Janice H. Hammond, Harvard Business School Professor
Dr. Hammond is the Jesse Philips Professor of Manufacturing at Harvard Business School. During her 30 year career at HBS, she has taught numerous MBA and Executive Education courses in Supply Chain Management, Technology and Operations Management, Global Immersion, and Integrative Intelligence (in which student teams design and launch a microbusiness), Quantitative Methods, Managerial Economics, Leadership Development and Retailing. She also consults and teaches at several major multi-national corporations.
Dr. Hammond’s research focuses on speed and flexibility in manufacturing and supply chains. Much of her work focuses on the interface between manufacturing and retail organizations, primarily in the textile and apparel industries. She also has an active interest in the field of e-learning. She currently teaches in and serves as Program Chair for the International Women’s Foundation and Women’s Leadership Programs at HBS and has previously served as Senior Associate Dean, Director of Faculty Planning.
Dr. Hammond holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Venture Capital Advisors
Nancy Floyd, Nth Power Founder and Managing Director
Nancy founded Nth Power, an early-stage, energy venture capital firm based in San Francisco. Founded in 1993, Nth Power pioneered energy technology investing and, over four funds, has invested $425M in 56 companies. Nancy has led investments in 14 companies, some of the market leaders in renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, and clean transportation.
In addition, Nancy has served on numerous industry and non-profit boards including CERES President’s Council, ACORE (American Council on Renewable Energy), Center for Resource Solutions, National Renewable Energy Lab’s Incubator Program, Franklin & Marshall College and United Fund Advisors, a community investment bank specializing in double bottom line, real estate investments. She also served as a Commissioner of the Oregon Economic Development Commission from 2006-2009 and joined the Board of WGL Holdings (NYSE: WGL), the gas utility headquartered in Washington, DC, in 2011.
Prior to founding Nth Power, Nancy built, managed and negotiated the sale of two high-growth energy and telecom companies – NFC Energy Corporation, one of the country’s first wind development firms utilizing advanced technology, and PacTel Spectrum Services, a network management company for private voice and data networks which was sold to IBM. Nancy holds a masters degree in political science from Rutgers University where she was an Eagleton Fellow and received a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Franklin and Marshall College.
Enrique Godreau III, Voyager Cofounder and Managing Director, GSharp Ventures
Enrique has been active in the digital technology industry for over 30 years. His experience includes 15 years in research, product development, and business management and 15 years in venture capital investing. He is the Cofounder and Managing Director of GSharp Ventures, a consulting, investing and advisory firm, and a Venture Partner with 9Mile Labs, a B2B Software and Cloud Tech Accelerator.
In 1996, Enrique cofounded Voyager Capital, a Seattle-based venture capital firm. He has led investments and been involved on the boards of numerous companies including aQuantive (acquired by Microsoft), Attenex (acquired by FTI), Concurix, Global Market Insite (acquired by WPP), and GoAhead Software (acquired by Oracle). In 2008, the National Association of Corporate Directors recognized him as the Northwest’s Region Private Company Director of the Year.
Before cofounding Voyager, Enrique established a strong record of performance alongside great people at several industry–leading businesses including Adobe, Gartner, and Xerox PARC. He is an active director, advisor or mentor with several organizations including the University of Washington Commercialization Gap Fund, Global Partnerships, Founders Institute, and TechStars. Enrique is a frequent speaker in the areas of entrepreneurship, emerging technologies, and venture capital. Enrique is a graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a BS in Computer Science.
Susan Sigl, Seapoint Ventures Co-Founder and General Partner
As President and CEO of the Washington Technology Industry Association until recently, Susan led the state’s privately funded technology industry trade association that represents over 700 technology companies and 100,000 tech people in one of the world’s most robust innovation hubs. Prior to WTIA, Susan was the co-founder and for twelve years was a General Partner of SeaPoint Ventures, a Seattle based venture capital firm investing in communications companies in the wireless, broadband and network transactional infrastructure sectors. As part of SeaPoint’s wireless start-up company launch initiatives, Susan served as the Interim Chief Financial Officer of SNAPin Software (acquired by Nuance Communications), Zumobi, Inc. and Ground Truth, Inc. (merged with Umber Systems).
Susan was past President of the Evergreen Venture Capital Association, a Board Director of Northwest Entrepreneur Network, a mentor in the University of Washington’s MBA Mentor Program as well as a UW visiting MBA faculty member, and an Advisory Board member of Seattle University’s Entrepreneurship Center. She currently serves as a board member of the Technology Alliance, the Puget Sound Regional Council, the World Trade Center Seattle and the Technology Council of North America. She is on the Advisory Board of the University of Washington Bothell. Susan was listed on the 100 Top Women in Seattle Tech by TechFlash in July 2009.
Beth Horowitz, Board Member of HSBC Bank Canada and Aimia, Inc.
Beth is Former President & CEO, Amex Bank of Canada, and Former President & General Manager, Amex Canada, Inc. From 2002-2007, she chaired the Amex Bank of Canada board. During her 22-year career with American Express, Beth served in many leadership roles including Senior Vice President, International Product Strategy & Development; Vice President, Quality & Reengineering; and Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Global Network Services. In addition, she served on Amex’s Global Diversity Council.
In addition to her board memberships at HSBC Bank Canada and Aimia, Inc., Beth’s currently serves as Trustee of the Art Gallery of Ontario, member of Dean’s Advisory Board of the Schulich School of Business, member of the Catalyst Canada Advisory Board and Director of the Harvard Business School Club of Toronto. She is past member of the Board of Governors of the National Quality Institute and she served as a Senior Advisor for Strategy & Branding for the McEwen Center for Regenerative Medicine.
Michelle Lantow, Chief Administrative Officer, New Seasons Market
Michelle has more than 25 years of broad based experience in corporate financial management and leadership. She recently joined the executive team at New Seasons Market as Chief Administrative Officer. Michelle began her career as a CPA at Arthur Anderson and then moved into the retail apparel industry at GAP, Inc. During her 13-year tenure at GAP, Michelle worked as Vice President of Finance, Corporate Controller, and Vice President of Investor Relations where she managed corporate financial reporting, corporate financial planning and analysis, investor relations, merchandise planning and consolidated financial operations for the $12 billion retail portfolio including the concepts Gap, GapKids, Banana Republic and Old Navy.
After her tenure at GAP, Michelle joined lucyactivewear, Inc., an apparel company that designs and sells fashion forward performance apparel for athletic women. During her ten years at lucy, Michelle served as President and Chief Financial Officer and completely restructured the finance organization to support its rapid growth from a dot-com business to a retailer with 65 stores in 19 states. In early 2010, she joined McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants, Inc. as Chief Financial Officer overseeing finance, human resources, strategic planning, legal and information systems for the 93-restaurant public company which was acquired two years later. Michelle is a member of the Board of Directors of Columbia Banking System and is an advisory board member of Portland State University’s MBA program.
Reggie Van Lee, Executive Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton DC
Reggie leads Booz Allen’s federal and commercial health businesses and their not-for-profit business. For 28 years, he has helped numerous private and public organizations transform to better achieve their missions and assisted in driving growth in not-for-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, and numerous foundations. Reggie has developed an innovative, integrated tool kit of management techniques to help leaders realize new strategies and institutionalize existing strategies. Reggie was named one of the top 25 consultants in the world by Consulting magazine. Prior to Booz Allen, Reggie worked as a research engineer.
Reggie is a Trustee of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative and was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. He is a Trustee of the Studio Museum in Harlem, Chairman Emeritus of the Evidence Dance Company, Treasurer of the MAC AIDS Fund Board, Chair of Washington Performing Arts Society, and Board Member of Fight for Children and The Washington Ballet.
Warren Bingham, President, Navigate Consulting
Warren is president of Navigate Consulting Ltd and brings to the Fund and its portfolio companies thirty-years of international business leadership experience as a successful founder/entrepreneur; corporate executive and CEO; and strategy, business model and M&A consultant to enterprises ranging from start-ups to Fortune 50 and TSE 100 firms. He has worked globally and achieved industry-leading results developing business model innovations that leverage shifting market and design dynamics, demographics, technology, people, vision and supply-chain economics.
Prior to founding Navigate Consulting, Warren served as CEO of BCA Research, a leading global econometric research firm; executive VP of corporate development at Torstar Corp, where he initiated and led Torstar’s founding investment in start-up, trader.com, where he also served on the BOD; CEO of the professional publishing division of Thomson Reuters; CEO of a diversified division of Hillshire Brands; CEO of a Ben & Jerry’s affiliate that became an HBS case study in effective mission-driven entrepreneurship. Warren has founded, built and sold three companies, most recently Quantum Publishing Inc. – world leading publisher of handbooks and information products on wireless telephony and networks — to John Wiley & Sons. Prior to following the siren call of entrepreneurship into the creative and technology sector, Warren was a research astrophysicist at Harvard and the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics at the University of Colorado.
Warren was educated at MIT and Harvard in science and philosophy and learned business in the entrepreneur’s cash flow school of hard knocks and at the knee of Peter Drucker at Claremont Graduate University.
Lisa Donoughe, President and Owner, Watershed Communications
Lisa founded Watershed Communications, a national brand communications firm based in Portland, Oregon. For 26 years she has helped multi-national brands and small start-ups develop their positioning and communications platforms. Prior to starting her own agency, Lisa held various agency and corporate positions in New York City. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Kratz & Company where she ran the food and beverage group. As employee number six, she helped grow Kratz into a company of 200 employees with offices in San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.
Lisa now splits her time between New York and Portland. Lisa specializes in helping entrepreneurs shape and tell their stories. In her diverse international career, she has developed campaigns to launch brands, grow businesses and organizations, and promote leaders in a way that drives growth and brand longevity. In addition to her agency experience, she has held the corporate position of Manager of Public Relations for Pernod Ricard, Europe’s largest wine and spirits company and worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Lisa is the founder of the award winning Portland Indie Wine Festival, an annual event conceived to showcase Oregon’s top artisan winemakers and create economic development for the Oregon wine industry.
Lisa graduated with honors from Barnard College, where she studied cultural anthropology with a specialization in contemporary American media and its role within our culture.