Taneshia Barton ‘10
Founder & CEO
Native Texas – Born and raised in Dallas. Dotting Wife & Mother - Married to Ernest, Daughter Troi Iman Chanel. Currently Founder & CEO of BlackBoxx | Custom & Couture Care Packages (where we are working to ensure giving is always in style and to change the care package and gift giving experience for professionals and parents alike), founded out of her pure love of giving and giving back, while continuing to provide leadership at ThinkPower (the boutique) consulting firm she founded 8 years ago.
Undergraduate Degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University, attended on a combined academic and athletic scholarship. Currently President of JGSEO, JGSAA Board Member, and involved in World Youth Foundation, and Texas A&M Lettermen’s Association.
Shaheen Ladhani '10
Private Wealth Management
Emma Fauss ‘13
Medical informatics Corp.
Dr. Fauss is the CEO and a co-founder of Medical informatics Corp. She has worked extensively in Healthcare analytics since 2010. Her recent work includes a partnership with Texas Children’s Hospital that has focused on assessing and improving alarm management by using high resolution data to drive decisions. As a previous Rice Alliance and DFJ Mercury Venture Fellow, Dr. Fauss has been actively involved in strategy consulting with early stage entrepreneurs in the Texas Medical Center as well as Rice University. Dr. Fauss received her BE degree in Chemical Engineering from The Cooper Union, her PhD from the University of Virginia in Electrical and Computer Engineering and her MBA from Rice University with a concentration in healthcare.
CEO and Co-Founder
Lauren Thompson is the CEO and Co-Founder of A-76 Technologies, a corrosion inhibitor and lubricants manufacturing company, which she started while a MBA student at Rice University. At Rice, Lauren led her team through several business plan competitions, ultimately winning approximately $600,000 in total prizes. Prior to starting at Rice, Lauren managed economic development programs in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Lauren graduated from the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University in 2014 and holds a BA in International Relations with an Economics minor from The College of William and Mary.
Gita Kulkarni ‘05
Gita is the President of Avinta Services which was founded in 2008. Avinta Services provides setup, optimization and training of Salesforce.com to small-to-medium sized businesses. Among over 200+ clients, Avinta has serviced Halliburton, Avaya, Aramark, USAA, Sungard, The Hartford Group, Staples and RigNet. Prior to Avinta Services, Gita worked in marketing and sales for GT Nexus, Beckman Coulter and Verizon. Gita obtained her undergraduate degree from University of Texas and her MBA from Rice University. She is a board member for Women In Technology and the National Association of Women.