CSweetener At Glance
- Tech-enabled mentor matching program for women in healthcare
- Match rising women leaders seeking support with experienced women and men who desire to give back
- Focused on supporting the next generation of women leaders: New to the C-Suite or within 1-2 years of C-Suite title
- Open to entrepreneurs and larger company team members
- Tracks for business and science/engineering
- 501c3 designed to create social value and fill a real market need
C-Sweetener is a not-for profit organization dedicated to helping women benefit from mentorship to become the best leaders they can be. The program was inspired by an opportunity that the Aspen Institute’s Health Innovators Fellowship provided to our co-founder, Lisa Suennen, an experienced healthcare entrepreneur, long-time venture capitalist, and a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Health Innovators Fellowship.
Having long observed that female entrepreneurs are eager for mentorship and support from those with experience and success in the healthcare market, Suennen has used her Aspen Fellowship opportunity to found C-Sweetener in order to advance the healthcare field for all concerned and help create a level playing field that will enable the best entrepreneurs, regardless of gender to win.
Co-founder Lisa Serwin, a long time crusader for healthcare access and a successful health care entrepreneur has joined in this endeavor. Serwin has firsthand experience with the challenges of entering the C-Suite. Lisa has held CEO as well as other C-Suite positions, including CFO and COO.
On average, Lisa receives 5-10 requests a week for guidance and mentorship from young female executives, and she has dedicated many hours over her career to informal mentoring support; she credits some of her success to excellent mentoring in her early career.
In addition to C-Sweetener, Lisa is Senior Managing Director, Healthcare at GE Ventures and Managing Partner of Venture Valkyrie, LLC, a healthcare advisory firm that provides strategic advisory services to large and small healthcare companies as well as venture capital funds around investment and innovation strategy, innovation program design, market development and product conceptualization, and partnerships. See detailed bio HERE.
Lisa also actively guides entrepreneurs and companies and would not be where she is today without the guidance and support of her mentors. Lisa is dedicated to giving back, with a special emphasis on guiding and celebrating newly appointed female executives.
With over two decades of experience with both start-ups and established organizations in the healthcare, consumer product and retail sectors; including for and not-for-profit Board experience, Lisa has been fortunate enough to touch most positions in the C-suite, from CFO to COO to CEO. She ran the Commission on Medical Research, Education and Training for the State of Nevada and received a State Proclamation from Governor Guinn. Lisa was recently named one of the 20 women in finance you should add to your company’s board by Business Insider.
See detailed bio HERE.
Lisa is a passionate advocate of women and currently serves on Advisory Councils focused on gender diversity and inclusion for Vital Voices and California Film Institute’s Mind The Gap. With 25+ years of international marketing and commercialization of healthcare, health and wellness and consumer packaged goods in the US, Europe and China, Co-founder and VP Marketing of a women’s healthcare startup and Founding Partner of a healthcare-focused management consultancy, Lisa has well-rounded experience. She has worked across digital health, medical devices, life sciences and biotech with companies such as Medimmune, Agilent, Emergent Biosolutions, Sightlife and Procter & Gamble, along with many startups. Lisa currently advises healthcare startups on commercialization, strategic partnering and marketing strategy.
See detailed bio HERE.