Baltimore Business Women's Roundtable

 Over 100 attendees joined us for the first Baltimore Business Women’s Roundtable presented by ATHENAPowerLink® on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.

Below are the details from that event.

We look forward to seeing you at our next
Baltimore Business Women’s Roundtable!


7:30 – 8:00   Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15   Welcome
8:15 – 9:15    Keynote Speaker – Kathryn Swintek
9:15 – 9:30   Break
9:30 – 11:00 Panel Discussions (Angel Investors & Social Capital)
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:30 Refreshments and Keynote Speaker – Julia Pimsleur

About Our Speakers

Kathryn Swintek
Managing Partner of Golden Seeds Fund 2 LP

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Kathryn Swintek is a Managing Partner and Investment Committee member of Golden Seeds Fund 2 and Managing Director of Golden Seeds, a leading angel investment group dedicated to women entrepreneurs.  She also serves as Chapter Chair for the Women Presidents’ Organization’s Zenith 1 Group.  A former Chair of C200, a leading businesswomen’s organization, Ms. Swintek is a former Director and Chair of the Membership Committee of the Women’s Forum of New York, and a member of Women Corporate Directors.

Ms. Swintek is a corporate governance expert and serves as a Director on four corporate boards.  She chairs the Audit Committee for two of them and also serves on their Compensation Committees.  She  serves as a Director of the Mint Theater Company in New York and is a member of the National Council of Graywolf Press, publisher of many award winning authors including Elizabeth Alexander.  She is a former Trustee of the College of Mt. St. Vincent, Riverdale, NY and served on their Executive Committee.

Prior to Golden Seeds, Ms. Swintek was a senior executive in corporate and international investment banking at BNP Paribas and at BNY Mellon. She holds a BA in Economics from the College of Mt. St. Vincent, Riverdale, NY and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business.


Julia Pimsleur
CEO and Founder of Little Pim

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Julia Pimsleur is the CEO and Founder of Little Pim, the leading system for introducing young children to a second language. Little Pim has won twenty-five awards for its proprietary Entertainment Immersion Method® and its products are sold in 22 countries. After raising millions in angel and venture capital for her own company, she created her popular “Double Digit Academy” and online course “Further. Faster. Funded.” to help other women do the same. She is the author of the upcoming book Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Go Big (Simon & Schuster, October 2015). Pimsleur blogs about entrepreneurship for and has been featured on Today, NBC Weekend Today, and Fox News, and her company has been highlighted in Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. She won the 2013 Smart CEO Brava! Award for women entrepreneurs and has spoken about entrepreneurship at Yale, Stanford and NYU. Pimsleur is fluent in French and lives in New York City. Read More


Angel Investors Panelists


Want to learn more about how women are changing the startup scene as investors? Are you curious about how angels and venture capitalists can back companies that have positive impacts on society as well as making a profit? Join us for a discussion featuring Baltimore investors committed to making a difference.

Kelly Keenan Trumpbour, Founder, See Jane Invest

Kelly Keenan Trumpbour, founder of See Jane Invest, is an investor dedicated to funding women run companies and increasing the presence of women as angels. A longtime advocate for women’s increased representation in business and politics, she draws on her experience in Washington, DC lobbying on behalf of the National Association of Women Business Owners, supporting the Women Under Forty Political Action Committee (WUFPAC), and recruiting young professional women to enter politics through the nonprofit she co-founded, Running Start. She is a board member of the Baltimore Angels, a Maryland-based angel investment group and a Pipeline Fellow. She also is an advisor to Baltimore’s Betamore and Impact Hub, and sits on the corporate board of Hip Chick Farms, whose founders were just named to Food & Wine’s Most Innovative Women list. Kelly holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins and a law degree from the University of Maryland.


Dr. Gloria Jacobovitz


Dr. Jacobovitz has over 20 years’ experience in technology based entrepreneurship, with startup as well as fortune 500 companies worldwide. She has founded, mentored, advised and managed companies in Telecommunication, Biotechnology, Biofuels, and High Performance Apparel. She is an accomplished researcher with citation in the 2012 Nobel Prize of Physics, many published peer reviewed papers and 6 filed patents. She was part of the management team that contributed to Corvis $1 billion IPO, and has extensively consulted and developed corporate and marketing strategy for companies in Brazil, USA and EU that contributed to millions of dollars in private equity investments and International Bank loan. Dr. Jacobovitz is a Technology Manager at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs Office of Technology Transfer, a board member of Vasoptic Medical, a member of the Howard Tech Council Advisory Board, a member of the Baltimore Angel Group, and an advisor at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship. Dr. Jacobovitz holds a MS in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in Applied Physics from UNICAMP.


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Jeff Cherry,  CEO and Managing Partner, The Porter Group, LLC, and Founder and Executive Director, Conscious Venture Lab

Jeff is the Founder and Executive Director of the Conscious Venture Lab, an accelerator and VC fund for conscious entrepreneurship. He is an evangelist for the transformation of capitalism, attempting to bring whole brain thinking the realm of business creation and a more human-centered form of investing.


Rebecca Ranich


Rebecca Ranich is an energy industry executive with deep roots in capital intense energy supply and demand infrastructure and energy technologies. Over her career, she has led transformational business initiatives, forged global strategic alliances, and led new market ventures in energy and infrastructure sectors.

Rebecca is an investor in and advisor to emerging technology companies.  She is a member of the Baltimore Angels, the National Petroleum Council, and serves on the boards of Questar Corporation and the Gas Technology Institute.


Social Capital Panelists

Join us in discussing real case studies of how leaders have built and grown their social networks. We will apply this to careers, personal and individual growth. Our focus will be on the following definition of social capital:

Social capital refers to the collective value of all “social networks” [who people know] and the inclinations that arise from these networks to do things for each other [“norms of reciprocity”].

Jen Myer, CEO, Betamore

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Jen is responsible for implementing Betamore’s strategic vision, driving growth of the organization and the community it serves. Her career is in the technology and financial industries, building and igniting communities. Jen is an adjunct professor at Loyola University, serves on the tech advisory board of Digital Harbor High School, and was a board member for the Emerging Technology Center and Loyola Alumni Board.

Amanda Brown, CEO, National Women’s Business Council

Amanda Brown is the Executive Director of the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC). In this role, Amanda works to better the business climate for women – increasing access to capital and to markets, helping women grow their businesses and create jobs, and ultimately using research to make a strong case for policy interventions.

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Amanda is an organizer at heart and has a wealth of experience — forging innovative partnerships, executing grassroots campaigns, advising key influencers in the nation’s capital, and growing brand awareness. She worked on the Obama Campaign, the President’s Transition Team and the Presidential Inaugural Committee. She has served as the Assistant to the Director in the White House Office of Political Affairs and as the Advisor for Strategic Planning at the U.S. Department of Energy. Most recently, as the National Political Director for Rock the Vote, she oversaw the organization’s civic engagement programming and led a national advocacy and public awareness campaign for voter registration modernization. Amanda is a 2014 Forbes 30-under-30 recipient in the Law and Public Policy field, a Halcyon Incubator mentor, a member of NationSwell Council, and a Contributing Editor for More Magazine. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2007 with degrees in Government and Sociology. Amanda has officially been in Washington, DC long enough to call it home. She is also the daughter of a woman business owner.

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Michele Andres, VP Digital Media & Broadcasting, Baltimore Ravens

Michelle Andres joined the Baltimore Ravens in 2006. She leads the franchise’s digital media and broadcast communications whose focus is serving and engaging its vast fan base. Andres is responsible for the team’s social media,, mobile, online sponsorship sales, email and database marketing, market research, photography, RavensVision and television programming. Prior to working for the Ravens, Andres spent nine seasons with the NBA’s Orlando Magic – seven in public relations overseeing corporate communications and government relations and two leading the franchise’s interactive marketing department. A native of Gainesville, FL, Andres earned her master’s degree in political campaign management from the University of Florida and her bachelor’s degree in political science from Furman University. She is currently in her fourth year as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Sports Information Management Master’s program teaching Sports Digital Media and Enhanced Consumer Engagement.


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Kristin Herber, Senior Counsel, Litigation, Under Armour

Kristin P. Herber serves as Senior Counsel for Litigation at Under Armour, Inc.  In her capacity as litigation counsel, Ms. Herber manages the company’s litigation matters, including patent, trademark, employment, real estate and contract disputes in the United States and abroad.  Prior to joining Under Armour, Ms. Herber was a partner at the Baltimore law firm Tydings & Rosenberg, LLP, where she chaired the firm’s Technology and Intellectual Property committee, and co-chaired the firm’s women’s initiative.   Ms. Herber currently serves as Vice President of the Pro Bono Resource Center (the pro bono arm of the Maryland State Bar Association), as a member of the boards of directors for both the Emerging Technology Center and the Roland Park Public Annual Fund, and as co-leader of her daughter’s Girl  Scouts troop.

Carol Sholes, Retired Executive (SVP Avanade, CIO of the Sun)

Carol Sholes retired from full time employment in 2013.  Since then she has been busy as a community volunteer

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and a consultant to small business.   Her work with small businesses focuses on strategy, marketing, planning and bringing products to market.   She retired from Accenture Federal Services where she led a team that developed, sold and supported an application used by over 70,000 members of the military for task management.   Her forty-year career included being a small business owner.  The firm run by her and her husband created custom software applications for local government and commercial businesses.  She has held executive positions in a variety of technology consulting companies where she has been responsible for the delivery of products and services.  She moved to Maryland in 2001 to be the CIO/VP of Information Technology of the Baltimore Sun.  Carol has also held numerous non-profit board positions including the Girls Scouts of Central Maryland, Center for Women in Technology at UMBC and the Greater Baltimore Technical Council.  Carol and her husband live in the city of Baltimore.


Event Partners

Interested in getting involved or sponsoring? Email Kathy Cook at  for more information.


Miles & Stockbridge



National Women's Business Council


Basic CMYK

Brooke Lierman


The HR Team

Media Partner





Host Committee

Content McLaughlin
McLaughlin Law Group

Amanda Brown
NWBC liaison

Brooke Lierman
State Delegate

Kelly Keenan Trumpbour
Angel Investor/See Jane Invest

Ann Beegle
Public Affairs/Consulting

Candace Dodson-Reed

Clara Gustafson
Zero Fox

Jen Meyer

Kathy Palokoff
Joe Squared

Lindsay Thompson
Johns Hopkins Carey School

Janine DiPaula Stevens