Posts in North America
Arsheen Allam - Valiant and Forgiving

Arsheen Allam is the CEO and Founder of GOLeafe, a startup company which has developed a proprietary patent-pending process for manufacturing nanocrystalline graphene and graphene oxide materials. GOLeafe's manufacturing approach is a scalable batch process, which avoids expensive equipment and harsh chemicals, which means GOLeafe’s manufacturing approach has a cost advantage and is much more eco-friendly than competing methods. 

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Lori Cashman - Tenacious and Nurturing

Lori Cashman is an early stage investor in ventures led by female entrepreneurs and gender-diverse teams. She brings “peripheral vision” on emerging consumer & technology trends and customer engagement practices.

Lori is a former co-founder of the private equity firm Lineage Capital. Her previous private equity experience combined with her current role as a venture capitalist ensure a well-rounded perspective on successful business models, operational and market issues and consumer trends all in the context of a company’s capital structure and value proposition.

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Lisa Lavin - Driven and Caring

Lisa Lavin is co-founder and CEO of Anser Innovation. Lisa has over 20 years of experience in business as a senior leader and entrepreneur building new business within the healthcare, animal care, and consumer product sectors in start-up and Fortune 100 businesses. Prior to her emphasis in business, Lisa taught veterinary radiography at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and the Medical Institute of Minnesota. As an expert in this field, Lisa authored the textbook Radiography in Veterinary Technology, (2007, 2003, 1999, 1994), Elsevier Publishing.

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North AmericaKylie Teele
Afreen Allam - Driven and Empathetic

When she was in high school, Afreen Allam, now founder and CEO of the biomedical company SiNON Therapeutics, began volunteering at the Duke Cancer Center. “I come from a typical Asian family where medical school was the only route that was an option,” Allam, 28, tells Bustle; this volunteer work was meant to help further her progress along that path. But it wasn't easy — although not because of the work itself. “The first two weeks were extremely hard," says Allam. "I wasn’t used to seeing that kind of pain and suffering.”

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North AmericaKylie Teele
Eva Davis - Boundary Pusher and Collaborative

Recognized by Best Lawyers in America and ranked in Chambers, Eva Davis is a savvy dealmaker who works with some of the most active private equity funds in the country. With over 20 years of experience, Eva provides astute commercial recommendations alongside her strategic M&A advice when negotiating on behalf of US and global public and private companies, boards of directors and private equity funds involving their most significant transactional matters.

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Lesley Jane Seymour - Driven and Vulnerable

Lesley Jane Seymour is a media entrepreneur who is launching a new platform for intelligent, stylish, influential women over the age of 35 called coveyclub.com  

In February 2016, when the women's lifestyle magazine More closed, Lesley found herself out of a job after eight years at the helm. In a published post on LinkedIn entitled: “The Joys of Losing Your Job in the Digital Age,” she explained that she was “prepared” when More folded. Ironically, the editor credited the first time she was fired from a big job as a buffer to ease her grief over More.

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North AmericaKylie Teele
Lan Xauzhao - Thoughtful and Decisive

Dr. Xuezhao Lan is the founding and managing partner of Basis Set Ventures, a $140M early stage venture fund focused on enterprise artificial intelligence. Lan built the Corporate Development Strategy team at Dropbox. Prior to Dropbox, she was an engagement manager at McKinsey and founded a brain training startup. She studied human brain functions for her Ph.D. and received her MA in Statistics, both from the University of Michigan. She also did her post-doc at Harvard and has produced several peer-reviewed articles in top publications including Science.

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Janine Firpo - Warrior & Collaborator

Janine Firpo has been a social innovator for 20 plus years. She has been working at the intersection of technology and international development problems. She is currently a Deputy Director in the Financial Services for the Poor team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In her role, Janine is responsible for accelerating and deepening the penetration of digital financial services beyond basic payments in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda while ensuring that the grantmaking and management are of the highest standards. 

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Karen Talavera - Savvy and Spitfire

Karen Talavera is a change agent. As an entrepreneur, writer, mother and world traveler, she draws on the rich and usually overlooked experiences of daily life to illuminate opportunities for awakening, share her perspective on living from spirit, and highlight insights hidden in plain sight.  She writes about this and more on her blog The Accidental Seeker and on Huffington Post.

In 2003 Karen founded Synchronicity Marketing, a company specializing in digital marketing training, coaching, and education. After twenty years in the field, she grows continually more fascinated by the revolutionary role the Internet has played in the way we connect to one another.  

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