PhD, Principal at Quid, and Co-PI for STEM to Market
Partner, Trans Sahara Investment Corporation
With an extensive multidisciplinary technology and business leadership background, Ngozi Bell an entrepreneur and investment partner at Trans-Sahara Investment Corporation, was Regional Advocate for the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, representing the mid-Atlantic states. Prior to her appointment, Ngozi Bell was Vice President of Birchmere Ventures Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, an early stage Venture Capital firm focused on Clean Technology, Medical and Technology with over $160M under management. Prior to that, she was a director at LSI Corp and held senior management and technical roles in Agere Systems, Lucent Technologies, AT&T Microelectronics and R.W. Beck. Ngozi Bell holds a degree in Physics and a masters in Electrical Engineering and has more than 23 years of experience ranging from core technology development and support, marketing, corporate and business development and mergers and acquisitions roles. Bell who is also an adjunct professor of Business Law and Management, is a speaker, and has been featured on Voice of America as an expert on Africa-US matters and most recently on TEDxLehigh-River.
BS, MBA, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sidecar Social Finance, and Founder/Director of Project 500
BS, JD, Co-Founder of ScienceVest
Jennifer Clark, MBA
Senior Advisor, Intentional Investor Outreach, STEM to Market
BS, Co-Founder and VP at Highway1
PhD, Professor at OSU, and Co-PI for STEM to Market
MA, Program Director of Highway1
PhD, Senior VP at Genentech, and Co-PI for STEM to Market
MA, MBA, Co-Director, STEM to Market
MS, Director of Manufacturing Strategy at Relpysa
Jennifer McCullar, PhD
Innovation Development, Senior Manager
PhD, AWIS Director of Research and Analysis and Principal Investigator/Project Lead for STEM to Market
Chairman and Co-founder, Geekwire.com; Chairman and Founder, PicMonkey; Founder, WeCount.org
A successful serial entrepreneur and investor in many startups, Jonathan is Chairman and co-founder of Geekwire.com, one of the tech sector’s top news sites, Chairman and Founder of PicMonkey, the world’s most fun and popular photo-editor, and founder of WeCount.org, the first non-profit to apply smartphone technologies to help the homeless receive items critical to their survival on the streets. He also has the distinct honor of being the first person to sell 2 companies to Google. In 2016, Jonathan made headlines when he announced he would be the first technology investor to only invest in female-founded companies moving forward. This put Jonathan in the national spotlight and he became an honoree of various women-led organizations such as American Women In Science, Vital Voices, and the 2017 recipient of University of Washington’s “Man of Integrity” award. He has invested in many startups founded by women, such as Glamhive, GiftStarter, Runway2Street, Poppy, Scout, Vivify, and others. Jonathan recently handed over the CEO responsibilities of PicMonkey to a successor in order to dedicate himself to the mission of developing, identifying, and promoting more female representation and leadership in business. His new book, BETTER TOGETHER: 8 Ways Working with Women Leads to Extraordinary Products and Profits, will debut in Winter 2017.
MS, JD, Founder of STLGip
Soody is founder of STLGip, a boutique intellectual property law firm, counseling domestic and international clients on intellectual property and technology transactions. Prior to starting her firm, she practiced law at Silicon Valley offices of HellerEhrman and Townsend & Townsend and in-house at HP. She was General Counsel and VP of IP at a successfully acquired medical device start-up company. Before her legal career, she held technical and management positions at Schering Plough and HP. Soody is Advisory Board Member STEM to Market; Chair of Women in Licensing National Committee, Licensing Executives Society (LES), USA & Canada, Advisory Board member and past Chair of Silicon Valley Chapter; and member of Board of Directors and Co-Chair of Patent Section with Palo Alto Area Bar Association. Soody lectures on IP, licensing, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship domestically and internationally, bridging various local and international bodies. Among her civic engagements, she particularly enjoys volunteering as a business coach with Defy Ventures, an entrepreneurship training program for those currently and formerly incarcerated. Soody is a Commissioner with the city of Menlo Park. Soody is inventor on several patents and applications and is working on her new start-up designing a wearable health-tech device in the mother/infant space. She holds a J.D., M.S. in industrial chemistry, and B.S. in chemistry, and is licensed to practice before the State of California and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. With over 25 years of experience in law, technology, and management in start-up and established environments, her strategic insight coupled with her practical approach is a key asset, whether acting as counsel or leading her own ventures.
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