Ingrid Vanderveldt is Chairman and CEO of Empowering a Billion Women (EBW), EBW Distributors (a division of EBW2020) & Vanderveldt Global Investments.
Ingrid Vanderveldt, Founder & CEO
Ingrid Vanderveldt (iV) is the Chairman and CEO of Empowering a Billion Women (EBW), EBW Distributors (a division of EBW2020), and Vanderveldt Global Investments. Previously, she was the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence (“EIR”) for Dell Inc. where she oversaw entrepreneurial initiatives worldwide helping to build a $250 million business segment and founded the $125M Dell Innovators Credit Fund, Dell Founders Club, and the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs during her 3-year term.
iV is an Emeritus member of United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council, is a Managing Partner of Vanderveldt Global Investments, founding organizer of the GLASS Forum (Global Leadership & Sustainable Success), and co-founder of The Billionaire Girls Club. She also created and hosted CNBC’s first original primetime series, “American Made,” reaching over 1M viewers around the globe and is a Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) Member. She is a Global Ambassador and Advocate of Women & Diverse Leaders creating social and economic impact and job creation. She’s the Recipient of the Global Empowerment Award by the Global Business and Interfaith Peace Awards in partnership with the UN.
iV has been featured on outlets including NBC, CNBC, FOX, ABC, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, CNN Money, Fortune Magazine, Fast Company, Inc Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine. She was named one of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100 Global Leaders. She also was ranked #1 Super Connector by Fast Company, is the recipient of the Forbes and Northwestern Mutual Global “Entrepreneur in Excellence Award” and was just named the 100th Champion Celebration for the HearStrong Foundation, recipient of The Global Voice Award, World Women Foundation and The Girl Scouts “Women of Distinction” Award. She holds a Masters in Architecture at the Savannah College of Art & Design and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from UT at Austin.
Rhonda Parouty is President of Empowering a Billion Women (EBW) and EBW Distributors (a division of EBW2020).
Rhonda Parouty, President
As a global operations executive, Rhonda brings a record of success and expertise focused on creating, building and when needed, redefining capabilities for companies operating at the highest levels of business—for startups and midsize companies as well
As the President of Empowering a Billion Women (EBW) and EBW Distributors (a division of EBW2020) she spends most of her time on strategy and building outcomes that help all people, with a focus on empowering women. She is passionate about creating programs and a marketplace that enable opportunity for women globally.
Prior to joining EBW, Rhonda was the COO at Asure Software and a strategic advisor working with SaaS technology companies empowering industry-disrupting artificial intelligence.
In addition, Rhonda held executive roles within Hewlett Packard, Brandmuscle, and Trivie. As a certified facilitator, she ran leadership development conferences that trained senior managers to executives in 18 countries. Rhonda held a board seat at Bizworld.org and was the Austin Managing Director of Upward Women.
Roberta is the COO for EBW and provides consultative support to companies and leaders who are interested in conscious and profitable growth and development.
Roberta Lang, Chief Operating Officer
Roberta is the COO for EBW and provides consultative support to companies and leaders who are interested in conscious and profitable growth and development. She also has experience on Boards of Directors of such companies. She has over 25 years of experience in conscious leadership development, retail and retail supporting companies. Roberta was the Global Vice President and General Counsel of Whole Foods Market for almost two decades.
Roberta is the Co-Chair of Rodale Institute; is an Executive Advisor to Smarter Sorting; is an Advisory Board Member of Just; was a Founding Board Member of Whole Planet Foundation and sat on the Board of Conscious Capitalism for nine years. Roberta is a live music fan and is a Hella Circle Member of Conspararie (Grammy award-winning chorale) and is a proud member of the Texas Pottery Community and Eye of the Dog Art Center Community.
Allison Conkright Engel is the CMO for EBW and was previously the Senior Director of Women’s Market Strategy at Northwestern Mutual.
Allison Conkright Engel, Chief Marketing Officer
Allison Conkright Engel is the CMO for EBW and was previously the Senior Director of Women’s Market Strategy at Northwestern Mutual. She has 20 years of work experience driving innovation across media, tech and finance.
For almost a decade Allison has been focused on gender equity in historically male dominated industries. She had been driving outcomes in this space as an intrapreneur and is a globally recognized expert who mentors and implements growth strategies around opportunity markets. She has rolled out global programs across North and South America, EMEA and APJ.
Prior to Northwestern Mutual, Allison was in a Global Marketing and Communications role at Dell where she helped to build and lead the Dell for Entrepreneurs initiative which she worked with high growth startups and the entrepreneur community in the US and Europe.
She has a BS in Marketing and a BS in Management from Arizona State University and a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. Currently, she is a mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation and mentors women around the globe on sustainable and growth business practices and is an active member of GAMA, WIFS, LIMRA and locally TEMPO Milwaukee and the Women’s Affinity Alliance.
This Los Angeles native, relocated with her husband and daughter from Austin, Texas to the midwest and travels frequently speaking and sharing her expertise on propelling gender initiatives forward.
Cynthia BarnesExecutive Vice President of Education and HR
Cynthia has experience in leadership, management and process improvement in non-profit and Fortune 500 manufacturing environments.
Cynthia Barnes, Executive Vice President of Education and HR
Cynthia uses her Six Sigma Master Black Belt expertise in both manufacturing and nonprofit environments to improve their overall process efficiency without increasing costs. She has 28 years of management experience that spans diverse manufacturing and nonprofit businesses.
As Executive Vice President of Education and HR, Cynthia will oversee training for the key, core tenants for starting, growing and scaling businesses as well as growing EBW’s global virtual chapters. Prior to this promotion, Cynthia was the VP of Contracts and Developments where she supported the organization in contract management and overseeing the manufacturing and distribution of partner suppliers.
Prior to joining EBW, Cynthia managed quality assurance at Goodwill Industries of Central Florida where she was the project manager for the Human Resource Information System (HRIS) transition from Ultimate to Paycom. In addition, her leadership was instrumental in the organization securing an additional 3-year CARF accreditation.
Cynthia has served on the board of directors for 4 different Goodwill organizations. Cynthia earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, and her Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida. She obtained her Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification from Breakthrough Management Group International (BMGI) and her Six Sigma Black Belt certification from General Electric. She is also a graduate of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2009 and Leadership Orlando Class 98.
Lyn Graft is the Chief Analyst for EBW Cares Distributors and the founder of Storytelling for Entrepreneurs
Lyn Graft, Chief Analyst
Lyn Graft is the Chief Analyst for EBW Cares Distributors and the founder of Storytelling for Entrepreneurs. Lyn filmed over 1,000 entrepreneurs including the founders of Starbucks, Whole Foods and LinkedIn. He co-created and produced CNBC’s first primetime TV series ‘American Made’ and has produced 1,000 videos for entities such as Entrepreneur Magazine, Microsoft, Dell, and Nestle.
Lyn founded 8 companies and has raised $10.0M in venture funding and serves or has served on Advisory boards for SXSW, Dell and Empowering a Billion Women. He has an BA in electrical engineering and an MBA in marketing and entrepreneurship and is the author of the new bestselling book Start With Story. Lyn is on a mission to help 10 million entrepreneurs learn how to leverage the power of story to help them launch and grow their successful businesses.
Linda Pringle EvansDean of EBW Education for Women in Business
Linda Pringle Evans is the Dean of Education and founder of Pringle Business Consulting, LLC. PBC is a personal branding and niche branding company.
Linda Pringle Evans, Dean of EBW Education for Women in Business
Linda Pringle Evans is the Dean of EBW Education for Women in Business. Linda has mastered the art of personal and business branding. She learned business and personal branding from several of this country’s top companies. Her work with these businesses led to the discovery of how personal branding lets individuals define and own their identities and create their own success.
Linda used her discovery to launch Pringle Business Consulting, LLC, a personal branding company. She assists women entrepreneurs and service professionals in gaining more visibility, exposure, and distinction. Linda offers strategic brand development through workshops, seminars, speaking, consulting and group coaching. Linda’s most notable quote is “In order to stand out one must be branded with impeccable distinction.”
Shirley HogsettGlobal Director, EBW Virtual Community & Chapters
Shirley is Global Director, EBW Virtual Community & Chapters, and Founder & CEO of Destiny Speaks-speakers bureau.
Shirley Hogsett, Global Director, EBW Virtual Community & Chapters
Shirley Hogsett, Founder and CEO of Destiny Speaks-speakers bureau, where her 20+ years of experience and knowledge in the meeting and events industry has enabled her to book her speakers at corporations, universities, professional and trade associations conferences and events globally. As founder of Destiny Speaks – speaker marketing, she helps CEOs, Executive and professional Increase their Influence, Build their Brands, and Grow their Business revenues with PUBLIC SPEAKING.
Shirley is Global Co-Director and Head of Content for the Virtual Chapters for EBW2020 a global organization that empowers women to build sustainable business. Her company is partnered with Trade with Africa Business Summit. In 2010 Shirley was named among Who’s Who in Black Chicago, and in 2011 she received the Business Accelerator Step-It-Up Award which was presented by American Family Insurance. Shirley served as Business Mentor for 2016 Sage Summit Chicago which had more than 20,000 attendees from around the world. She was a founding director of the Chicagoland chapter of the Public Speakers Association; past president and member of the Board of Director of the Bellwood (IL) Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and served a two year term as a Chicago Steering Committee Member of 2020 Women on Boards, a national campaign to increase the percentage of women on U.S. company boards to 20% or greater by the year 2020.
Pam Pike is Executive Assistant to the CEO of EBW and is a seasoned EA and planner working with some of the country’s top leaders in Fortune 500’s.
Pam Pike, Executive Assistant
Pam Pike is a seasoned EA and planner working with some of the country’s top leaders in Fortune 500’s. Most recently she was an EA at Dell Corporation where she worked for the Senior VP of Strategy, Planning & Transformation for Global Client Solutions, Randy Wick and Senior VP & GM of Sales, North America Consumer and Small Business Group & Global Dell Outlet, David Bent. Additionally, this is where she worked for Ingrid Vanderveldt, Dell Entrepreneur in Residence and supported her through the trajectory of starting, growing and scaling The Dell Center for Entrepreneurs into a $250M+ business within 24 months.
Pam finds joy in working with corporate leaders, executives, policy makers, country leaders and more as she organizes the global travel schedule of Vanderveldt and other leaders. She is known for “keeping everyone comfortable, organized and driving results” that support her executives to deliver the ROI they are held responsible for. As a seasoned planner and organizer, she is overseeing The EBW Global Summit. Prior to Dell she spent 10 years at Wells Fargo with 25 years total in the banking industry. She is happily married to John Mark, has three children, five grandchildren and a home full of dogs who keep her happy, busy and grounded. Pam resides in Round Rock, TX.
A Marketing & Finance Consultant, Erin has 10+ years of marketing experience working with companies ranging from start-ups to well-established brands.
Erin Vanderveldt, Director of Finance
A Marketing & Finance Consultant, Erin has 10+ years of marketing experience working with companies ranging from start-ups to well-established brands. She is an adaptive leader who unlocks the potential of brands by creating and executing integrated marketing plans, translating analytics into consumer insights, optimizing resources, and uniting internal and agency teams to achieve growth. Erin has managed marketing budgets ranging from $400K to $120MM, to within less than 1% of target, for brands ranging from start-ups up to $2Bn in size.
Erin has spearheaded multiple successful product launches. For instance, Erin spent several years at Bacardi, the largest privately held spirits company in the world. While there, she was asked to launch a new luxury tier of rum for the Chairman, and Great-Great Grandson of the Founder, of Bacardi. The product sold out in both test markets within one month of launch and had a waitlist. In addition, Erin helped launch Deep Eddy Vodka in Austin, Texas. Deep Eddy achieved #1 sweet tea vodka position in South Texas and #2 position in North Texas (en route to #1) within six months of launch. Deep Eddy was ultimately bought for nearly $400MM in 2015.
Erin obtained her MBA in Marketing from Wharton and was awarded the Koenigsberger/Wharton Fellowship for her outstanding accomplishments, exceptional character, and leadership. She received her BA in Economics and Spanish from Emory University. Post Emory, Erin became a Corporate & Investment Banker, and spent 4 years in the industry in Atlanta (SunTrust) and New York (Wells Fargo) before attending Wharton.
Sharon is a global Learning and Development leader providing innovative solutions in corporate education, talent development, and business creation.
Sharon Barnes, Director of Sales Enablement
Sharon is a global Learning and Development leader and entrepreneur providing innovative solutions in corporate education, talent development, and business creation. She has a successful track record driving $38M annual revenue, 45%+ gross profit margin, and sales pipeline in a profit-and-loss structured business. Sharon is passionate about improving individual, organizational, and business performance.
Sharon has over 20 years’ technical and sales enablement experience in the Technology Industry. As a strategic leader, she advises and develops comprehensive sales and technical enablement programs for companies with enterprise software solutions. Sharon is able to work in all stages of the learning lifecycle providing training development, managed services and process automation solutions. She has developed and launched enablement campaigns to help the sales team and partners devise new ways to market education offerings to increase revenue and achieve margin targets. Sharon has coached high-performing teams through strategic initiatives encompassing education investment, digital transformation, social communication, certification, quality assurance, and marketing promotions for field enablement teams, partners, support services, consultants, product engineers, sales routes-to-market, and the customer install base.
Sharon is the Founder of TSEIDEA, LLC, a global education services company providing technical and sales enablement, training development, managed services, and learning automation solutions for the Enterprise, Mid-market, Startup, and Individual.
Meredith Davis is a Digital Strategy & Development Consultant and Director of Design & Development for EBW.
Meredith Davis, Director of Design & Development
Meredith Davis is the Director of Design & Development for EBW and a Digital Strategy & Development Consultant and CEO of Excelerate Online, a digital strategy firm that specializes in website design, development, digital marketing and online digital management for entrepreneurs and small to medium-sized businesses. As Founder & CEO of Excelerate Online, Meredith brings a fresh perspective & passion for helping budding & seasoned entrepreneurs, women in business and small businesses accelerate their brand in new ways and take their business to a new level. She’ll help you build your online presence, excel your brand and grow your business—quickly and efficiently.
Based in Texas, Meredith works with clients all over the United States, including New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Dallas, Austin, and has worked with clients virtually on an on-going basis. With an extensive marketing background working with various clients, Meredith has a unique approach to deliver results in diverse industries, including medical, dental, psychotherapy, oil and gas, media publishing, large-scale community and corporate events, retail and e-commerce, aviation, real estate, entrepreneurial projects, and more. She is able to see the unique selling points in each business and create a digital presence specific to each client.
Meredith is formerly the Founder of Austin Beauty Guide and Austin Beauty Week, an online and event-based marketing resource for health and beauty-related businesses in Austin, which featured relevant events, articles, local reviews, deals, and more. Both were acquired by Tidbits Media Group.
Meredith holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin, a Business Foundations Certification from the University of Texas at Austin, a Webmaster Programming Certification, and continues her education in Digital Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Programming Design and Marketing Data Analytics.
Travis is an experienced Supply Chain Manager and is responsible for supplier onboarding, vendor management and relationship building.
Travis Shrader, Supply Chain Manager
Travis is an experienced Supply Chain Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the technology marketing and advertising industry as a creative producer. He has spent 15+ years working with procurement teams in the largest Fortune 500 tech companies in the world. He owns an Austin based production company and is a partner in a Texas based hedge fund.
Working primarily in the technology space, he has helped spin up organizations ranging from four team members, to fifty team members. His has a track record of managing programs ranging from $500K – $3MM. He is responsible for supplier onboarding, vendor management and relationship building. Travis works on partner agreements and lining up suppliers for various buyers and buyer agents. He is passionate about furthering the mission of EBW Cares Distributors and is excited to work with your teams.
Brett Randell is a sales copywriter and content strategist who supports female founders and diverse thought leaders with conversion copywriting.
Brett Randell, Director of Content
Brett Randell is a sales copywriter, content strategist, and yogi-musician who supports female founders and diverse thought leaders with conversion copywriting and personal brand storytelling. Over the past 7 years, Brett has written content and copy for 4 TEDx Speakers with 3.5million+ combined views, as well as dozens of leaders in the spaces of women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship, diversity & inclusion, and more. Some former clients include Dr. Alison Mitzner, Vanessa Van Edwards, Ingrid Vanderveldt, Dr. Nika White, Kim Love, and Dr. Romie Mushtaq.
Brett was the Executive Assistant to Ingrid Vanderveldt from 2014-2016 and has supported Ingrid in various social, copy, and support endeavors since 2011. Brett has also supported Lyn Graft and Storytelling for Entrepreneurs with content, copy, and social since 2011. Brett has spoken on the topics of Storytelling and Diversity multiple times at Denver Startup Week and also created productivity and remote leadership trainings for the Western Council of US Forestry leaders.
Outside of business, Brett has released 4 CDs, published poetry, traveled to 30+ countries, and performed music at yoga festivals around the world. He lives in Denver, CO and is working on his first fiction novel as a 2019-2021 Fellow for the Book Project at The Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop.