Are you an entrepreneur lacking the money and resources you need? Don’t miss this expert VC line-up. Learn how to get connected to the mentors and advisors who want you to succeed. In this hour you’ll get expert advice from the women who connect entrepreneurs to money and traction. They’ve done it and they share with you their strategies and experience on what works. Expert line-up: Nancy Hayes of Golden Seeds, Alicia Castillo Holley of Women Get Funded, and Jory Des Jardins, co-founder of BlogHer.


Nancy Hayes mentors women and men starting or growing small businesses, as well as those launching high growth technology-based firms. She is also an angel investor and member of Golden Seeds angel group. She is cofounder of MoolaHoop, a rewards-based crowdfunding site for women-led small businesses that launched in July 2013.

Nancy left the IBM Corporation, where she was a senior executive to become CEO of a national nonprofit serving seriously ill children. She later was CEO of a nonprofit that served the elderly. She was then Dean of the College of Business at San Francisco State University, and later CFO and VP of the university. She has an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago. Learn more at

download-3Alicia Castillo Holley is an angel investor, speaker and academic.

Castillo Holley’s career started as a young scientist and professor on Agronomy before becoming involved in product development for a Bayer-Shell joint venture and eventually turning into an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and angel investor. Along the way, she has authored numerous articles and books and taught at many universities worldwide.

As an entrepreneur, she has started nine companies -successfully exiting from five of them- and two non-for-profit. She played a pivotal role in the Development for the Entrepreneurial Curriculum and the Venture Capital Industry in Chile, where she lived between 1996 and 2002 and founded the country’s first Seed Capital micro VC.

An avid traveler, she has lived in 6 countries and visited more than 100.

Her latest initiative “Women Get Funded” seeks to demystify funding for women, and empower them to be in control of their funding process.

You can learn more about her on her personal site:

download-4Jory Des Jardins co-founded and sold BlogHer, a venture backed, category-defining women’s digital lifestyle company that enables premium digital publishers to grow their platforms and monetize their content. She spent 10 years on the founding team, enabling strategy from pre-venture funding through post-acquisition phase.

As the strategic partner lead to the marketing community, Jory evangelized best practices in social and influencer marketing to Fortune 500 Marketing Leads and digital/media agency leadership. She launched BlogHer’s event sponsorship business and pioneered new buying channels from mobile, video, ad technology, programmatic, licensing, and ecommerce technologies. She served for six years on the IAB Board of Directors.

Jory is a tireless crusader for women entrepreneurs and business leaders, sharing her personal growth story, contacts, and insights learned from 10 years of growth hacking, digital community building, strategy development and fundraising. She sits on the boards of several female led or founded startups.

Jory started her career in print editorial, as an editor for Penguin Books, The New York Times Syndicate, and Time Inc Custom Publishing. Learn more at