Grow your startup business, expand your network, and
access a talented group of tech executives,
investors, mentors, & industry leaders

Once you have been selected for our AI accelerator, you’ll be part of the WLDA Ventures community for life. Our mentor network is one of the most valuable features of the accelerator program. Our mentors include some of the top c suite executives in tech at fortune 1000 organizations, as well as founders, investors, and industry experts.

Find a WLDA Ventures Mentor

Mentors are an essential part of our culture. By freely sharing their wisdom & guidance, they impact the entire network and create real, lasting relationships.

Startups can meet and interact with our mentors in a variety of ways. Our small cohort size (ranging from 5-8) ensures that founders will have an opportunity to meet 1:1 with mentors during meetups, talks, or thru personal introductions.

Asha Saxena

WLDA Ventures Founder

Julia Bardmesser

SVP Head of Data, Architecture & Salesforce Dev

Voya Financials

Dara Meath


Build-a-Bear Workshop

Adita Karkera


Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Government and Public Services

Colleen Cannon

Managing Director


Sandy Carter

SVP and Channel Chief

Unstoppable Domains

Cindy Howson

Chief Data Strategy Officer,


Maria C. Villar

Head of Enterprise Data Strategy and Information


Maria Nazareth

Partner, Cloud & Digital - Analytics Insights


Melissa Drew

Associate Partner, Finance & Supply Chain Transformation


Bhavna Mehta

Assistant VP

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Peggy Tsai

Chief Data Officer,


Veena Nayak

VP of Data Strategy and Solutions, Head of Data Products

University of Phoenix

Kalyani Boddupalli

Director Digital Services and Analytics


Michol Porter

Data & Analytics Leader for Operations and Growth

Daimler Trucks

Senior Director, DataSenior Director, Data Mars Veterinary Health

Ally Alston

Senior Director

Data Mars Veterinary Health

Kendra R. Burgess

Azure Specialist | Strategic Health & Life Sciences | Data & AI


Himali Kumar

Director Data Management


Danielle Crop

Chief Data Officer

Albertsons Companies

Kamayini Kaul

VP, Global Head Information Insights and Analytics

CSL Behring

Jan Choy

Director AI/ML

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Nancy Morgan

Former Intelligence Community Chief Data Officer,

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Samta Kapoor



Mayanka Melville

Director, Capital Investment Group Services

Capital Group

Yvonne Li

Vice President of Enterprise Artificial Intelligence, Data Engineering, and Decision Science

Advance Auto Parts

Wendy Lawhead

Director of Enterprise Analytics


Sowmya Gottipati

Head of Enterprise Data Strategy and Information

Estee Lauder

Marcus Daly

Chief Technological Officer


Anne Flannagan

Reality Labs Policy


Why Become a WLDA Mentor?

It’s a chance to give back – to support the community and freely share your expertise with a team you believe in. 

Drive Innovation

Your strategic advice provides valuable support for new startups.

Gain New Perspectives

The founders bring fresh views and ideas to your industry.

It's Meaningful

Helping people is an incredibily rewarding feeling – a satisfaction that grows within.

Connect with the Network

Meet a community of innovators that are designing the future.

Do You Want to be
A Mentor

Fill out an application to start the process.