My parents immigrated to the US from Bangladesh and found creative ways to share their life lessons through storytelling. I loved the stories so much I decided to share them by performing Bengali plays all around the country. Through these stories I gained valuable perspective and connected with a place my parents once called home.
I lead with curiosity and empathy which empowers others to find their voice. I launched a women's peer group at Deutsche Bank and a storytelling series for Wharton MBAs. Most recently, as the Head of Knowledge at First Round Capital, I helped hundreds of entrepreneurs connect deeply, candidly share their concerns, and learn from each other. My work on creating safe spaces is featured in the First Round Review. I’m also an executive coach formerly with Reboot and a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner.
I was born in China and lived with my grandparents and my great-grandmother all under one roof. My grandparents were teachers, lifelong learners, and culture bearers of our community. We constantly had neighbors of all ages over for tea and conversation. These discussions enriched my education.
I love building communities and designing learning experiences. I was an early Product Manager and the Global Community Lead for General Assembly where I created education products for thousands of students to pursue careers they love. More recently, I was at First Round Capital where I served as CEO of Dorm Room Fund. I nurtured a community of 250+ startups, and counseled entrepreneurs on topics ranging from fundraising to management. For my leadership on Dorm Room Fund, I received the Forbes 30 under 30 award.
I am a first generation Asian American born and raised in New York City. As the oldest of my siblings and cousins, and the first to go to college, I have had to figure out important life and career decisions on my own while being mindful of the precedent I might be setting for others in the family.
After working at companies and nonprofits like Apple, Samsung, and DonorsChoose.org, creating new products as part of founding teams at various incubators and startups like Betaworks, Hatch Labs, and Citizen, and serving entrepreneurs as an independent consultant and advisor - I’m excited to join The Grand to help build the type of place that I wish I had access to when I was younger: a home for a diverse community of humans to share experiences in a meaningful way and support one another on our professional and life journeys.
I’m a wife and a mom, residing in SF Bay Area. I love going to the museums with my family, hanging out with my in-laws often, and biking with my kids. Prior to joining The Grand team, I was most recently a senior designer at TED.
I was also fortunate to work with some of amazing clients; from startups to Fortune 500 over the course of 17 years in my career.
Since joining The Grand team in the early 2021, I’ve gained the joy and ambition to solve meaningful problems and make an impact with the people that I look forward to working with everyday.
Born in Miami as the daughter of Cuban-Greek immigrants, I witnessed early on the courage and resilience needed to go after a better life. I packed those lessons with me when I migrated to Barcelona on a solo one-way ticket. Along my journey, I took on many passion-lead jobs including small-business owner, jeweler, photographer, voice-over artist, and co-founder of an e-learning SaaS platform.
After seven years of building my career and community abroad, I took on my next adventure moving to San Francisco to open Typeform’s first US office. While in the US, I have held leadership roles in two hyper-growth tech startups where I built and operationalized teams from scratch.
As an alumni of the original cohort of The Grand Quest, I benefited from its community and curriculum when pivoting my career (yet again) and transitioning to a working mamá bear.
I grew up in Northern New Jersey and at the young age of 1.5 I was in my first play. For as long as I can remember music, theatre, and public speaking were a part of my life. My mother is an accountant and math tutor which also gave me a love of numbers and logic. And to this day, the activities I enjoy the most are at the intersection of science and art.
I am passionate about storytelling. I started my career in Construction Management and due to the financial crisis, I was thrust into a career pivot. That experience taught me a lot about how to navigate career transitions as well as how to use my storytelling skills to translate my experience into my desired marketing career. Since then, I have leveraged my storytelling skills as a marketing leader to launch new products, build thought leadership platforms, and rebrand or reposition the organization I worked for including NextRoll Inc., Factual (Foursquare), Verizon, and PayPal. Currently, I am the Chief Marketing & Communication Officer at Kapor Center, a transition I made after completing the spring 2020 cohort of The Grand Quest.
When I moved to New York City at the age of 20, I knew no one. Not a soul. But a very kind connection (through the friend of a friend of a friend) gave me some of the best advice I’ve ever received: connect with everyone you can, be open, and opportunities will come.
Following that advice led not only to amazing opportunities in my career where I’ve worked to build value-add platforms and communities for Bloomberg, McGraw-Hill, and now in venture capital; but also to fulfilling experiences like serving on the board for two children’s hospitals and managing fundraising events for arts centers and international non-profits.
The connections I made and the perspective I gained while participating in The Grand Quest surpassed my expectations (which were very high to begin with). I’m excited to help others glean the value that can be found in such an inspiring community.
I've always been a romantic, creative, and intensely curious person. As an immigrant, I wanted more than anything to "fit in" and "make it" in the United States. Through The Grand Quest, I got back to my roots and started exploring what an authentic life looks like. I'm still on that journey!
I've spent the last decade working in technology as a marketing and product management leader at Microsoft, Dropbox, and Oscar Health. I'm now a leadership coach and facilitator, partnering with incredible leaders who want to achieve big things without forgetting what matters.
I live in New York City with my partner and two pups (Dug and Remy), and we're slowly but surely building a new home in the woods. I love swing dance, jazz, art & architecture, enabling romance, and learning just about anything.
I was born and raised in Miami, and was the first person in my family to attend college. As a result, I had little guidance navigating difficult professional decisions. In 2010, after practicing law in Miami and New York, I left my legal career and launched my first business—an organic juice company. My life became wildly unbalanced and I lost sight of my values. Unsurprisingly, I made costly mistakes. I believe in The Grand because it passes knowledge forward to make you better. The Grand is what you didn't know you needed—a selfless community of diverse and intelligent individuals that can provide clarity and guide you through challenges.