Meet the female leaders and women leaders who are making a difference in 2020.
Izabela is a first-generation Polish-American with a B.E. and M.E. from Stevens Institute of Technology. She works as a technology analyst specializing in intelligent automation at Johnson & Johnson, an American multinational healthcare corporation. She has work experience in engineering, technology and business, as well as a passion for entrepreneurship and social good. On nights and weekends, Izabela is dedicated to Pare, a startup she co-founded with three longtime friends, which provides personalized recommendations for new experiences, starting with bars and restaurants in New York City. Additionally, Izabela serves on the Board of Directors for a Liberian-based non-profit organization called Community Solutions Aid (CSAID), whose founder she mentored as part of an international incubator program hosted by Bridge for Billions. In her spare time, Izabela loves to travel, read, and spend time in nature.
Fabiana is a Data Scientist with a background that ranges from Business Intelligence to Big Data Development and IoT architecture. Throughout her professional career, she has been leading state of the art projects not only in global companies but also in startups. Has an academic background in Applied Maths and MSc in Data Management combined with nano degrees in Deep Learning and Secure and Private AI. As YData’s Co-Founder, she combines Data Privacy with Deep Learning as her main fields of work and research, with the mission to unlock data with privacy by design.
Kim Page is the Founder of isoshealth, making health practitioners easier to find and safer to connect with, and ultimately making holistic health accessible for everyone. She founded isoshealth, and recently launched isosconnect to help people get better, stay well and get fit with quick and effective help from qualified experts – Dietitians, Physiotherapists and Psychologists. A career in digital health and a personal journey that brought home the complex challenge of weight management and stress, were the impetus behind the business.
Amy-Willard Cross is the founder of Gender Fair. Akin to Fair Trade for women, The Gender Fair Index is the first consumer rating system for equality, which analyses companies on their leadership, employee policies, advertising, diversity reporting and philanthropy for women. This year, Gender Fair launches two new consumer tools that make it easy to buy from equality-focused companies. In 2012, Cross founded a site on news through a woman’s lens. For two decades prior, she worked as an author, editor, and writer at national magazines such as Chatelaine--and two magazine startups. One startup was the first magazine for midlife women, which she conceived in 1984. Foreign Policy named Cross a Global Thinker in 2015 for her work on “Economic Girl Power.” She has spoken at various conferences on the topic of women's consumer power. Cross graduated with honors from Wellesley College. Her middle name comes via her great-grandmother, a suffragist and friend of Frances Willard.
Surbhi is CEO and co-founder of Symbl.ai. Symbl is bringing to life her vision for a programmable platform that empowers developers and businesses to build unique conversational experiences without the hassle of upfront training or building their in-house data science expertise. She co-founded Symbl (previously Rammer.ai) almost 2 years ago and was a part of the Alexa Next Stage program by Techstars 2020. Symbl raised an early-stage venture round of 1.8M almost a year ago and deployed capital to grow a team of tech enthusiasts to 25 people primarily distributed between India and Seattle. She comes with experience from technical and customer-obsessed roles in both startups and enterprises such as Nevis Networks and Amdocs. Before co-founding Symbl, she worked in the Conversational AI space with a focus on delivering value to Telecommunication users. She is an advocate for Women in AI with a personal mission to inspire more women to work in Data Science. In her free time, she loves to travel and spend time with her remote and distributed family across continents.
Samantha Savich is a biotech engineer by day and a brand developer by night. She has been developing clean skincare and suncare to put behind her D2C brands Deko Sun and Palm Hand. The brands focus on ingredient transparency and refillable packaging systems.
Samantha's specialty is packaging engineering. Incorporating user design and sustainability to provide product protection and brand elevation. Her experience spans from automotive to CPG to pharmaceuticals.
Sprinkle in packaging consulting, Samantha helps startups develop packaging systems to ensure product protection and brand elevation. She hopes to bring her beta brands to market in 2021.
Trinity Wiles is the 23-year-old Co-Founder of Where and Share Inc., a fashion tech company revolutionizing retail with experiential in-store technology. They are bridging the gap between in-store and online shopping with our interactive tech that allows shoppers to share their styles in stores using mixed/augmented reality. It's simple...their tech provides a unique shopping experience for customers while providing retailers with insights to personalize the shopping experience and grow their brand through social sharing with content generated by their customers. Where and Share is piloting their tech with apparel retailers in Nashville, TN, and Orange County, CA!
Tracy Phillips is a former nuclear operator turned technical recruiter turned product manager. She is the cofounder of CodeSubmit, a pre-employment technical assessment platform helping hundreds of companies worldwide hire their next developer.
Tracy and her co-founder originally built CodeSubmit for themselves when they realized that all of the technical interviewing tools on the market were widely disliked by developers. For Tracy, it was important that tools provided candidates from nontraditional backgrounds (like her own) the opportunity to shine during their interview.
Since then, CodeSubmit has proudly partnered with companies like Babbel to offer pathways into tech for developers with nontraditional backgrounds. Tracy’s recent writings on hiring and diversity & inclusion in tech have been featured in Hackernoon and The Startup.
As a coach, operator and investor, Dena has helped many in efforts to start their own business, scaling their organization, and fundraising, all while building a productive and inclusive culture.
She has supported many high-achieving professionals through transitions and difficult conversations while ensuring they stay true and authentic to themselves.
Dena started her own consulting company Roya in 2019 and before that she led several teams at many Fortune 500 and early/growth stage technology startups in building brand recognition along with products that customers and employees actually love and are inspired by.
Her experience as a founder, operator, marketer, product innovator, and engineer uniquely positions her to support high-achieving, purpose driven individuals and teams to realize their full potential.
My Le Goel
My Le (mee-lay) Goel is the founder and CEO of Flight Live, Inc., a mobile wellness platform for live, interactive, virtual personal fitness training that matches clients with a curated list of certified personal trainers and yoga instructors. She founded the company with the goal of making it easier, more motivating and more flexible for busy, senior-level career women like herself to adopt and maintain a strong and healthy lifestyle now, and as we age. Practicing what she preaches, My Le uses her platform 5 times a week to achieve and maintain her weight and strength goals -- all while bootstrapping her company and generating revenue during the pandemic. Her career has taken her all over the world through her work at the Smithsonian Institution and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A proponent of giving back, she sits on several nonprofit boards and mentors young collegiate, women entrepreneurs. She enjoys cooking plant-based meals and looks forward to traveling once the pandemic goes away. She has a degree in geosciences from Smith College and a masters in technology, innovation and education from Harvard University.
Dr. Ashie Bhandiwad is an entrepreneur, scientist, and educator. She is a strong advocate for food based STEM education for young children. Ashie founded StemChef on this principle to keep STEM interest kindled and alive among children. StemChef is a virtual escape room experience that teaches science through cooking to kids. They build comprehensive STEM based curriculum for elementary school children through edible gamification. Ashie is committed towards inclusive learning to promote an early interest in STEM among diverse communities by providing their curriculum free of charge to many non-profits and Title I schools. Happily she also tackles the female “pipeline” issue that is blamed for under-represented female gender in STEM careers. Prior to that Ashie had dedicated a decade of her life working on renewable energy to combat climate change. Her papers have been published in top scientific journals. Now she is out to inspire the teeny tots to take on global issues of their generation. Ashie holds a PhD in Engineering from Dartmouth College.
Founder & CEO of brAIMS, an entrepreneurs network of exceptional founders, investors, and resources; Tharamaroa Troconis is a Graduated Architect with a BSc. from the Simon Bolivar University, building her awarded early career in Cross-Disciplinary Practices, Social Innovation, and International Communications Management.
She has taken part in international projects such as Univer-City Residences Programme as Project Coordinator exposed at the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture 2016 REPORTING FROM THE FRONT, and part of the design team with the Laboratory of Project and Fabrication (Lab.Pro.Fab) declared New Talent 2016 METROPOLIS MAGAZINE by MoMA Curator Martino Stierli, winners of the AR HOUSE 2017 with the Gyroscopic House; Disability Domestic Landscape, Design Coordinator for the 1st price project GREEN EMERGING for the contest JINAN WEST CITY, China 2015 and invited artist at the 2nd INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR PUBLIC ART, JINAN CITY CONFERENCE. Public Art, Environmental and Social Ecologies; Public Art in the Process of Urbanization alongside the Institute of Public Art, Shanghai University, Shandong University, and The University of Auckland.
Currently, at brAIMS her mission is to build a diverse and strong network to support the brains behind successful companies and projects in the challenging task of building something from scratch. Her experience as a female - immigrant entrepreneur has landed her with a place in acknowledging programs both in the US and EU, like the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs, and an Entrepreneur Residency in Europe.
Dulma Altan is the founder of Makelane, the MasterClass for ambitious women. She's on a mission to create the one-stop shop learning platform to accelerate women-owned businesses by helping women learn from their dream business mentors. Before that she worked at Google helping small businesses with paid advertising strategies and she also is the founder of the world's first clean fragrance retail store, Potion, a brand she bootstrapped before founding Makelane.
Brooke S. Sinclair
Serial entrepreneur and Chief Executive Officer, Brooke S. Sinclair, is no stranger to overcoming challenges in her life. Transportation, distribution, and supply chain management expert turned founder. Before the Import/Export industry, Brooke worked as a Retail Donation Manager for Houston Food Bank. She managed three remote distribution programs worth $9M a year. One year after taking the role program value increased to $11M, she reduced overtime by 6%, and reduced waste and trash removal cost by nearly $100,000. Her second year, she added on 2 other programs and increased program value to over $15M.
Brooke holds a BA in Organizational & Corporate Communications, an MS in Project Management from Walden University, and certification in Finance from Rice University in addition to a semester abroad in India. Her areas of expertise include global supply chain management, bias rehabilitation, the new majority, and Black women in technology & logistics. She is passionate about increasing access to STEM for underrepresented youth as they travel through the high school to tech startup pipeline.
Ornella is the Founder and CEO of Spoddle, an event marketing platform that connects brands with the right sponsorship opportunities using a data-driven algorithm that optimize return on ad spend. Blue-chip clients include Floyd Mayweather, Disney On Ice, Il Divo and Andrea Bocelli.
Ornella previously co-founded and worked with multiple startups, such as FSquared - a professional network for women in tech, and studied at Duke University and at the London School of Economics. She is a mentor at various accelerators and volunteers her time to help women in tech. She is committed to not only giving back to the startup community, but also to supporting female founders and encouraging diversity in tech.
Mireya Manigault is a strategist working at the intersection of corporate culture, human development, technology design, and risk mitigation. She has spent the entire of her career distilling complex challenges into technology, products, processes and programs that reduce unnecessary risk and move humans closer toward fulfillment and equity. Infinitely curious, she has played in many spaces, often at the same time: Mireya is leading the charge to develop WeDemption (wedemption.co), an angel investing ecosystem that uses behavioral science to help the underrepresented remove barriers and participate in what comes to market, changing lifetime and generational wealth outcomes; helps startups build strong corporate culture that maximize the benefits of hyper-diverse teams through Foundation LLC (bethefoundation.com); and continues side projects documenting the changing mindset of humans, through analysis of the unique events of 2020 and the rise in divergent humans she calls Plurals. She sits on the board of a variety of startups and nonprofits, championing representation and diverse viewpoints.
Kyoko Jansson, MSc, Informatics, is an inventor of the wearable bladder scanner "Noui". They developed a unique galvanic coupling method promising safe hygiene for the global patients in condition of incontinence. She has work experience in six countries as a lobbyist, marketing and business development strategist at multi-national companies such as Ericsson and Volvo. She has an extensive global network through the past external posts of a Chair/Vice Chair of American Chamber of Commerce and JMEC Alumni in Japan. In Sweden, she co-started the PWG, Progressional Women's Group, in January 2007 and has been working for digital health and licensing. She has been involved in the HBC (Human Body Communication) working group since 2011 and currently works on development of "Noui" together with her co-founder and partners.