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Sharon Vosmek, CEO
Sharon Vosmek has been CEO of Astia since 2007, previously joining as COO in 2004. As CEO of Astia, Sharon has an unwavering passion and a uniquely well-suited background to drive forward the organization’s mission of propelling women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic. Under her guidance, the Astia community of investors, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders has grown ten-fold and now spans North America, Europe, South America and India.
Prior to joining Astia, Sharon founded SJ Vosmek & Associates, a management firm that included clients such as PG&E, PacBell (now AT&T) and the University of Wisconsin Madison. She held management positions at American Express and in the office of United States Senator, Dennis DeConcini. She currently serves on the Advisory Boards of StarVest Partners and Illuminate Ventures , the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst Experts Advisor Group, and on the "Making Value for America" expert advisory committee for the National Academy of Engineering.
A sought-after speaker, Sharon was invited to participate in The White House Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference and The Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In January 2011, Astia was chosen to join the White House’s StartUP America initiative, developed to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation. Astia is the only organization included that focuses on women-led start ups.
Evie Mulberry, Development Director
In her current role Evie dedicates her time to ensure that Astia Europe continues to build on its stable financial foundation, driving its development needs. She is based in the UK working closely with her European colleagues and the Astia team in the US. Evie started volunteering with Astia in 2008 and went on to hold the role VP Europe from April 2008 until March 2010. During such time she established, implemented and managed the Astia Europe community and entrepreneur programme from the San Francisco office.
With a background in finance and corporate law, Evie has advised companies at all stages of growth in relation to their financing needs, from start-up corporate loans to syndicated multi-bank loans. In addition to 5 years with Osborne Clarke, Evie also spent a secondment at a leading UK investment bank gaining valuable insight into corporate risk profiles. At Astia, Evie is now serving entrepreneurs at a much earlier stage in their growth cycle.
Brian Evje, Executive in Residence (Executive Leadership Development)
Brian Evje helps people and organizations lead change and growth. This involves a process consultation approach to leadership development (coaching and performance improvement), change management (organization and culture), and organizational health (strategy, design, effectiveness, and fitness.) He has worked with and for start-ups, high-growth companies, public corporations, and the public benefit sector. Brian is a graduate of Santa Clara University, and the Master’s program Consulting and Coaching for Change at HEC School of Management, Paris/Said Business School, University of Oxford. He is a Member of The Change Leaders, and for Inc.com writes the column Leadership Uncut.
Catherine Berman, Sr. Vice President, Entrepreneur Programs
As an experienced entrepreneur, Catherine has launched and co-launched a number of successful social ventures including Global Brigades, Deloitte Center for Leadership & Community, ITC, and Oxford Women in Business Network.
Prior to joining Astia, Catherine maintained a host of management positions, including Chief Executive Officer, Global Brigades Panama, Strategy and Operations Manager at Deloitte Consulting, LLP, Director of Marketing at Redefining Progress and Vice President of Evins Communications, LLC. Her international work experience spans from India to Israel with extensive work in Central and South America.
Areas of expertise include strategy, international expansion, and management of both financial and social returns. Catherine graduated magna cum laude from Boston University and received her MBA from Oxford University, England. She is passionate about the intersection of money and meaning and serves as a mentor for Hub Ventures Impact Fund.
Teresa Nelson, PhD, Astia Executive in Residence 2013-14 | Elizabeth J. McCandless Professor of Entrepreneurship
Dr. Teresa Nelson holds the Elizabeth J. McCandless Professor of Entrepreneurship Chair at the Simmons School of Management. She is also the Director of the School of Management's Entrepreneurship Program. Her teaching, research, and consulting focus on issues of entrepreneurship and global business, most particularly around start-up and growth company governance and top management team dynamics. She has been engaged for more than a decade with global business issues, especially in China and the European Union.
In the classroom, Dr. Nelson engages executive and graduate students in rigorous conceptual and experiential learning, believing that adults will benefit from educational encounters that move them out into the world of practice taking into account their talents, goals and the emerging business world of today. Nelson has taught on five continents and travels extensively. She has led travel courses for executives and students to many parts of the world, including China, where she has experienced first-hand the emergence of the market economy over the last dozen years. At Simmons she teaches entrepreneurship and strategic management in the MBA program.
Jennifer Guha, Social Media Volunteer
Jennifer Guha has a BA degree from the University of Connecticut in Political Science from the Honors Program. She is currently finishing up her MA in South Asian Area Studies at SOAS (completed September 2013). Over the past few years, she has been researching and writing about India, and most recently has been studying farmer suicides in India. At SOAS, she has been the Social Media Intern for the Centres and Programmes Office, using social networking to inform followers about relevant academic events in London. At Astia, she is the Social Media Intern, spreading the message and intentions of Astia using social networking outlets.
Monique Parnell, EA
Monique joined the Astia team brining with her more than 15 years of Administrative support and Finance experience. She is a motivated, reliable, mature professional with strong multi-tasking skills, ensuring effective execution and timeliness.
Margaret Mackenzie, Executive in Residence
Margaret has a long career in founding, leading and advising startups. She is currently the Vice President of Acquiring Channels at Plastic Jungle, responsible for building customer acquisition strategy and partnerships. Plastic Jungle is the web's largest secured gift card exchange, giving consumers the choice and flexibility to convert their gift cards into other forms of spending power -- including online balances to use at the millions of merchants that accept PayPal; Amazon.com Gift Cards; and a variety of other payment formats.
Prior to joining Plastic Jungle, Margaret was the Chief Financial Officer and Head of Operations for Boku, Inc., a venture-backed leader in mobile payments. Margaret joined Boku when the mobile payments company she co-founded in 2007, Paymo, Inc., was merged with Boku in 2009.
Margaret's experience as an executive in technology and financial services companies has included roles as CFO of mBlox, Inc., a venture-backed mobile transaction network; CEO of 4charity, an online charitable transaction processing company; Managing Director of SVB Securities, a broker-dealer subsidiary of Silicon Valley Bank; and President of Resonex Capital Corporation, the captive finance subsidiary of a venture-backed medical equipment manufacturer. Margaret began her career in financial services with Bank of America and Itel Corporation.
Margaret holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of California at Davis
Kate Mulhern, Entrepreneur Advocate
Kate graduated with a degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Michigan in 2011. She spent the following two years in an under-resourced high school in Detroit as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Detroit, working first as a tutor/mentor and then as a Team Leader. She is very excited about the opportunity that Astia offers her to merge her passion for changing the world with her interest in business and entrepreneurship.
Victoria Pettibone, Vice President
Victoria joins the Astia Executive Team after working with the organization as Director of the We Own It Summit this past summer. Prior to her work with Astia, Victoria spent eleven years as the Executive Producer and Director of Operations of the award-winning NYC-based social enterprise WET Productions, whose mission was to challenge the underrepresentation of women’s voices in theater and film. During her tenure co-running the organization, she developed and produced critically acclaimed world premiere theatrical productions by women playwrights, contributed to the development of new plays and screenplays by women and brought significant attention to the need for gender parity in the arts through special events and benefits which she designed and produced. Her advocacy work on women’s equality and empowerment was most apparent in the city-wide, media-literacy and leadership program she created and annually ran for hundreds of New York City teenage girls. Victoria also managed the organization’s operations and finances; cultivated and secured foundation, corporate and individual support; and helmed the board of directors.
Victoria is a recipient of The Avon Hello Tomorrow Fund Award, recognizing her work on projects that empower women; a recipient of The Harlequin More Than Words Award for being a “real life heroine”; the March 2007 Women’s Health Magazine’s "Action Figure," featured for her socially-active work, and in 2010 was named one of "25 Visionaries Changing the World" in UTNE Reader magazine.
She holds a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. www.victoriapettibone.com, follow her on Twitter: @vpettibone