R. Yvonne Campos, founding CEO of market research and strategy firm, Campos Inc, is a nationally recognized focus group moderator, facilitator and consultant. Under her leadership, Campos Inc, founded in 1986, became the premier research company in the Pittsburgh market by introducing new and innovative research techniques and consumer trend analysis. She is the founder of two Pittsburgh chapters of the Women Presidents’ Organization, a peer-to-peer learning model for women-owned businesses with revenues over one million dollars. Yvonne is a very active member of the Pittsburgh business community; she has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally for her entrepreneurship and community involvement. firstname.lastname@example.org
Brenda Smith is a Certified Financial Planner™ and Professional Certified Coach® (PCC). As a Financial Advisor at Bernstein, she works with individuals, families, executives and entrepreneurs on complex life and business transitions, addressing both the technical and behavioral aspects of wealth planning. Prior to joining the firm, Brenda was Founder & CEO of Peoplesmith Global, Inc., where she managed a global team of coaches, and served as a trusted advisor to multinational CEOs, C-level executives and early-stage entrepreneurs on business strategy, management and capital markets. Brenda began her career with Merrill Lynch, where she managed the national, retirement planning (ERISA) product for the firm and then served as district manager for Merrill Lynch Northeast. Before that, she was vice president of Investment Marketing at PNC Investments.
Catherine Mott is the Founder and CEO of BlueTree Capital Group and BlueTree Allied Angels located in Wexford, PA (suburb of Pittsburgh), with a satellite office in Erie. As of October 2015, BlueTree Allied Angels has invested $38+ million in 48 start-up companies. Catherine is the past Chairman of the Board for the Angel Capital Association and the Angel Capital Education Foundation (aka Angel Resource Institute). In September 2011, she was one of 21 individuals selected for the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. Catherine recently joined forces with David Motley, Roger Byford and Jon Pastor to create the BlueTree Venture Fund I, focused on investing in Series B rounds of angel-funded companies in the mid-Atlantic and Midwestern regions of the United States.
Christine Ferguson is principal of Ferguson Financial Consulting, a firm that provides corporate finance support on an as-needed basis to corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Ms. Ferguson served from June 2014 – February 2016, as Chief Financial Officer, MEMS Industry Group, a 501-c-6 in Pittsburgh and currently serves as a corporate finance advisor to Campos, Inc. She is an instructor of corporate finance in the capstone course “Management Game” at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University; she has served in this role for the past 10 years. An experienced entrepreneur, Ms. Ferguson founded Aromas Fine Catering, Inc. in 1997 with her brother, an executive chef. She successfully grew that firm until a change in ownership in 2005 resulted in the founding of Spampinato Enterprises, Inc. d.b.a. Prima Eventi, an event planning and production firm, in 2006.
Mike Silverman is a business attorney and the Chair of Cohen & Grigsby’s Tax Group. He advises clients in negotiating and structuring mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and with respect to tax planning, transition and exit planning, captive insurance companies and estate planning matters. Mike serves as general corporate counsel for local, regional and national privately-held businesses. Mike also has significant experience in representing individuals and businesses in federal, state and local tax audits.
Will is the Founder and Managing Partner of RightPlace Enterprises, a Pittsburgh advisory firm with Silicon Valley roots that combines deep industry knowledge and expertise in strategy, operations, financial management, and organizational transformation. Prior to founding RightPlace, Will was CFO for multiple publicly traded and privately held companies in Silicon Valley ranging from early stage start-ups to Fortune 100 enterprises. During his career as a C-level executive, Will has successfully completed $850M in private and public financings, M&A transactions, and debt instruments for companies. Will is also an active member in BlueTree Allied Angels, Pittsburgh’s largest angel investment group.
Kelley Skoloda is founder and Chief InfluencHer, at KS Consulting & Capital LLC, where she connects brands to their female consumers, angel investors to female entrepreneurs and boards to female perspective.
As a trendspotter and early adopter, she's become an influential voice on marketing-to-women from the stage to the page. Her business book, Too Busy to Shop: Marketing to Multi-Minding Women, was named a “must read” and is in its second printing. Kelley has spoken at global venues, including the Consumer Electronics Show, was named a TODAY Show Parenting Team member, and was designated as one of the most influential women in business by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Kelley has cultivated an influential network and enjoys being a superconductor of resources and a go-to sounding board. She's served on the SheKnows/BlogHer Advsiory Board, among others, and currently sits on the board of RendrFX. To invest in and support female entrepreneurs, she became a founding member of the Next Act Fund, where she is co-chair of the Investment Committee.
Margot has extensive experience in specialty retail, including senior level merchandising positions, strategic planning, marketing and consulting. Now an active angel investor, she is a member of both Next Act Fund and BlueTree Allied Angels. Margot holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.
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