Inspirefest 2017

Shelly Porges

Managing director, Reservoir Q Global LLC

Shelly Porges is a successful serial entrepreneur, investor and global entrepreneurship advocate. She is managing director of Reservoir Q Global LLC, an advisory and investment firm. She is also the president of the North American Jury for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, a member of the board of the Global Banking Alliance for Women, a member of the advisory board for Global Entrepreneurship Week, and an expert on call for Georgetown University’s entrepreneurship programme, StartUpHoyas.

Porges also served as the former senior adviser for the Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) at the US Department of State, a programme she expanded to almost 150 countries under Secretary Clinton. Prior to joining GEP, she launched the Global Women’s Business Initiative to promote women entrepreneurs worldwide.

Before joining the Department of State, she had a distinguished career in the private sector, including both corporate and entrepreneurial ventures. She served as executive head of marketing for American Express Canada, and as chief retail marketing officer for Bank of America during a historic turnaround.

Porges then founded or co-founded a number of start-up ventures, including one sold to Wachovia Bank; ThirdAge Media, the leading internet portal for baby boomers; Scudder Weisel Capital LLC, a joint venture between Thomas Weisel Partners and Zurich Scudder Investments, one of the largest asset managers in the world; and Global Payments Experts LLC, a payments industry advisory firm. She serves on the International Business Advisory Council for the president of Cyprus, and the advisory boards for early-stage companies, including: Tiatros, a medical solutions platform; Distributed Sun, a commercial solar company; and Cornerstone Capital, an institutional investment firm for impact investors.

Porges was also co-founder of Entrepreneurs for Hillary and served on the National Finance Council of Hillary for America. She holds both a BS with honours and MPS degree from Cornell University.