Lunch And Learn: follow the money

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT

@ Evolveher

Join FinFoundHer for Lunch & Learn: Follow the Money with John Choi, founder of WillowWorks, an early-stage venture fund. John will pitch the audience in the same way he pitches investors for his fund and explain what it takes for him to raise capital to invest in early- and seed-stage companies. He also will explain what he expects from the companies he invests in and what founders should bring to the table when they meet with investors.

john choi

GM, WillowWorks

John serves as General Manager at WillowWorks, a Columbus-based early-stage investment fund. Prior to fund manager, John held roles as product owner, enterprise portfolio P&L, and CIO. Throughout John's career he has worked with international and domestic government agencies, Fortune 100 corporations, and numerous startups.

Melinda Gloriosa

Director, Portfolio Management, WillowWorks

Melinda uses her unique blend of creative and analytical thinking to help WillowWorks and entrepreneurs uncover opportunities. Utilizing business and technical insight, she supports entrepreneurs as they navigate challenges, celebrate wins, and maximize their potential.

Emma Rodriguez-Ayala

Partner, Investment Management
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Emma Rodriguez-Ayala is an investment management attorney, specializing in alternative investments. She leverages in-house and private practice perspectives to find business-focused legal solutions for clients. The combination of Emma’s investment management expertise and community-driven work has positioned her as an impact investing expert, assisting investment managers, non-profits, angel investors, and other entities with structuring and offering operating companies and investment funds that aim to deliver both profits and social impact.


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