Dr. Silvia Mah is General Partner at Stella Impact Capital, a seed-stage venture fund, investing in diverse women founders building startups at the intersection of deep tech and impact and, as a redemptive entrepreneur and investor, serves as the Director of Innovation at Biola University. Focused on “Impact with Integrity”, Dr. Mah has invested in over 130 startups with 6 exits and 1 IPO. Dr. Mah is the founder & Chairwoman of Stella Labs, an accelerator for women-owned businesses; founding member of Stella Angels, a female angel investment group; President of Stella Foundation, a national conSTELLAtion of organizations and leaders walking alongside womxn-led businesses from startup to sale and the funders who champion them; and Investment Committee member of Next Wave Impact, a social impact venture fund.
Ms. Gray is a producer, author, TEDx speaker, podcast host, founder of She Angel Investors and co-founder of the non profit She Angels Foundation. She Angel Investors is a multimedia platform designed to connect women business owners to funding, and to encourage women to become angel investors. She also hosts and produces the popular podcast series Invest in Her, focused on ways to accelerate the funding of women, and provide resources and inspiration to listeners. The show features both female founders and funders and is distributed on Apple, Spotify, IHeart Radio and wherever you listen to podcasts. Ms. Gray has produced, co-produced and directed several documentaries including I Can’t Marry You, with Ellen DeGeneres’ mom Betty as narrator for PBS, Millionaires True Stories and several LGBTQ films for LOGO. She also helped start a gay cable network and produced a series called Way-Off Broadway with trailblazing entertainers and recording artists. Currently, she is co-producing Millenials Are Killing Musicals, off Broadway in NYC. This female driven show focuses on motherhood and the impact of social media. The team behind it is 80% women.
Vicky was raised in Ballston Lake, New York, and later was inducted into SUNY Cobleskill's Athletic Hall of Fame. After hesitating for years to fully embrace her masculine style, she has emerged as a celebrated entrepreneur and self-empowerment advocate alongside her wife, Charisse. Together, they have propelled their brand, Dapper Boi, to notable success, such as being recognized on the iconic OUT100 list and as key figures in the new documentary "Show Her The Money," currently under consideration for an Oscar nomination. Over the last year, Vicky has left her mark on influential summits, podcasts, national TV, and media outlets, not to mention her own recognition as "Fashion Entrepreneur" on the Champions of Pride 2023 list. Amidst these accomplishments, Vicky is driven to be a standout CEO and role model for her daughters. She continues to inspire the many Dapper Boi customers who share how the brand has positively impacted their lives.
Charisse’s ascent in entrepreneurship is rooted in resilience from her Filipino-American immigrant parents and decades of sales and management experience in higher education. As the co-founder of Dapper Boi, she's played a crucial role in shaping the gender and body-inclusive apparel line brand born from her wife Vicky's personal journey toward finding clothing that truly reflected her identity. Charisse’s advocacy for LGBTQ+ equality and diversity has resonated across high-profile summits and also earned Dapper Boi recognition on the prestigious OUT100 2023 list. They also play a pivotal role in the documentary "Show Her The Money," which is currently a contender for an Oscar nomination. Despite a difficult IVF journey 5 years ago resulting in twin girls, Charisse now juggles two full-time jobs: being ‘Head B!tch In Charge’ of the Pasche household and Chief Operating Officer of the Dapper Boi team, with her mission to ensure their continued well-being, success, and legacy impact.
Marcia Dawood is on a mission to empower and educate everyone to realize their potential to invest in positive change. She is passionate about bridging the gap from early-stage inception to building thriving, profitable companies.
She is a venture partner with Mindshift Capital and a member of Golden Seeds, one of the largest angel groups in the US. Both groups focus on investing in women-led companies.
She is Chair Emeritus of the Angel Capital Association (ACA), the global professional society for angel investors. She is a founding member and current chair of the ACA’s Growing Women’s Capital Group, which is building syndication and collaboration among US investment groups focused on women-led companies.
Marcia received an MBA from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.
A TEDx speaker and the host of The Angel Next Door Podcast, Marcia walks the talk and holds investments in over 50 early-stage companies and funds. She is committed to expanding support for diverse companies that overcome the world’s biggest problems and accelerate positive change.
Ann Metzger, a community-driven marketing and sales professional, startup investor,and former marketing leader for Fortune 500 brands, brings over 19 years ofexpertise. Dedicated to achieving goals and building generational wealth, Annco-founded a field marketing firm and led the inaugural team for a global LGBTQ+internet startup. As a General Partner at 360 Venture Collective, Ann leads marketing,branding, networking, relationship building, and fundraising efforts.
Judith Goldkrand is a passionate advocate for women, an experienced banker, board member, philanthropist, builder of high-performing teams, and creator of psychological safety in the workplace. Her goal is to change the world for women. Judith dedicates herself to the advancement of women, gender equity, access to capital for women, and empowering others to use their voices. Judith is a mentor for women entrepreneurs on growth and capital. Judith is currently the National Women’s Segment Leader, National LGBTQ+ Segment Leader, and National Asian Segment Leader at Wells Fargo.
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