Julie Silard Kantor
Founder & CEO
Julie Kantor is an ‘all-in’ roll-up your sleeves leader & social impact entrepreneur committed to building mentoring cultures to drive employee engagement and elevating women in the STEM workforce. Whether in a board room with executives or working with collaborative teams, Julie instills excitement, inspires commitment, and demonstrates an unwavering drive to help others succeed. Two adages Julie often shares with clients are “The people who mentor at your company are the people who drive retention at your company” and “Mentor your Millennials or they will often leave and find a company that will.” In 2017 Julie stepped up as Co-Chair for Leadership Greater Washington Signature program and has chaired multiple conferences focused on women in the workforce, STEM and entrepreneurship.
Julie’s 5th start-up Twomentor, LLC, focuses on elevating women in STEM, and retaining a skilled diverse workforce, builds on Julie’s 24 years in workforce development and building movements including Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (former Executive Director 1992- 2012 of DC Region, Boston, National VP) and Million Women Mentors (team lead and Chief Partnership Officer). As a sought-after global speaker and connector, Julie is well networked to the national community of top business, academic, nonprofit, & government leaders. She has worked & consulted with clients such as: Cisco, Samsung, Tata (TCS), Intel, Sony, Carnival, BP, Ernst & Young, The Federal Reserve Bank, The World Bank, American University Kogod School of Business, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Stratasys, UPS and more (testimonials here). She recently gave a TEDx style presentation to 400 Millennials from 85 countries at the UN on social impact.
Julie was honored by the White House in 2012 for her 20-year career in youth entrepreneurship education & as a SmartCEO (“15 Leaders We Admire” & Brava Hall of Fame for Women’s Leadership). She has been featured on CNN.com, Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Forbes.com, Huffington Post Live, and AT & T Women Who Inspire. She is also the author of I Said Yes: Youth Entrepreneurship in America’s Schools and numerous other publications including “Million Women Mentors & BP’s 20 Hour Mentor Action Guide”, “The Mentor Road Trip™ Training Guide” “Youth Entrepreneurship in America” for The Aspen Institute. Julie is also a contributing author to “Women in STEM: Realizing the Potential” with Tata Consulting Services and has been a Business and Tech Blogger for Huffington Post since 2012. She lives in Bethesda MD on the DC border with her husband Marc, teen daughter and Havanese pup who often comes to the office as the CHO (Chief Happiness Officer), Naomi. CONTACT: Julie@twomentor.com
Vice President, Global Corporate Partnerships
Gunilla is a results-driven agile—internationally recognized—leader backed by strong market development skills and a vast international network. She has 20+ years of experience in helping companies and organizations grow and succeed in the United States and Scandinavia. She has a keen entrepreneurial understanding of the possibilities of growth and transformation by understanding, identifying, and capturing emerging markets and needs—all while helping the next generation of leaders excel.
She is very excited to be part of the Twomentor team which provides a perfect platform for her to help companies create healthy work cultures where women, millennials and minorities are elevated to leadership positions with the help of corporate mentoring and sponsorship programs.
Gunilla is a change-maker for goodness to be reckoned with! She is a master networker, generous connector and smart strategist, manifested in her desire to make the world better through effective action. She has made a remarkable difference in the lives of so many youth while helping companies find talent, meaning and building a new foundation for their industries.
As President & CEO for Mentor Foundation USA, founded by H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden, she led the organization from a local to national key partner in drug prevention programs for youth by transforming its program platform to be portable, scalable, cost-effective—and most importantly accessible to thousands more young people across the United States.
As past President for the Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce (SACC-USA), the organization grew to be the second largest European chamber of commerce in the U.S. She created two new regional offices in the U.S. and launched a highly successful business matchmaking program designed to facilitate regional economic development and position SACC-USA as a key player in trans-Atlantic trade and commerce as well as a central connecting point for investors, businesses, government- and trade organizations and universities.
In advising young people entering the working world today, including the seventy interns she’s had over the years, Gunilla underscores the importance of taking the time to travel and engage in cross-cultural experiences. But she has more advice for the older generations who can learn so much when they take the time to invest in young people. “It’s important for every professional to stay connected with how the younger generation is thinking and operating,” she affirms. “It keeps the organization fresh and innovative, and gives young people the opportunity to engage and contribute. If we give them a platform to speak up and we are willing to listen, they have a lot of great things to say.”
Each company, organization, and individual that Gunilla touches is a stitch in the work of art that Gunilla has dedicated her life to completing. “To me, embroidery symbolizes the extreme patience, care, and commitment it takes to create any complex entity of meaning and elegance,” she says. “Whether you’re building a business, growing a foundation, or pursuing some other goal in life, you have to undertake the tedious, detail-oriented work of building success step-by-step. Every stitch matters.”
AND SHE FIRMLY BELIEVES THAT THE BEST IS YET TO COME!
Gunilla is a recipient of SmartCEO Brava Award (2016) and is recognized as a Profile in Success (2016) by Bernhard Wealth Management. She a sought-after global speaker on Mentoring, Personal & Professional Development and Networking. CONTACT: Gunilla@twomentor.com
Vice President, Western Region
Lisa grew up in, lives and works in the heart of Silicon Valley. Her early exposure to entrepreneurship and innovation, coupled with an unremitting desire to learn, led her to study international economics and world affairs abroad, and to seek innovative business solutions to social needs.
An international finance professional with major money center banks and boutique impact investing firms, and a social entrepreneurship leader, Lisa collaborates with industry executives, civic leaders, and academia. She has participated in TED, The State of World Forum, Global Philanthropy Forum, Commonwealth Club, MicroCredit Summits, International Leadership Summit at Stanford, and has been a speaker at the US Department of Commerce, Rotary International Clubs in Europe and the US, the California Women’s Conference, Professional Business Women of California. Each of these organizations advocate cultures of inclusion, diversity and peer mentoring. Having recruited more than 400 senior executives from leading Bay Area companies to participate in an executive development program for women, Lisa is a great believer in the power of mentoring.
Inspired by the belief that “every young person can achieve success in today’s global economy,” Lisa served on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement Worldwide. Leadership roles with Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and Village Enterprise, and several start up companies, confirmed for Lisa that solid leadership development including mentoring, coaching, and sponsorship, are as important as funding for any successful business or career. Both young and well-established companies and institutions experience greater retention and increased productivity and satisfaction with cultures of inclusion that champion diversity at every organizational level.
Lisa holds an M.A. in International Policy Studies from Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, studied International Relations at the University of Florence, Italy, and was a Rotary International Scholar in International Economics at the College of Europe in Belgium. Lisa is active in her community and maintains a vibrant professional network in the venture and private equity cluster near her home close to Stanford University, and with the dynamic leadership in Silicon Valley corporations and non-profit organizations. CONTACT: Lisa@twomentor.com
Executive Assistant & Scheduler: Sophia Daniels (Sophia@twomentor.com)
Ana Manduley Carreras Atarodian
IT Consultant: Abanob Sawyer
We also recognize with much gratitude our intern associates who served with and helped build the company both past and present:
Bridget McKeough, Febin Bellamy, Matt Curry, Delia Borbone, Lauren Bolduc, Samantha Nardone, Ana Estela Fernandez
Amina Tasneem, and Jhane Sears