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K. Shelly Porges is co-founder and managing partner of The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, a global consortium of venture funds pledged to invest in women-founded firms. She is also a board member of the Global Banking Alliance for Women and on the advisory board for Cornerstone Capital, Mindshift Capital and Different Funds. Porges also serves as an expert on call for Georgetown University’s Entrepreneurship Program.
Porges also served as president of the North American Jury for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards and as the former senior advisor of the Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) at the U.S. State Department, a program she expanded to almost 150 countries, under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Before joining the State Department, she had a distinguished career in the private sector, including both corporate and entrepreneurial ventures. She served as executive head of marketing for American Express Canada and as chief retail marketing officer for Bank of America during a historic turn-around. Porges then founded or co-founded a number of startup ventures including one sold to Wachovia Bank; Third Age Media, the leading Internet portal for baby boomers; Scudder Weisel Capital LLC, a joint venture between Thomas Weisel Partners and Zurich Scudder Investments; and Global Payments Experts LLC, a payments industry advisory firm.
Porges is a sought-after speaker who has inspired audiences globally at such gatherings as the Gender Smart Investing Summit (London), High Water Women Investing for Impact Symposium, the World Bank THK Blended Finance Forum (Bali), Web Summit (Lisbon), Inspirefest (Dublin), WOMEN UP/McKinsey (Stockholm), The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (Istanbul, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur), Disrupt Conference (Athens), The Women's Forum on the Economy (Deauville), WEConnect International (London), UnConference (Israel) and at universities including American University, Babson College, Columbia University, Cornell University, Georgetown University, George Washington University and Harvard University, as well as institutions internationally.
Porges holds a BS with honors and MPS degree from Cornell University.