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About the conference
Since 2013, High Water Women's Investing For Impact Symposium has evolved into an important gathering for impact investors who want to connect with other investors, advisors, and investment professionals.
Experienced executive who's launched, operated, and scaled technology and services businesses from startup to $100 million+ multiple times. Adept at diving into new industries and driving innovation and impact. Recently entered cleantech space given the urgent need to change how the world generates and consumes energy.
Skilled at developing business and product strategies, building high performing teams and cultures, creating new organizational capabilities, and driving rapid growth. Experienced at fundraising and building boards.
Brings broad functional expertise, having built and led product, design, engineering, innovation, operations, business development, enterprise sales, account management, marketing, people/HR, legal, finance, and other functions. But thrives as a general manager and coach who inspires cross-functional teams to achieve results together.
Founder and Managing Partner at The Billion Dollar Fund for Women
A successful serial entrepreneur, investor and global entrepreneurship advocate with extensive board experience including serving for over a decade as the President of the North American Jury for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, a Member of the Board of the Global Banking Alliance for Women, on the Advisory Board for StartUp Angels, Cornerstone Capital and Global Entrepreneurship Week and an Expert on Call for Georgetown University’s Entrepreneurship Program. A compelling speaker who has informed and inspired audiences globally at gatherings such as The Web Summit (Lisbon), Inspirefest (Dublin), WOMEN UP/McKinsey (Stockholm), The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (Istanbul, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur), The Women's Forum on the Economy (Deauville), WEConnect International (London), The UnConference (Israel), The Women's Leadership Summit (Bali) and many more.
Patience has a 17-year track record in structured investments and 4 years in early stage investments. She has extensive experience in pipeline generation, deal structuring and closings in infrastructure, distressed assets, financial markets and early stage investments. Roles include VP Project Finance, Mizuho Financial Group and Principal Investment Officer and Global Head of Banking on Women at International Finance Corporation. In 2005, Patience co-founded and was COO of Emerging Sun LLC. In 2010, she developed and led the International Finance Corporation’s Banking on Women fixed income asset – 2017 portfolio of $1.56BN invested in 49 deals; and co-developed the first ever Gender Bond issued on the Uridashi market. In 2012, she co-led, with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women, the $600 Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Fund, supporting more than $1BN of investments in women entrepreneurs. Patience is a Venture Advisor at ATP Fund II, an angel investor and Venture Fund Advisor at Golden Seeds. She sits on the Advisory Boards of 2 companies. Patience is on the Board of the International Center for Research on Women. She has an M.B.A. from Northwestern Kellogg School and a J.D from Northwestern Law School.
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