Christy Johnson, CEO of Artemis Connection   hristy Johnson is an entrepreneur and educator. She is currently building her third start-up, Artemis Connection and facilitating a course on designing organizations for Creativity/Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She believes that people are an organization's most important asset and by having a diverse workforce, organizations will have the most innovative solutions. She has seven years of experience working in corporate strategy, including 3.5 years at McKinsey & Co. Before this, Christy was an award winning economics and mathematics teacher. In 2005, Junior Achievement recognized Christy as its National Teacher of the Year.

Christy Johnson, CEO of Artemis Connection

hristy Johnson is an entrepreneur and educator. She is currently building her third start-up, Artemis Connection and facilitating a course on designing organizations for Creativity/Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She believes that people are an organization's most important asset and by having a diverse workforce, organizations will have the most innovative solutions. She has seven years of experience working in corporate strategy, including 3.5 years at McKinsey & Co. Before this, Christy was an award winning economics and mathematics teacher. In 2005, Junior Achievement recognized Christy as its National Teacher of the Year.

  Jennifer Stybel, Executive Director of the Rent the Runway Foundation   Jennifer Stybel is Executive Director of Rent the Runway Foundation, a nonprofit that democratizes entrepreneurship for female founders. The Foundation’s signature program is Project Entrepreneur—a national initiative launched with founding partner UBS to grow the pipeline of women building high-growth businesses through its accelerator, venture competition, educational workshops, and digital hub.  Jennifer is host of Project Entrepreneur’s podcast #theTools. Her career has spanned the media, arts, and tech industries—including Shutterstock, EMI Music, The Paley Center for Media, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts—where she empowers creators and their work. Jennifer holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Jennifer Stybel, Executive Director of the Rent the Runway Foundation

Jennifer Stybel is Executive Director of Rent the Runway Foundation, a nonprofit that democratizes entrepreneurship for female founders. The Foundation’s signature program is Project Entrepreneur—a national initiative launched with founding partner UBS to grow the pipeline of women building high-growth businesses through its accelerator, venture competition, educational workshops, and digital hub.  Jennifer is host of Project Entrepreneur’s podcast #theTools. Her career has spanned the media, arts, and tech industries—including Shutterstock, EMI Music, The Paley Center for Media, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts—where she empowers creators and their work. Jennifer holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

 
  SUMEET SHAH  // VC in Residence, Galvanize NYC    Sumeet assists members with fundraising advice and guidance as the VC in Residence at the New York City campus of Galvanize, an 8-campus strong community making education and growth accessible to anyone – especially underrepresented groups in the tech industry. Sumeet recently was the Chief Strategy Officer at the US division of NewsPicks, a refined news experience where content is picked by experts and thought-leaders. The platform was designed to bring users the most important stories with commentary from trusted experts across the world. Before NewsPicks, Sumeet handled sourcing and new investments as a Principal at Brand Foundry Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm focused on low-tech and high-tech consumer products and devices. Overall, he has over 9 years of experience across the startup and private equity industries, formerly running new business strategies at Gist Digital and handling business development and project work at Gotham Consulting Partners. He also assisted in the creation of XRC Labs, a consumer and retail accelerator run by Kurt Salmon and Parsons, as the Program Manager for their inaugural class and Head of Strategic Partnerships for their second class. Sumeet graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering, where he specialized in Biomechanics.

SUMEET SHAH  // VC in Residence, Galvanize NYC

Sumeet assists members with fundraising advice and guidance as the VC in Residence at the New York City campus of Galvanize, an 8-campus strong community making education and growth accessible to anyone – especially underrepresented groups in the tech industry. Sumeet recently was the Chief Strategy Officer at the US division of NewsPicks, a refined news experience where content is picked by experts and thought-leaders. The platform was designed to bring users the most important stories with commentary from trusted experts across the world. Before NewsPicks, Sumeet handled sourcing and new investments as a Principal at Brand Foundry Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm focused on low-tech and high-tech consumer products and devices. Overall, he has over 9 years of experience across the startup and private equity industries, formerly running new business strategies at Gist Digital and handling business development and project work at Gotham Consulting Partners. He also assisted in the creation of XRC Labs, a consumer and retail accelerator run by Kurt Salmon and Parsons, as the Program Manager for their inaugural class and Head of Strategic Partnerships for their second class. Sumeet graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering, where he specialized in Biomechanics.

  ALLIE FELIX // Director of Programming and Partnerships at the Tampa Bay Innovation Hub   Allie Felix is the Director of Programming & Partnerships at the Tampa Bay Innovation Hub. Previously, she led community at Work-Bench, an enterprise technology venture fund, business development at 37 Angels, a women's angel network, and managed marketing for legendary venture capitalist Tim Draper’s entrepreneur training program. A graduate of Smith College, Felix spends her time building startup communities.

ALLIE FELIX // Director of Programming and Partnerships at the Tampa Bay Innovation Hub

Allie Felix is the Director of Programming & Partnerships at the Tampa Bay Innovation Hub. Previously, she led community at Work-Bench, an enterprise technology venture fund, business development at 37 Angels, a women's angel network, and managed marketing for legendary venture capitalist Tim Draper’s entrepreneur training program. A graduate of Smith College, Felix spends her time building startup communities.

  DEB MILLS SCOFIELD // Innovation Expert   Deb Mills-Scofield helps companies create and implement highly actionable, adaptable, measurable, and profitable innovation-based strategic plans. Deb has 25+ years of strategic planning, execution and innovation experience with manufacturing, service and high-technology companies from large and global to early-stage. She has done a few carve-outs and start-ups. She asks her clients to match and donate 10% of her fee to improve lives in their community. Deb also is a Partner at Glengary LLC, an early-stage Venture Capital firm in Cleveland. Deb is a co-creator of Alex Osterwalder’s book, Business Model Generation, contributed to Steve Denning’s book The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management: Reinventing the Workplace for the 21st Century, Doug Sundheim’s book Taking Smart Risks, and several other forthcoming books, including her own. She blogs at Harvard Business Review, her own site, Forbes, Innovation Excellence, and others. Deb is recognized as one of the top 40 bloggers on innovation.

DEB MILLS SCOFIELD // Innovation Expert

Deb Mills-Scofield helps companies create and implement highly actionable, adaptable, measurable, and profitable innovation-based strategic plans. Deb has 25+ years of strategic planning, execution and innovation experience with manufacturing, service and high-technology companies from large and global to early-stage. She has done a few carve-outs and start-ups. She asks her clients to match and donate 10% of her fee to improve lives in their community. Deb also is a Partner at Glengary LLC, an early-stage Venture Capital firm in Cleveland. Deb is a co-creator of Alex Osterwalder’s book, Business Model Generation, contributed to Steve Denning’s book The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management: Reinventing the Workplace for the 21st Century, Doug Sundheim’s book Taking Smart Risks, and several other forthcoming books, including her own. She blogs at Harvard Business Review, her own site, Forbes, Innovation Excellence, and others. Deb is recognized as one of the top 40 bloggers on innovation.