Ingrid Vanderveldt is an entrepreneur, media personality, green tech exec, and the founder of Ingrid Vanderveldt, LLC, which she originally started in 2006 to support her brand management and production needs. Since then, the company’s mission has evolved to “Empower a Billion Women by 2020” in collaboration with women entrepreneurs and corporations across the globe. Vanderveldt and her team work with the world’s top organizations focused on the success of female entrepreneurs and invest in women who are building businesses.
Vanderveldt’s passion is helping women reach their highest potential as successful entrepreneurs by making available the lessons, ideas, and resources she has amassed on her own entrepreneurial journey. Her goal is to help female entrepreneurs worldwide gain access to the tools, technologies, and resources they need to succeed as leaders and business owners.
It was with the vision of getting a mobile device into the hands of every woman that Vanderveldt became Dell’s first entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR). During her time at Dell, she oversaw the company’s global entrepreneurial initiatives, developing the programs she would have wanted as a founder of several businesses.
In 2013, Vanderveldt was selected to join the United Nations Global Entrepreneurship Council. Through this work, she creates programs and initiatives for women and girls around the world that facilitate opportunities for entrepreneurship, learning, and growth.
Vanderveldt is also a business television host, international speaker, and expert on women’s leadership, entrepreneurship, and the global economy. She created and hosts CNBC’s first original primetime series, American Made, which reaches more than 1 million viewers worldwide. She has spoken about “The Future of Technology” at TEDxFiap in Brazil and “Making the Impossible, Possible” at TEDxFiDiWomen in San Francisco as well.
Winner of the 2014-2015 Northwestern Mutual Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship, Vanderveldt has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Power Lunch, and many more. She earned a master’s degree in architecture from the Savannah College of Art and Design and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.