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Cleveland In-Person Event | High Impact Boards for Startup and Early-Stage Companies
6701 Carnegie Ave Ste 100
Cleveland, OH 44103
Tuesday, August 09, 2022, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
Category: Cleveland


02:00 PM - 04:30 PM (Pacific)
03:00 PM - 05:30 PM (Mountain)
04:00 PM - 06:30 PM (Central)
05:00 PM - 07:30 PM (Eastern)  


$30   Registration Fee



High Impact Boards for Startup and Early-Stage Companies: The path of a startup company from initial investment through exit is rarely smooth. Many early-stage companies will experience strategic pivots, cash crises, fundraising challenges, talent gaps, operational hiccups due to rapid growth, and entertain unplanned exit opportunities. High impact board members can help the company seize opportunities, anticipate and mitigate risks, and navigate the inevitable challenges. As a result, the role of an early-stage board member can be highly challenging and rewarding. This in-person program will consist of a brief educational program followed by a candid panel discussion with experienced early-stage directors.

Thank you to our National Sponsors!




Todd Federman
Managing Director
North Coast Ventures

Todd Federman is the Managing Director of North Coast Ventures. North Coast has seven funds comprised of over 400 of the region’s leading investors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders - making it the largest, single-chapter investor group in the country. North Coast and its investors have deployed nearly $100M of capital in over 75 early-stage companies since 2007. Todd serves on the boards of many of the Fund’s companies. Prior to joining North Coast, Todd served as a technology strategy consultant for DiamondCluster and AOL. Previously, he launched a consumer-packaged goods company, One with Nature which is available in 4,000 retail locations. Todd is a member of YPO and Leadership Cleveland’s class of 2015. Todd holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Kent State University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.


Ray Leach
Founding CEO
JumpStart, Inc.

Ray Leach is the founding CEO of JumpStart Inc. a Cleveland, Ohio-based non-profit venture development organization that has gained a national best-in-class reputation for its innovative economic development models and its ability to leverage its experience and expertise across the U.S. Ray is considered a national thought and practice leader at the intersection of public, private and philanthropic partnerships accelerating private-sector investment capital, job creation and increasing inclusive economic outcomes in neighborhoods, cities, states and regions. Ray was a Sloan Fellow and a graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management and the University of Akron. He began his career at IBM and went on to co-found four startups. Ray was a founding member of the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) and currently serves on the for-profit boards of Smithers and Signet LLC and the non-profit boards of Venture Forward and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.


Marc Morgenstern
Founder/Managing Partner
Blue Mesa Partners

Marc Morgenstern is the Founder/Managing Partner of Blue Mesa Partners; focused on early-stage growth companies since 1996 as management, strategic advisor, or investor. He’s the Mentor-at-Large for The House Fund (UC Berkeley's seed venture fund) and taught "Street Smart Startups" at UC Berkeley. Marc has been a director of public companies, board of directors/advisors of 20+ private companies and negotiated and/or structured hundreds of M&A or high growth equity financings as principal, advisor, or counsel. Formerly he was a nationally recognized corporate/securities deal lawyer and CEO/Managing Partner of an entrepreneurial law firm, and co-founded Within3. Marc is the author of "The Soul of the Deal-Day One through Exit – creative framework for buying, selling or investing in any business" (2022) and a thought-leading author and speaker about deals, negotiating, and venture capital. He serves on the boards of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and San Francisco's Rex Foundation (founded by the Grateful Dead). Marc is a member of Cleveland’s 50 Club. He splits his business/ investment and family time between San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Cleveland.


Sue Tyler
Board Member | Investor | Venture Partner

Sue Tyler is an experienced early-stage company board member and investor. She serves on the boards of early-stage digital health companies Janus Health and HealthPlan Data Solutions and as board observer for early-stage SaaS company Healthy Roster. She is a Venture Partner for Caduceus Capital, a Venture Mentor for CWRU Medical School and was named 2020 “Member of the Year” by North Coast Ventures. Sue has built businesses and led financial and operational turnarounds for companies ranging in size from startup through Fortune 500. Her corporate career included CFO and other executive positions at Medical Mutual and P&L and financial leadership roles at Progressive Insurance. She also led product and marketing for a startup business, growing that business from $0-300 million in four years. She draws on her varied career experiences and PDA training as she supports CEOs and companies as they raise growth capital, refine their strategic plans, and scale operations. She was recognized as a 2021 “Director to Watch” by Private Company Director.



Michael Goldberg

Executive Director
Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship


Michael Goldberg is the inaugural Executive Director of the Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship. Goldberg is also an Associate Professor of Design and Innovation at the Weatherhead School of Management at CWRU where he teaches courses on entrepreneurship. Goldberg created a massive open online course (MOOC) for CWRU called Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies, which has attracted over 175,000 students from 190 countries with subtitles in 16 languages (most on Coursera platform). Before joining CWRU, Goldberg was the co-founder of the Bridge Investment Fund, a venture capital fund focused on investing in Israeli medical device companies that have synergies with the leading health care industries and institutions in Cleveland and the Director of International Business Development for America Online, responsible for structuring and negotiating international partnerships in Asia. Goldberg holds a BA from Princeton University, MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University and MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.