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Founder and CEO of Mayvenn, Inc., a technology company that re-shapes how sale retail products are distributed. Graduating from Georgia State’s business school in 2010, Imira has a vast background in international trade, logistics and investment.
Kesha is passionate about helping the next generation of founders navigate the challenges that inevitably arise when building a business—even when the idea is great, the model is strong, or funding is abundant. She was recently named one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” and is the subject of a Stanford Graduate School of Business case study on forming a successful impact venture capital firm. She has nearly a decade of experience in impact investing; at Jalia Ventures, a $5 million fund that she co-founded with Josh Mailman, she made seed investments in mission-driven companies including Red Rabbit, Schoolzilla, and ConnXus. She was also an investment associate at Bridges Ventures in the UK. Prior to this, Kesha worked as an operational consultant to small businesses in inner-city Los Angeles and as a mergers and acquisitions analyst at Merrill Lynch. She currently serves on the board of directors of Eileen Fisher, Inc. Kesha received her M.B.A. from Columbia University and her B.A. in Applied Mathematics from UC Berkeley.
Debra is Managing Director, Impact Investments, and serves on the Executive Leadership Team of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation–a private, global philanthropy with approximately $6 billion in assets and annual grant-making of roughly $250 million. A pioneer in impact investing, MacArthur has dedicated $500 million of its assets to this purpose. Debra’s group serves as a Foundation-wide resource and engages deeply with selected program teams to devise impact investments that advance key goals. Her group also makes investments and grants that advance innovation, knowledge, and connection throughout the impact investment ecosystem, with a focus on fostering the use of catalytic capital.