The ConSTELLAtion

MISSION: To inspire, equip, and propel diverse female founders to successfully launch, grow, and sustain their businesses while cultivating a thriving network of investors to increase equality for women-led startups.
VISION: Equal representation of female founders & funders across the venture table.

Women, especially women of color, have extremely limited access to capital to launch and scale their businesses. According to Pitchbook,

  • Venture capital investment in all-female founding teams hit $3.3 billion in 2019, representing 2.8% of capital invested across the entire U.S. startup ecosystem.

  • During that same time period, only “0.27% went to Black women and 0.37% went to Latinas.
  • In 2020, total venture capital dollars to women-led startups dropped to 2.3%.
  • In 2021, total VC dollars to women dropped to 2%.

When 50% of the population has access to 2% of the resources, it not only hurts women; it hurts all of us who suffer from the lost innovation that could have been brought to market. When diverse women design and lead companies, they bring a product-market fit that uniquely positions them to speak to female customers.

Stella supports the female entrepreneurial journey at every stage by providing rigorous action-based business training programs, high-touch mentorship, curated consulting services, and access to capital.

Our competitive advantage is our network. Stella is a powerful conSTELLAtion — a diverse network of professionals, serial entrepreneurs, and investors with deep functional expertise across industries. From services to capital, the Stella Community connects female-identified founders and investors to the right resource at the right time. From ideation to exit, female founders — and the funders who champion them — look to Stella for its inclusive community, accessible curriculum, intentional coaching, annual Venture Summit, fundraising opportunities, and investment services.

Our intellectual capital includes a curated curriculum refined over 10 years from all of the experts within our network and a library of recorded sessions from our plethora of events and conferences.


Stella Program Leadership Team

Stella was founded by Dr. Silvia Armitano Mah, PhD, MBA in 2012 with the vision of equal representation of female founders and funders across the venture table. Stella originated as an in-depth lab on specific topics pertinent to female entrepreneurs in the San Diego region and has grown to serve women across the nation through acclaimed events, entrepreneurship courses, a robust community, and syndication with partnering venture capital firms. Stella has evolved into a high-impact social enterprise that has powered over 500 female founders to raise $100M+ from over 50 female angel investors. Approximately half of the Stella founders are underserved (BIPOC, LGBTQ, veteran) and half are mompreneurs. They have cumulatively created over 100 new jobs.

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Jaci Sander
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Rylie Jennings
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Liberty Klingebiel
Sadie Crabb

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Stella Board of Directors

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Julie Castro Abrams
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Marcia Dawood
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Jaci Sander
Naseem Sayani

Stella Advisory Council

Danielle Blout

Danielle Blount

Partner, BOLD Ventures

Danielle Blount is a Partner at BOLD Ventures, an entrepreneur-first rust-belt spanning early-stage venture firm that is intentional about investing in people first, providing them with the resources and tools to empower them to make the best business decisions possible. In addition to her work with BOLD, Danielle is also Co-Founder of BOLDER, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing non dilutive wellness resources to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Moaz Hamid

Moaz Hamid

Managing Partner, MVMT Ventures

Moaz is the founder and managing partner of mvmt ventures @mvmtvc, an empathy fund and venture studio dedicated to developing and growing accessible technologies for people with disabilities.
He serves on the Consumer Technology Association Foundation (CTA) board of directors as a trustee, and on the dream council and board of directors of the Martin Luther King jr Community Health Foundation (MLKCHF).

Sue Bevan Baggott

Sue Baggott

Founder & President, Power Within Consulting, LLC

Sue Bevan Baggott serves as Founder & President of Power Within Consulting, where she empowers clients to accelerate business success by delivering highly impactful, human-centered, insight-driven business and innovation strategies leveraging connective empathy™. Sue participates extensively in the entrepreneurial ecosystem as an executive advisor, angel/impact investor, and board member.

Tom Watlington

Partner, San Diego Social Venture Partners
Tom Watlington has 40 years of experience in the medical device industry in large corporations as well as start-ups. Since January 2021, Watlington has been a Partner with San Diego Social Venture Partners, a 501c3 dedicated to providing pro-bono business consulting to non-profits. In October 2017, Watlington formed Cuida Health the Aging in Place market creating software that integrated with consumer voice assistants, such as the Amazon Echo device to help seniors.
Latia Vaughan

Latia Vaughan

Founder & CEO, The U-Network

Latia began her professional journey in Corporate America at a Fortune 500 company. After obtaining her marketing degree, she quickly climbed the corporate ladder, making an impact through supervision, training, and management development. After leaving Corporate America with awards and lifelong relationships, Latia began building her own enterprise as Founder and CEO of The U-Network, which began with private coaching and consulting with corporations, national recording artists, executives, and small business owners.

2023 Stella Impact Report

2023 Women’s Venture Summit Impact Report

PROGRAM IMPACT  |  2012-2020


Raised by connecting female founders to angel investors and VCs

WFP & WVS Attendees
Female Founders Served
New Jobs Created
Female Angel Investors
Underserved Founders (BIPOC, LGBTQ, Veteran)
New Female Investors Trained/Activated
Industry Experts
Media Highlights For Alumnae

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