The Art of Planning and Executing A Successful Exit
Donna is an award-winning serial entrepreneur and executive with 15 years of experience growing and advising venture-backed companies in the consumer space. Founded and grew the popular direct-to-consumer company Surprise Ride to millions in sales; acquired by Fat Brain Toys. Developed and brought to market over 100 physical and digital products. Author of a dozen children's books. Featured in Forbes, Inc, Entrepreneur, People, New York Times, Washington Post, Success, Star Magazine, and InStyle. National appearances on Shark Tank, The View, QVC, ABC, CNBC, NBC, and Fox Business. Donna started her career on Wall Street in J.P. Morgan's Mergers and Acquisitions Group where she advised Fortune 500 CEO’s and led a number of multi-billion dollar deals. She completed her MBA at Harvard Business School. Top 40 under 40 CEO. Public speaker and Keynote at Inc's Women Summit.
M&A advisor and technology executive helping to drive exits for privately held technology companies.
In the last few years, I have worked extensively at the intersection of advanced analytics, Big Data and Natural Language Processing (NLP) – as well as many of the areas where they’re having the greatest impact. The fusion of technologies such as Deep Learning, Cognitive Computing and advances in telecommunication promises to be one of the most important transformational drivers of social and business change over the next two decades. I want to help guide and drive these changes.
At an operational level, I’ve had the privilege to serve in a variety of senior leadership roles at multiple technology companies. Recognizing that the best technology opportunities aren't limited to the United States, I have also established and managed several successful international operations – some grown by acquisition. My experience spans North and Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Strategic Business Coach | Coaching C-Levels, Founders, Veterans in Transition| Fast Growth and Scale| Building Sales Playbooks| Holding your sales team accountable for the pipeline| Covid planning
Zvi Band is the co-founder & CEO of Contactually, the top CRM which empowers professionals in real estate, consulting, and other professional industries to build authentic relationships. Having founded Contactually in 2011, Zvi has led Contactually to $12M in venture backing, 75 employees, and tens of thousands of customers, including 8 of the top 20 real estate brokerages in the country. An engineer, a seasoned entrepreneur, developer, strategist and startup advisor, with unique both technical and non-technical operations. Thrice named a Washingtonian Tech Titan, featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and Washington City Paper, Zvi was also a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Zvi is a passionate speaker and author whose writing has appeared in Forbes, Inc, Inman News, and many other outlets.
Lisa Friedlander is a former corporate attorney, founder of Activity Rocket (sold to Thrively in 2017) and the current Business Development Manager for the NEXT Startup Platform at Shulman Rogers. Lisa focuses on startup and emerging growth companies. Lisa is a recognized speaker, judge, and mentor and is also a founding Board member for a new female angel investment group Citrine Angels. Lisa also founded The Heartsongs Luncheon Fund in 2001 which has raised nearly $2 million dollars for Children’s National Medical Center and recently co-founded Teens with Heartsongs.