GSBI Mentors

Trusted advisors to smart, passionate, courageous social entrepreneurs
and the catalyst for positive impact.

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Become a Mentor

Mentoring by seasoned business professionals, most from Silicon Valley, is at the heart of GSBI's success. A GSBI Mentor coaches, educates, and encourages social entrepreneurs from around the world who are building organizations to serve the base-of-the-pyramid communities in developing countries. The social entrepreneurs who attend the GSBI invariably cite the GSBI Mentors as the most valuable and differentiated aspect of the GSBI's capacity development program.

Who are the Mentors?

More than 60 successful executives serve as mentors for the GSBI. Some of these mentors are leaders of NASDAQ companies, or CEOs and Founders of start-ups and venture capitalists. Others are domain experts such as CFOs, sales, marketing and business development leaders, and lawyers with M&A experience. Most mentors return year after year because they find the process to be personally fulfilling and a great opportunity to "give back."

Becoming a GSBI Mentor requires a minimal time commitment. Typically, a mentor will commit one or two hours per week, most of which is focused on the interaction with social entrepreneurs.

Who are the entrepreneurs?

Social entrepreneurs are people and organizations that use business and technologies to address the needs of those living in poverty. They use entrepreneurial skills to create organizations that, in addition to seeking a sustainable business model, pursue a more just and humane society. See the list of GSBI alumni here.

What does it take to be a Mentor?

We are looking for mentors with strong business and operational experience. While ideal mentors exhibit a number of qualities, we are especially seeking individuals with a passion to become a trusted advisor. The mentors must have the interpersonal skills to interact and empathize with a person from a different culture, who is often struggling with minimal resources and funding.

Qualities of a Mentor

Mentor Spotlights

Taia-Urgueta Tim-Haley Jamie-Kole John Orcutt

Taia Ergueta

An Hour and a Whiteboard
3rd year

tim haley

founding partner
redpoint ventures
8th year

Jamie Kole

vp finance and administration
ion torrent, a life technologies company
3rd year

John Orcutt

chief executive officer
pie digital, inc.
4th year

Become a GSBI Mentor


Meet some of our current mentors

Barbara Adey
Senior Director, Product Management, Security Technology Group, Cisco Systems
Steve Albertolle
Interim Vice President, Finance, Pie Digitial; Partner, Calegari and Morris CPA's

Lynne Anderson
Environmental Management Consultant, LFAnderson, LLC
Juli Betwee
Managing Partner, PivotPoint Consulting 
Jordan Engel
Manager, Big Sky
Associates, Inc.

Taia Ergueta
Vice President, Strategic Marketing, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Michelle Ewoldt
Director, Product Management, Global eCommerce, Walmart

Jose Flahaux
Retired Operations Executive, GSBI Content Lead

Stephen Goodman
Senior Vice President, Global Marketing & Business Development, Continuum
Brian Haas
Senior Vice President, Quality, Ramp, & Customer Satisfaction, KLA-Tencor
Tim Haley
Founding Member, Redpoint Ventures; Board Member of Netflix,, ThredUp, Zurora, Inc.
Kimberly Hendrix
Innovation Strategist & Associate Partner, IBM
Robert Hum
Vice President & General Manager, Mentor Graphics
Theo Keet
Corporate Controller, Guided Delivery System
Jaime Kole
Vice President, Finance & Administration, Ion Torrent
Dan Kreps
Chairman of the Board, Advance Global Capital; formerly Senior Director, American Express Banking Ltd.
Damon Krytzer
Chief Investment Officer, R2 Alpha Fund Management
Dennis Lenehan
Retired Executive, Intel Corporation 
Ricardo Levy
Retired Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer  of Catalytica, Inc.; former Chairman of the Board of Catalytica Energy Systems, Inc.
John Lovitt
Board of Directors, Appistry; retired Chief Executive Officer, Pattern Insight

Daphne Luong
Vice President of Engineering, [24]/7
Bob MacDonald
Technical Program Manager, Google
Sean McKenna
Managing Partner, McKenna Management; Director, Ravix Group
Paul Meissner
Chief Executive Officer, Spheretouch
Jeff Miller
President, JAMM Ventures
Naresh Nigam
Senior Vice President, Engineering, Sanmina; Co-Founder, Force10 Networks
Amanda North
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Artisan Connect
Ken Nussbacher
Formerly Executive Vice President, Affymetrix Inc.; Board Member, Presage Biosciences, Inc., Allopartis, Mission Bay Capital/QB3
Sean O'Keefe
Vice President, Business Development, Shamrock Office Solutions & Shamrock Technology Group
John O'Keefe
Vice President of Operations, Pacific Bell
John Orcutt
Chief Executive Officer, Pie Digital, Inc.
Stephen Ozoigbo
Investment Consultant, ACC10 Government of Catalonia
Andy Paul
President & Chief Executive Officer, Corsair Components
RL Prasad
Managing Director, Re-engineering, Head Customer Risk Management, Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore
Francis Raquel
Director of Strategic Services Marketing, KLA-Tencor
Sundar Ramamurthy
General Manager, Applied Materials
Dennis Reker
Former Director, Intel Corporation; Board of Directors, CCPY
Bill Scull
President, Catalyst Consultants
Shani Shoham
Co-Founder, ValYou; Senior Director, NICE Actimize
Juris Silkans
Former President, HGTV Canada
Sriram Sundararajan
Director, PwC; Founder, BuildAVenture LLC
Elsbeth TeBrake
Director Support Delivery, Hewlett Packard
Bret Waters
Chief Executive Officer, Tivix; Lecturer, Stanford University
Tracy Weatherby
Founder & Managing Partner, Active Ingredient
Phyllis Whiteley
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Didimi, Inc.; Venture Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures
Michael Wray
Partner, Hall Wray Consultants; SCORE Counselor, US Small Business Administration

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