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WAFFA & Boss Women Collective Present: How She Got There – Venture Capital | November 16, 2020

Join WAFFA and Boss Women Collective for an exciting conversation with a panel of leaders in the Venture Capital industry. These inspirational womxn will share their stories on how they got to where they are today, key skills needed to be successful in a venture-focused role, how to break into a role focused on advising and working with startups, and the highs and lows of their respective fields. This event is open to everyone.

Date: November 16, 2020



About the experts

Shilpa Kumar – Senior Product Marketing Manager, QuickBooks Money

Shilpa Kumar currently leads the Product Marketing team for QuickBooks Money, re-imaging banking and FinTech for small businesses. She has past experiences in management consulting, infrastructure, impact investing, and mergers & acquisitions. Outside of work, Shilpa serves on the founding board for Wharton Alumnae Founders & Funders Association where she advises womxn founders on their startups and connects them with investors. Shilpa holds an MBA from Wharton and a BS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Minn Kim – Principal, Bloomberg Beta

Minn Kim is a Principal at Bloomberg Beta, where she invests in the future of work with a focus on machine intelligence tools for knowledge workers. Previously, Minn was on the Strategy and Corporate Development team at Bloomberg LP where she supported Bloomberg’s Financial Products and Enterprise Data businesses and helped research new technologies. She is an alumna of Villanova University and currently lives in San Francisco.

Gaby Goldberg – Investment Analyst, Bessember Venture Partners

Gaby is on leave from her senior year at Stanford University, where she studies Symbolic Systems. Her investment interests include consumer technology and future of work, with a particular focus on the creator economy. She’s currently based in Southern California and loves to hike and trail run in her free time.

Erica Van – Venture Capital, Charles River Ventures

Erica is an investor at CRV (Charles River Ventures), a coast to coast venture capital firm that has been investing in startups for over 50 years. At CRV, Erica focuses on early stage companies, and in particular B2B software. Prior to joining CRV, Erica was an investor at Presidio Partners focusing on AI/ML and Blockchain. Prior to that, Erica co-founded a Strategy team at JPMorgan, and worked as a rotational analyst across investment banking, asset management, and treasury securities at the firm.

Adina Davis – Investor, BoxGroup

Adina is an investor at BoxGroup, a pre-seed and seed stage venture capital fund. At BoxGroup Adina focuses on B2B software, consumer internet, and fintech. Prior to joining BoxGroup Adina was on the Strategy & Operations team at & Walmart e-commerce. She also spent several years at J.P. Morgan covering the tech sector as an investment banker. Adina holds an MBA from Wharton and a BS from Cornell University and currently lives in New York City. 

Monique Woodard – Founder & Managing Director, Cake Ventures

Monique Woodard is an early stage investor at the intersection of technology and newly powerful consumer groups. As the Founding Partner and Managing Director of Cake Ventures, Monique invests in the future of technology being driven by major demographic trends. She invests in companies with global ambitions who are creating technology products that meet the needs of tomorrow’s internet users.

About Boss Women Collective

Boss Women Collective is a platform focused on empowering womxn in the early stages of their careers through personal development and professional growth. We aim to create spaces for womxn to connect and inspire each other along the way. We thrive off of our belief that empowered womxn, empower womxn. Welcome to the collective!


The Wharton Alumnae Founders & Funders Association (WAFFA) is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to accelerate the success of Penn Wharton female founders and investors. Today, 13% of Penn founders are women but they raise just 6% of venture capital. WAFFA harnesses the power of the Penn Wharton network to educate, support, and foster connections for female founders and funders.