Julie Kantor is an ‘all-in’ roll-up your sleeves leader & serial entrepreneur. Whether in a board room with executives or working with collaborative teams, Julie instills excitement, inspires commitment, & demonstrates an unwavering drive to succeed.
Her newest venture and 5th start-up Twomentor, LLC builds on her 24 years in workforce development & building social impact movements. Twomentor works with companies and associations on building mentoring cultures to increase Millennial retention, diversity in the workforce and elevate women in STEM careers. As a sought after speaker & connector, Julie is well networked to the national community of top business, academic, non-profit, & government leaders.
Michelle Olson is president and founder of Mission Point Inc., a consulting firm focused on strategic planning, vision and goal-setting, and the marketing, development, and operational practices needed to ensure long-term success. Michelle’s mission is to support the critical work of organizations that advance the world’s knowledge, including colleges and universities, schools, foundations, nonprofits, start-ups, and other entities with a related mission.
Prior to launching a successful consulting practice in 2012, Michelle served in leadership roles at the University of Chicago where she led communications, government relations, and community outreach programs and teams. Working across public and private sectors, Michelle advanced the University’s institutional efforts to engage in community and economic development issues locally, nationally, and across the globe; raise public awareness of its resources and contributions; and launch new public/private partnerships supporting K-12 education, local workforce development, cultural placemaking, STEM education and outreach, and social impact entrepreneurship.
Michelle holds a BA from Lake Forest College, a master’s in administration and public policy from the School of Social Service Administration at University of Chicago, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She has additional training in focus group facilitation, spokesperson training, and leadership coaching.
Lucy is one of the youngest professionals to be named to Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “Top 40 under 40” list and most recently has been selected by Profiles in Diversity Journal as a Woman Worth Watching.
She has an accomplished track record as a multidisciplinary strategist and operator. She has been supporting the tech ecosystem by advising startups, mentoring, and mobilizing the tech community towards the inclusion.
Kavitha has progressive experience driving global organizational transformations that support and further business goals in USA and India. She has graduated with an MBA from MIT Sloan in 2015 exploring the dimensions of digital economy, innovation & entrepreneurship
Tatyana is the founder and CEO of Open Health Network, the startup in a Big Data/Healthcare space. She is a mentor at 500Startups and Richard Branson Entrepreneurs Centre and serves on boards for private companies. She also is licensee and organizer of highly notable TEDxBayArea conferences, she is a frequent speaker at US and International conferences on innovation, entrepreneurship, digital health.
Tatyana has been featured in the White House blog , spoke at the United Nations, presented at the first White House Demo Day hosted by the President Obama. Tatyana has been recognized as one of the top 10 Influential Women in Healthcare IT in 2015. Tatyana was USSR chess champion, played in the same team with Gary Kasparov, she loves to cook and kayak.
The Managing Partner of Germanium Ventures is a serial entrepreneur with a track record of 4 multi-million dollar exits. She is also the founder of The Meera Kaul Foundation.
Meera was voted one of the Top 50 women in telecom space; Entrepreneur of the year 2013 and 2015, apart from being the Executive of the Year over consecutive years. Besides being an accomplished technology geek, Meera has a degree in International Taxation and Financial Law from TJSL, and is also an Alumni of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Ana ManduleyAtarodian has held executive roles for over 25 years in support of building global alliances in STEM (systems engineering, health and including radiology & oncology) business development, marketing, content development & meetings development. Some examples include Dubai Air Show, Paris Air Show, Blackberry Global Conference, Gartner Global Conference , Ali Baba Annual Global Conference, World Radiology Congress and others. Her expertise also extends into multi-million dollar projects and contract wins for various world governments &embassies; as well as international organizations like IDB, IMF, World Bank.Ana Maria serves as Advisor, Business Strategies, to Julie Kantor, CEO of Twomentor, LLC,a passionate firm developing workforce career cultures (STEM) worldwide.
Volunteer efforts include Give Kids the World (Florida, U.S.).
Ana Maria is well connected with diverse dignitaries worldwide. She is bilingual (English/Spanish) with knowledge of Portuguese and Persian (Farsi); multicultural (Cuban, American, Spanish & Italian).
Rahul is a founding Partner at Zensciences- a boutique marketing consulting firm, providing services and solutions in Strategy, Design, Storytelling and Digital. He leads go- to- market strategy engagements for clients in India, UK and US across 8 industries. Zensciences specializes in helping start-ups in their GTM and works with Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneur’s to help achieve their business goals. Zensciences has also incubated marketing accelerator to help promising early stage start-ups in their GTM journey’s.
In his previous role Rahul was Director Marketing at Wipro Limited responsible for a majority of Wipro’s Global Marketing effort.
“RAHUL SPEAKS FLUENT ‘DIGITAL’ AND HAS A KILLER STRATEGIC BENT OF MIND; IT PROBABLY RUNS IN HIS BLOOD”.
Erin Cooper is a finance and treasury executive who has achieved notable recognition over 23 years building and leading top-performing, efficient and cost-effective operations for global organizations. She served as Director of Corporate Treasury at Blackboard and Treasurer at Digital Intelligence Systems. She is a multifaceted professional, known for her strong background in bridging foreign languages and finance operations to open needed dialogue regarding diversity and inclusion in historically one dimensional professions. She holds a masters in Spanish Linguistics from The Pennsylvania State University and not only speaks Spanish with native proficiency but also speaks Italian, Portuguese and French and as she puts it, “dabbles in” Farsi and Arabic.
It is her drive to push the envelope and think outside the box that has always been at the core of her mission to encourage others to be courageous and limitless. Erin leads organizations in change management strategies that focus on creativity, sensitivity and mentoring to illustrate there is always more than one path to a goal. "Create a vision, embark on the mission and achieve a endless array of success" is the inspirational message Erin infuses into corporate cultures. She is Strategic Financial Advisor to Julie Kantor, CEO of Twomentor, LLC and Corporate Business Advisor to Rehoboth Global Solutions, LLC.
Lisa La Bonté is an inventive global entrepreneur who over the past 20 years has built
numerous companies, raised over USD$225 million in venture capital, served as an
adviser to over 100 SMEs as well as 4 incubators across 21 nations. Lisa has launched
programs for The World Bank, the Dubai Government, and as a U.S. Dept. of Defense
Contractor, programming under Executive Order of The White House. Lisa's programs have been
funded by The U.S. Dept. of Commerce, the U.S. Dept. of State, and the Gov't of Abu Dhabi.
Lisa grew up in Silicon Valley and began her career in the tech defense sector (telecom)
and later finding success as a dot-com entrepreneur. Lisa is a VC fund limited partner and
business angel Lisa and has invested in 76 early stage tech companies (software, medical
device, internet sectors)- 18 that achieved successful IPOs (NASDAQ), 8 that achieved M&A.
Lisa first came to the GCC in 1994-5 advising in the finance field and serving as a turn-around consultant for a prominent Bahraini Royal family business. Lisa returned to the GCC in 2005 and settled in the UAE as an investor, founder and CEO of MENA's first social enterprise (NGO) pioneering Space education under historic innovative partnership with NASA and strategic STEM workforce development. AYVF's vision to spur business creation and private sector jobs (entrepreneurship) in the Arab world by using STEAM (A=Aerospace) and initially targeting impressionable 6-12 year olds, blazed the trail in the GCC in 2007 and high impact Arab Youth Venture Foundation programming has directly served over 220,000 youth of 105 nationalities within 10 nations.
Lisa holds an M.B.A. in International Business (Entrepreneurship) and an M.S. in Internet Strategy & Technology Mgmt and has taught at the graduate university level as an Adjunct Professor of Asian Business Strategy and International Marketing. Lisa serves on a dozen global boards related to STEM, Space, and Youth initiatives and is currently launching strategic economic and youth development programming to combat violent extremism in Africa, EU and USA from Washington, DC.
Jessica is a Project Coordinator at CEDRO- United Nations Development Program, specialized in renewable energy. She’s a US State Department’s TechWomen Fellow and British Government’s International Leaders Program Fellow. Additionally, she has received a Community Ambassador Award.
She is also the Founder and Program Manager of MentorSHE- a mentorship program for women in decision-making-, a speaker on energy and women in STEM and has been featured in several magazines.
Jessica holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters’ Degree in Diplomacy and Strategic Negotiations.
Dima is Government Cognitive Solutions Leader for MEA at IBM. She is responsible for the Government industry solutions for Cognitive Business for the IMiddle East and Africa Region. Prior to that she was the Smarter Cities leader in the Middle East. As an executive business development, her role entails developing new markets, building new clientele with focus on Public Sector across various industries through building C-level relations and acting as an executive advisor and thought leader. With an overall of 20 years of experience in Management Consulting, 17 of which in IBM, Dima has been focusing on transformational government initiatives in the region.
Her recent publications include,
• Smarter cities point of view - Enterprise Channels MEA.
• Is Open Data the key to m-Government transformation in the Middle East? - ITP.net.
• Qatar M-Government - Al Sharq newspaper in Qatar.
• Smarter Cities: Instrumented, Interconnected, Intelligent - Arabian Computer News.
• Getting Smarter - Computer News:
Sammy is the CEO of The RBR Group, a product and service innovation and commercialization company with Global Fortune 500 clients. Sammy’s 20+ years of experience span that of startup entrepreneur, investor, and corporate executive at Global Fortune 50 including Procter & Gamble and GE. His career has been in creating and monetizing opportunities in advanced Information Technology, software, analytics, design, and science to deliver products and services across various sectors, including Oil & Gas, E-Commerce, ERP, Banking, Finance, CPG, SmartGrid, and Electronics. His teams recognize him as an effective and inspiring communicator, dedicated mentor, and seasoned professional.
Sammy is advisor to the CEO of Riphah International University & RAK College of Dental Sciences. His other roles include Forbes Advisory Board on From Big Data to Big Advantage, previously on the Advisory Board of Saffron Technology (now Intel), and Chair of the OTC-d5.
Sammy received his Nuclear Engineering degree from Georgia Tech. He currently resides with his family in Silicon Valley.
An advocate for women empowerment, Shikha Srivastava is leading the Partnership and Programme development globally at The Meera Kaul Foundation.
An enterprising leader, she has conceptualized and implemented number of women oriented projects on their rights to education, employment and property. She brings on board excellent management and programme development skills, along with her passion for women empowerment.
Shakeel is a strong conceptualizer and creates design solutions that have a high visual impact. He develops creative ideas and concepts by choosing the appropriate media and style to meet the client's objectives. His passion and committment to his work make him a valuable asset of the Foundation. In his free time he loves playing football.
A passionate HR professional with over 10 years of progressive experience, Soumya is leading the careers program at The Meera Kaul Foundation.
She has an extensive track record in the fields of talent development, generalist HR advisory and people engagement.
She brings on board customized talent solutions and multi-market recruiting and sourcing strategies that deliver top-quality talent .