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Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley, NIMBLE is the 501 (3) (c) corporation National Institute for Mentoring Business Leaders & Entrepreneurs. NIMBLE's mission is to inspire and empower young leaders with 21st century skills such as adaptability, empathy, teamwork, creative problem-solving and mindfulness. These skills are hallmarks of disruptors and innovators but are not taught in fact-oriented, memorization-bound schools.
Our research on creativity and innovation aims to unlock the mysteries of the creative process, understanding influences and drivers. We seek to provide actionable insights and methodologies for individuals and organizations so that complex problem-solving and creativity are embedded in company DNA rather than needing to be acquired.
NIMBLE's programs are top-rated on Google by program participants.
For the 2020 Global Business Awards, NIMBLE was awarded Best in Professional Training & Coaching Solutions - USA by Corp Today Magazine.
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MEET OUR TEAM
MARIETTE JOHNSON WHARTON
FOUNDER & CEO
Mariette is an entrepreneur and angel investor and has served as a mentor for entrepreneurs at Columbia Business School and in Middlebury College's MiddCORE program. She co-founded Vidtel in 2008, the first any-to-any cloud-based video conferencing service, with a successful exit in 2013. She designed a pioneering video voicemail product, earned 7 industry awards for the company and received recognition in the Power 100: The Most Powerful Women in the Channel in 2012. She started the strategy and innovation firm Change Agent Partners in 2014, following innovative work at Fortune 50 and Fortune 100 firms with PricewaterhouseCoopers and boutique firms. She was an Internet strategist for the pioneering e-commerce development company Proxicom from 1998-2001. Previously, Mariette was a Director at the Management Institute for Environment & Business, where her research was published by the US EPA. She is guest speaker, an early investor in 75+ companies, including in the first round for Ring. She holds a BA cum laude from Middlebury College and an MBA with honors from Columbia Business School.
Valerie is a NIMBLE Board Member active in NIMBLE marketing and accounting functions. Previously, she drove marketing, communications and HR projects in a cross-functional, global context for a multi-billion dollar aerospace company, a VC-backed technology startup and has held various management & engineering services companies. Valerie is fluent in four languages.
Paul is a NIMBLE Board Member and has been highly engaged in NIMBLE programs as a mentor.
For 20+ years in Silicon Valley, Paul led as a venture executive (through 3 IPOs and 3 acquisitions) with the last two as CEO. Now he lives in Boulder, CO and also manages a portfolio of public equities, as well as invests in and advises young startups in Silicon Valley.
Paul holds a patent for wireless LAN protocols and a patent for an enterprise transaction rule engine.
SHEIRA ARIEL, Ph.D.
Sheira is Research Advisor for NIMBLE. She has expertise in individual, group and organizational effectiveness. Sheira has held roles at Sun Microsystems and IBM and most recently, Silicon Valley Bank. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a M.A. in Business Research and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Colin is NIMBLE CTO and oversees the creativity app development project. He is a senior software engineer at Netskope. His focus is in network, machine learning and blockchain technologies. Colin was an early developer at Ring and Nubeva and also worked at the pioneering cloud video conferencing company Vidtel.
Lauren is a former NIMBLE Board Member and contributes to NIMBLE programs. She co-founded the Berman Skin Institute and was instrumental in operations for two decades. Lauren has also written, produced and directed numerous children's theater productions and delivers improv and presentation training for NIMBLE. Lauren previously served on the Board of TheatreWorks and serves as preschool director of the Palo Alto JCC. She holds a degree in Theatre from Sacramento State University.
Laura is a former Board Member of NIMBLE and is a Mentor.
She has over 20 years of experience in product marketing, product management, strategy and communications in both B2B and B2C. Laura is a positioning consultant with Firebrick Consulting. Laura was VP and Director of Product Marketing for Eyefi, CMO Strategy Group and Peoplesoft and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Panel Experts & Mentors
General Partner at Canaan Partners, a venture capital firm. MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton.
Was Automation Engineer at Yubico, a founder and CTO for Microbiota Labs and Charged Inc. He has interned at Columbia and has worked as a Hardware Engineer at Cisco and Kindred.ai. Studied at Washington University in St. Louis and Knox College
CEO & Co-Founder of Outward Inc., acquired in 2017 by Williams-Sonoma Inc. Qualcomm SVP, named on over 140 issued US utility patent, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a M.S. and Ph.D. from MIT.
Managing Director of Blyth Capital Partners LLC, SVP, Oracle, numerous issued patents in machine learning, natural language processing, privacy and security. From Harvard, hB.S. in Engineering and Applied Physics, a M.S. in Engineering and a M.B.A. with distinction.
Currently a Venture Acceleration Partner at Sage Partners and serves as an advisor and director for technology startups. She has over 30 years of experience in growing revenue for various innovative tech companies.
Director at TechnoServe and prior CEO at Gigwalk, Entrepreneur in Residence at Lightspeed Venture Partners, B.S. in Engineering, Stanford University, M.A. in Education Administration and Policy Analysis and M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Director, Developer Platform & Partnerships at Instagram/Facebook,Lead Sales Engineer and executive at Google. Co-founded multiple companies, B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Santa Clara University and M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Colin is a senior software engineer at Netskope. His focus is in network, machine learning and blockchain technologies. Colin was an early developer at Ring and Nubeva and also worked at the pioneering cloud video conferencing company Vidtel.
Managing Director of sales origination for Silicon Valley Bank in life science and healthcare venture capital firms, B.A. in business administration from the University of California, Riverside and a J.D. from Santa Clara University.
COO and co-founder of Profit Circles, 12-year tenure at Cisco as Director of Worldwide Business Operations and Sales Operations in Europe and Emerging Markets, M.B.A. from Nottingham Trent University.
CEO of Realm, recently sold to MongoDB, prior CEO of Openwave Messaging, and COO of SEVEN, among other roles, B.A. in Math and Computer Science from Cornell University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA.
CMO of Quest Analytics, formerly SVP of Marketing for Carrot. She was also VP of Marketing at Humana’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Transcend Insights and co-founder of Anachron, sold to ING Bank., M.A. in public administration from Carleton University in Canada and M.B.A. in international finance from École Supérieure de Commerce de Rennes, France.
Managing Director, Copia Growth Partners, focusing on smart mobility, autonomous driving, and connected services., senior executive for over 20+ years in Fortune 500 companies including Qualcomm and Marvell, leading global businesses, operations and M&A focused on server communications, storage, mobile handsets and Internet-of-Things (IoT).
Design Research Lead at IDEO in San Francisco, previously Design Strategist II at fuseproject and a Senior Design Researcher at IA Collaborative., B.A. in Economics, Film & Media Culture from Middlebury College.