VP Corporate Partnerships, Portfolia
Steve serves as the Vice-President of Corporate Development for Portfolia, the leading women focused innovation and investing platform focused on consumer facing start-ups. Portfolia enables women to find and invest in the companies that matter to them, while also providing capital to women led start-ups that are typically starved for financing. Through Portfolia, big companies have the opportunity to develop a compelling line-of-sight to entrepreneurial innovation that matters to women, grab an early (de-risked and leveraged) stake in some compelling start-ups that solve problems that matter to women, and, through this, plant multiple seeds for future brand growth.
He is a 30+ year serial innovator in the Consumer Goods Industry both in the U.S. and abroad. Between 2005 and 2007, his track record of success included an unprecedented run of 5 IRI Top 10 Non-Food Pacesetter Products, including Tide with a Touch of Downy, Tide Coldwater, and Febreze Noticeables. Working beyond the core, he was the new business architect responsible for leading The Procter & Gamble Company into new opportunities in air freshening and automotive care.
Stephen’s adventures in innovation have been profiled in Dr. Neal Thornberry’s book, Innovation Judo, with a chapter on Mastering The Maze, the story of bringing Huggies MomInspired to life within the Kimberly-Clark Corporation. Most recently, he has contributed a chapter on crowdsourced innovation to the new publication, Crowdfunding The Corporate Era (Elliott & Thompson, July 2015).