Pair Take on Advisory Role and Equity Stake as SheWorx Scales
Jory Des Jardins and Stephanie Agresta, founders of The Scale Collective, have joined the Board of SheWorx and are taking an equity stake in the company. Held on November 2, 2016 in NYC and sponsored by Microsoft and other corporate partners, The Scale Collective gathered 300 investors, female founders of technology companies and industry experts to accelerate growth for women entrepreneurs. Des Jardins and Agresta will now support the portfolio of SheWorx products in an advisory capacity, provide counsel to SheWorx founders, and evangelize the organization’s global mission. The Scale Collective will now live within the SheWorx global brand.
Founded by Lisa Wang and Yin Lin, SheWorx is a global collective supporting women entrepreneurs and the leading event series connecting women to top mentors. Grounded in the values of Ambition, Action and Altruism, SheWorx has launched in 6 global cities, reached over 20,000 women, and curated nearly 100 dynamic events to provide women with actionable business strategies and access to investors. With synergistic missions, networks and a shared dedication to high-quality events and content, the four women will now pool resources and experience to further aid women entrepreneurs using a mutually supportive “all boats rise” approach.
Jory Des Jardins commented, “With SheWorx operational scale and our shared vision and values it makes entire sense we join forces and seize the huge opportunities to help empower the next wave of successful female founders.”
Lisa Wang added, “This partnership is a true embodiment of this cycle of altruism as we bring two generations of female leaders together. Stephanie and Jory bring their experience, wisdom, and respective success stories into the momentum that Yin and I have created with SheWorx. Together we will continue to grow the ecosystem of people and companies committed to women entrepreneurs building successful, scalable companies.”
About Jory Des Jardins & Stephanie Agresta
Jory Des Jardins co-founded BlogHer, a venture backed, category-defining women’s digital lifestyle company that was acquired by SheKnows Media in late 2014. She spent 10 years on the founding team, enabling strategy from pre-venture funding through post-acquisition phase. 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.
Stephanie Agresta is an award-winning, digital-first advisor who helps technology companies, startups, marketing teams and individuals build important ecosystems of influence. Named #6 among digital creators, innovators, and strategists by PR Week, Business Insider also cited her as one of the top 25 advertising executives on Twitter. A strategic counselor, instrumental in developing digital and social media initiatives for major brands such as Comcast, PayPal, P&G, Samsung, PepsiCo and Microsoft, Stephanie has previously served in senior executive roles at world-class agencies including MSLGROUP, Weber Shandwick and Porter Novelli. A widely respected thought leader and a regular speaker at industry events, Stephanie works with clients to accelerate growth through influencer relationship management, partnership development, evangelism, and strategic counsel on marketing, communications, and advertising. She has also spent the last 25 years advocating on behalf of women’s issues and equality in the work place.
About Lisa Wang & Yin Lin
Lisa Wang is the Co-Founder of SheWorx, the global collective of ambitious female entrepreneurs redefining leadership. Lisa is a former 4x USA National Champion Gymnast and 2014 inductee into the prestigious U.S. Hall of Fame for her landmark contributions to the progress of gymnastics in America. She began her professional career as a hedge fund analyst on Wall Street and later transitioned into working at a top mobile development and design agency. Previously, she founded a foodtech company incubated in Food-X, the world’s #1 food innovation accelerator. Lisa is passionate about helping women recognize their innate strengths and mentors on the power of “Enoughness.” She has been an Entrepreneur Insider for Fortune Magazine, featured in Forbes, Inc., WSJ, and recognized as one of the Top 20 Entrepreneurs to watch in 2017 by CIO. Lisa is a graduate of Yale University.
Yin Lin is the co-founder of SheWorx, the global collective for ambitious female entrepreneurs redefining leadership. Previously, she co-founded a design and development agency that helped early stage startups to build out their brand and technology at their most critical juncture. Clients that have leveraged their expertise have gone on to raise over $27M in funding. She was an associate Techstars, one of the most selective technology incubators in the world. Yin started her career as a Teach for America NY corps member teaching special education at an all-girls inner-city public school in Brooklyn. Yin has been recognized by Inc. as one of “17 Inspiring Women to Watch in 2017” and by CIO as one of the “Top 20 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017”. Yin speaks often about entrepreneurship and most recently spoke at the United Nations. She graduated with honors from Tufts University and serves as a board member for FWD.us, the inaugural Teach for America NY Alumni Association, and a co-host of the Immigrant Dinners. She is a triathlete and a 5-time marathon runner with plans to run a marathon and climb a summit on every continent —yes, even Antarctica! Yin’s life motto and advice to others is to “be uncomfortable”.