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Danielle DiMare

Danielle is the founder and CEO of Kindra, a platform that produces custom books to celebrate amazing people in your life. Prior to launching Kindra, Danielle has worked to helped strengthen New York City’s infrastructure for school and community partnerships. She has worked in the Office of Community Schools at the New York City Department […]

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Noshin Nisa

Noshin Nisa is a product designer at Shutterstock who has co-founded two startups. She has launched eight products in two countries and has four years of experience building products from the ground-up in different domains. Her experience spans both technical and leadership roles and includes working as an engineer, designer, and product manager on cross-functional […]

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Shubh Anand

Shubh is an Analyst at City Light Capital, where he focuses on early stage investments in education, energy, environment, and safety and security. He joined City Light after starting his career at a family office focused on seed investments and portfolio management. During this time, he gained experience with startups across various industries and stages. […]

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Ellen Fish

Ellen is the Founder and Executive Director of Friends of Tilonia, Inc., which takes its name from Tilonia, a small village in Rajasthan, India that is home of the Barefoot College. In collaboration with a Tilonia-based team, Ellen developed www.tilonia.com to sell handcrafted home textiles, decor, and accessories produced by artisans in rural India. Working […]

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Melissa Wong

  Melissa’s “why” centers around sparking meaningful conversations and designing experiences that inspire connection and new perspectives. She is co-founder of New Women Space, a community event space that invites self-identified women, femme, queer, transgender and gender nonconforming individuals to lead powerful in-person gatherings and start new, timely and critical conversations. NWS has been home […]

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Alexandra Ruiz

Alexandra Ruiz is the founder of the nonprofit organization Immigrant Advancement Matters (I.A.M.).  I.A.M. serves the immigrant community in Queens, NY by offering ESL classes, conversation practices, and personal advancement workshops. Alexandra recently joined NYC Small Business Services as Executive Director of Business Development & Strategy supporting strategic initiatives and business programs that reach over […]

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Mark Randall

Mark Randall is principal of Worldstudio, a strategy and communications firm that works with non-profit and civic organizations to improve the lives of individuals and communities. In addition, he is president of Worldstudio Foundation, the first nonprofit in the U.S. devoted to encouraging social responsibility in the design and arts professions. For eight years, he […]

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Andre Powers

Andre is a two-time start-up founder in the financial technology (FinTech) sector. Over the course of launching two products from idea stage to being in the hands of customers, he has refined an approach to Lean start-up methodology and strategy, and is passionate about business model validation and the customer discovery process. He believes firmly […]

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Scott Peltzer

A life-long woodworker and maker of things, Scott began his professional career in NYC as an apprentice furniture maker in 1984.  He has since nurtured his love of art, design, making, teaching and social entrepreneurship through the pursuit of an MFA, part time teaching gigs, and the co-founding of Brooklyn Woods, a not for profit […]

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Atin Mittra

Atin is a designer and social entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Ellie, a virtual breastfeeding assistant for new moms. Before founding Ellie, Atin worked in education where he designed curriculum and services focused on financial education, entrepreneurship, and human-centered design. When not working, Atin volunteers with the non-profit, Impact NYC and sits on the […]

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