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 female-founded firms and Beyond the Billion, mobilizing LP investors into TBDF funds. She is also a Board Member of the Financial Alliance for Women and on the Advisory Board for Mindshift Capital, Different Funds and Global Invest Her.
Ms. Porges is a globally recognized expert on gender-lens venture investing and a leader in fostering global entrepreneurship. She was honored as one of the Inaugural Forbes 50 Over 50 in Investment in 2021. She served as President of the North American Jury for Cartier Women’s Initiative for over a decade and as the former Senior Advisor, Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) at the U.S. State Department. Ms. Porges has also founded or co-founded six previous ventures including Porges/Hudson Marketing; Scudder Weisel Capital LLC; and Global Payments Experts LLC.
Ms. Porges is a compelling speaker who has inspired audiences globally at major international conferences and at universities. She holds both a BS with Honors and MPS degree from Cornell University.