Deborah Jackson

Founder and CEO, Plum Alley

After graduating from Columbia Business School and joining Goldman Sachs, Deborah spent 21 years on Wall Street before founding Plum Alley, an e-commerce and crowdfunding site for women's innovation. Also a Founder of the Women Innovate Mobile Accelerator, an accelerator that invests in women-founded mobile tech companies, Deborah's initiatives and properties all have a common goal: to champion women to become builders of technology, companies and their own wealth.

Deborah is a frequent speaker, and judge for many events around innovation, women, technology, crowdfunding and entrepreneurship. She was recently named a top influencer in the crowdfunding industry, and in the past year, has spoken for the Texas, Boston, and Philadelphia Conferences for Women; Blogher Entrepreneurs; Harvard Business School; Columbia Women in Business; Wharton Women in Business; Womensphere; We Festival; and 85 Broads. Her accolades include Fast Company's League of Extraordinary Women in 2012, 40 Women to Watch in 2013 and Plum Alley being named by Forbes as a company to watch in 2014.

Deborah has served on numerous governmental, charitable and national non-profit boards during the last 20 years such as Legal Momentum, Heart and Soul Charitable Fund, and French American Aid for Children.

Her achievements have been recognized in publications and organizations including: Fast Company, League of Extraordinary Women, August 2012; Forbes, Women Changing the World VCs/Entrepreneurs, August 2012; Columbia Venture Community CVC 30 list, November 2011; Mashable 44 Female Founders to Know, August 2012. Additionally, Deborah has served as a judge for numerous competitions including Startup Weekend, Technovation, Columbia Social Entrepreneurs,, Columbia Business Odyssey and Women 2.0.