What We Look For
WHO WE ARE
Gerri Kahnweiler is a strong leader in philanthropy and civic engagement. She has invested in and promoted the well-being and potential of women and girls through her commitment to philanthropy, highlighted by her 15-year involvement with the Jewish Women's Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago. Her tenure at the JWF has culminated in her current position as Chairwoman of the fund, as well as the representative to the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation-Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago. In addition to her philanthropic ventures, Gerri has served her own community as an elected official. She is currently serving her second terms as a Winnetka Park Board Commissioner and as a New Trier Township Trustee.
Using her analytical skills, passion and connections, Gerri provides more opportunities for women entrepreneurs in tech. With a track record for empowering women and girls to reach their full potential, Gerri's mission is to create funding opportunities for women who are focused on technology-enabled business services and data driven solutions for large markets.
Cayla Weisberg, a familiar face in the Chicago startup community, has built a track record for scaling startups and providing a voice for women in tech. She is focused on sourcing strong female founders with technology enabled solutions for large markets.
Cayla's enthusiasm for entrepreneurship began young, having launched a concierge shopping business at 17 years old. At 19, she joined forces with a fashion wholesaler, winning the business of national retail conglomerates throughout undergrad. Post grad, Cayla worked for one of Fortune's "100 Fastest-Growing Companies" as assistant director, achieving record breaking sales performance for three consecutive years. Following this success, she transitioned into the startup ecosystem, leading business development initiatives for two fast-growing tech companies at a venture capital incubator.
Having built a plug-and-play sales roadmap throughout her career, Cayla offers hands-on thought leadership on start-up scaling, pivoting & operational excellence for InvestHER's portfolio companies.