Advisory Board

Nina Eigerman, Managing Director, G2 Capital Advisors

Nina Eigerman has over 20 years of experience building and motivating high performance teams. She is currently a Managing Director at the Boston based firm G2 Capital Advisors. At G2, she advises middle market business services firms on mergers and acquisitions as well as capital structure.  

Prior to G2 Nina was Vice President, Strategy, Retail Branding & Information Systems for Avery Dennison. Before that, she had leadership roles at a wide variety of business services firms including running the North American consumer and retail practice for the Swiss based staffing firm a-connect, and as President of Aquent Solutions, providing outsourcing, consulting, training, and project based services for marketing intensive industries.

Nina started her career as a consultant with McKinsey and Company in Boston. Over the course of seven years at McKinsey, she became a leader of the North American Sales Force and Channel Management Practice, bringing customer-centric strategies to both retailers and manufacturers. Nina graduated from the MIT Sloan School of Management and has a BA from Harvard College.

Susan Smith Ellis, Chief Marketing Officer, Getty Images

A two-time "relauncher," Susan Smith Ellis took a 6-year career break and a nearly 3-year career break at different points along her career path. Prior to joining Getty Images, Susan was the Chief Marketing Officer at Morgan Stanley.

Previously, Susan was the Chief Executive Officer of Product (RED), a global marketing company whose partnerships help combat the AIDS pandemic in Africa. As CEO, she streamlined the organization, expanded Product (RED)'s reach and widened its web of partnerships.

As a result of these efforts, Product (RED), in roughly 3 1/2 years, contributed more than $180 million to the Global Fund. This amount exceeds the contributions made to the Global Fund by all but a few national governments.

Prior to joining Product (RED), Susan took a career break of nearly 3 years. Before that, she served as an Officer and Executive Vice President of the Omnicom Group of Companies, the world's largest advertising and marketing services corporation. Susan previously served as Executive Vice President at BBDO, the nation's leading advertising agency. Prior to BBDO she was a senior executive at Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos. She took a 6-year career break in between her tenures at Hill, Holiday and BBDO.

Susan lives in New York with her husband and is the mother of two college-age children.  She serves on the board of Friends of the Fight Against Aids, Malaria and Tuberculosis. She is Executive Producer of the documentary "Get The Picture" which was released last year. Fast Company magazine named her #25 of the Most Creative People in Business 2010. In June 2013 she was named one of the "Ten Most Generous Marketing Geniuses."

Whitney Johnson, Co-founder and Managing Director, Springboard Fund

Whitney Johnson is a leading thinker on driving innovation via personal disruption, a co-founder of Clayton Christensen’s investment firm, where they invested in Coupang at the seed stage (currently valued at $2.2 bn), and was an award-winning Wall Street equity analyst and stockpicker.  Whitney has delivered keynote speeches to nearly 20,000 people at a variety of organizations, including SAP, Frito-Lay, Hubspot, and the Social Security Administration. She is a regular contributor for Harvard Business Review, the author of Dare, Dream, Do:  Remarkable Things Happen When you Dare to Dream and of the forthcoming Disrupt Yourself®: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work.  She is the co-founder of Forty Women Over 40 to Watch, a Fellow at Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, has been recognized as an “On the Radar” management thinker by Thinkers50, and is on Fortune’s 2014 list of the 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter. You can find her on Twitter @johnsonwhitney.

Kuae Kelch Mattox, National President, Mocha Moms, News Editor, SWNS

Kuae Kelch Mattox is National President of Mocha Moms, Inc. and an Emmy-nominated journalist with more than 20 years of experience in the print, broadcast and online media. Currently she is a news editor for SWNS, one of the world’s largest independent press agencies that supplies news, features and pictures to media outlets around the world. She has written for a wide range of newspapers, magazines and websites and currently contributes to The Huffington Post. She was a contributing editor for Plum Magazine and is the former editor in chief of the national magazine Black Family Today.

Kuae is a former producer for the award-winning newsmagazine Dateline NBC, as well as Headliners and Legends with Matt Lauer on MSNBC. Since 2010 Kuae has been National President of Mocha Moms, Inc., a non-profit organization with 100 chapters in 29 states and a fast growing online presence of 40,000+ dedicated to supporting mothers of color. Over the past decade, she has increased the visibility of Mocha Moms and highlighted the stories of numerous mothers of color. Mocha Moms has been profiled in The New York Times, The Washington Post and Essence Magazine, and television segments have appeared on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, The Oprah Winfrey Show,Good Morning America and ABC’s Nightline.  Mocha Moms is a stakeholder organization that partners with the White House on various initiatives, as well as the EPA, U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In August 2013, she was on the cover of the New York Times Magazine as part of “The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In” story by Judith Warner on moms returning to work after taking a career break.

Kuae holds a B.A. in Print Journalism from Howard University and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Natalia Oberti Noguera, Founder and CEO, Pipeline Fellowship

Dubbed "The Coach" by Marie Claire, Natalia (aka Ms. Oberti Noguera) is Founder and CEO of Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women that's changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women social entrepreneurs. Natalia holds a BA in Comparative Literature & Economics from Yale. She has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Mashable, Newsweek, Reuters Money, TechCrunch, The New York Times, and Fast Company's Co.Exist Change Generation series. Natalia was named to the Forbes list “Top 20 Women for Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter,” as well as Latina.com's "25 Latinas Who Shine in Tech." Women's eNews recognized her as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for 2012 and Fortune highlighted her as one of the "55 most influential women on Twitter."  You can find Natalia on Twitter (@nakisnakis).

Jules Pieri, Co-Founder and CEO, The Grommet

Jules Pieri is Co-Founder and CEO of the product launch platform The Grommet. The company’s Citizen Commerce™ movement is reshaping how consumer products get discovered, shared, and bought.  Jules took a two-year career break early in her career and has hired relaunchers as she has grown The Grommet. Starting her career as an industrial designer for technology companies, Jules was subsequently a senior executive for large brands, such as Keds, Stride Rite, and Playskool. The Grommet is her third startup, following roles as VP at Design Continuum and President of Ziggs.com. She completed her undergraduate degree summa cum laude at the University of Michigan and people tell her she is the first designer to graduate from Harvard Business School, where she is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence. 

Jules was named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013 and one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Interesting Entrepreneurs in 2014. In June 2014, Jules was invited to the White House Maker Faire to launch The Grommet Wholesale Platform, the extension of the Grommet business connecting Makers with Main Street Retailers. 

Jules is frequently tapped to speak on consumer trends and technologies, design, and entrepreneurship and has done so at many such institutions as HBS, SCAD, and MIT and at conferences, such as Internet Retailer and SXSW. She’s been featured in media outlets, including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Fortune. Jules writes a personal blog on these subjects at jules.thegrommet.com and posts as on Twitter and Instagram.

Hilary M. Stark, Associate Director College Counseling, Greenwich Education Group, former manager, Lehman Brothers Encore Program

In her capacity as Associate Director of College Counseling at the Greenwich Education Group in Greenwich, CT, Hilary works with high school students and their families to advise on all aspects of the college application process, including college matching, college visits, test prep, course selection, extracurriclular activities, summer programs and internships and college essays and applications. This is her second reentry into the workforce.

Prior to that Hilary relaunched as a vice president at Lehman Brothers and manager of the Firm’s global reentry program, Encore®. While there, she collaborated with the firm’s management to create and implement a comprehensive on-ramping program that included on-boarding and professional development.  She also served as the program’s ongoing career advisor and assisted with performance management.

Hilary received a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.  

Matthew Temple, Director of Alumni Career Services, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Matthew Temple is the Director of Alumni Career Services at the Kellogg School of Management. He has counseled alumni as well as full-time, part-time and executive MBA students on a range of career issues including self-assessment, company and industry research, search strategies, networking, resume and cover-letter writing, interview preparation, negotiations and job offer decision making. Matthew has conducted career management workshops on many topics, helped organize international career treks, and advised companies on recruiting strategies. Matthew helped develop and facilitate a series of two-day workshops focusing on re-entering the workforce. He has worked as a Career Counselor with Harvard Business School and the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Previously, Matthew served as the Director of International Business Development for Ask Jeeves, where he helped establish and manage joint ventures in Asia, Europe and Latin America. He has worked in investment banking, consulting and marketing for Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, and Accenture. In addition, he has worked in Asia and Europe.

Matthew holds a BA in European History from Harvard University and an MBA in Finance, Marketing and Organizational Behavior from the Kellogg School of Management. He resides in Los Angeles.