With over 20 years experience in the field, Gayle Baigelman’s expertise lies in the area of operations, logistics and nonprofit management.  She is currently the Director of Program Operations for the Department of Health Services for the County of Los Angeles, specifically with the Housing for Health Division.



A 25 year veteran of Wall Street, Adam Holiber has worked as an investment banker and asset manager for the last 10 years. He currently runs the patent portfolio development arm of MDB Capital, a Santa Monica based investment bank focused on disruptive technologies. He was previously associated with Seattle based Intellectual Ventures where he was responsible for raising $5 billion in capital for intellectual property investment. Adam graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Physics and subsequently earned an MBA in Finance from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. His early career involved service as a U.S. Air Force Captain where he worked on development of technical integration standards for the Space Shuttle program. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst. 



Equipped with over a decade of marketing and sales experience, Leilah created Crème Collective, a beauty retail agency dedicated to unearthing the best in beauty, wellness and lifestyle, and finding these products the right retail home. The goal? It’s simple; to help women find better beauty. Leilah also has a degree in marketing from the famed FIDM in Los Angeles.



With over 15 years of marketing and operating experience as both a principle and corporate executive, Douglas Cooper has spent his career developing and marketing innovative products and concepts using a multi-channel distribution strategy with a focus on electronic retailing (direct response television, Internet and Home Shopping). Most recently in 2011, Mr. Cooper became Managing Partner/President of IP Brands/Beilis Development, taking the company from a Research & Development/Private Label Manufacturing company to a Research, Development, Incubation and Consulting company, with equity ownership in multiple brands.


As Senior Counsel for IBM Corporation based in New York, Ellen Cox supported the Mainframe and IBM Research divisions, and then went on to support and help form the legal team for the IBM Watson group. Ellen provided expertise on a wide variety of legal issues as IBM developed and offered solutions for the global healthcare and life sciences industries.  Areas of expertise include world-wide medical device regulations and strategic planning, medical research strategy and regulatory compliance, healthcare compliance planning and strategy, intellectual property development and licensing, privacy and HIPAA, Federal government contracting, M&A, government relations and lobbying activities in the healthcare arena, and business and strategic planning.  


Annie Jackson is the Co-Founder and COO of Credo Beauty and has more than 20 years of experience as a merchant and marketer in cosmetics. Jackson has a successful track record for driving successful specialty retail businesses across multiple brands and channels.

Prior to Credo, Jackson’s career began at Estee Lauder where she held roles in inventory planning and marketing before being recruited as part of the founding merchant team that started Sephora in the US and Japan. After Sephora, Jackson owned her own retail business, which she later sold, and took a position directing the Global Product Marketing and Product Development team at Benefit Cosmetics.


Barbara Reiss has a successful track record of more than 30 years of experience as a consultant and coach to health care organizations, including health systems, community hospitals, FQHCs, and community clinics. In addition, Barbara has helped launch over 70 nonprofit startups as a co-founder of a national incubator. She is also a senior advisor to a SF-based accelerator providing capacity building resources to emerging advocacy groups. She introduces her clients to different approaches and tools of strategic thinking, strategic business planning, business model canvas, scenario planning, and innovation. Meeting clients’ where they are and collaborating with them to develop innovative approaches to their business problems are the cornerstones of Barbara’s consulting and coaching philosophy. She is committed to partnering with clients to help them focus on areas where change can be made to achieve success in their core and emerging businesses.

Barbara works closely with entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs as well as leadership teams and boards of directors of emerging and established organizations to accelerate the development and execution of their visions and missions, addressing management opportunities and challenges, and identifying innovative strategies resulting in achievable plans of action that are outcomes-based and measurable.

Ms. Reiss holds a BA and MPH, from UC Berkeley. She serves on the Board of the Northern California Association of Strategic Planning (ASP), Chair of the San Francisco ASP venue for sustainable business practice and strategy dialogue groups, and the San Francisco Bay Area Advisory Board of Facing History and Ourselves, an international educational and professional development organization.


Advisory Board

Dr. Bobbie Rimel received her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and a Doctor in Medicine from Duke University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Northwestern University and Washington University. She is the Associate Director of Gynecologic Oncology Clinical Trails at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and an Assistant Professor at the UCLA Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.