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Barbara Kelso

Advisor Austin, Texas Area, US

Serial Entrepreneur, Strategic Development Consultant

Serial Entrepreneur, Strategic Development Consultant

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7 vouches

Involved In

Advisor

PeepSqueeze
The Austin Chamber of Commerce
MIT Office of Philanthropic Partnerships
Noland Financials
Moncur
Moolah U
Granite Gap Astronomy Park
Grameen America, Inc.
MIT Office of Philanthropic Partnerships

Positions

Principal Kelso Consultants September 2010 - present
President Liberty Payments August 2011 - present
Principal Sapphire Productions September 2012 - present
Strategic Advisor Granite Gap Astronomy Park March 2013 - present
Director of Global Alliances EBW2020 (Empowering a Billion Women by 2020) March 2015 - March 2016
Director Strategic Development Moncur January 2013 - December 2015
Local Board of Advisors Grameen America, Inc. January 2014 - November 2015
Strategic Development Partner of Texas BDL Environmental Technologies October 2013 - September 2015
Independent Energy Consultant Choice! Energy Services March 2013 - March 2015
Advisor, MIT Office of Philanthropic Partnerships June 2013 - December 2013
Global Strategic Alliance Director EO, Global Strategic Alliance Director October 2010 - June 2013
South Central Membership Area Director EO April 2009 - 2012
President Ann Kelso, Inc September 1991 - September 2010
Owner Ann Kelso Salon & CitySpa September 1991 - October 2009
Principal Financial Systems June 1983 - December 1986

Education

The University of Texas at Austin Geology/Biology 1977 - 1982
EO Texas University Entrepreneurial Inspiration and Best Practices 2011 - 2011

Interested In

Advisor With
  • • Investors
Markets of Interest
  • • Education
  • • Fashion
  • • Healthcare
  • • Mobile
  • • Music
  • • Green
  • • Financial Services
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Commerce
  • • Dating
  • • Events
  • • Food and Restaurants
  • • Games
  • • Robotics
  • • Social Impact
  • • Real Estate
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Sports
  • • Smart Home
  • • Transportation
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Medical Devices
  • • Edutainment
  • • Specialty Food
  • • Nutrition
  • • Wellness
  • • Fitness
  • • Restaurants and Retail

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Fundraising • Business intelligence • Finding cofounders • Data analysis • Contract negotiation • Private equity • Business planning • Business Strategy • Equity contracts • Marketing Communications • Marketing Strategy • Product Marketing • Strategic Partnerships • Policy analysis

Key Accomplishments

Not completed yet

7
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3
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Paul Davies
We worked together  •  Chief Financial Officer, Orca eyes and Adviser, Enotia. Stanford GSB grad.
Barbara has been an outstanding entrepreneur having built a highly successful business-a leader in its field. Her management skills and abil ... ity to access and engage her target market were outstanding. She is focussed on successful outcomes and is able to engage with people at all levels. She is an outstanding professional in the business environment.
Alex Andrawes
They're my friends  •  Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Pervino, Inc.. Previously Managing Director, Personalwine.com. The University of Texas at Austin grad.
a startup, executive business development
Erin Breitenbach, PhD
Program Chair, Health Education, A. T. Still University. Previously Regulatory Affairs Associate, Premiere Oncology.
Barbara is knowledgeable about strategies and methods that entrepreneurs may easily overlook, especially if they are new entrepreneurs, but ... that could make a huge difference in their effectiveness in finding co-founders, partners, and investors.
David Granger
We worked together  •  Global Social Content Manager, Red Bull and Presenter Digital Media Café, iSportconnect.
From our first meeting via LinkedIn, through to her generosity in inviting me to meet local business people at the several events she organi ... sed in Austin, Barbara has been nothing but helpful, and when I was starting my own company generous with her time and her advice. And she maintained the relationship despite us being on different sides of the Atlantic. A real diamond, prepared to share her knowledge and her experience with someone just starting out.
Marsha Powers
We worked together  •  President and CEO, Shale Capital Resources Inc. and Founder, POWERS BUSINESS ADVISORS.
Barbara is focused, sees the big picture in game changing technologies and knows how execute what is required to accomplish her client goals ... . She is honest and extremely ethical.
Stuart Forrest
We worked together  •  President & CEO, BDL Environmental Technologies, LLC. Michigan State grad.
Barbara is very good at seeing the 'BIGGER' picture of an opportunity, and then focusing on the important steps that are required to actuali ... ze it. She is smart, creative, self-motivated, diplomatic, unafraid, dedicated to her work and her clients, and extremely easy to work with even if there is disagreement on a direction. She does not lose sight of the 'end-game' and what needs to be done to get across the goal line. She has all the tools and she applies them with discreation and fineness.
Kristen O'Brien
We worked together  •  Communications Manager for MJ&M, JHL Company and PR Coordinator, Austin Film Festival.
Barbara is a great advisor and mentor because she takes the time to listen to your business challenges and hurdles and then helps you see po ... tential where you might not have seen it and suggest constructive ways to leap over your hurdles and achieve your goals. She is very intuitive and perceptive and she also has fantastic ideas and energy. She is a stellar advisor and a compassionate, dynamic partner who gives back to her network just as much, if not more, than what she gets from them.

Erin Breitenbach, PhD
They're my advisor  •  Program Chair, Health Education, A. T. Still University. Previously Regulatory Affairs Associate, Premiere Oncology.
Erin takes initiative and thinks outside the box about intelligent pursuits while being resourceful.

Erin Breitenbach, PhD
They're my advisor  •  Program Chair, Health Education, A. T. Still University. Previously Regulatory Affairs Associate, Premiere Oncology.
Erin takes initiative in her projects, and looks for innovative approaches to intelligent pursuits.

David Granger
We worked together  •  Global Social Content Manager, Red Bull and Presenter Digital Media Café, iSportconnect.
David is an intelligent thinker with a keen creative approach to any project creating measurable results. David is a natural leader that ins ... pires teams to work effectively and creatively to accomplish committed goals.