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Yolanda has a multi-disciplinary expertise in transforming and scaling successful platforms with combined investment banking, operating and entrepreneurial experience. With over 15 years of advisory, execution and investing experience, Yolanda has been directly involved in the origination and execution of several billion dollars worth of domestic and cross-border financing and strategic M&A transactions across the Consumer and Technology sectors. Sector expertise in Branded Consumer Products, Retail/Apparel, Luxury, Personal Care, Food/Beverage and in Technology, Consumer/eCommerce, IoT and Data. Her career began at J.P. Morgan in the M&A/Corporate Finance group focusing exclusively on domestic and cross-border transactions in the Consumer Products and Retail sectors. She was also one of four M&A professionals selected to join J.P. Morgan's internal M&A group, where she advised Corporate Office and the Board of Directors on potential M&A and investments in foreign banks. As well, she has also held senior positions at Ernst & Young Capital Advisors and 94th Street Capital developing and executing financing strategies for portfolio companies.
Yolanda has a passion for growing and scaling companies. Since 2000, she has been actively involved with early stage companies advising entrepreneurs and management teams on their growth strategy, capital needs, operations and personnel; and positioning them for a successful financing round. She is Lead Advisor with several NYC tech accelerators, CTA and DENYC, and is a Founding Member and Advisor to Fashinvest, Astia and Springboard's NYC Fashion Tech Lab. Yolanda is an Advisory Board Member for the Fashion Institute of Technology's Graduate Global Fashion Management School.
Yolanda graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She holds Series 7 and 63 FINRA licenses.