Meet the Board Members of the Her Big Idea Fund


Representing a wide array of experiences, talents, and insights, the Her Big Idea Fund Board will oversee the application review for those who apply for the grants, and contribute mentorship and coaching on an as-needed basis for the recipients.

  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.

  Christy Johnson, CEO of Artemis Connection   Christy Johnson is an entrepreneur and educator. She is currently building her fourth start-up, Artemis Connection and facilitating courses at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She also is adjunct faculty at the University of Washington where she teaches entrepreneurship. Ultimately, she believes people are an organization’s most important asset and by having a diverse workforce, organizations will have the most innovative solutions and best strategies.  She has seven years of experience working in corporate strategy, including 3 ½ 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 holds an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business with a certificate in public management. She led the personal side of leadership club, was involved with the center for social innovation and co-led the student admissions committee. She also has a Master’s in Education from Stanford’s School of Education. 

Christy Johnson, CEO of Artemis Connection

Christy Johnson is an entrepreneur and educator. She is currently building her fourth start-up, Artemis Connection and facilitating courses at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She also is adjunct faculty at the University of Washington where she teaches entrepreneurship. Ultimately, she believes people are an organization’s most important asset and by having a diverse workforce, organizations will have the most innovative solutions and best strategies.  She has seven years of experience working in corporate strategy, including 3 ½ 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 holds an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business with a certificate in public management. She led the personal side of leadership club, was involved with the center for social innovation and co-led the student admissions committee. She also has a Master’s in Education from Stanford’s School of Education. 

  Rima Reddy // Director of Corporate Partnerships at XRC Labs   Rima is the Director of Corporate Partnerships at XRC Labs, where she leads the development of XRC's relationships with brands and retailers, as well as XRC's startup sourcing and diligence process. She most recently worked in Strategy and Business Development at Ralph Lauren, with a focus on e-commerce and omni-channel initiatives. Prior to RL, Rima served as an Equity Research Analyst at Goldman Sachs covering the Consumer Staples sector with a focus on Packaged Food and Household Products.   Rima graduated from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University, where she double majored in Economics and Finance, with a minor in Mathematics. She also earned her AAS in Fashion Marketing from the Parsons School for Design. Rima is a Nest Fellow and has volunteered with ethical fashion startup Darzah on Business Development and Digital Marketing Strategy. She speaks extensively on the topics of retail technology and women in entrepreneurship notably at Harvard Business School and the Fashion Institute of Technology. 

Rima Reddy // Director of Corporate Partnerships at XRC Labs

Rima is the Director of Corporate Partnerships at XRC Labs, where she leads the development of XRC's relationships with brands and retailers, as well as XRC's startup sourcing and diligence process. She most recently worked in Strategy and Business Development at Ralph Lauren, with a focus on e-commerce and omni-channel initiatives. Prior to RL, Rima served as an Equity Research Analyst at Goldman Sachs covering the Consumer Staples sector with a focus on Packaged Food and Household Products. 

Rima graduated from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University, where she double majored in Economics and Finance, with a minor in Mathematics. She also earned her AAS in Fashion Marketing from the Parsons School for Design. Rima is a Nest Fellow and has volunteered with ethical fashion startup Darzah on Business Development and Digital Marketing Strategy. She speaks extensively on the topics of retail technology and women in entrepreneurship notably at Harvard Business School and the Fashion Institute of Technology. 

 
  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 // VC Partner, Innovation Expert   Deborah Mills-Scofield helps mid to large-sized companies make strategic planning a verb. She also is a partner in an early stage Venture Capital firm.  Deb has written for Harvard Business Review and other venues, including her own blog, and has contributed to several books.  Deb graduated from Brown University in 3 years and helped start the Cognitive Science concentration.  After graduation she went to AT&T Bell Labs where her patent was one of the highest-revenue generating patents for AT&T and Lucent.  She is on the Advisory Council of Brown University’s Engineering School and RISD’s DESINE-Lab and lectures at Brown.  Deb also mentors student entrepreneurs of all types, advises in the Brown Design Workshop, and supports those involved in STEAM. She measures her success by her clients’ success and their impact.

Deb Mills Scofield // VC Partner, Innovation Expert

Deborah Mills-Scofield helps mid to large-sized companies make strategic planning a verb. She also is a partner in an early stage Venture Capital firm.  Deb has written for Harvard Business Review and other venues, including her own blog, and has contributed to several books.  Deb graduated from Brown University in 3 years and helped start the Cognitive Science concentration.  After graduation she went to AT&T Bell Labs where her patent was one of the highest-revenue generating patents for AT&T and Lucent.  She is on the Advisory Council of Brown University’s Engineering School and RISD’s DESINE-Lab and lectures at Brown.  Deb also mentors student entrepreneurs of all types, advises in the Brown Design Workshop, and supports those involved in STEAM. She measures her success by her clients’ success and their impact.