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Angel Discussions: What it Takes to be a Successful Angel Group

Angel Discussions: What it Takes to be a Successful Angel Group

Join VCTaskforce Angel Discussions event, “What it Takes to be a Successful Angel Group”. Event speakers are Gwen Edwards and Loretta McCarthy.

Date: November 17, 2021 Time: 12:00 - 1:30 Zoom


Gwen Edwards
Managing Director and Co-Founder, Golden Seeds, Chair, Angel Resource Institute
From Stanford Research Institute to Fortune 50 executive (SBC, Nortel Networks, Bell Canada) to Venture Capital backed technology start-up CEO, Gwen has been both a business builder as an “intrapreneur” as well as an entrepreneur with venture capital backing. She now unites the knowledge of successful brands, experience with scale, and the skills of managing innovation with a deep understanding of what it takes to successfully invest in new innovative companies. She has led educational programs with other angels and entrepreneurs from Jordan to Malaysia – in over 14 countries. Since 2001 Gwen has been working in advisory capacities with angel and venture-backed companies assisting with capital formation, key milestone achievement to enhance value, developing target market strategies, cultivating customer input, and assisting in the execution of key deliverables. Prior Gwen was CEO of Middlewire, President of Pacific Bell Network integration and Business Internet Services, and Vice President of Sales for Nortel Networks.

Loretta McCarthy
Co-CEO and Managing Partner, Golden Seeds

Loretta McCarthy is Co-CEO and Managing Partner of Golden Seeds, an investment organization that invests in early-stage, women-led companies in the United States. Golden Seeds is one of the largest and most active angel investment networks in the country. The organization is recognized as a leader in the movement to fund women entrepreneurs and for its advocacy of women entrepreneurs, gender diversity, and a commitment to the education of angel investors. 

Since 2005, Golden Seeds has invested over 150 million in more than 200 women-led companies. Loretta manages the national Golden Seeds angel network of over 300 members. She is a frequent speaker – in the US and internationally – about early-stage investing, women entrepreneurs, and gender diversity. 

Previously, Loretta was Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Oppenheimer Funds and was an executive at the American Express Company.


12:00 – 12:45 PST Presentation
12:45 – 1:30 PST Roundtable Discussions
For the last portion of our program, investors will have the opportunity to discuss issues face-to-face with our panel. We hope that this will be a more meaningful, engaging and dynamic experience for you. The Moderator will continue to moderate this discussion.
1:30 PST Program ends

Program Chair
Maria Pienaar
Armaan Saini

During registration you have the opportunity to provide questions
you would like our guest speaker to answer.

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