CEO and co-founder of The Pink Ceiling
The New York Times called her pharmaceutical product the drug of a generation and Fortune called her a tireless force of nature. Associates of hers call her unapologetically pink. Cindy Whitehead is a highly regarded women's health advocate and serial entrepreneur.
Over a distinguished 22-year career in healthcare, in only the last 10 she has started and sold two businesses for more than $1.5B. She co-founded and last served as CEO for Sprout Pharmaceuticals where, in 2015, the company broke through with the first ever FDA-approved drug for low sexual desire in women—dubbed “female Viagra” by the media. She started Sprout only one day after selling another that she also co-founded, Slate Pharmaceuticals, which redefined long lasting testosterone treatment for men.
Cindy has made waves, and made her own success, in the field of sexual medicine and creating mission driven companies that deliver big. Her results became a widely covered business success story featured in major media outlets: The New York Times, Associated Press, Financial Times, Vanity Fair, Bloomberg, CNBC, CBS, Fox, Yahoo and the cover feature of Entrepreneur Magazine. Cindy has been an invited speaker at Fortune's Most Powerful Women, at the Fast Company Innovation Festival, SXSW and Inc. Women about what it takes for breakthrough business success. For all of her accomplishments, she is most proud of the profoundly positive impact that her products have had in people's lives and her company’s outcomes have had for her teams.
Cindy has a new mission to mentor, invest in, launch and build other women led or focused businesses. In 2016, she opened the doors to The Pink Ceiling—a cross between a VC firm, a ‘pinkubator’ and a consulting enterprise—where she is CEO. In very rare moments she is hard at work trying not to work. You cannot miss
Cindy. What she touches turns to Pink.
Co-Founder & CEO @ Bandwidth.com
David Morken is the Co-founder and CEO of Bandwidth, one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing communications technology companies. Founded in 1999, and a certified CLEC in 49 states, Bandwidth is disrupting the telecom industry with its customer-first focus and software development horsepower. Bandwidth operates both business and consumer divisions, serving corporate clients as diverse as Google and Skype, as well as consumers everywhere who want to save money on their smartphone bills. David has led Bandwidth through tremendous growth since its inception including, most recently, the launch of Republic Wireless. As the nation's first hybrid calling mobile operator, Republic Wireless leverages the disruptive power of Wi-Fi to provide members with unlimited voice, text and data service.
Prior to founding Bandwidth, David was called to active duty by the Marine Corps in 1995 and served four years as a Judge Advocate, criminal prosecutor and headquarters company commander. David is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and a member of the Virginia Bar Association. He received his undergraduate degree from Oral Roberts University.
Co-Founder & CEO @ Netsertive
Mr. Morrissey is CEO of Netsertive, a fast-growing ad technology firm based in Research Triangle Park, NC. Netsertive’s technology platform automates high-performance digital marketing for local businesses and multi-location retailers throughout North America and powers an innovative channel marketing system, Digital Co-op, which links brands and local channel partners in turnkey digital marketing campaigns. Mr. Morrissey has overseen rapid growth every quarter since launching in 2009 and completed two rounds of venture funding from top-tier digital media venture capital firms to support the expansion. He has over 16 years’ experience in digital media and VC-backed startup companies emphasizing Internet and mobile marketing technology.
Prior to co-founding Netsertive, Mr. Morrissey was VP of Business Development at Motricity, an interactive marketing technology company serving media, entertainment and mobile carrier clients. Prior to Motricity, he was VP at Los Angeles based mobile marketing startup GoldPocket Wireless – overseeing sales, partner operations & client services – helping drive the rapid growth leading to its successful acquisition by Motricity in 2006.
Mr. Morrissey previously served in management roles at wireless pioneer startup Nextel Communications during its first four years, venture-backed broadband ISP startup InternetConnect and global consultancies KPMG Consulting (now BearingPoint) and CSC Consulting. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he rowed four years on the varsity crew team.
Director of Sales @ Avalara
Robert Hartsfield is the Director of Sales at Avalara, a Seattle-based provider of cloud software focusing on sales and use tax compliance. Founded in 2004 with four global offices, Avalara is theindustry leader for sales and use tax compliance software in the cloud. Robert was selected by Avalara in early 2014 to recruit, build and develop an East Coast sales team based in Durham, North Carolina. His team now accounts for nearly half of Avalara’s global sales corps.
Robert has distinguished himself as both an individual contributor and sales leader in the software and technology space for nearly two decades and prior to joining Avalara, Robert served as director of sales at Bronto Software. As a sales leader, Robert specializes in developing top performers via a proven and well defined sales methodology centered on sales cycle management and negotiating skills. His genuine passion for sales and new business development has led him to consistently develop and retain top performers on his teams. Outside the office he enjoys playing golf, volunteering in the community, and spending as much time as possible with his wife Tomeka and three children Robbie, Leah Grace and Camille.
Co-Founder & CEO @ Windsor Circle
Matt is CEO and a co-founder of Windsor Circle. Prior to founding Windsor Circle, he spent five years as VP of Sales for Bronto Software, helping to grow it from 10 people to over 100, and held strategic and leadership roles at SAS, edocs, and Network Software Associates.
Matt is a double Tar Heel, with a BA and MBA with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Matt is passionate about people, entrepreneurship, and breaking the poverty cycle locally and globally through housing and education initiatives. Matt loves to “chef it up” for groups large and small (equatorial cuisine is his thing), loves scuba diving (170+ dives), and has travelled to 35 countries on 5 continents.
LinkedIn’s Head of Marketing refers to Lindsey as a “Legend in the Realm of Social Selling” and someone who “knows how to sell."
Receiving the highest Social Selling Index (SSI) score at the recent LinkedIn Sales Connect conference, Lindsey was recognized for her unique and effective outreach for prospecting. Lindsey’s fearless persistence, focus, and innovation have all played a part in her continuous success as a sales leader.
Making President’s Club her first year in sales at Bronto Software set the stage for what was to come. Lindsey has led inside sales organizations for most of her sales career and her career blossomed at Bronto Software, SmarterHQ and most recently etailinsights.
Currently Lindsey keynotes at conferences across the globe and holds sales workshops on social selling. Lindsey works with small start-ups all the way to Fortune 500 companies. Some corporations that Lindsey has worked with include Oracle, LinkedIn, SAP, InterContinental Hotels Group, American Airlines, NetSuite, SkillSurvey, Bank of America, SparkPost, Equifax, and many others.
VP, Platform Sales @ Sysomos
Albert Chou is the Vice President of platform business unit at Sysomos. He has over 10 years of experience selling enterprise software and technology services. His core sales philosophy requires team members to become product consultants while demonstrating knowledge about each customer’s business. Following a Master’s Degree from Emory University, he has been involved in various startups with a recent exit in 2015 when Expion was acquired by Sysomos.
Director of Sales @ ArchiveSocial
Isaac is the Director of Sales of ArchiveSocial, the leading civic-tech startup in the Triangle that specializes in archiving social media for regulated organizations. Their mission to “Empower and Protect Open Dialogue” is best exemplified by the over 500 government entities such as Chicago, Detroit, Austin, the State of North Carolina, and the Department of Justice of the United States of America that trust their social media archiving to ArchiveSocial. The company was the winner of Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest in 2015, and was named to the GovTech100 in 2016 as one of the top 100 companies in civic tech.
Prior to working with ArchiveSocial Isaac cold-called, sold, and led sales teams at Citrix in Raleigh as part of the ShareFile sales team. Isaac graduated Magna Cum Laude from Kalamazoo College in Michigan and since then has had the opportunity to live in epicenters of technological development such as Beijing, Taipei, and Salt Lake City. He is passionate about developing leaders in technology sales, crushing his friends in NCAA Football 2014, and exploring the culinary scene in Durham.
VP Sales @ Adzerk
Ron is the VP of Sales at Adzerk - the ad serving platform that enables tech-focused sites to deeply integrate advertising with the end user experience through the use of multiple apis. Their mission is to make the internet a better place by fostering an environment of better advertising and they are well on their way with a roster of clients that include reddit, imgur, BitTorrent and Stackoverflow among many others.
Ron was the first sales rep at Adzerk and has grown revenue 2900% in the last 5 years and has seen them land on the Inc. 500 list coming in at #262 in 2015. Prior to Adzerk, Ron managed the Small Business Sales team at iContact where he oversaw a 12-person team that was responsible for adding $40k in new monthly recurring revenue each month.
Ron and his wife Krystle live in Cary and are constantly chasing after their three crazy boys. In his spare time, he enjoys watching and playing baseball.
Founder & CEO @ RevBoss
Eric started RevBoss in 2014 with a mission to provide world-class sales development services to SaaS / B2B companies.
Prior to RevBoss, he was the Founder & CEO at social media management platform provider Argyle Social and employee #1 at email marketing service provider Bronto.
He completed his undergraduate studies at UNC Chapel Hill in 2002 and earned an MBA at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business school in 2009, where he was a Dean’s Fellow.
Eric and his wife Kelly live in Durham with their young children Thomas, Catherine, and Barbara. In his infrequent spare time, Eric enjoys home renovation projects, playing the guitar, and Carolina basketball.