K. Shelly Porges is Managing Director of Reservoir Q Global LLC and Co-Founder of The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, mobilizing venture capital for women-founded firms. She is also President of the North American Jury for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, a Board Member of the Financial Alliance for Women, and on the Advisory Board for Cornerstone Capital, Global Invest Her, Mindshift Capital and Different Funds. She is also an Expert on Call for Georgetown University’s Entrepreneurship Program.
Ms. Porges also served as the former Senior Advisor, Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) at the U.S. State Department, a program she expanded to almost 150 countries, under Secretary 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. Ms. Porges then founded or co-founded a number of start-up 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 compelling speaker who has inspired audiences globally at gatherings such as The 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), The UnConference (Israel), The Women’s Leadership Summit (Bali) and at universities such as American, Babson, Columbia, Cornell, Georgetown, George Washington and Harvard in the U.S. and many others outside the U.S.
Ms. Porges holds both a BS with Honors and MPS degree from Cornell University.