For Immediate Release
NEW YORK, NY–StartOut announced four new members of the Board of Directors, adding to the roster of LGBT entrepreneurial and business professionals who govern the national organization. The addition of three out lesbian business leaders along with an openly gay entrepreneur & investor is a demonstration of StartOut’s commitment to increasing diversity on its Board and more accurately reflecting the network of over 12,000 LGBT professionals they serve each year.
“I am delighted that StartOut’s sixth year begins by expanding our Board of Directors to its most diverse makeup yet. Reflecting the diversity of the LGBT entrepreneurial community is top priority for our Board,” said Patrick Grosso, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Businesses benefit tremendously from diversity, especially when there is diversity in their leadership. The work of improving the visibility of women and minority leaders is never finished. This holds particularly true on boards. I’m proud of StartOut’s commitment to supporting diversity in leadership throughout our work. These new Board members bring a vast array of skills and insights from every sector of entrepreneurship, education, corporate governance, and nonprofit leadership. They will be invaluable to the continued expansion of our programming this year, and beyond.”
The new Board members include business consultant and marketing professor Mary Shea, attorney Nicole Dogwill, serial entrepreneur Carla McKay, and digital content and investor Chris Young.
New Board Member Biographies:
Nicole Dogwill, Partner in Joseph & Cohen’s San Francisco office, is a skilled litigator with experience in advising and defending leading, established and emerging companies, as well as their directors and officers, on matters involving fiduciary duty, corporate governance, securities, fraud, antitrust/unfair business practices, and related business claims. Ms. Dogwill also advises and litigates fiduciary duty and related claims arising in trust and estate matters. She has significant experience advising and litigating claims involving directors, officers, trustees, and all other fiduciaries including in precedent setting reported cases.
Ms. Dogwill was named a “future star” in both the 2012 and 2013 editions of Benchmark Litigation. The National LGBT Bar Association selected Ms. Dogwill as one of the Top 40 under 40 LGBT Attorneys for 2010. She is currently the President of the National LGBT Bar Association’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining Joseph & Cohen, Ms. Dogwill was a partner at Shartsis Friese LLP and Winston & Strawn LLP, respectively. Ms. Dogwill received a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Michigan in 1994 and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law in 1998, where she was managing editor of MSU College of Law Review.
After more than 20 years in Business Development and Sales positions for big corporations and startups, coupled with eight years of toiling on the weekends for a winery in Sonoma, CA., Carla took her background and brought it to the wine industry in 2012 when she created the Crushed Wine app to power social sharing of wine which launched in iTunes in 2013. Currently, Crushed is launching a content and lifestyle platform for the wine industry.
Carla’s background includes business development, sales and client relationship management roles with Vault, Jobster, Mercer, Buck, Ceridian and ADP. Carla is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Greystone School of Wine and a Certified Wine Professional. She grew up and spent much of her career on the East Coast before a job moved her to San Francisco. She now splits her time between San Francisco and New York City. As an avid triathlete and cyclist, you might catch sight of Carla toting wine on her bike to clients and friends throughout the Bay Area.
Mary Shea is the Founder & CEO of The RevvEX Group, a growth consulting firm, and an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Mary has over sixteen years of general management, commercial leadership, marketing and direct selling experience at companies ranging from high-growth startups to publicly traded firms. Her expertise includes creating and implementing go-to-market plans, building and developing sales teams, establishing winning cultures and increasing the effectiveness of underperforming teams. Mary has been recognized for recruiting, developing, motivating and retaining high-performing talent and for establishing the critical infrastructures and repeatable processes that enable market-facing organizations to quickly scale and achieve long-term profitable growth.
Early in her career Mary was a concert oboist and Musicologist who performed extensively throughout Mexico, Italy and the United States. Mary holds a PhD in Musicology and Ethnomusicology from Kent State University.
Chris is a serial entrepreneur and 15-year veteran of the digital video advertising space. He is currently a general partner at Revel Partners. Chris is also a partner at Wider Wake LLC, an angel investment firm and digital consulting practice. Chris serves on the board of directors of Collective, Vidible and Believe Entertainment.
In 2013, Chris sold Digital Broadcasting Group (DBG), of which he was CEO, to Alloy Digital. Founded in 2008, DBG emerged as content production and video content syndication platform and was at the forefront of creating digital-first content. In 2011, DBG produced the web series, The Confession starring Kiefer Sutherland and John Hurt, debuting it on Hulu and later on Netflix. The mission was to prove that A-list talent, A script and A production values could work digitally and not just in the traditional TV model. In 2012 DBG won a Webby Award for the project and Forbes ranked DBG #3 on its list of America’s Most Promising Companies.
Prior to starting DBG in 2008, Chris co-founded online video advertising and management solutions company Klipmart in 1999 and grew it into the nation’s largest video rich media vendor taking advertiser’s TV commercials and putting them online. In 2006, under Chris’ leadership, Klipmart was sold to now Google-owned DoubleClick. Chris assumed the role of Executive Vice President of Rich Media and Emerging at DoubleClick, where he worked to accelerate innovation in digital video and emerging advertising formats.
Chris began his career as an investment banker at Citibank before founding his first company. Chris holds a BS in Business from Skidmore College and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Chris loves to travel and is hooked on any amazing wine or food experience. A self-proclaimed music connoisseur, he considers himself a rock & roll savant and has decided to join the Rolling Stones as a member when they tour again…if they will have him of course — they are still in negotiations.
StartOut is the national non-profit organization dedicated to fostering and developing entrepreneurship in the LGBT community. StartOut empowers aspiring entrepreneurs to start new companies, helps current entrepreneurs to grow and expand their businesses, and engages successful LGBT entrepreneurs as role models and mentors for the next generation of business leaders. Annually StartOut produces over 60 programs on mentorship, education, networking, and access to capital, serving a network of 12,000 (and growing) LGBT entrepreneurs.
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