It is 2022 and less than 15% of partners in venture capital are women. As a result, female founders have only secured 2% of venture capital funding. Here at Dorm Room Fund, we’re on a mission to change that. As a part of those efforts, Female Investor Track was born. We launched our inaugural program in 2021 to increase representation of women and non-binary individuals in VC, and we’re excited to welcome our second cohort this year.
Female Investor Track 2022 includes a six-week curriculum that introduces students to community building, mentorship, and fundamentals of venture capital. This year’s accepted participants are well on their way to careers in venture capital and startups, and they haven’t even graduated yet; of the 21 female investors that have joined this summer’s cohort, 14 are graduate students, six are undergraduates, and one is a JD/MBA candidate.
We are so excited to welcome the 2022 Female Investor Track members:
Adanna is a sophomore at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania studying Finance, Computer Science, and Biology. She is passionate about the building and funding of healthtech and biotech startups. This summer, Adanna is working as a product manager intern at Angle Health, a full-stack health insurance carrier tailored to startups and tech companies. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis and following Formula One racing.
Fun fact: Adanna has her real estate license!
Alex is entering her final year at the University of Waterloo, where she is completing an undergraduate degree in Mathematics with a focus on Finance. She started her career working for a startup at 16 and fell in love with entrepreneurship, building, and scaling companies. Alex has seen almost every operational function from Business Development to FP&A, has spent a strategy internship shadowing a CEO, and was the third employee at a pediatric telehealth company. After learning more about the venture ecosystem and being excited to help founders on the other side of the table, Alex joined Esplanade Ventures, a digital healthtech fund. More recently, Alex has worked at Foundation Capital, where she helped build their early investor network. Currently, she sits on the venture team at Inovia Capital. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching children’s theater, reading, and connecting with inspiring people!
Fun fact: Alex has played piano for 15 years and has had over 10 pets.
Carmen is an MBA candidate at MIT Sloan. She has seven years of experience in the global mobility space, including corporate strategy at Rivian, equity research at Morgan Stanley, and public policy at Uber and a boutique consulting firm for startups. This summer, Carmen is interning on the Impact and Insights Team at Thrive Capital in New York City. She is excited to bring her experiences to tech, climate, and consumer businesses more broadly, while continuing to work with investors and founders. In her spare time, she enjoys tennis, Pilates, and studying for the WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust) Level 3. Carmen received her undergraduate degree in International Economics from Georgetown University.
Fun fact: Despite covering the auto industry for years and working for an automaker, Carmen still does not know how to drive. She is hoping to learn this summer!
Clara is an MBA candidate at MIT Sloan. She is passionate about empowering LATAM and women-founded companies in venture capital. Clara is a multiple-time founder herself, having created a progressive web app for payments and established a clothing and jewelry brand. This summer, Clara is working at Emerald Development Managers, a NY-based VC firm where she is sourcing and conducting diligence on deals in healthtech, cybertech, and cleantech. Previously, Clara has worked in management consulting at McKinsey and fintech at ank (founded by ITAU Unibanco, the largest bank in LATAM). In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing sports, and reading books about behavioral economics. Clara received her undergraduate degree in Economics and Management from the Torcuato Di Tella University.
Fun fact: Clara created her dad’s social media during the pandemic and made him an influencer — he has 108k followers on Instagram!
Delaney is an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School. She is passionate about innovation in industries like real estate and development. Originally from Bethesda, MD, Delaney moved to San Francisco after undergrad to work on commercial construction projects like the Salesforce Tower before pivoting into proptech with startups such as Fieldwire and Bungalow. This summer, Delaney is interning at Amazon as a Senior Product Manager and exploring monetization strategy. In her spare time, she enjoys true crime podcasts and home kombucha-brewing. Delaney received her undergraduate degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Fun fact: According to Spotify, Delaney is in the top 0.5% of global listeners of Fleetwood Mac!
Divya is an MS candidate in Health Policy at Stanford University. She is committed to increasing healthcare access through innovation and supporting underrepresented entrepreneurs. This summer, Divya is building a venture that aims to revolutionize adolescent mental health care. Previously, Divya worked as a researcher at the World Bank and a summer analyst at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors, and hanging out with her labradoodle. Divya received her undergraduate degree in Economics from Columbia University.
Fun fact: Divya lived in a ski town for 2 years!
Glory is a candidate in the Wharton MBA Program for Executives. She is the Director of Operations for Penn Health-Tech, a development and commercialization hub for early-stage medical devices and health technologies at the University of Pennsylvania. Glory leads day-to-operations and communications. She also manages and executes programs and strategic initiatives, including the annual process for the center’s Health-Tech Accelerator program and annual symposium. She began her career as an epidemiologist, having experience in both lab research and clinical settings. Glory received her undergraduate degree in Psychology with minors in Neuroscience and Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh.
Fun fact: Glory has skydived twice!
Jennifer is an MBA candidate at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Jennifer was most recently a growth equity investor at General Atlantic and previously worked in investment banking at Perella Weinberg Partners and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She is deeply passionate about mentoring and supporting under-represented individuals to achieve their dreams, and is actively involved in her community. Jennifer led the national organization of Synergist, a network of current and aspiring female investors, and directed a mentorship program on behalf of Minds Matter, a non-profit which prepares low-income high school students for college success. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys playing tennis, skiing, and spending time with friends and family. She received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.
Fun fact: Jennifer helped start and build her family’s business, a college prep and tutoring program, while growing up in Texas. This experience inspired her to develop and teach a student-run course at UC Berkeley (which is still offered today)!
Kavya is an MD/MBA candidate at the University of Michigan. She is passionate about and experienced in women’s reproductive health, DEI, and entrepreneurship. Previously, Kavya has worked in venture capital, healthcare, and in Detroit’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. This summer, she is wrapping up her third year clinical rotations before starting her MBA, leading a number of research projects, and traveling! Kavya aspires to be an ObGyn and healthcare venture capital investor. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, short films, and her houseplants. Kavya received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Wayne State University.
Fun fact: Kavya learned how to ride a motorcycle this summer!
Maxi is an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School. She is interested in consumer tech companies and upstart brands. This summer, Maxi is working as Summer Associate at Cue Ball Capital, an evergreen venture capital fund with most of its portfolio invested in female founders and inclusionary ventures. She also works with HBS Lady Angels to help more women get on the best cap tables. Before business school, Maxi was a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University and a management consultant at McKinsey. In her spare time, she enjoys art galleries, hot yoga, and outdoor activities. Maxi received her undergraduate degree in Management from the London School of Economics.
Fun fact: Maxi moved from the Black Forest to London aged 17 to study fashion design!
Miriam is an MBA candidate at MIT Sloan. She is fascinated by tough tech and is passionate about the role of cleantech in driving the energy transition. Miriam spent the past 5 years as an engineer in Ghana’s oil and gas industry, leading offshore exploration projects. Miriam received her undergraduate degree in Petroleum Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Fun fact: Miriam was once on a TV show aired to the entire African continent!
Nadia is an MBA candidate at the University of California, Berkeley – Haas School of Business. She is committed to empowering more women and people of color to build and invest in the next generation of tech companies. Her varied interests span mental health and wellness technology, design thinking, and impact investing. Nadia has over six years of experience in product development and program management, including building new consumer advertising products for Fortune 100 retailers at Meredith and managing large grant investment programs at Citi Foundation. This summer, Nadia is working as a venture capital intern at Necessary Ventures. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing/teaching yoga, traveling, life chats, and being in nature. Nadia received her undergraduate degree in Mathematics with minors in Business and Political Science from Queens College, City University of New York.
Fun fact: Nadia speaks Bengali and she has been a certified yoga and meditation teacher since 2016. She currently teaches at Yug Wellness in Astoria!
Rachel is an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School. She is a startup operator and two-time founder with over six years of experience designing and managing software products. Prior to HBS, she scaled the Rolling Funds product at AngelList Venture from concept through 100+ funds launched. She cares deeply about women empowerment and representation, which drove her to start Girl Possible, a nonprofit that produces design thinking and leadership experiences for middle school girls. She also is a part of the founding team of Pair Eyewear, a D2C customizable eyewear brand. This summer, Rachel is working at Kindred Ventures with Steve Jang and Kanyi Maqubela as an MBA associate. In her spare time, she enjoys hosting dinner parties and cooking new recipes (currently from an Ottolenghi cookbook). Rachel received her undergraduate degree in Science, Technology and Society from Stanford University.
Fun fact: Rachel has lived in an RV for 14 weeks across 35 states!
Rainbow is an MBA candidate at the Wharton School. Previously, Rainbow was at McKinsey’s Life Sciences practice, where she helped bring one of the COVID-19 vaccines to market. She was also a PMM at Ruggable and the founder of Odyssey Notebooks. In her free time, she enjoys creating art and talking about her recent reads. Rainbow received her undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Harvard University.
Fun fact: Rainbow has won two watermelon eating contests!
Ru is an MBA candidate at the Wharton School. She is passionate about exploring technology from various perspectives beyond coding, and would love to learn more about infrastructure tech and crypto. Ru started her career at Morgan Stanley as a credit analyst. Passionate about the entrepreneurship scene in China, she relocated to Beijing to join MiraclePlus (former Y Combinator China). Here, Ru sourced 100+ startups (2 invested) for the Spring 2022 Batch and led the launch of the first Female Founders Conference. Ru received her undergraduate degree in Information Systems with triple minors in Politics and Public Policy, Statistics, and Business from Carnegie Mellon University.
Fun fact: Ru started and runs the Techcelerated podcast, where she shares her conversations with Chinese founders. She transcribes and translates the chats on Medium. Previously, she also co-founded MASA Foundation, a peer-to-peer network platform where she co-hosted fireside chats!
Savannah is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota pursuing an undergraduate degree in Marketing and Economics. She is passionate about sustainability and committed to supporting women and minority-led startups. Previously, Savannah founded an eco-friendly bubble tea straw company and currently works as an analyst on Atland Ventures, a student-run VC fund. This summer, she is working at Starbucks as a Shift Supervisor. In her free time, she likes to read, rock climb, hike, spend time with friends/family, and find new coffee shops. She’s always up for an iced matcha latte!
Fun fact: When Savannah was younger, her dream was to become an archeology professor with a black belt.
Soumia Vellanki is a sophomore and Ingram Scholar at Vanderbilt University studying Sociology, Human & Organizational Development, and Business. Through FIT, Soumia hopes to pursue a career in social entrepreneurship and impact investing to enable social transformation at scale. Previously, Soumia founded the MakHERs Market, a philanthropic marketplace spotlighting female-owned small businesses and fundraising for local women’s empowerment centers. This summer, she has juggled her internship at UNICEF USA alongside her business development role at Clearloop, a renewable energy company equitably bringing solar to American communities. In her free time, Soumia enjoys poetry, memoirs, and volleyball.
Fun fact: Soumia has a terrible track record with hitting curbs and popping car tires.
Soumya is a senior at the University of Michigan pursuing an undergraduate degree in Business and UX Design. Originally from India, her personal and professional pursuits lie at the intersection of business, technology and impact. Soumya’s previous experiences in venture include internships at Harlem Capital and Blackhorn Ventures, as well as an on-campus impact fund.
Fun fact: Soumya hiked 114km of the Camino de Santiago from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela this May!
Tolu is an MBA candidate at the Wharton School. She is passionate about the creator economy, consumer economy, African tech, and social impact. Previously, Tolu has worked as a Senior Producer at various influencer marketing agencies and within the brand strategy field. This summer, she worked as a Consumer Strategy Intern at Verizon and volunteered at BM Prime Capital. In her spare time, she enjoys watching on and off Broadway plays, listening to podcasts, and trying the latest group fitness class. Tolu received her undergraduate degree in Communications from Boston College.
Fun fact: Tolu met Jennifer Lopez at work one day & was almost in one of her movies!
Wendy is an MBA candidate at The Wharton School. She is majoring in Entrepreneurship & Innovation as well as Organizational Effectiveness, and is passionate about supporting founders who are building disruptive brands for overlooked consumers. Previously, she was a private equity investor at Goldman Sachs and Littlejohn & Co. This summer, she is working as a summer associate at SWAT Equity Partners, a consumer-focused venture capital firm. Originally from New Jersey, she now calls NYC home. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out in the park or on the beach, trying up-and-coming restaurants, and working on her tennis game. Wendy received her undergraduate degree in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in finance and marketing.
Fun fact: Wendy is moving to SF this fall for a semester (and welcomes any recommendations)!
Yongxi is a recent graduate of Wesleyan University where she received her undergraduate degree in Economics. She is passionate about anything Web3 or crypto related. Currently, Yongxi is an analyst at the Boston Consulting Group on the private equity team. She comes from a trading background with a focus on options and derivatives trading, and has also gained exposure to crypto investing having worked as a venture capital intern at Binance Labs. In her spare time, she enjoys trying different cultural foods with friends, going to museums and sharing TikTok videos with friends.
Fun fact: Yongxi produces films!