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Our Featured Guest for January 30, 2022 is Sandy Wollman and Our Executive Spotlight is Chaim Letwin
Sandy Wollman co-created both Westchester Angels, an investor group that provides financial and strategic partnerships to entrepreneurs and The NY Area Angel Alliance, an initiative that brings together the largest angel groups in the greater NYC area. He also spearheaded Westchester Angels’ partnership with the Jumpstart NJ Angel Network. Sandy’s insight and intellect has been featured in Forbes and on Zee TV’s “Break Through the Crowd.” Prior to angel investing, Sandy was a product development engineer at 3M Corporation, where he was awarded a U.S. Patent for a hook and loop fastener (Velcro) with superior tensile strength. He was also a longtime partner in Carna Mills, a textile converting company, and an independent financial planner. Sandy served as the Pro Bono Director of the Financial Planning Association’s Westchester Chapter. Outside of work, Sandy created and self-funded The Small Business Advisory Alliance, a non-profit organization which mentored small business owners in Westchester, NY. Read more at: https://westchesterangels.com/
Chaim Letwin is the Director of Entrepreneurship, Associate Professor, Management and Entrepreneurship at Suffolk University. His primary research interests focus on the processes through which entrepreneurs obtain capital through various funding mechanisms and how these processes differ based on personal attributes of the entrepreneur and biases that funders hold. His recent work includes an analysis of implicit funder bias and how such bias can benefit female entrepreneurs in crowdfunding. Chaim has also applied his interest in crowdfunding to the classroom and co-created one of the first live crowdfunding classes in the nation. Read more at: https://www.suffolk.edu/academics/faculty/l/e/chaim-letwin
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Noah Trofimow is the founder of Paper Bag Mask Foundation, which strives to combat the ongoing mental health crisis in America by helping teens and young adults manage stress and anxiety while building confidence in their ability to cope. The Foundation’s mission is to de-stigmatize mental health and provide the public with supplemental and preventative treatments for stress and anxiety by offering free, holistic classes as a supplement or alternative to traditional treatments. The three-pillar approach includes movement, creativity and meditation. Read more at: https://www.paperbagmaskfoundation.org/
Greta Thurston is the founder of Study Buddies Tutors, a tutoring and academic mentoring service that pairs middle and high school students up with college students to foster a fun positive learning environment! Three different services offered include Personalized Mentoring, Advanced Subject Tutors and Group Study Sessions. Tutors are all current college students, background checked, qualified, go beyond academic help by teaching students how to be good studiers and how to manage all of their classes as well as provide a positive life role model. Read more at: https://studybuddiestutors.com/