ms. Kat Cole has been the Group President of FOCUS Brands at Cinnabon, Inc. since February 5, 2015. Ms. Cole serves as the President of Cinnabon International, Inc. Ms. Cole served as the President of Cinnabon, Inc. from January 2011 to February 5, 2015, and also served as its Chief Operating Officer since October 2010. Ms. Cole served as Vice President of Training and Development at Hooters of America Inc. As a Member of the Executive Team and has directed projects, departments and change management initiatives contributing to growth of brand extensions and increased restaurant units from 175 to 470+ in 28 countries. She has over a decade of multi-disciplined experience in Change Management, Communications, Service, Sales, and Brand & Organizational Leadership and is a featured speaker and panelist on these topics for various industries, associations and universities. She serves as the Chairperson of the board of directors for the Georgia Restaurant Association, serves on the board of directors of the Women's Foodservice Forum and the Certification Governing board for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, and has led various committees and projects in the foodservice and hospitality industries. She served as a Director of Women's Foodservice Forum, Inc. Ms. Cole received her MBA from Georgia State University.

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.

Kavita Mehra

Kavita Mehra has spent over 10 years working in the not-for-profit sector and is currently the Chief Transformation Officer for the Boys & Girls Club of Newark. Kavita is a Lead New Jersey Fellow, an Executive Board Member for the New Leaders Council’s New Jersey Chapter, a Board Member for LadyDrinks, a Board Member for the Foundation for the Home Health Care Workers’ Association, an Advisory Council Member for She’s The First, and, is a Steering Committee Member for the South Asian American Caucus for the Democratic Party of New Jersey. In 2014, Kavita will be featured in the forthcoming book “Roshni: Emerging Indian Global Leaders” for her work in the not-for-profit sector. Kavita 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 in Liberal Studies, with a concentration in South Asian Studies, from Columbia University.​

Erica Duignan Minnihan

Erica Duignan Minnihan is a managing director for DreamIt Ventures focusing on community development in the New York City region. DreamIt Ventures runs programs in Austin, Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia and Tel Aviv. In the last five years, DreamIt has helped 127 companies and over 400 entrepreneurs turn their ideas into business. She is also managing partner of seed-stage investment fund Fortuna Ventures, which invests in technology-enabled early stage companies.

Prior to her work with DreamIt, Minnihan was executive director and a founder of STAR Angel Network, a membership organization for professional athletes and celebrities making investments in high growth potential, early-stage private companies.  Minnihan was also the first executive director of Golden Seeds, a national early-stage investor group. Prior to joining Golden Seeds, Minnihan held a variety of roles in the investment banking sector, working for firms including Cantor Fitzgerald, Citigroup, and Credit Suisse.

Minnihan  is an entrepreneur, having founded a beverage company that produces products for mothers focused on healthy lifestyles in 2009. The business was sold to a consumer and media investment group. She has also worked with a variety of early stage and start-up companies providing expertise as a consultant for equity fundraising and general capital strategy. In addition, she has been a regular on-air contributor to MSNBC’s "Your Business" and CNBC’s "Crowd Rules." Minnihan received her MBA in finance and real estate with honors from Columbia University and a BA in business economics from the University of California at Los Angeles. She currently lives in New York City's Tribeca neighborhood with her husband and three children.

Amy Nederlander

Amy Nederlander is an expert in strategic business development working with world leading executives, corporations, non-profits and social impact initiatives creating multi-platform profitability maximization through content and brand development, consumer engagement and strategic partnerships.  Ms. Nederlander is also a producer in the entertainment industry. Her experience on Wall Street, MBA from Columbia University and resume of productions bring unique and keen understanding of artistic, commercial and financial aspects of consumer engagement and revenue generating opportunities for intellectual property and branded content. Her consulting has included development of:  a Global Summit Series Tour on Senior & Multi-Generational Entrepreneurship; global strategy for the live entertainment division.

Lida Orzeck

Lida Orzeck ’68 holds a PhD in Social Psychology from Columbia University’s Teachers College. After heading several research projects for the City of New York, Lida received a serendipitous birthday gift from Gale Epstein thirty-eight years ago which led to the founding of Hanky Panky, an internationally renowned intimate apparel brand, coveted by celebrities and Barnard students alike. Hanky Panky is based in New York where Lida is C.E.O. The company remains committed to sourcing and manufacturing in the United States.  Since introducing the “World’s Most Comfortable Thong®” in 1986, Hanky Panky’s co-founders have been referred to as “the Steves of thongs”:  Jobs and Wozniak!

Roberta Pereira

Roberta Pereira has been working with Bisno Productions since 2010. Bisno Productions is a theatre production company that develops and produces plays, musicals and event theatre on Broadway, Off Broadway, regionally, in the West End, and on tour. Bisno Productions was recently selected for Backstage's 1st Annual Broadway Future Power List, as "the go-to shingle for plays with a point of view."

Recent productions include A Red Orchid Theater's Off-Broadway premiere of THE OPPONENT; Tony-nominated play MOTHERS AND SONS by Terrence McNally, starring Tyne Daly; the revival of the beloved musical ANNIE; the Olivier award-winning revival of Stephen Sondheim's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG in the West End; the revival of Peter Nichol's PASSION PLAY starring Zoe Wanamaker in the West End; the Broadway premiere of GRACE, starring Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon, Ed Asner and Kate Arrington; and the Tony Award Winning smash hit WAR HORSE, (Broadway, Toronto and US tour).

In 2011, Roberta co-founded Dress Circle Publishing, a boutique publisher specializing in entertaining books about Broadway and by Broadway authors. Bestselling titles include Ruby Preston’s Broadway Trilogy, Jennifer Ashley Tepper’s The Untold Stories of Broadway and Seth Rudetsky's Broadway Diaries. A graduate of Yale School of Drama's Theater Management program, Roberta is originally from Brazil and currently lives in New York City.

Adam Quinton

Adam is Founder/CEO of Lucas Point Ventures and an active investor in and advisor to early stage companies having been a top ranked sell side investment analyst in the UK, Asia and the US. His current investments include The Muse, Rapt Media, VenueBook, Hire an Esquire, Pinks and Greens, Validately and Snaps. He recently served as Chief Financial Officer of NYC based cybersecurity company NopSec, another of his investees. In 2014 he was named one of the 25 Angel Investors you need to know in New York by AlleyWatch as well as one of 100 Tech Influencers You Need to Know.

He serves as an Advisor to Hire an Esquire, Tactile Finance and San Francisco based SwoopTalent . He is on the Executive Advisory Board of techweek. Adam is and member of and/or advisor to several angel groups including 37 Angels and Astia Angel where he is a founding Angel and chairs the Astia East Coast Advisory Board. He is an Mentor for the new Boulder based accelerator program MergeLane and an Advisor to San Francisco based Women’s Startup Lab as well as the Vinetta Project.

In the not for profit space he is Board member at International House New York and a member of their Executive Committee. He is also a Board member at the Center for Talent Innovation. Additionally Adam is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs where he is a Capstone workshop advisor and member of the Management Faculty. He holds an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MBA from Cass Business School, London.

Jeanne Sullivan

Jeanne Sullivan has more than 20 years of private equity experience and has spent 28 years in the technology sector encompassing both extensive operating and investing experience with technology companies.  Over the past 20 years as a founding principal of StarVest and previously with Olivetti Ventures, Ms. Sullivan has served on the boards of multiple private and two public companies and has extensive experience creating “go to market” plans for expansion stage companies. Her expertise also includes strategy, an understanding of the technology landscape and industry trends. Ms. Sullivan holds a BS from the University of Illinois and a JD from Creighton University School of Law. She was part of the founding group for the New York New Media Association Angel Investors Program, one of the first Angel groups in NYC and this is the predecessor to the current New York Angels. She is active with the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), a nonprofit New York City-based organization that lobbies for environmental reform, and established the New York area Environmental Entrepreneurs group comprised of business and technology leaders. She serves on the board of the New York Venture Capital Association (NYVCA) and has a passion for supporting and mentoring rising stars as entrepreneurs and investors and is a member of the Astia Board of Trustees.