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Embarc Collective helps Tampa Bay’s startup talent build bold, scalable, thriving companies.

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Lakshmi Shenoy
CEO

Lakshmi Shenoy is a recent transplant to Florida and the Tampa Bay region and is the CEO of Embarc Collective. Before moving to Tampa Bay, Lakshmi was in Chicago and served as the Vice President of Strategy & Business Development at 1871, the #1 university-affiliated business incubator in the world. Prior to 1871, Lakshmi focused on growth strategies for a variety of businesses through her work at Prophet Brand Strategy, Time Inc., Procter & Gamble and Leo Burnett. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Lakshmi was recognized as one of 20 Rising Brand Stars by AdAge in 2017.

 

Walk-on Song: Cake - The Distance
Lakshmi Shenoy
Katharine Contag

Katharine Contag
Executive Advisor

Katharine is an Executive Advisor with Embarc Collective, and also the Executive Vice President at Hanlon Acoustical Ceilings. Prior to joining Hanlon, Katharine founded and patented Color Clutch, an innovative storage device for nail polish and other retail beauty products. Katharine led Color Clutch to establish wholesale partnerships with The Container Store and Amazon within the company’s first 2 years. Before launching Color Clutch, Katharine was Director of Wholesale & Retail Partnerships for BaubleBar, which launched in 2011 as the go-to online destination for fashion jewelry. Katharine has also served as a Senior Manager of Corporate Strategy & Finance with Wal-Mart, based at the company’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. She earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Political Science from Stanford University.

 

Tyana Daley
Communications Manager

Tyana Daley is the Communications Manager at Embarc Collective. A Tampa-native, Tyana graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelors in New Media & Technical Communication. After graduating from USF, Tyana worked on search engine optimization at Bisk Education, joined the Publix Super Markets social media team, and worked for Disney Digital Parks and Resorts as a web producer. Before joining Embarc Collective, Tyana worked as a freelance marketer for small businesses in the Tampa Bay Area.

 

Walk-on Song: Technotronic - Pump Up The Jam
Dan Holahan
Fabio De Sousa

Fabio De Sousa
Analytics and Engineering Manager

Fabio DeSousa is the Analytics and Engineering Manager at Embarc Collective. A Tampa native, Fabio graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Afterwards, Fabio became a Venture for America Fellow and worked for Pack Health, a digital health-coaching startup based in Birmingham, AL, as a Software Engineering Manager.

 

Walk-on Song:  Vulfpeck - Darwin Derby

Allie Felix
Platform Director

Allie Felix is the Platform Director at Embarc Collective. Previously, Allie led community at Work-Bench, an enterprise technology venture fund, and business development at 37 Angels, a women's angel investing network in NYC. Prior to that, Allie managed marketing and partnerships for Tim Draper’s pre-accelerator program in San Francisco, Draper University. Allie currently serves on the board of Emerging Technology Leaders Tampa Bay and previously with the Smith College Business Network Advisory Board. She is a graduate of Smith College and Tampa, FL native.

 

Walk-on Song: Drake - Fancy
Allie Felix
Dan Holahan

Dan Holahan
Customer Success Associate

Dan Holahan is the Customer Success Associate at Embarc Collective. Previously, Dan managed strategic projects at Florida Destinations, a local corporate event planning company. He earned a BS in Entrepreneurship and Leadership Studies from the University of Tampa. While in undergrad, Dan served on several organizations and university advisory boards. Most notably, he led the university’s PEACE Volunteer Center, where he focused on growth and community engagement initiatives.

 

Walk-on Song: Amber Mark - Put You On

Kelly Kehoe
Administrative Manager

Kelly Kehoe is the Administrative Manager at Embarc Collective. She comes to Tampa from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami, where she supported the VP/Communities & Impact and led the team’s budget and contract processes. Previously, she managed global banking, insurance, and audit programs as Senior Treasury Operations Officer for IntraHealth International, a global health NGO based in Durham, NC. Originally from New Jersey, Kelly studied music and history at Oberlin College, and owned a private music studio for several years in San Diego before returning to the east coast.

Walk-on Song: Drake - Fancy
Kelly Kehoe
Kailah Matyas

Kailah Matyas
Talent Strategist

Kailah Matyas is the Talent Strategist for Embarc Collective. Having spent over 20 years with Redwood Partners, a retained executive search and venture firm, she has worked with global high growth technology companies at different stages to support their executive recruiting and talent planning needs. Her passion is to identify and recruit the best talent needed to grow and scale successful businesses. Kailah is on the Board of the Tampa Bay WaVE and the Advisory Board of the Lowth Entrepreneurship Center at the University of Tampa. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from George Washington University. She has lived in New York City, London, Sydney and St Petersburg, FL.

Chris Pizzo
Business Development and Coaching Manager

Chris is the Business Development and Coaching Manager at Embarc Collective. Previously, Chris held the position of Associate at Murray-Bertron, LLC, a Tampa-based VC/PE firm, where he worked with portfolio companies on operational improvements and sourced/executed new investments. Prior to that, Chris co-founded a telehealth company, and he was also an intern at the Tampa Bay Wave.  He has a BS in Marketing from the University of Alabama and an MS in Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies from the University of South Florida.

 

Walk-on Song: Rush - Tom Sawyer
Dan Holahan
Gary Saxton

Gary Saxton
Executive Advisor

Gary Saxton is an Executive Advisor at Embarc Collective. He previously had public and private company COO and CEO roles in the medical technology industry, as well as executive roles in multiple technology industries in sales, marketing, business development and strategy. His international business experience crosses industries and is focused in China, Japan, Europe and Israel. Gary has been a Director of four corporate Boards in the US and France; has lived and worked in Japan and Europe, and is a former US Army Officer. He graduated from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science, and Harvard Business School with an MBA. He is also a competitive marathoner and coach.

 

A Space for our Mission

 

Embarc Collective will open in 2019 in downtown Tampa. At that time, we welcome you to visit for an event or tour.

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