Cybersecurity | Data Management

Lisa Burton Ph.D.

Executive Director, HearstLab

Lisa is the Executive Director of HearstLab, providing investment and resources for early-stage, women-led startups that innovate across media, data and technology. At the Lab she identifies prospective startups to invest in and supports the portfolio companies in residence, including advising on data science and product. Lisa built data science teams at multiple startups before founding AdMass, a startup that leveraged social media data to help brands understand and connect with their customers online. She holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree (S.M.) from MIT and B.S. from Duke, all in Mechanical Engineering. Lisa volunteers to support women in business and STEM through BridgeUP, GirlCode, WiTNY, NYU Summer Launchpad and NUMA, and is on the Advisory Board of Duke University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.

Lee Feldman

Strategy Development Manager, M12

Lee is a Strategy Development Manager for M12 based out of the greater Seattle area. He is responsible for technology trend analysis, building thesis frameworks, and opportunity analysis influencing business development and investment activities. He joined M12 from Microsoft’s Corporate Strategy team where he advised Microsoft senior leadership on topics related to the business health and growth of Microsoft. He also led strategic projects and customer engagement programs for Microsoft’s EVP of Corporate Strategy and Core Services Engineering and Operations. Prior to joining Microsoft, Lee was a management consultant where he helped traditional software companies transform their business models toward XaaS models. He has a BA in Economics and a certification in Entrepreneurship from the University of Michigan.

Mary Gardner

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), F5 Networks

Mary is Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at F5 Networks. In this role, she is responsible for F5’s corporate-wide information security management efforts, along with strategic planning, governance, and controls. This includes identifying, evaluating, and reporting on F5’s overall security performance and posture in alignment with regulatory requirements and evolving industry best practices. Prior to F5, Mary served as CISO at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She has also held security leadership positions at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Port of Seattle, JPMorgan Chase, and Washington Mutual. Mary holds a B.S. from Trinity University. She is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and member of the Executive Women’s Forum.

Matthew Gittleman

Senior Associate, Blu Ventures

Matt is a Senior Associate at Blu Venture Investors. He focuses on new investments within the cybersecurity sector, overseeing the pipeline of security investments for the firm as well as management of the current portfolio. With expertise in go-to-market, digital strategy, and operations from his time working with venture backed startups in the DC and Boston markets, Matt also assists portfolio companies with these initiatives as they scale. Matt graduated with an MBA from Georgetown McDonough where he was the President of the Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship Club. Prior to business school, Matt worked for Yesware and Catalant Technologies in Boston, and spent three years with LivingSocial, in DC, all in marketing and operations roles.

Matthew Goldstein

Partner, M12

Matt is a partner with M12 in London where he leads investments in SaaS, cybersecurity and frontier technology companies, including the blockchain, drone and 3D printing sectors. Previously he was a principal at Trinity Ventures, focused on SaaS and cybersecurity. He began his career as a technology consultant for Fortune 500 insurance and telecommunications clients before joining an early stage automotive start-up that raised $110 million in venture capital to build a new American car company. Matt has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from Pomona College.

Nancy Hayes

Angel Investor

Nancy has been an active angel investor since 2014 and has a portfolio of 23 initial investments in companies with female founders and 13 follow-on investments in some of those companies. She serves as a mentor to women entrepreneurs by providing feedback on their strategy and pitch deck, advising them on how to present to investors, and providing introductions where appropriate. She has also taught Introduction to Angel Investing and How to Present to Investors and is a frequent panelist and pitch judge. She serves as mentor/advisor for several accelerators and women’s entrepreneurship groups. She was a senior executive of the IBM Corporation for almost 20 years and subsequently was CEO of two social services nonprofit organizations, Dean of the College of Business at San Francisco State University, CFO of that university, cofounder of a rewards-based crowdfunding site, and Managing Director of the Golden Seeds angel group Silicon Valley chapter for three years.

Cheryl Kallem

Managing Director, Golden Seeds

Cheryl has over 30 years of executive management experience and an excellent track record across a diverse set of positions. She is experienced in many areas of the financial services industry, including asset management, mutual funds, private investment partnerships and broker/dealers. Her background includes serving as a Chief Financial and Operations Officer, with responsibilities encompassing finance, operations, administration, information technology, corporate governance, risk management and compliance. Cheryl has also been active in vendor, industry, community and not-for-profit boards and has assumed leadership roles in those activities. In 2017, Cheryl became a Managing Director of Golden Seeds, an angel group that invests in early stage women led companies. In that role, she is actively involved in selecting and mentoring Golden Seeds companies. She also serves as a mentor at ERA, a New York based accelerator for startup companies, and has served as a judge of pitch competition. 

Dana Kanze

Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School

Dr. Dana Kanze holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctor of Philosophy from Columbia Business School. Her research applies behavioural insights to understand sources of labour market inequality, spanning the areas of judgment and decision making, ethics, motivation science and entrepreneurship. Dr. Kanze’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Academy of Management Journal and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, as well as in practitioner outlets such as the Harvard Business Review. Her research has been featured by BBC Radio, Bloomberg, Business Insider, Chicago Booth Review, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, Inc., MIT Sloan Management Review, Pitchbook, Quartz, Scientific American, TechCrunch, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Wharton Magazine. Accomplished as an ad hoc reviewer and TED speaker, Dr. Kanze started her career as an investment banker and strategic consultant for Citigroup and Winterberry Group, going on to co-found and run a venture-funded startup before re-entering education.

Elizabeth Lawler

Founder, AppLand & Partner, Refinery Investments

Elizabeth is a serial-entrepreneur and Founder of AppLand, Inc. and a Partner at Refinery Investments. Previously she was Vice President, DevOps Security at CyberArk (CYBR) responsible for CyberArk’s DevOps business strategy and execution, including launching the open-source GTM strategy for dev-focused tools and technologies. She founded Conjur (acq. CyberArk) which was the first product in the market to address Privileged Account Security gaps for DevOps, cloud and container-native software. She was also Chief Data Officer Generation Health (acq. CVS Caremark) and held national leadership positions in research at the Department Veterans Affairs during her 14-year tenure, and held academic positions at Harvard, Tufts and Boston University. She is a data scientist and programmer by training and holds a doctorate and a masters from Boston University.

Senofer Mendoza

Founder & General Partner, Mendoza Ventures

Senofer is a Founder and General Partner of Mendoza Ventures, a Boston based pre-seed FinTech, AI, and Cybersecurity venture capital firm. After having a career in enterprise sales and hospitality design, she began Mendoza Ventures to address the growing funding gap in the pre-seed investment stage. The firm was launched in January of 2016 and invests internationally in the Cybersecurity, AI, and FinTech space. She is a published author, innovator, and thought leader in the technology, startup, and venture capital space with a passion for equity and diversity.

Jules Miller

Partner, Mindset Ventures

Jules is an investor, 3-time entrepreneur, corporate executive and ‘intrapreneur.’ She is Partner and US Lead for Mindset Ventures, investing in seed – Series B enterprise tech startups. Previously Jules co-founded IBM Blockchain Ventures, launched and ran two IBM Blockchain Accelerators with Columbia University and was head of the IBM Blockchain Garage for North America. Prior to that she was a partner at LunaCap Ventures, a venture debt fund investing in diverse founders, and was COO of gender lens investing pioneer BRAVA Investments. Jules co-founded and led two legal tech companies: Evolve Law (acquired by Breaking Media/Above the Law), a digital media and events company for legal innovators, and Hire an Esquire, a venture-backed tech startup providing attorneys on-demand to law firms and in-house legal teams. She also founded Carbonado Group, an environmental sustainability consulting firm, and spent seven years as an ‘intraprenuer’ helping companies, including EY, Salesforce.com and Tiffany & Co,. to launch and grow new business units around environmental and social responsibility.

Roselle Safran

Founder and CEO, KeyCaliber

Roselle is Founder and CEO of KeyCaliber, a startup that enables cybersecurity executives to develop data-driven strategy. Previously she was the Entrepreneur in Residence at Lytical Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage cybersecurity companies, and the President of Rosint Labs, a cybersecurity consultancy to security teams, leaders, and startups. Prior to that Roselle was the co-founder and CEO of cybersecurity startup Uplevel Security, which was acquired by McAfee. Before her entrepreneurial work, Roselle led cybersecurity operations at the Executive Office of the President during the Obama Administration, directing the tactical, operational, and strategic work of the Security Operations Center that protected and defended the White House’s network. Previous to that, she worked at the Department of Homeland Security’s US-CERT where she led two cybersecurity analysis teams and was an ‘intrapreneur’ as the product owner for a platform that was used by cyber analysts at US-CERT as well as 50 federal departments and agencies.

Courtney Stout

Chief Privacy Officer and Associate General Counsel, S&P Global

Courtney is the Chief Privacy Officer for S&P Global and is well known for her work in the areas of privacy and cybersecurity. She is a problem solver who gives practical advice on scoping and managing risk arising from global data protection regulations. At S&P Global, Courtney works with global data protection regulations and has expertise in laws throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. She is a strong leader who draws on the power of positive energy to balance privacy and cyber risk with business needs and growth opportunities. Before joining S&P Global, Courtney acted as Counsel and Co-lead of the Blockchain team for Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Washington, D.C. There, Courtney’s practice focused on the intersection between privacy, technology and financial services. She counseled clients regarding best practices to reduce the risk associated with technology transactions in both traditional commercial contracts and a variety of strategic m-commerce and e-commerce agreements. Courtney was an attorney at Bryan Cave LLP in Washington, D.C., and Hunton & Williams in Atlanta where she concentrated her practice in the areas of payment, privacy, outsourcing, technology and commercial practice.