Lori Steele Contorer
Lori Steele Contorer is the world's top expert in election modernization, pioneering the adoption of software as a service and bringing proven state of the art technologies, already proven in other mission–critical industries, to make elections more accessible, affordable, transparent and secure. The transformation has begun, and her visionary leadership in business, innovation and elections led to Ms. Steele Contorer being named in 2013 to Fortune Magazine’s 10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs List, a winner of San Diego Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business Award and her induction into the Bowling Green State University Dallas Hamilton Entrepreneur’s Hall of Fame. Since founding Everyone Counts she has led successful election administration and voting projects in countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Australia, serving voters located in over 165 countries, as well as for the transition from vote by mail to secure online voting for the iconic Oscar and Emmy awards. Ms. Steele Contorer previously served as Vice President, Investments at Citigroup, specializing in searching out the most game-changing emerging and state-of-the-art technologies globally, and the companies that would lead industry transformation of those innovative technologies best. Steele Contorer’s election modernization expertise and insights is frequently called on by legislators from around the world, and the media, including Time, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, Politico and The New York Times.
Schuyler (Sky) Lance
Sky is Founder and Managing Principal of SustainVC, LLC, the General Partner of the Patient Capital Collaborative Series of funds that invest in early-stage companies that provide meaningful social and/or environmental benefit to the world.
Sky began his career in 1983 with the Bank of Boston in its High Technology Division, making equity-oriented loans and direct equity investments in early-stage high tech companies. In 1989, he joined the investment staff of Pacific Life Insurance Company and made direct investments in private debt and equity, as well as in investment limited partnerships (LBO, Mezzanine and Venture funds), both on a primary and secondary basis. In 1990, Sky co-founded the private equity firm today known as Windjammer Capital Investors with nearly $2 billion under management. Sky founded SustainVC in 2007, and since then has devoted his time entirely to investing for-profit dollars into companies that are making a positive difference. Sky has served on over a dozen company boards, is a regular speaker on the topic of Impact Investing, and is a consultant to other social investment venture funds.
Bill’s 26 years with Accenture has been spread across the US, UK and Japan where held several senior management positions as a Managing Director, specializing in scaling and improving operational capabilities for clients as well as working on joint ventures to design, build and launch profitable businesses.
Since retiring, Bill has focused on business driven solutions to global poverty. Bill is a part time pro bono executive and board member with MicroCredit Enterprises, where he has helped spur the growth of this microcredit startup to a lending capacity of over $70M. Bill focused on supporting the strategic growth of MCE, and held several positions including Chief Operating Officer. MicroCredit Enterprises has funded over 150,000 micro-entrepreneurs in 25 countries. In addition, Bill currently works with a portfolio of startup companies as a funder, board member and mentor in identifying and implementing business driven solutions to global poverty and health issues. He is focused on building scalable and sustainable business models.
Bill graduated from Whitman College with a Bsc in Economics and then obtained an Msc in Economics from the London School of Economics. Bill is active in the community and is a board member/trustee of Smead Capital , Whitman College, Phoenix Art Museum Board (currently Chairman), Arizona State University Gammage, Akili Dada and the School of Life Project.
Founder of Integrated Software Systems Corporation, President Preuss Foundation
Founder and Retired CEO, Flextronics
Co-Managing Partner, Sprout Group
Managing Director Midwest, Motorola Ventures
Founder, Chairman & CTO, Digium Creator, Asterisk open-source PBX
Founder, CEO Peek media; Principle Marcus Strategies
Founder and CEO of MicroCredit Enterprises
Founder and Retired Chairman & CEO, Access Long Distance
Founder, Fair Isaac & Company (HNC Software)
President, Serious Change; Founder, Social Venture Network
Ambassador to the OAS: Organization of American States, Deputy Administrator, US AID, Attorney
Draper, Fisher, Jurvetson
Founder & President, IFES: Intl. Foundation of Election Systems, Advisor to UNDP, Advisor to ACEEEO