Accelerating Black Leadership and Entrepreneurship

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About Accelerating Black Leadership and Entrepreneurship (ABLE)

ABLE is an enterprise accelerator program designed to strengthen, energize, and support small businesses and nonprofit organizations led by Blacks in the United States.
Adapted from ADN’s Builders of Africa’s Future program that celebrates innovation and impact among early-stage African enterprises, ABLE identifies 5-20 Black business leaders catalyzing an array of sustainable solutions to poverty across multiple sectors at the local and national level. This includes education, healthcare, finance, connectivity, agriculture, and renewable energy, all of which address essential community needs while spurring sustainable growth.
The program is designed to expand economic pathways and advance entrepreneurial efforts through online and in-person training and mentorship that supports the adaptation and innovations of Black entrepreneurs within the current global pandemic and changing economic climate.

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ABLE Program Advisory Committee Members

Raj Aji

Raj Aji

General Counsel and
Compliance Officer Bill.com

Raj Aji brings more than 20 years experience representing payments, e-commerce and enterprise technology companies. As Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Bill.com, Raj is responsible for legal, regulatory, and compliance matters affecting the company, including commercial transactions and intellectual property. Prior to joining, he led the legal and compliance team for Intuit’s payments business. Before Intuit, Raj was the SVP and General Counsel at Obopay where he was integral in forming commercial relationships with global banks and telecoms, and deploying mobile payment services in seven countries spanning three continents.
Jacqueline Hendy

Jacqueline Hendy

Senior Vice President of
Human Resources Bill.com

Jacqueline Hendy is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Bill.com. She is a strategic human resources leader who has deep experience in building HR infrastructure, implementing talent management strategies and leadership coaching.Before joining Bill.com, Jacqueline was the founder and principal of the J2 Consulting Group, which focused on strategic HR initiatives. Prior to that, she led the global talent management function for Equinix and the HR department at PayCycle, Inc. She has also held leadership roles at Genus, AIXTRON, AG and Intuit.
Jackie Bouvier Copeland

Jackie Bouvier Copeland

Founder and President/CEO The WISE Fund
Founder, Black Philanthropy Month

A social and environmental justice leader, Dr. Jackie Bouvier Copeland is Founder and President/CEO of The Women Invested to Save Earth (WISE) Fund, an innovation enterprise, supporting grassroots Black and Indigenous women climate change innovators in Africa, Brazil, Australia and the USA. Founder of Black Philanthropy Month, a global campaign to document, celebrate and promote African-descent giving, social investment and venture funding that has reached 17 million people, she also is an award-winning social change visionary, recognized as a HistoryMaker by the US Congress for her innovative civic contributions. Her life mission is to promote the wellness and rights of humanity and the planet that we all share.
Helen Kim

Helen Kim

Vice President of
Business Operations Bill.com

Helen Kim is a Senior Operations Executive with expertise leading Product, Engineering and Program Management teams in high-tech, e-commerce and professional services. Successful track record with strategic planning, and proven ability to develop and inspire cross-functional teams to deliver bottom line business objectives while achieving customer success. She is currently the VP of Business Operations at Bill.com. She is responsible for leading strategic planning, business performance and growth across the company. Prior to Bill.com, she was an executive at multiple tech companies including eBay, Yahoo, McAfee and VeriSign.
Thane Kreiner

Thane Kreiner

CEO, Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT), Co-Founder, Black Corporate Board Readiness Program

Thane is a CEO, board member, and independent advisor with over 27 years leading systemic change to improve health and wellness for people and planet by creating strategy, driving innovation, and building successful enterprises. He is committed to diversity and inclusion, informing corporate purpose, ESG strategies, and high-performance teams. He currently serves on the Board of Conservation X Labs; is a founding member of the Silicon Valley Executive Center’s Advisory Board; and is co-founder of the Black Corporate Board Readiness program.
Sid Mofya

Sid Mofya

Director\COO
Draper Venture Network

Sid Mofya is the Director / COO of the Draper Venture Network – a collective of 25 venture firms spread across the world’s key technology innovation centers and the world’s largest economies. He previously worked in Tanzania where he started up the country office of the Henry M Jackson Foundation, a Maryland-based healthcare organization; and in the UK, running energy programs for Royal Dutch Shell and the Ministry of Justice. A native of Zambia, Sid serves as on the Board of BongoHive Technology and Innovation Hub, and Kalene Education Fund. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two daughters.
Dr. Michael Moscherosch

Dr. Michael Moscherosch

Director R&D, Fellow, Social Innovation
Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.

Michael has 25 years of experience with Johnson & Johnson Consumer in Research, Development & Engineering as well as Sustainability, both in North America and Germany. In his current role his main focus is on social innovation, finding and incubating health related startup companies in sub-Saharan Africa. Michael holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Stuttgart, Germany.
Lyndon Mouton

Lyndon Mouton

Investor and COO
New Paradigm Technology Partners

Lyndon Mouton is an entrepreneurial leader in the alternative investments space, covering the spectrum of private equity assets across a range of industries. He currently works as an investor and COO at New Paradigm Technology Partners, a multi-family investment firm focusing on venture capital investments in the CPG and Tech sectors. Bachelors in Finance and Economics from Babson College and an MBA from Columbia University.
Guy Primus

Guy Primus

CEO and Board Member
Valence

Guy Primus is a technology executive with over 20 years of experience operating at the intersection of media and innovation. Throughout his career, Guy has demonstrated the ability to combine technology and popular culture to create aggressive organic growth for companies from early-stage startups to Fortune 100. He is also lead inventor on two patents in the digital media/Ad Tech space. Guy currently serves as CEO and board member at Valence, a venture-backed company whose mission is to create new paths to success for Black professionals.

Lead Academic Advisor - Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University

Dennis Lanham

Dennis Lanham

Sr. Assistant Dean and Executive Director, Silicon Valley Executive Center

Dennis Lanham is the Sr. Assistant Dean of Executive Education, and Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Executive Center at Santa Clara University. With more than 15+ years of experience in business education, nonprofit, and program management, Dennis has built numerous programs for businesses and working professionals across industries in leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, operations, and many other business-critical areas. He has worked with dozens of corporate clients and university partners and has built more than ten open enrollment programs from the ground up.

ADN Program Lead

Debra Pacio

Manager, Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement

Debra manages ADN's entrepreneurship programs, including Accelerating Black Leadership and Entrepreneurship (ABLE) and Builders of Africa’s Future (BAF). Previously as a freelance writer, she has contributed to the content and program development of the flagship African Diaspora Investment Symposium and the Impact and Innovation Forums since 2015. Debra has also served as a high school teacher in the Bay Area and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Stanford University.