Inspirefest 2017

Sharon Vosmek

CEO, Astia

Sharon Vosmek has transformed Astia during her tenure as CEO since 2007, having previously served as COO. Under Vosmek’s leadership, Astia is now the pre-eminent organisation working to ensure the success of high-growth start-ups founded and led by women. She has led Astia’s growth from 20 individuals in Silicon Valley to the global community that it is today, with more than 5,000 investors, entrepreneurs, family offices, industry leaders and individuals. Vosmek was one of the founding managers and members of Astia Angels, the global investment group launched in 2013 to invest directly into women-led, high-growth companies.  She is well regarded around the globe for her opinions, research and commentary on the importance of women leaders as integral to innovation and high-performing entrepreneurial companies.

A highly sought-after speaker, Vosmek recently spoke at the United Nations and the Milken Institute California Summit. She has given lectures at numerous universities, most notably on the topic of building inclusive ecosystems at Stanford and MIT. She was invited to participate in The White House Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference, and the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship led by Hillary Clinton. In 2011, she was a US delegate to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women and the Economy Summit.

Vosmek sits on the advisory boards of two venture capital firms, StarVest Partners and Illuminate Ventures. She is also a member of the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst Experts Advisor Group, the AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Advisory Committee, and the ‘Making Value for America’ expert advisory committee for the National Academy of Engineering.