Rockies Venture Club (RVC) is committed to diversity in both its investment portfolio and its investing community. To date, RVC’s portfolio consists of over 50% women-led businesses, besting the national average by almost 300%! Despite this success in diversity in portfolio, RVC sees only 12% of its investment from women investors. To increase diversity in our investing community, we have established the Women’s Investor Network, led by entrepreneur leader Barbara T. Bauer. The purpose of WIN is to engage women with an engaged community, new programs, educational content, and a special Women Investor Luncheon planned for the second day of the Angel Capital Summit in March.
Barbara is an experienced international business leader with a current focus on impact investing and social enterprise. She has just completed several years as the Executive Director, Myanmar, for Partnership for Change (PfC), a Norwegian impact investment and international development organization. Barbara worked closely with community, state and national Myanmar leaders to identify, plan and implement programs and development models that improve economic opportunities, and that can be replicated or scaled up, increasing benefit and community skills.
Prior to this position, Barbara was a Princeton in Asia Senior Fellow, working in Myanmar and Thailand on projects supporting opportunities for Myanmar refugees. She has also started two boutique businesses: GlobalSight Partners, an international management consulting organization, and Silk and Stones Travel, a boutique travel company specializing in custom designed sustainable tourism tours to Southeast Asia. Barbara also developed and led the innovative Center for Women Entrepreneurs at the University of Denver. During her career she held executive positions at Sun Microsystems, StorageTek, US West, Raynet, and Bell Laboratories. Her academic credentials include a B.S. and M.S. in Physics, and the Stanford Summer Executive Program.
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Director of Operations, Women’s Investor Network
Carolyn Goltra is Director of Operations for Women’s Investment Network (WIN), an arm of the Rockies Venture Club focused on empowering women investors, entrepreneurs and the next generation of girls.
Prior to WIN, Carolyn served as owner and CEO of Goltra Castings, a steel foundry with over 5,000 contracts with companies throughout the United States including Watts Water Technologies and Halliburton. During her tenure at Goltra Castings, Carolyn introduced new energy efficient operations that reduced expenses by 10% and developed labor contracts with back-to-work programs for ex-offenders that significantly improved job turnover rates while assisting prisoner society reintroduction. Being a CEO in the steel industry gave Carolyn a first-hand view of some of the challenges female leaders face while immersed in a male-dominated industry.
Prior to joining Goltra Castings, Carolyn dedicated herself to helping provide medical care to global communities in need. Through her work with nonprofits, Carolyn has helped raise over $6 Million for organizations including New-York-Presbyterian-Hospital, the Order of St. John, the Endometriosis Foundation of America, and the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children.
Carolyn currently sits on several boards of directors, including as an officer on the board for the US chapter of the Order of St. John. She was the first woman and youngest person to be named to the board of Medicomp, a medical records company serving national and international hospitals as well as the DoD. She previously served on the Board of Governors of the New York Academy of Art.
Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Princeton University, a Master of Science in Philanthropy and Fundraising from New York University and a Master of Arts in Social Enterprise from New York University.
An avid athlete, winning a bronze medal on the Jr US rowing team in Belgium and competing on the Princeton team, Carolyn enjoys skiing and going on hikes in the mountains with her dog, Muppet.