Heather Jean serves as A Global Director of the WINLab, a year-long residency program for women entrepreneurs that accelerate the entrepreneurial path from ideation to launch. The WIN Lab invests in women, empowering them to disrupt, experiment, and build successful businesses on their own terms. She is currently a PhD Candidate at Bentley University and her true passion lies in is the design and execution of early- stage venture acceleration that promotes a more gender-enlightened, entrepreneurial ecosystem. My research investigates the intersection of gender and business strategy.
Heather Jean sees entrepreneurship as a way of life and is passionate about accelerating the success of women entrepreneurs. Heather Jean is a start-up junkie that launched her first venture, Proxy Apparel in 2008. As CEO and Founder of Proxy Apparel, an ethical fashion company, Heather Jean designed several women’s apparel collections and built international, fashion supply chains that supported women-owned factories and cooperatives around the world. Proxy Apparel employed women and work-owned cooperatives around the world. During this tenure, she spent several years living and working in Central America building Proxy’s supply chains and serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras. She worked with and trained women’s cooperatives in business development, quality control, design, and agriculture. She fundamentally believes that the economic empowerment of women is key to global innovation and prosperity. She is a meditator, pug-obsessed and farmer at heart.