Female VC Lab

The Female VC Lab, hosted by Barbara Bickham.

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E100: Mary Ellen Iskenderian: Women’s World Banking Capital Partners Funds I and II

E100: Mary Ellen Iskenderian: Women’s World Banking Capital Partners Funds I and II

Mary Ellen Iskenderian is President and CEO of Women’s World Banking, the global nonprofit devoted to giving more low-income women access to the financial tools and resources they need to achieve security and prosperity. Ms. Iskenderian has led the Women’s World Banking global team, based in New York, since 2006 and also serves on the Investment Committees of its two impact investment funds. Previously, Ms. Iskenderian worked at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank, and the investment bank Lehman Brothers. Ms. Iskenderian is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a member of the Women’s Forum of New York and the UN’s Business and Sustainable Development Commission. She serves as a Director on the Board of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Ms. Iskenderian holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in International Economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Recently, she was recognized in the Forbes 50 over 50: Investment list, which highlights female investors and financial leaders. Her first book, There’s Nothing Micro About a Billion Women: Making Finance Work for Women, was published by MIT Press in April 2022.
E099: Madhu Shalini Iyer: Rocketship.vc

E099: Madhu Shalini Iyer: Rocketship.vc

Madhu is a managing partner and co-founder of Rocketship.vc. Prior to Rocketship, she was Chief Data Officer for Gojek, contributing to its growth into a $10 billion unicorn. She served as an operating partner at a $150M PE fund building startups across Southeast Asia and was a member of Intuit’s Quickbooks Lending Platform founding team.
E098: Nicole Valentine: Milken Institute

E098: Nicole Valentine: Milken Institute

Nicole Valentine is the FinTech Director of the Center for Financial Markets at the Milken Institute with over a decade of financial services, international Mergers & Acquisitions, technology and innovation experience. She leads the FinTech Program with a focus on access to capital, financial inclusion, compliance and transparency.
E097: Michael Phillips: T.D. Jakes Enterprises

E097: Michael Phillips: T.D. Jakes Enterprises

Michael Phillips is a trailblazer in the realm of social entrepreneurship and impact, devoting his life to the relentless pursuit of empowering individuals for positive change. Serving as the Chief Operating Officer at T.D. Jakes Enterprises, he spearheads innovative initiatives across Content Creation, Cultural Change, Community Development, and Capital Investments.
E096: Alice Pomponio: BrightEdge

E096: Alice Pomponio: BrightEdge

Alice Pomponio is Vice President of Innovation and Impact Investing at American Cancer Society and Managing Director of BrightEdge —ACS’s mission-driven venture capital and impact investment arm. She’s an impact investor, social innovation entrepreneur, and patient advocate with extensive experience in life sciences and business and passion for health equity.
E095: Margot Brandenburg of Ford Foundation

E095: Margot Brandenburg of Ford Foundation

Seasoned entrepreneur and resource mobilizer for positive social and environmental change.
E094: Amy Hepburn: Investor Leadership Network

E094: Amy Hepburn: Investor Leadership Network

As CEO of the Investor Leadership Network Secretariat since 2020, Amy Hepburn is charged with designing and delivering the long-term strategy of the ILN and representing the Network in collaboration with global stakeholders. Amy is a recognized impact investing expert and social entrepreneur with deep expertise on gender lens social investments and the care of children in crises. In this capacity, she has spent 20 years driving social change globally in the private, non-profit, and public sectors through the creation of unique public/private partnerships and investing for high impact social returns.
E093: Genia Xasis: Berkana.VC

E093: Genia Xasis: Berkana.VC

Genia Xasis is the CEO & Co-founder of Berkana.VC, a global community aimed at enhancing gender diversity in VC and tech. She assists seed and Series A companies with raising capital in MENA and is an angel investor focusing on pre-seed, female-led companies with an emphasis on impact and AI. Holds a PhD in Biochemistry.
E092: Jessica Mah: Mahway

E092: Jessica Mah: Mahway

Jess Mah built her first 6-figure business while still in middle school and has since created three companies that are each valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Among the companies she’s founded are inDinero, a fintech company that helps businesses manage their accounting and taxes; Astonishing Labs, is a biotech firm focused on revolutionizing human health with groundbreaking innovations; and a litigation tech company that has empowered over a thousand individuals to pursue justice, offering resources they may otherwise have been unable to access. Jess studied computer science at U.C. Berkeley and has been featured on the cover of Inc. Magazine, as well as on the Forbes 30 Under 30, Inc. 30 Under 30, and Fast Magazine Most Creative Business Leaders lists. She’s also a Y Combinator alumna and a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO).

Bio of Female VC Lab

The Female VC Lab, hosted by Barbara Bickham, is a podcast that highlights the experiences and journeys of female investors in the venture capital industry. In each episode, Barbara sits down with female VCs and investors to discuss their funds, investment strategies, the impact they aim to make, and their vision for the future.

Through candid and insightful conversations, the podcast offers a unique platform for female investors to share their stories, challenges, and successes. Listeners gain valuable insights into the world of venture capital, learning about the investment philosophies and approaches of these accomplished women in the field.

The Female VC Lab not only showcases the work and accomplishments of female VCs but also explores the broader implications of their investments.

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