Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Ms. Porges also served as President of the North American Jury for Cartier Women’s Initiative for over a decade and as the former Senior Advisor, Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) at the U.S. State Department, a program she expanded to almost 150 countries, under Secretary Hillary Clinton. Before joining the State Department, she had a distinguished career in the private sector, including both corporate and entrepreneurial ventures. She served as executive head of marketing for American Express Canada and as chief marketing officer for Bank of America during a historic turn-around. Ms. Porges co-founded six ventures including Porges/Hudson Marketing; Scudder Weisel Capital LLC, a joint venture between Thomas Weisel Partners and Zurich Scudder Investments; and Global Payments Experts LLC, a payments industry advisory firm.
Ms. Porges is a compelling speaker who has inspired audiences globally at Politico’s Women Rule Summit (DC), the Women’s Alternative Investment Summit (NY), the Financial Alliance for Women Annual Summit (Paris), Gender Smart Investing Summit (London), High Water Women Investing for Impact Symposium (NY), the World Bank THK Blended Finance Forum (Bali),Web Summit (Lisbon), Inspirefest (Dublin), WOMEN UP/McKinsey (Stockholm), The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (Istanbul, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur), Disrupt Conference (Athens), The Women’s Forum (Deauville), WEConnect International (London), UnConference (Israel) and at universities such as American, Babson, Columbia, Cornell, Georgetown, George Washington, Harvard et al.
Ms. Porges holds both a BS with Honors and MPS degree from Cornell University.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Recently named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Sarah Chen’s career spans across venture capital (VC) and innovation, in Asia and the US. She is Co-Founder of The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, a global consortium of venture funds that have now pledged to invest beyond $1 billion towards women-founded companies, to begin to address the venture investment gap where female founders receive less than 3% of total VC funding. Going Beyond The Billion, her mission is now to catalyze the larger game of capital, targeting the top of the capital stack of limited partner investors to drive returns through diversity.
Previously, she pioneered a corporate venture capital unit within $13Bn publicly traded Asian conglomerate, Sime Darby, investing in later-stage biotechnology companies. Since then, she has been at the forefront of multiple-million cross border investments, structuring and executing commercialization plans for her portfolio companies. Named Forbes 30 Under 30, she is a recognized speaker and adviser on VC/innovation and women in leadership, having been featured among others on Der Spiegel, the Wall Street Journal, and at the United Nations.
She currently sits on multiple boards including 131 & counting, a bipartisan effort backed by Bloomberg Government and Holland & Knight to fete the unprecedented number of women serving in the House and Senate in the US and encourage more qualified women to run for office; and Lean In Malaysia, which she co-founded, a platform accelerating women into leadership, recognized as the voice of credibility for professional women issues in Muslim- majority Malaysia. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Laws, LL.B (Hons.) from King’s College London. A proud Malaysian, she spends her time between the US- Asia.
Currently, she serves as President of quantius, a commercial lender that attributes value to both tangible and intangible assets of innovative companies. As a true believer in the power of human potential, innovation, and creativity, quantius works with North American enterprises whose leaders have a clear vision for the future and finances companies that are positioned for substantial growth. Concurrently, Lally has a personal angel investing practice geared towards investing in companies targeting high-growth female markets and advising female tech entrepreneurs.
Prior to joining quantius, she served as Vice President of Finance and Administration at Nulogy Corporation, an award-winning (Deloitte Fast 50 and North America Fast 500) and fast-growing supply-chain software solutions provider that has been building a platform for personalized products. Prior to Nulogy, Lally served as Vice President of Finance at Lavalife Corp., where she played an instrumental role in selling the company for more than $152 million. Her career started in the telecom industry at AT&T/Lucent Technologies Canada, holding progressive positions leading up to Area Vice President Finance and Contract management, where she helped drive more than $1 billion worth of telecom network buildout contracts.
Lally is currently a board director and investment committee member of Vancouver-based Pique Ventures Investments (VCC). She has also served as a director on the boards of the Information Technology Association of Canada, Canadian Women in Communications, and Innoversity.
Lally has a BA in Communications from the Ateneo de Manila University, earned an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, and is a CPA, CMA.
He has led the development of investor relations, impact reporting and investor reporting at Sarona Asset Management; investor relations, due diligence and portfolio construction and management at the Royal Bank of Canada and the Youth Social Innovation Capital Fund; and most recently the investment strategy, due diligence, portfolio management and funder relationships at Grand Challenges Canada. It is here where Jonathan co-led the development of the organization’s gender strategy and its implementation throughout its investment process and entrepreneur supports.
In addition, Jonathan founded and teaches an MBA course on impact investing at the Schulich School of Business and serves as Board Director, Advisor Board Member, Advisor and Mentor to various organizations within the impact investing ecosystem.
He lives in the west end of Toronto with his partner and two young daughters, who helped inspire his approach to impact investing – and Marigold itself. For more on Jonathan’s ‘why’, please see How to invest with a Gender Lens where he shares pieces of his personal journey.
In addition to serving on portfolio companies’ boards of directors, she is the Founder and Chairperson of the Ecofuel Accelerator and the Co-Founder of the Ecofuel Fund. She is a member of the Board of Directors and Investment Committee of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). She also sits on the Board of the Société Québécoise des infrastructures (SQI) and the Institut de Cardiologie de Montréal. She is also a member of the Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s New Energy Pioneers’ Selection Committee and a member of the Cleantech Group’s North-American Advisory Committee. She co-founded Écotech Québec, Québec’s cleantech cluster and SWITCH, the Alliance for a green economy.
Andrée-Lise co-chaired a Task Force under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC).
Named an Officer of the Ordre National du Québec, she has been honoured with many distinctions including awards from the Association of Quebec Women in Finance and the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec. She was also recognized as one of Canada’s Clean16, named one of the Top 20 cleantech investors by CleanTechnica and amongst the most influential women in sustainable development and in the cleantech industry by Corporate Knight.
She has a Master’s degree in Science from the Université de Montréal and a Bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering from Université Laval. She also studied atmospheric physics at the Université du Québec à Montréal.
Daniel Lane serves as the Technical Director for Beyond The Billion, helping to drive the technical strategy for the organization.
Daniel has over 10 years of experience as an Information Technology consultant working in the Government sector for various clients across the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, and Department of Justice. He has served in a multitude of capacities across the IT spectrum and is currently a program manager and scrum master for Koniag Government Services, where he leads a geographically distributed IT team in agile software development.
Daniel is an active member of the Air National Guard. He is the Commander of the 146th Weather Flight and has over 16 years of military experience as a Staff Weather Officer. Throughout his military career he has gained valuable leadership experience in the tactical, operational, and strategic levels and has exhibited this knowledge in his civilian career. In addition, he has learned the importance of resiliency and adaptability and these have been a driving factor in his success.
Daniel earned a Bachelors in Management Information Systems from Slippery Rock University and currently lives with his family in Northern Virginia. Daniel has a passion for people and excels at mentoring, team building, facilitating, and developing lasting relationships.
Karina is an Associate at The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, and has been fundamental to our “Success Stories” campaign, and is also the author of “Women in Venture Capital: How to Break into the Boys Club of Venture Capital: Lessons Learned from the Best of the Best” in which she illustrates how to pursue a career in an exclusive industry through the stories of a dozen female partners and managing directors. She is passionate about shortening the gender investment gap in both representation of female partners in venture capital as well as dollars invested in female founders.
A Computer Science major at Georgetown University, Karina seeks to understand the business of startups and technology from the ground up.
Janine Marderian Nichols
Previously, she led a variety of projects for the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Defense as a Senior Consultant with Deloitte’s Government & Public Services strategy consulting team. Before joining Deloitte, she worked in business development at Wiley Rein LLP where she collaborated with the firm’s partners to acquire and retain Fortune 500 clients in cybersecurity, technology, telecommunications, and intellectual property. Janine also has experience in outreach, cross-sector partnership building, digital communications, and policy education from her time as the External Affairs Manager at the American Enterprise Institute.
Janine recently completed an MBA from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and holds a BA in Philosophy from Biola University where she was a member of the Torrey Honors Institute and served as president of the student government association.
Gaëlle Pierre-Louis supports Beyond the Billion’s work to increase opportunity in venture capital for women with a flavor for diversity within the field. She is passionate about the intersection of international development, education and social enterprise. Currently, she works as an Admissions Officer at Georgetown University, where she reads and evaluates over one thousand applications for undergraduate admission and serves as the admissions liaison to the Georgetown Scholarship Program.
Gaëlle recently completed her Masters in Education Policy from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and holds a Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, where she interned at the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation and serves on the Social Impact Chair for the Class of 2017 Alumni Committee.
Natalie is a Fellow at Beyond The Billion, where she contributes to the business development team, serving the Fund’s overall mission of driving returns through diversity. She is pursuing her MBA at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business while working as an Associate Venture Fellow at Greenspring Associates, a Baltimore-based VC with $10B in assets that invests across venture funds of all stages, early & growth stage companies, and secondary opportunities.
Natalie is a tested marketing communications leader with a demonstrated ability to manage high-performing teams, solve complex problems, and exceed goals for Fortune 500 companies. She spent nine years in Chicago’s top Public Relations firms consulting on communications and integrated marketing for companies like P&G, Starbucks, Unilever, Hershey, and State Farm. Her expertise lies in Corporate Social Responsibility, Integrated Marketing, CPG, and Food. In 2016 Natalie was nationally recognized as a “30 & Under Rising PR Star” by PRNews.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations from Michigan State University. She enjoys reading, yoga and cooking.