Women in Entrepreneurship Mentor Network

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute has assembled a group of alumnae with a wide range of industry expertise to mentor Cornell women interested in entrepreneurship. 

Members of this group are active business women, who are willing to connect with current Cornell female students in an one-on-one mentoring relationship to talk about business, business ideas, and future career goals and aspirations. This is an opportunity to create and build deep and impactful relationships, hear meaningful feedback, and refine your vision and scope, all the while strengthening the female entrepreneurial community. Participating women mentors include:

WIE Mentor Area of Expertise
Alison Gerlach Mergers & Acquisitions, divestitures and post-transaction Integration, HR, M&A/Divestiture, transaction post-close activities, identification of key business drivers, talent retention, organization redesign/combination, financial impact on margin optimization.
Andrea Findley International development, project management, strategy, micro finance program development.
Anne J. Cramer
Marketing strategy and implementation, data-driven marketing, marketing analytics, online personalization, web analytics, customer focused value- and needs-based segmentation, customer experience mapping, marketing communications.
Bianca Jade Taxman Fitness, online publishing, heath, advertising, healthy lifestyles, fitness consulting, radio, social media.
Brett Blumenthal Bestselling Author and Writer, Architect of Change, Brand Strategy and Development, Speaking & Presenting, Event Design, Planning and Production, Management and Business Consulting.
Carol Young
Apparel, fashion design, sewing, pattern, draping, fashion, trend analysis, art direction, foot wear, creative direction.
Carrie Elizabeth Hubbell Luxury Industry expert, financial expert in managing relationships with Private Equity and Venture Capital firms.
Ceyli Charlotte Villamil Lee
Brand Marketing in consumer products with a focus on sports licensing.
Chris Reddin Operations & supply chain, business plan development, strategic management, strategic planning, business development, client relations.
Christine Marchuska Finance, hedge funds, equities, portfolio management, trading, investments, financial modeling, entrepreneurship, Bloomberg, asset management.
Elisa Miller-Out Business in general (finance, marketing, sales, strategy), non-profit and social enterprise.
Emily Forsythe
Operations, manufacturing, material handling, military, logistics, retail operations, management.
Gwen Whiting
Eco-Friendly products, fabric care, home cleaning process, fashion design, apparel and fashion.
Hannah Diddams
Digital publishing and media sales, pricing strategy and operations.
Heather Henyon
Emerging markets, valuation, portfolio management, microfinance, project finance, credit risk, Pvt Equity, program management, venture capital, financial modeling, entrepreneurship, corporate finance , social impact, market research, analytics, strategy, start-ups, Due diligence.
Jean K. Mathews
Business development: business modeling and forecasting, negotiating contracts, securing strategic partnerships/alliances.
Jessica Rolph
Food Production, consumer packaged goods, food, health and wellness, consumer and web start-ups, business process management & outsourcing, negotiations,  implementing technical strategy, recruiting, leading & developing teams, operations management, increasing value proposition, leading cohesive change, growing revenue.
Jodi Glickman Coaching, career counseling, public speaking, career development, corporate training, corporate training, start-up,entrepreneurship.
Jonelle Bradshaw de Hernandez
Leadership, strategic planning, fund raising, non-profits.
Kathleen D. Carroll
Marketing and branding specialist, business development, strategy, start-ups, entrepreneurship, strategic thinking.
Kirsten Barker
Large multinationals, startups, tech strategy, outsourcing, mobile tech, healthcare software.
Lalana Green
Program Management, business strategy, multinational corporations and government agency technological consultancy, negotiation, technology management, innovation, entrepreneurship.
Lori Burke
Strategy development and marketing services to the medical device, biotechnology, and healthcare industries, market research, product launch, market development, strategic planning, cross- functional team management, marketing strategy, product development, commercialization, start-ups, strategic thinking, global marketing, business development, entrepreneurship.
Louise Hurlbut
Marketing, market research, product development, loyalty and retention, advertising and promotion.
Lynn Gray
HR, recruitment, leadership development, training, coaching, business strategy, budgets, entrepreneurship.
Melinda Byerley
Ecommerce platforms, payments processing, influencer marketing, advisor development, business development/negotiation, content marketing, corporate strategy and business development, including fundraising and final sale, PR efforts, social media, ecommerce, strategic partnerships, start-ups, product marketing, business strategy, web analytics, new business development, product management, intellectual property.
Miki Agrawal
Innovation, new product development, entrepreneurship,  social media marketing, strategy, user experience, strategic partnerships, event planning, business management and development, online advertising, online marketing, digital media.
Nancy Richards
Dairy, farming, agri business, business development.
Nicole Pollaert Witt
Adoption consulting, product marketing, marketing strategy, marketing communications, entrepreneurship, integrated marketing, public speaking, start-ups, strategic planning.
Niru Anisetty
Work at Intuit in the Quality Assurance/Engineering team of Small Business Group and I can relate to the small businesses.
Pam Marrone
Sustainable agriculture, entrepreneurship, sustainability, pest control, biotechnology, strategic planning, lifesciences, start-ups, plant protection.
Pegy Charlet Brimhall
Strategy, start-ups, marketing strategy, Real estate, project management, new business development, management, financial modeling, business strategy, program management, contract negotiation.
Priti Ramachandran
Healthcare and Life Sciences Management Consulting.
Rachel Doyle
Social Media, fundraising, philanthropy, nonprofits, social media marketing, public relations, volunteer management.
Radha Agrawal
Social Entrepreneurship, Nutrition Education, Television Production, Multi-Media Immersive Storytelling, Deep Rolodex in Tech and Media, Fundraising, Business development, Speaking, Writing, Production, Brand Building, Partnership Marketing, Consumer Product Development.
 Ruchi Modi Entrepreneurship, leadership development, project management, product management, integration, business analytics, team building, quality assurance, cross-functional team management, program management, competitive analysis, business process, telecommunications, business strategy, data analytics.
Rupa Paranjape
Finance & accounting with a focus on business intelligence for decision making.
Sahr Said
Agriculture, Entrepreneurship, start-ups, global business, emerging markets, strategy.
Sandra Chang Frank
Merchandising, inventory management, demand planning and analysis, assortment planning, multichannel strategy, fulfillment, project management, supply chain strategy, business process design, financial analysis, beer and wine industry expert.
Sandra Persing
SME relationship building, health & wellness program development and management, technology integration, enterprise sales, social impact, cross-community networking and relationship building, media content licensing and publishing, luxury spa and resort management.
 Savita Kini Business value chain analysis and partner strategies for go-to-market, market research, competitive analysis, marketing & business strategy for high-tech products & services, new ventures, business plan & financial due diligence, commercialization of IP/Products, end to end product life cycle managing and development, global product launch planning and execution.
Solange L. Charas
HR-driven Margin Optimization: Experienced in the analysis and re-engineering of HR process flows, benchmarking and organizational structure to improve operating margins,  facilitating collaboration and cooperation amongst various business stakeholders. Project Management: Experienced in planning, organizing, securing, and managing resources. Competencies in technical skills and management strategies to deliver project goals. Mergers & Acquisitions, Divestitures and Post-transaction Integration: Subject matter expert in the HR M&A/Divestiture function, and transaction post-close activities.
Star Li
Social media, digital media, online marketing, strategic partnerships, digital marketing, business plan development.
Sudeshna Datta
Business analytics, segmentation, customer insight, predictive analysis, market research, brand management.
Susan Grinius Hill
Strategic planning, system analysis and solution development,iInformation technology planning and deployment (architecture and operations), customer account management and support, business operational management, technical and soft skills training.
Tiffany Norwood
Entrepreneurship, product development, business strategy, strategic partnerships, start-ups, marketing strategy, cross-functional team management, telecommunications, competitive analysis.

If you would like an introduction to the particular WIE mentor, please contact the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute at ContactEII@Cornell.edu