Joanne Wilson Angel Investor, Blogger, Co-Founder Womens Entrepreneur Festival, Gotham Gal Ventures

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Necessity is the mother of invention.. and reinvention…

The path that led me here was not straight, but winding. I got my start in retail and wholesale. During the 1990s’ dot-com boom, I worked on the media side of the technology industry. I have chaired a few nonprofits and have sat on numerous boards in a variety of fields. I have been a-stay-at-home mom, I have been a working mom. A city dweller, a suburbanite (albeit briefly!).

These days I find myself in a different career, another turn in the road. In 2007, I made my first angel investment. Since then, my portfolio has grown to include more than 90 companies. I have also focused my thesis on female entrepreneurs — a decision that is more practical than philanthropic. Women founders tend to be tenacious and thorough. They ask questions and listen. They are great leaders.

My female founder thesis led me to create The Women’s Entrepreneurs Festival. This event is an incredible combination of inspiration, information and validation. Year after year, our goal has been to create an intimate setting and a spirited agenda designed for robust conversation and purposeful connections.

Oh, and as a side note I’ve also begun to make my mark in the real estate world.

Seeking balance in all things; while I work hard, I also play hard. I spend my time indulging in the city I love and am blessed to live in. I’m an insatiable foodie. I love cooking, baking and throwing a good party. I love to travel. I am a voracious reader of books, magazines, blogs, you name it. I enjoy collecting art, particularly emerging artists. Eating at the latest and greatest restaurant is another must-do. New stores and designers are also on my radar. I try to stay on the cutting edge of music, film and theater.

My husband is my best friend. When I take off all of these “hats”, my most important job is being a mom. We have three kids who are terrific people.

Someone once called me the “woman around town,” which I thought was quite appropriate. All and all, I’m a very lucky Gotham Gal.

Angel Investor, Blogger, Co-Founder Womens Entrepreneur Festival
Gotham Gal Ventures
July 2016 - Present (6 years 2 months)