Coaches

XXcelerate has recruited a dedicated team of coaches with deep experience and a commitment to helping womxn entrepreneurs. To learn more about joining our coach team go to the "Get Involved" tab.

Carla Titus

Founder/CEO of Wealth & Worth Within
Financial Coach

Finance expert with over ten years of corporate financial planning, analysis, strategy, and startup CFO experience. She has applied that expertise to businesses, helping them grow by creating simple yet effective systems to improve cash flow management and bottom line results. She provides virtual on-demand CFO services and financial coaching to business owners. The company’s mission is to empower entrepreneurs to take control of their finances and become the CFOs of their company and their life. Wealth & Worth Within is dedicated to imparting financial knowledge in order to harvest the potential from within to properly manage money and achieve positive financial results.

Charlotte Chipperfield

Founder & CEO of Chipperfield Media
Marketing Coach

Charlotte is on a mission to empower purpose-led entrepreneurs and thought leaders to stay accountable to their mission and create an intentional marketing roadmap to be seen and heard in the digital space to positively impact the world. Charlotte's vision is to detour entrepreneurs from "should-ing town" and to instead make business and marketing decisions from a centered place rooted in purpose and intentionality. Charlotte is the creator of The Holistic Marketing System. She teaches female founders through her signature online course, The Holistic Marketing Roadmap, which blends mindful marketing with conscious business practices. She is also the host of The Holistic Marketing Podcast and writing a book on the same topic.

Erin Moore

Senior Client Manager, Marquam
Sales Coach

Erin Moore is a Sr. Client Mgr at Marquam, a Microsoft Technology firm in PDX. Her 15+ years of Sales experience has shown her the value of integrating emotional intelligence with sales education. She’s passionate about facilitating sales coaching that offers new perspectives on what sales is and can be for those who struggle with it. Erin is passionate about supporting women in business and helping to strengthen their sales muscle. Erin keeps busy with her two toddlers, working in corporate and on her own personal mission to create change.



Hannah Kullberg

Holistic Business Advisor & Connector
Coach

Hannah is a food startup ecosystem catalyst and connector. While co-founding and scaling The Better Bean Company from farmers markets to national distribution, she intimately experienced the barriers to success. Since exiting from the company in 2018, she has become a business consultant and advisor. As a business advisor to the Small Business Development Center’s “Getting Your Recipe to Market Program” she helps new food companies launch into the ecosystem every 6 months. She has taken steps to make this next phase more navigable. Her first project is a Google Group for founders and leaders of Pacific Northwest Packaged Food & Beverage companies. It is now an active and growing community of over 260 members who are taking collective action to solve their shared problems.

Hannah Michelotti

Founder of Articulate with Hannah, LLC
Storytelling Instructor

Hannah Michelotti is a public speaking coach who helps everyday professionals communicate their  messages with confidence, clarity, and charisma. A decade ago, she started coaching others during her own time - spending lunch breaks teaching co-workers how to better interview and spending late nights editing PowerPoint presentations for managers. And then she realized, she had found her calling. She turned her passion into coaching, educating, and training others how to articulate their individual voices by making an often nerve-wracking experience easy and fun. In Portland, you can catch her on stage at The Moth and Toastmasters.

Jackie Seto

Principal of Side People Consulting LLC
Coach

Jackie Seto provides leadership and business advising to non-profit and tech companies, with a strong focus on helping next-generation women leaders. Prior to Side People, Jackie spent 22 years at Lam Research. During her tenure there, she led the research, product development, marketing and product operations for many groups including the Clean Product Group, Reliant Products, and Emerging Businesses. In her last position as Group Vice President and General Manager of the Clean Product Group, she spent 5 years with her family living and working in Villach, Austria. In 2010, she founded the technical women’s group at Lam to help women better navigate their careers and be successful in traditionally male roles.

Jackie is a Non-Executive Director for Ultra Clean Technology (UCTT) and serves on the Board of Directors for Prevent Child Abuse Oregon (PCAO) and Mastersranking.com and on the Board of Trustess for Oregon Museum of Science and Technology (OMSI). She is an Executive in Residence for the Technical Association of Oregon (TAO).

Jude Gerace

Principal Jude Gerace Consulting
Coach

Jude Gerace founded and sold Sugar Wheel Works, a purveyor of hand-built bicycle wheels.  In her ten years of ownership, Gerace created a team of builders taking the standard for her craft to a higher level honing skills in lean manufacturing and leadership. She sold and successfully transitioned her business in 2019. Gerace is a champion of manufacturing and main street businesses. When Gerace isn't coaching clients, she serves in the community as vice-chair for the board of directors at The Street Trust and as a board member for the Oregon Timber Trail Alliance.

Karen McKeon

Owner and Accountant of 11HundredWays
Accounting Coach

Mixing her numbers background and detailed eye with her creative side that was nurtured over a decade through writing and metalsmithing, Karen offers a down-to-earth and warm accounting experience. (Really!) Her favorite thing is helping small creative businesses get friendly with their numbers and set their sights on growth.

Kate Gaertner

Founder and CEO of TripleWin Advisory
Coach

Kate brings 20 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience to bear on her passion for and focus on corporate sustainability. Kate specializes in developing strategic and financial sustainable business cases, partnership identification, and new technology assessment. Kate has held digital marketing management positions at XM Satellite Radio, Ziff Davis Media, and Time Inc., worked as a strategic consultant to Fortune 500 companies developing go-to-market business cases, and founded a sustainable women’s activewear manufacturer and retailer, OMALA. She holds a Masters of Science in Sustainable Management from the University of Wisconsin, an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, and an A.B. from Dartmouth College in Government and Economics.

Kristen Gallagher

Founder and CEO of Edify
Cohort Instructor

Kristen Gallagher is the Founder and CEO of Edify, the onboarding tool for software engineering tools. In her five years of consulting through Edify, she architected and delivered onboarding programs for companies bringing on just one person a quarter to 100+ people a quarter. Gallagher built XXcelerator's curriculum and continues to teach for the program. She brings over ten years of learning and development and business partnership experience to XXcelerate. She also sits on the board as a founding member of Business for a Better Portland.

Lori Spencer

Founder/Principal, Lori Spencer Consulting
Coach and Peer Group Mentor

Lori has more than 20 years of proven success in the consumer products industry – mostly in food and beverage. Her well-rounded expertise in marketing, sales, operations and overall business management have enabled her to lead teams focused on start-up, scale, and growth enterprises in retail, wholesale, direct and manufacturing. As one of the founders of Oregon Chai, Lori was a principal catalyst in the brand’s growth, from its inception in 1994 through its $75M acquisition in 2004. Lori has been a consultant, advisor and mentor to many emerging consumer product companies.

Mia Birk

Executive & Professional Coach, Career Counselor and Business Advisor
Coach

Mia Birk spent 27 years leading the field of active transportation in various roles in research, advocacy, government, academia and business. Mia co-founded and grew Alta Planning + Design to a 300-person consulting firm with 30 offices, serving as COO, CFO, President and CEO. She is also co-founder and former VP of Alta Bicycle Share, Inc., which launched 10 bike share systems in North America and Australia before being acquired and rebranded as Motivate, Inc. She also led the creation of several academic and non-profit institutions and authored Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet.

Paige Hewlett

CEO of margo
Coach

Paige Hewlett is a marketing leader, entrepreneur, professor, and start-up advisor. She is currently the CEO of margo, a marketing platform that empowers new and growing companies to efficiently maximize their marketing budget by providing strategy, support, and analytics. Most recently Paige was the VP of Marketing at Phylos where she led marketing, product management, and the development of their triple bottom line program. At heart, she’s a storyteller, bringing the strands of a business together to connect with customers, impact the bottom line, and add value across the organization. Paige has an undergraduate degree in international business, a Masters in marketing, and a Masters in international economics from Texas A&M University.

Sean Edwards

Partner at Village Family Capital
Coach

Sean is an experienced finance executive specializing in strategic planning, leadership, governance, business valuation, analysis of key financial business drivers, capital structures (debt and equity), and debt financings.

Prior to joining VFC, Sean was a Senior Vice President with Bank of America Merrill Lynch (“BAML”) in Portland, and Bank of the West / BNP Paribas. Sean developed a deep background and understanding of various business models and industries, having underwritten over $5.0 billion in various credit transactions in the past two decades for those institutions.

Sean holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance from Oregon State University and completed the Leadership Certification Program at Bank of the West / BNP Paribas. Sean is a licensed investment professional previously holding his Series 7. Sean is a Board member of Financial Beginnings Oregon.

In his free time, Sean enjoys golfing, running, cooking, and woodworking.

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