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Meet Our Network

Project Sunflower is a network of exceptional female executives with proven leadership and success that spans multiple industries.

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Debbie Ackerman

Co-Founder and Partner - Amateras AEA

Christy Alvord

Former President and Industrial Products Executive

Paula Bennett

CEO and Experienced Retail Executive

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Shani Boone

Finance, Strategy & Operations Executive

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Rita Brogley

Technology Executive and Independent Board Director

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Elizabeth Burgess

Partner – Bridges Fund Management

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Lily Chang

Senior Advisor – Leonard Green & Partners 

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Jennifer W. Christensen

Managing Partner – JWC Partners

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Christine DeYoung

Managing Partner – DHR International

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Heather Fraser

Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director – TZP Group, LLC

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Alex Friedman

Co-Founder and Former CEO -  LOLA

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Andrea Gelzer, MD, MS

Experienced Health Care and Managed Care Executive

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Julie E. Gilbert

Partner – McKinsey & Company

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Laurie Ann Goldman

Former CEO of Spanx, Board Director

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Susan Golden

Founder and Principal – Golden Leadership LLC

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Harisha Haigh

Managing Director – Northwestern University


Andee Harris

CEO - Challenger Inc

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Andrea Hedrick

Partner - Amateras AEA

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Holly Huels

Co-Founder and Managing Partner – Holleway Capital Partners 

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Alex Jung

Co-Founder and Managing Partner - Amateras AEA

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Arden Karson

Founder and Managing Principal - Karson & Co.

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Michele Korfin

COO & CCO - Gamida Cell

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Meghan Leggett

Director- The Sterling Group

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Kate Lindberg

Chief Investment Officer - Sawdust Investment Management Corp.

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Gail Mandel

Director and Former CEO Wyndham Destination Network

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Viola Maxwell-Thompson

Former President and CEO Technology Executive

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Cheri McEssy

Healthcare Expert and Entrepreneur

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Jennifer N. Perron-Micek

Marmon Retail – Vice President of Growth & Innovation

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Debra Perelman

Former President, CEO and Board Member Revlon

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Jennifer Pierce

Experienced Financial Services and Energy Executive  

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Debra Polishook

Experienced Consulting and Operations Executive

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Pamela Simpkins

Biopharmaceutical Executive and Former Institutional Investor

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Jane Shekman

Founder and CEO LifeCare Home Health Services

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Sheila Stanziale

CEO & Board Director - Consumer Sector

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Martha Temple, FSA

Experienced Health Care Executive

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Adrienne L. Stevens

Executive Leader & Board Director

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Wendy Trevisani

Institutional Investor and Portfolio Manager

Advisory Network members are not Amateras AEA employees. There can be no assurance that such professionals will be associated with the Amateras AEA Fund or any particular investment. The level of involvement and role of the advisors with the Fund and each portfolio company may vary, including having no involvement or role at all. 

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