Binta Brown '95 named 2012 NYC Pipeline Fellow
Female-Led Angel Investor Boot Camp Announces 2012 Fellows
by Adrianne Jeffries
January 23, 2012
The Pipeline Fellowship, which trains women philanthropists to become angel investors, has announced the 2012 NYC Pipeline Fellowship class: 20 women in real estate, finance, consulting, media and nonprofits who commit to invest in a woman-led for-profit social venture in exchange for equity and a board seat at the end of the training. “The Pipeline Fellowship aims to diversify the investor pool and connect women social entrepreneurs with investors who get them,” the website says.
The program kicks off with a conference on angel investing on February 10 followed by a series of social and networking events and work sessions for the fellows during scheduled windows in New York (the fellows are from all over).
The 2012 fellows:
Binta Niambi Brown
Binta Niambi Brown is a lawyer, philanthropist, and humanitarian based in New York City. Binta has focused her efforts on advancing the cause of women and girls at home and around the globe, advocating for the arts and arts education, and manages a significant global pro bono practice focused on human rights advocacy. Binta was recognized by Crain’s New York Business as a 2011 “40 under 40” rising star in the New York business community; by the National Organization for Women as a Woman of Power and Influence; and, by Super Lawyers as a New York Super Lawyer Rising Star. She is a Trustee of Barnard College, a Trustee of the New York City Parks Foundation, a member of the American Theater Wing Board of Directors, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Binta is also a 2012 Truman National Security Fellow. Binta holds a BA from Barnard College and a JD from Columbia Law School.
Fradel is the Visionary Entrepreneur and Director of Expansion World Financial Group. She is a member of the Leadership Network of World Financial Group—a group of hand selected individuals who will serve as the next wave of leaders for World Financial Group entrepreneurs—and is a Brooklyn Community Services Fundraising Dinner 2011 Honoree. She attended Beth Rivkah High School.
Leah is VP of Strategic Development & Associate General Counsel at Kaltura, an Intel Capital funded startup launching the world’s first open source media platform. She sits on the boards of Philadelphia Game Lab and Public Knowledge, an organization dedicated to preserving freedom on the web. She writes regularly about open technology, entrepreneurship, and the future of education at Opentec.org. Leah holds a BA in Human Biology and Political Theory from Brown University and a JD from Yale Law School.
Kristin is a realtor and serial entrepreneur with experience in startups, mergers, acquisitions, new product development and nonprofits. Kristin is a past President of the Board for the YWCA Darien/Norwalk and currently serves as Nutrition Committee Co-Chair at the Whitby School. She graduated from Fordham University with a BA in English Literature and later went on to earn an MBA in Finance and Marketing, also from Fordham. Kristin lives in Darien, CT, with her husband and four children.
Anna Curran is the Founder of a print on demand startup CookbookCreate.com. Prior to launching her startup, she was selected to serve as the New York Co-Founder for Startup Weekend’s pilot program, The Startup Foundation. Anna has worked as a freelance digital strategist and online communications specialist in New York City assisting startups and nonprofits in developing their digital communications campaigns. Current and past client work includes: Lama Surya Das, a nationally best selling Tibetan Buddhist author; America: Now and Here, a cross-country journey of art and artists with Eric Fischl, Paul Simon, and Chuck Close; and, Personal Democracy Forum, the leading conference on Politics and Technology. She is a formally trained artist, printmaker, and dancer. She believes in volunteering for great organizations like She’s Geeky, Startup Weekend, Crisis Commons, and New Leaders Council.
Caryn Effron is the Founder of GoGirl Finance, an online community empowering women to be more confident when dealing with money. She has spent her career in commercial real estate and currently is a Senior Managing Director for Ackman Ziff, a preeminent real estate capital advisory firm. She is passionate about financial literacy for women and is also active in youth education. Caryn has been a Say Yes to Education board member since the launch of the NYC chapter. She earned an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan. Caryn lives in New York with her husband and three children.
Nicole Faurot works in investor relations at Centerbridge Partners, L.P. and currently focuses on representing the firm’s control and distressed for control platform to investors. Nicole chairs the Emory University Alumnae and Women in New York and is the treasurer of the young professionals board of the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families. Nicole has worked with the Taproot Foundation, Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, and the Valerie Fund among others. Prior to Centerbridge, Nicole worked at Morgan Stanley in roles including investment banking, strategic acquisitions and business development, and at Bear Stearns. She holds a BA in Spanish and Interdisciplinary Studies from Emory University.
Galia Gichon is the Founder of Down-to-Earth Finance, an independent financial education company based in New York City. She is on the board of In Good Company, a community for women entrepreneurs and a regular speaker at Barnard University’s Athena Center for Leadership and the Freelancers Union. She earned her BS in Finance from University of Florida and MBA in Finance from Fordham University. She currently lives with her husband and two daughters in Westport, Connecticut.
Jocelyn is a litigation partner at Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt. She previously worked as Director of Policy and Budget for the Manhattan Borough President. Jocelyn is a Co-Chair of the Solo and Small Law Firm Committee of the New York Women’s Bar Association. Jocelyn has her JD from the Fordham University School of Law and a BA in Political Science from the University of Chicago.
Kellee Joost has a background as an entrepreneur, fundraiser, marketer, and public policy professional. Most recently she was co-founder and managing director of Integrative Pet Care, an animal rehabilitation center in Chicago, taking the entity from conception to capitalization to realization and its sale. Now residing in New York with her husband, she is an operations consultant for Hope Sings, serves on the Season of Cambodia planning team, and is an avid international traveler. Kellee holds a BA in Communications Arts and Sciences from Pennsylvania State University.
Angela has over ten years of experience in strategy consulting and corporate training. She is currently involved in an innovation capability-building program in a large pharmaceutical company and has formerly served as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company focusing on strategy and marketing issues for Fortune 100 clients. Angela is a guest lecturer at Columbia and Columbia Business School and speaks on topics including strategic problem solving and career coaching. She has trained classes of incoming McKinsey consultants in a one-week “Basic Consulting Readiness” program, which entails teaching the consulting skill set in a case based format. Angela holds an MBA from Columbia Business School. She lives with her husband in Manhattan, and they love to travel, cook, and play board games.
Holly Lynch is the Founder and CEO of The Good Girls. A native of New York City, Holly is an advertising, strategic planning, and brand communications veteran, with twelve years’ experience at agencies such as Ogilvy, BBH, and StrawberryFrog. She led the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty and Self-Esteem Fund; has consulted with Procter & Gamble on how to innovate and promote a healthier, more sustainable product line for future generations; and, sits on the boards of numerous nonprofits. After working across a multitude of channels, brands, and consumer segments, Holly began to envision a future and global economy in which at least 50% of the world’s successful and socially progressive brands and businesses would and should be led by women. As a result, Holly founded The Good Girls in 2010 to champion, position, and build this future for women. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Harvard University and an MA in Fine and Decorative Arts from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
Nandini P. Narula
Nandini is an independent consultant, delivering strategic advisory services to nonprofits and social enterprises. Prior to this, she was the co-founder and CTO of GreenMango, a social enterprise that provides an online marketing platform to low-income entrepreneurs in India. Nandini’s passion for social enterprise was sparked while she worked in the microfinance sector for several years, supporting the growth of microfinance organizations internationally. She started her career in the technology sector where she managed large-scale web development projects at Fortune 500 companies. Nandini holds an MSc degree in Economic Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. Nandini is an Echoing Green Fellow (2008) and Cartier Women’s Initiative Laureate (2007).
Helaine is the author of Pound Foolish, a look at the personal finance industry, which will be published by Penguin’s Portfolio imprint later in 2012. A freelance journalist, she writes frequently on issues pertaining to both women and money, and parenting and finances. Helaine lives in the Hudson Valley, just north of New York City, with her husband and two sons, and received her AB in English from Smith College.
Shaifali Puri is the Executive Director of Scientists Without Borders, a public/private partnership that generates, shares, and advances solutions to the world’s most pressing global development challenges through open and collaborative innovation. Shaifali serves on the Board of the New York City Economic Development Corporation and on the Advisory Council for the Digital Health Initiative of the United Nations Office of Partnerships. She is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2011, she was named to Crain’s New York’s “40 under 40” list of the top young business leaders in New York.
Liz is the Chief Strategy Officer at SX2 Media Labs where she directs web site positioning, product development, and revenue optimization. She is actively involved in organizations that empower women. Liz holds a BA from Smith College.
Sheri is the director of a family foundation and is engaged in investment management for a family office. She received her BA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin and attended the Master of Arts Program in the History of Decorative Arts and Design offered by Parsons The New School and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Museum of Design. She has worked at the Cooper-Hewitt and Architectural Digest. Sheri’s board affiliations include: The Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy, Goddard Riverside Community Center, The New York Women’s Foundation, The Jewish Women’s Archive, and The Women’s Donor Network. Sheri lives on the Upper West side with her husband and has a 26-year-old daughter.
Sheri Sobrato Brisson
Sheri Sobrato Brisson is a Trustee at Sobrato Family Foundation in Silicon Valley. Sheri’s long-term passion is working directly with children facing serious illnesses and their families. Other philanthropic interests include small arts organizations, youth development, and global programs targeting women and children. She also serves as an advisory board member of the Okizu Foundation, Dance Repertory, and Parents Helping Parents. Sheri holds an AB from Stanford University and an MA in counseling psychology from Santa Clara University. She and her husband and two young children recently moved to New York from Paris.
Jade Netanya Ullmann
Jade Netanya Ullmann is the Director of Development, Membership, and Outreach for Romemu, the NYC transformative center for Judaism. Jade is on the board of ALEPH, Alliance for Jewish Renewal of which Romemu is an affiliate community. Jade received her BA degree from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she was the West Coast Area Coordinator for Students for a Free Tibet. She sits on the board of Common Fire Foundation, the builders of the highest-level green building on the Eastern US. Jade is a member of the Threshold Foundation and has been involved in funding circles and grant making focused on restorative justice, co-existence, and community organizing. She is also involved in her family foundation.
Ming currently works for a hedge fund. She is particularly interested in how the emergence of new technologies has impacted and reshaped our society. Ming holds a BS in Computer Science from Nankai University in China and a PhD in Statistics from Stony Brook University.
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