Ingrid Vanderveldt is a tech entrepreneur, investor, media personality and founder of the global movement Empowering a Billion Women by 2020 (EBW2020). She was the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Dell, winner of the 2014-15 Forbes & Northwestern Mutual Global “Entrepreneur in Excellence Award” and one of Fortune’s “55 Most Influential Women to Watch on Twitter” in 2014.
When she was in the 4th grade, Ingrid’s parents were told their daughter was “retarded” and that she needed to go to another school because they couldn’t help her learn. Ingrid’s parents raised her to believe she could be anything she wanted as long as she worked for it, and that 4th grader wanted to be a missionary.
After years of testing, it turned out that Ingrid had hearing problems which affected her learning. Once solved, she began to excel. Unbeknownst to her at the time, this experience would ground her in a deep appreciation for the power of mentorship (in that case, her parents’) who helped her see past the challenges to the opportunities on the other side.
This knowledge served her as she grew up to become a successful tech entrepreneur and now, she’s returning to her missionary roots to help mentor women globally to realize their fullest potential as leaders and entrepreneurs.