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Jill Cartwright, Lois Kelly, Julie Sygiel Join Mentor Network
Betaspring's mentor network got a little deeper today with the addition of three seriously awesome women, Jill Cartwright, Lois Kelly and Julie Sygiel. All three bring unique skills and insights to our network and no doubt will add a ton of value when our Spring session kicks off in February.
Jill Cartwright is a consumer goods and services expert with more than 15 years of experience in financial services, retail and manufacturing. Most recently, Jill was the founder and CEO of Go GaGa, a company that produced ergonomically safe and stylish products for parents. Launched in May 2007, Go GaGa’s bags are now sold by more than 250 stores and websites in the US, Canada, Australia, and UK including Babies R Us, Whole Foods, Amazon, and Magic Beans. Go GaGa's line has been a hit with retailers, press and parents, attracting the attention of celebrities including Angela Bassett, Joel Madden, Chris Noth, and Tori Spelling as well as being featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Her work has garnered her several awards, including being inducted to Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women in 2008 and Babson College’s Rising Entrepreneurial Stars in 2011.
"Community and access to resources were two of the most important things when starting my company and I’m excited to be a part of Betaspring’s efforts,” said Jill, who is wired and ready to get connected with the next session of teams.
Lois Kelly is the founder of Foghound, an independent marketing strategy and executive leadership firm. She's also a corporate rebel, tried and true, who has helped some of the most famous — and sometimes outright crazy – high tech companies go from geek squads to global business leaders. Lois clients have included FedEx, SAP, Fidelity, Monster.com, HP, Sapient, Communispace, Harvard Business School Publishing, Dunkin’ Donuts, TJX, DST Output, and The Conference Board. Lois is also the author of two books, Beyond Buzz: The Next Generation of Word of Mouth Marketing in 2007 and Be the Noodle: 50 Ways to be a Compassionate, Courageous, Crazy-Good Caregiver, (part memoir, part how-to instruction manual, part love story about helping her mother die at home).
Following her pioneering work in word of mouth marketing and social media strategy, Lois’ latest passion focuses on harnessing the power of “corporate rebels” in order to activate more engaged and innovative corporate cultures.
Julie Sygiel is a rising star entrepreneur who has lived the ups and downs of launching a new venture. Julie is the CEO and Founder of Sexy Period, an intimate apparel company created to banish period spill OMG moments. Patent-pending Sexy Period underwear is made with leak resistant fabric, while still maintaining comfort and style. Started in an undergraduate class at Brown University, Sexy Period launched sales in January 2011 and is carried in stores across the US and Canada.
We're excited to have these rockin' new mentors in our network and look forward to introducing them to our teams in February!