Over the past two decades, Jon Tota has established himself as a pioneer in online education for corporate training. He began his career on Wall Street in sales and technology positions at PaineWebber and UBS. Then after years as a business analyst to some of the largest firms in financial services, Jon co-founded Edulence in 2002 to develop online training solutions for corporate educators. Now Jon spends his time focused on discovering the best experts and helping them turn their knowledge into a subscription business on Knowledgelink.


Julia Pimsleur, the Founder of Million Dollar Women (MDW), is a scaling coach, author, and accomplished entrepreneur. She is passionate about helping women founders “go big” after founding and scaling up Little Pim, her language teaching company and writing the best-selling book, Million Dollar Women (Simon & Schuster). Pimsleur is a long-time advocate for gender and racial economic parity. She has raised a combined $26M in nonprofit and philanthropic dollars, and is avid about more women raising capital. She founded MDW in 2016 and held the first Summit in 2017. Pimsleur lives in New York City with her two boys and speaks all over the world on women and entrepreneurship.


Lorine Pendleton is a long time advocate of leveling the playing field for women and diverse entrepreneurs. Her background is in business development executive with extensive marketing, strategy and sales experience in legal, entertainment, and tech. Named by Marie Claire the “50 Most Connected Women in America” and by Medium the “200 Women of Color to Follow on Twitter.” Pendleton is a member of Pipeline Angels and investor/advisor to women and diverse-led companies.


Maria is a graduate of Million Dollar Women Masterclass and serial entrepreneur. In college, she founded Wakeboxes.com, an online shipping and storage company (now Collegeboxes by U-Haul) and in 2016, she sold her second venture, La Voila Beauty, an on demand beauty business. Maria has also worked as a strategy consultant, branding and marketing executive and CEO.


A graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Mrs. Cartin began her career in sales at Marriott International and Hilton Worldwide.

Realizing the connection between social media and business growth, Mrs. Cartin decided to leave her career in sales in 2009 to utilize her digital media expertise in the business world. In 2011, she co-founded Socialfly, an Inc 500 social media and influencer marketing agency located in New York City.


Verne is founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and chaired for 15 years EO’s premier CEO program, the “Birthing of Giants”, held at MIT. Founder and CEO of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching company with hundreds of partners on six continents, Verne has spent more than 30 years educating entrepreneurial teams.

“In Masterclass I realized that even though I was always busy as a CEO, the bulk of my activities were not focused on the right things. Now I have shifted my focus to strategy, team and money – and the results are incredible! I have new partnerships, recruited stronger team members and turned my attention to fundraising more than ever. Thank you!!”


Million Dollar Women Fund is seeking support in the form of: Individual Philanthropy, Foundation Grants/Family Foundations, Corporate Philanthropy, Corporate Sponsorships and Mentors in business, tech and finance.



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