Sue is a sought-after speaker, startup CEO, mentor, adjunct professor of entrepreneurship, facilitator, strategic advisor, Conscious Leadership coach, co-founder of the MergeLane investment fund, creator of the Leadership Camp training program for high-potential leaders, former federal prosecutor, and a direct and fearless catalyst for change.
Sue has the privilege of bringing her speaking, TED and TEDx-style speaker coaching, facilitation, coaching, Conscious Leadership, and consulting expertise to companies around the world. She’s worked with teams and leaders from Facebook, G2, Salesforce, Gainsight, Kiva, Uptake, Oracle, and more. Sue is a certified coach and trainer with the Conscious Leadership Group.
Sue has been a CEO and CRO for digital marketing, technology, and e-commerce companies since the earliest days of the Internet. She began her career as an attorney – last as a federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. She transitioned to business by founding an online baby gift company in 1999, which she later sold when she joined Discovery Communications, the parent company of Discovery Channel and 15 other international networks.
Sue went on to lead companies in the interactive travel, digital publishing, e-commerce, home maintenance, and online education sectors. Sue serves as a mentor with Techstars and an adjunct professor of law and entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Law School.
Sue is a powerful presence who inspires audiences with her authenticity, directness, quick mind, and humor.
Sue earned a BA from Oberlin College and a JD and Master of Public Policy from Duke University. She lives in Boulder and the Bay Area.
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MergeLane is the startup investment accelerator for companies with at least one female in leadership. MergeLane discovers, invests in and accelerates great women and the companies they run.
Sue Heilbronner co-founded MergeLane with Chief Investment Officer Elizabeth Kraus. The accelerator offers ten companies each year an extraordinary mentor-driven experience.