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 & CFO 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.

Cathy Kemnitz

CEO of Cathy Kemnitz Consulting LLC
Financial Coach

With her 25+ years in accounting roles, in start-up, mid-sized and mature companies, Cathy is putting her experience to work helping other minority owned businesses succeed.  She brings her love of organization, data and planning to small business owners to give them the foundation they need to build the company of their dreams.  Cathy’s specialties are budgeting, cash flow forecasting, financial/revenue modeling, developing KPIs, and due diligence for investors. Cathy is creative, thoughtful, and knows that the business operations should drive the financials, not the other way around.  Most recently, she was the Director of Finance for a company who grew from $0 to over $170M in revenue, while funding growth with Series A financing, several rounds of Strategic funding and a round of Private Equity funding.  She embraced this rapid growth by empowering her team and mentoring them through the struggles of success.

Cathy serves on the board of the Portland Chapter of Financial Executives International.

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.

David Hill

Founder and President of Food Methods
Food & Beverage Compliance, Safety & Finance Coach

David is the founder and president of Food Methods, a Portland-based firm that helps food entrepreneurs conquer the most anxiety-inducing challenges to running a food business. David provides elegant solutions for food safety and regulatory compliance to numerous firms as well as costing and financial management. Along the way he has worked in an ice cream factory, was a chemist in a food lab, prepared taxes at a CPA firm, and has developed software.

He holds a BS in Food Science & Technology from Texas A&M and is a graduate of the Accounting program at PSU. In addition he completed the Better Process Control School for manufacturing acidified foods and is also a Preventive Controls Qualified
Individual (PCQI) as defined by the FDA. He is a contract CFO for multiple food businesses and is an instructor for the popular Getting Your Recipe to Market program.

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.

Gloria Coleman

Founder/Organizational Development Consultant, High Spades Consulting
Organizational Development Coach

Passionate about creating sustainable solutions centered around strategic planning, human resource development, and organizational structure, Gloria combines her 13+ years of experience in IT, healthcare, and financial operations to streamline business processes. She capitalizes on her propensity to analyze situations from a different perspective by providing strong project methodology techniques through roadmap visualizations.

After working extensively with Nike, Gloria decided to start her own business to provide HR services in line with strategic developments of business in a sustainable manner. One of her specific specialties, succession planning, puts training around diversity and cultural issues front and center. In the meantime, she counts Urban League of Portland, PHRMA, and Clark College, among others, as her clients.

Certified in PHR, SHRM-SCP, PMP, and PSM, Gloria is determined to share the mental wealth of her knowledge with others and create that better workplace environment for all.

She is also proud to be a summer solstice millennial and an Oregon Native.

Hannah Hardersen

Commercial Lines Agent, Ward Insurance
Risk Management Coach

Hannah is an insurance agent with a passion for educating new and existing businesses about their insurance needs. She feels that insurance should be a topic that business owners feel comfortable approaching. Hannah owned and operated a small business and learned firsthand the challenges that owners face and the importance of strong business relationships. Her main focus with XXcelerate will be to give businesses the tools to ask the right questions to help them successfully navigate the confusing topic of insurance. In her free time, you can find her with her toddler, husband, and two dogs, running, drinking wine, or playing outside.

Hannah K. Kullberg

Holistic Business Advisor & Connector
Peer Mentorship Group Facilitator

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.

Heidi Loving

Founder and CEO of Heidi Ho Foods, Inc.
Food & Beverage Strategic Coach

Heidi is the founder and CEO of Heidi Ho Foods, Inc which makes delicious plant-powered foods. With 10+ years in food, Heidi understands the intricacies of CPG manufacturing, co-packing, sales, distribution, broker management, investors, fundraising, and retail growth strategy. Her plant-based food products have delighted consumers coast to coast in natural and conventional retail markets. She loves guiding brands through every growth phase and into grocery, ingredient business, B2B, brick and mortar, and food service. When she is not working, Heidi enjoys growing, cooking, and preserving food. If she's not playing with food, she is playing with words as she aspires to become an author. You can follow her journey at @heidiklovig and @heidihofoods

Jackie Seto

Principal of Side People Consulting LLC
Strategic 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 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).

Jennifer Breedlove

CEO/Director of Outreach of Four Forces, Inc.
Peer Mentorship Group Facilitator

Jennifer has a background of more than 10 years in partnering with entrepreneurs and small businesses to reach their financial dreams. She has also provided sales coaching for several billion-dollar West Coast corporations. Jennifer’s consulting expertise includes strategic financial business planning, boosting diverse corporate culture, planning for a culture of health in business, inclusive and equitable processes for womxn, and operations efficiency.

Jennifer co-founded Four Forces Inc, a company that bridges the gap between various communities, governmental agencies, and businesses to translate actions into real change and achievements. 

Using her holistic and integrative capabilities, she enjoys guiding folks into a wealth mindset, advocating for communities, listening to actively understand, and being a mom.

Jillian Cohan Martin & Jeffrey Martin

Co-Founders, Clarity Content
Content and Storytelling Coaches

After two decades as journalists for regional and national news outlets, Jill and Jeff founded Clarity Content to help entrepreneurs, small businesses and mission-driven companies more effectively identify and telltheir stories.

As consultants, Jill and Jeff help clients cut through industry jargon and zero in on the real value of their brands. Clarity’s approach encourages founders to market their businesses by communicating clearly, consistently and authentically.

Jill and Jeff also host a podcast, “Managing Partners,” in which they interview other married couples in business together. Guests have included XXcelerate alums like Genevieve Brazelton, who runs The Bitter Housewife with her husband.

Jude Gerace

Principal Jude Gerace Consulting
Small Business 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
Strategic 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.

Lori Spencer

Founder/Principal, Lori Spencer Consulting
CPG Strategy

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
Strategic 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
Marketing Strategy 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
Finance and Investment 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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