CEO | Board Member | VC & Startup Advisor | Governance, Risk & Controls | Cybersecurity | QFE | Former Big 4 Auditor | Fortune 500
Qualified Financial Expert, Cyber expert and Governance, Risk and Controls expert, who is passionate about empowering leaders to build stronger, more sustainable businesses. As Founder and CEO of Chisara Ventures, I specialize in providing strategies and solutions to help leaders address complex business problems in risk, compliance (e.g., HIPAA, SOX, NIST), privacy, controls, cybersecurity, and organizational strategy. In addition, I spent 17 years advancing through corporate leadership roles at two Big 4 accounting firms and two Fortune 100 financial institutions. For over 20 years I have been advising business leaders, entrepreneurs, and boards across multiple industries, with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses, startups and non-profits.
For nearly two decades I have been serving on non-profit boards, advising startups and advising investors, including my current role as an Advisor and the Investment Committee Chair for a VC fund focused on investing in Black founders. I am passionate about giving back and have also co-founded programs purposed to address the wealth gap by equipping and empowering underrepresented individuals to build wealth and elevate their financial status through acquisition entrepreneurship and financial education.
A thought leader, I have been a speaker at business and investment conferences for the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), National Institute of Health (NIH), International Business Innovation Association (InBIA), Biz Savvy Artist Academy, and NCIDEA, and also served as a Start-up Coach for the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurship Conference. I have also served as a guest speaker for entrepreneurship courses at Duke University Fuqua School of Business, UNC Chapel Hill Kenan School of Business, Delaware State University, and Bentley University, and continue to serve as a judge, start-up coach, and speaker at pitch competitions and venture programs around the country.
I am also a first-generation American of Caribbean descent, family; and community are very important to me. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling the world and giving back to my community.