“Shark” on ABC’s “Shark Tank”
Barbara Corcoran’s credits include straight D’s in high school and college and 20 jobs by the time she turned 23. It was her next job that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country: She borrowed $1,000 and quit her job as a waitress to start a tiny real estate company in New York City. Over the next 25 years Barbara would parlay that $1,000 loan into a $5 billion real estate business building the largest and best known brand in the business. In 2008, Barbara was asked by mark Burnett to be an investor on his new show “Shark Tank” which is now in its 7th season and the number one show on Friday Night! Barbara has invested in 25 plus entrepreneurs over the last 6 years and loves helping each and every one succeed! Corcoran is the author of the best seller Shark Tales, how I turned $1000 into a billion dollar business! Her newest book, SHARK TALES, takes you behind the scenes of her life and business and her ‘seen on TV’ venture capitalism. Barbara is famously brash and blunt, bold and courageous, and a brilliant identifier of opportunity and talent (often invisible to others).
professional tennis player; founder, EleVen by Venus and VStarr Interiors
Twenty-two years ago, a young 14-year-old girl, with a beaded hair style, confidently strode onto the tennis courts at Bank of the West Classic in California and transformed the game. Today, Venus Williams is one of the most accomplished women in the history of the sport. Considered by Sports Illustrated to be “the best athlete in the history of women’s tennis,” Williams ranked number one in the world in singles three times in her career, and captured seven Grand Slam titles, five Wimbledon championships, and four Olympic Gold medals – and counting. Along the way, she also distinguished herself as a student of higher education, a serial entrepreneur, a fashion and interior designer, and an investor whose ventures led to her and her sister, Serena, becoming the first African-American women to hold an ownership stake in an NFL franchise. She is also a best-selling author and an advocate for gender and pay equality. The most amazing part is that Venus Williams is just getting started.
New York Times Bestselling Author, the founder and CEO, Zuckerberg Media, Editor-in-Chief of Dot Complicated
Randi Zuckerberg is a New York Times Bestselling Author, the founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, a media and production company, and Editor-in-Chief of Dot Complicated, an online community helping us navigate and “untangle” our wired, wonderful lives. Randi recently released her first books with HarperCollins, The New York Times Best Seller, Dot Complicated, which addresses the multifaceted complications of our socially transparent world, and a children’s picture book, titled Dot. As an early executive at Facebook, Randi created and ran the social media pioneer’s marketing programs and was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2011 for her innovative coverage of the 2010 mid-term elections. Since starting Zuckerberg Media, Randi has produced shows and digital content for PayPal, the Clinton Global Initiative, Cirque du Soleil, the United Nations, Bravo and Conde Nast, with many other projects in the works. Most recently, Randi launched her own radio show “Dot Complicated with Randi Zuckerberg” on SiriusXM’s business radio powered by the Wharton School Channel.
founder, Carol’s Daughter
With $100, her own kitchen, and a determination to follow her dream, Lisa Price grew her beloved hobby of creating fragrances, creams, and oils into the multi-million beauty empire, Carol’s Daughter (which is lovingly named for her mother). The beauty industry insider became a pioneering figure in the natural product space with her use of high-quality, rare ingredients. Price is dedicated to giving back to the community and encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit of other women.
founder and CEO, LearnVest.com; New York Times- Bestselling Author, Financially Fearless
co-founder and CEO, Birchbox
founder and CEO, Circular Board
Circular Board was founded by three-time entrepreneur Carolyn Rodz. She has raised billions of dollars of capital for innovative organizations, created a luxury retail line that sold in over 400 stores worldwide, including Neiman Marcus, Harrod’s, and Bloomingdales, and later launched a global marketing firm that supported specialty product launches within Fortune 500 enterprises and startups positioning themselves for industry leadership. Carolyn now serves as an advocate for women entrepreneurs, connecting them to sources to capital, strategic partners, and mentors to create businesses that scale. She is committed to closing the gender gap prevalent in the startup environment by helping female founders implement key strategies for sustainable, accelerated business growth. Carolyn is a member of the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network and has received numerous accolades.
Elizabeth McKee Gore is the entrepreneur-in-residence at Dell, where she drives initiatives that support Dell’s goals around helping small and medium businesses scale and prosper; fueling the expansion of global entrepreneurship and creating jobs that will drive the world economy. Gore previously served as the first ever entrepreneur-in-residence for the United Nations Foundation as well as vice president of Global Partnerships where she founded strategic grassroots efforts such as Nothing But Nets, Girl Up and the Shot@Life. Prior to her position with the United Nations Foundation, Gore served as the director of development and corporate relations for the Points of Light Foundation and was a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia, South America.
President and Chief Product Officer, Baked by Melissa
Melissa Ben-Ishay is the President and Chief Product Officer of the New York City-based bite-size dessert company, Baked by Melissa. When Ben-Ishay was fired from her job in advertising in 2008, she decided to do what she loved to offer consumers the ultimate dessert experience. With the idea that people should be able to taste more flavors without a post-dessert guilt trip, Ben-Ishay personally develops all of Baked by Melissa’s unique, bite-size cupcakes and macarons. Baked by Melissa operates 14 locations and ships nationwide.
founder and CEO, Uncharted Play
At the age of 19, Jessica invented the SOCCKET ball, an energy generating soccer ball that provides off-grid power for the developing world. At the age of 22, she founded Uncharted Play, renewable energy company specializing in motion-based, miniaturized power systems. Expanding her reach to global infrastructural projects, at the age of 26, Matthews became a co-founder and executive director for KDDC, a 30 megawatt hydropower dam in Nigeria—one of the first to be privatized in the country.
founder, The Pink Ceiling; co-founder and former CEO, Sprout Pharmaceuticals
Cindy Whitehead is a leading women’s health advocate and entrepreneur. With a 22-year track record in healthcare, Whitehead is best known for building and selling pharmaceutical businesses that deliver industry record-setting returns. She co-founded and last served as CEO for Sprout Pharmaceuticals. In 2015, the company broke through with the first ever FDA-approved drug, Addyi, for low sexual desire in women – dubbed “female Viagra” by the media. Sprout was sold for a $1B upfront payment. Cindy previously co-founded, led operations and successfully sold Slate Pharmaceuticals, which commercialized the first FDA approved long acting testosterone in the field of sexual medicine. Her breakthrough work has been featured across all major media outlets: The New York Times, Associated Press, Financial Times, CNBC, CBS, Fox, Yahoo, etc. She is actively involved in mentoring young entrepreneurs.
CEO and Co-Founder, Interana
Ann Johnson is co-founder and CEO of Interana. At the helm of Interana, the experts in event data analytics, Ann created a community of all-star talent united and inspired by the Interana vision to make data-informed decisions a natural extension of everyone’s workflow. Her company’s disruptive technology has created a new market for massive scale, easy to use, behavior analytics. Early wins include providing analytics on all Microsoft Bing’s queries, helping Tinder develop new customer-driven features, and delivering IoT analytics for Sonos devices. Previously, Ann served as new product manager and integration engineer at Intel. While at Caltech, Ann was selected for the Intel Scholarship program and subsequently offered a leadership position at Intel. She received a Bachelors and Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Caltech.
president and CEO of Georgette Mosbacher Enterprises; former owner & CEO, La Prairie Cosmetics Worldwide and former CEO of Borghese,
Georgette Paulsin Mosbacher is the former owner & CEO of La Prairie Cosmetics Worldwide and former CEO of Borghese, Inc. Presently, she is the President and CEO of Georgette Mosbacher Enterprises, Inc. The Honorable Georgette Mosbacher, on May 17, 2016, was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy and was sworn in as Commissioner on July 1, 2016. She is on the Boards of: The Atlantic Council, The Fallen Heroes Fund, Business Executives for National Security (BENS). Mrs. Mosbacher is on the Advisory Boards of: Brasilinvest, RUSI International, The Dilenschneider Group, The Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point and WALL STREET WEEK. Mrs. Mosbacher is Senior Advisor to: Skybridge Capital, Haymon Sports LLC, AITV and on the US corporate board of WISeKey S.A. She is founder of the New York Center for Children, and served for a decade as New York State’s Republican National Committee women. She has served as a member of the US Advisory Board for Trade Policy and Negotiations (Presidential appointment) and as New York Commissioner of Racing (Gubernatorial Appointment) and Trustee of the New York Hudson River Park Trust (Mayoral Appointee). Mrs. Mosbacher is the Founder of Protect Our Daughters (POD) a non-profit organization that empowers women and builds confidence by teaching them basic self-defense techniques and safety tips. The money raised from POD goes to help veterans and their families. Mrs. Mosbacher is a contributor to FOX NEWS. She has authored two best-selling books: FEMININE FORCE and IT TAKES MONEY HONEY: A GET SMART GUIDE TO TOTAL FINANCIAL FREEDOM. She is dedicated to our Military veterans and their families, to the empowerment of women, and the furtherance of Public Private partnerships to solve societal problems.
Vicki Saunders is an entrepreneur, award-winning mentor, advisor to the next generation of change makers and leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a way of creating positive transformation in the world. She is the founder of SheEO and #radical generosity, a global initiative to radically transform how we support finance and celebrate female entrepreneurs. Saunders has co-founded and run ventures in Europe, Toronto and Silicon Valley and taken a company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. She was recently named one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders of 2015 by “Empowering a Billion Women” (EBW). In 2001, she was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.
managing partner, Golden Seeds
Loretta McCarthy is managing partner of Golden Seeds, an investor consortium that invests in early-stage, women-led companies in the United States. Golden Seeds is one of the largest and most active early-stage investment firms in the country. Since 2005, Golden Seeds has invested $85 million in over 100 companies. McCarthy manages its nationwide network of nearly 300 investors. She is a passionate advocate for early stage investing, women entrepreneurs and gender diversity. Previously, she was executive vice president and chief marketing officer at OppenheimerFunds and was an executive at American Express where she managed the American Express Card activities in many industries in the United States. Mccarthy has extensive corporate and non-profit board experience.
PRESIDENT AND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, INC
In four years at Inc., Eric Schurenberg has presided over the magazine’s 24 percent increase in ad pages, numerous journalism awards and a 2014 National Magazine Award for general excellence. Prior to Inc., his resume includes leadership roles at Money, Fortune, Business 2.0, the CBS Interactive websites Bnet.com and MoneyWatch.com, and the Goldman Sachs Group’s personal wealth management website, Goldman.com. In addition to hosting Inc. live events, he is an occasional contributor to CNBC, MSNBC, and The Today Show.
editor at large, Inc.
Kimberly Weisul is an award-winning writer, editor, content developer, and all-around media pro. In her role at Inc. she coaches and edits columnists, handles some special projects, mentors reporters, and writes the occasional opinion piece. She is also a co-founder of One Thing New, a digital media start-up that is rebooting so-called women’s content. Ms. Weisul is a regular guest on MSNBC’s Your Business. She has also appeared on ABC World News This Morning, CNNfn, Dow Jones News Radio, and AP News Radio.
senior editor, Inc.
Maria Aspan is a senior editor at Inc. magazine, where she runs the Money section. She was previously a senior editor at American Banker, where she won multiple “Best in Business” awards for feature writing and breaking news reporting from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. She has also worked for Thomson Reuters and The New York Times.
contributing editor, Inc.com; author, Upstarts!
Donna Fenn is an author and journalist who has been writing about entrepreneurship and small business trends for more than 25 years. She is the author of two books: Upstarts! How GenY Entrepreneurs are Rocking the World of Business (McGraw-Hill, 2009); and Alpha Dogs: How Your Small Business Can Become a Leader of the Pack (Collins, 2005). She is also a contributing editor at Inc. magazine, where she helps manage the creation of Inc.com’s 30 Under 30 Coolest Young Entrepreneurs list, and a columnist at OPEN Forum, where she writes about start-ups. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Associated Press, Reader’s Digest, The Washington Monthly, Working Woman, Working Mother, Family Money, CFO, Corporate Finance, Parents, and New England Monthly. Through Alpha Dogs Media Group, she consults, creates content, and speaks publicly on topics that inspire and educate entrepreneurs, and that help large brands understand and reach the SMB market.