Meet the Team

Frédérique Irwin

Founder & CEO

Frédérique is the Founder and CEO of Her Corner. She has spoken on the topic of the state of women and entrepreneurship at The White House, The U.S. State Department, as well as companies such as Marriott, Chobani, Microsoft, AstraZeneca, TD Bank, and others. She teaches entrepreneurship at the Kogod School of Business at American University and she holds an MBA from William & Mary and a BA from Davidson College.

Quirky Fact: English is her third language

Can’t Live Without: Champagne


Kimberly Berger

President & COO

Kimberly is the President and COO of Her Corner. She is an active angel investor with a passion for women-owned companies. She has worked with venture-backed companies and large publicly traded companies specifically in the areas of digital marketing and strategy consulting. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School with a focus in Marketing and Finance and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Quirky Fact: She grew up in Hawaii

Can’t Live Without: Ice Cream


Lori Finch

Accelerator Facilitator

Lori specializes in designing digital campaigns, most recently to help non-profits fundraise. Her experience ranges from finance, running quality and customer centric programs to strategy. She is passionate about helping organizations grow their mission within both nonprofit and for-profit sectors.  Lori holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BSBA from Georgetown University.


Quirky Fact: She has an identical twin sister


Can’t Live Without: Laughter

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Galia Gichon

Accelerator Facilitator

Galia Gichon is an independent personal financial expert with more than 20 years in financial services, including nearly 10 years on Wall Street and an MBA in Finance. She is an angel investor and has worked with Pipeline Angels, Astia, Topstone Angels and Refinery CT. She has been widely quoted in The New York Times, NBC, CNN, Real Simple and more.

Quirky fact:
I’m one of two girls. I’m a mother of two girls. My sister has two daughters. I have two step sisters on each side. My sister in law has two daughters.

I can’t live without:
Coffee (anyway anyhow anytime)

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Holly Flanagan

Accelerator Facilitator

Holly Flanagan is Managing Director of Gabriel Investments, an investment firm focused on early-stage investments in technology companies located in the Philadelphia region. She is an Eisenhower Fellow, focused on women entrepreneurs and recently returned from India where she participated in a US State Department initiative to empower and motivate women entrepreneurs.


Quirky Fact: Her dog looks and acts like the 80s show star Alf!

Can’t Live Without: Her daughters…and meditation!

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Dia Martin

Accelerator Facilitator

Dia is a Managing Director at OPIC where she provides financing to businesses in the emerging markets. She was a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow focused on development finance from 2007-08 and has held several positions at Citigroup, Moody’s Investors Service and J.P. Morgan. She has a passion for advising and financing businesses that are committed to social impact. Dia holds an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School.

Quirky Fact:  I have traveled to over 50 countries.

Can’t Live Without: Popcorn

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Karen Tempkin

Accelerator Facilitator

Karen is a consultant specializing in entrepreneurship, business growth, operational efficiency, leadership, and integration of sustainability into business strategy. She blazed the trail in corporate social responsibility programs at Raytheon. Karen holds an MBA from the University of Arizona and a Bachelors from Wellesley College.

Quirky Fact: Lived outside for 3 months (on purpose!)

Can’t Live Without: Very dark chocolate and her bike


Mieka Wick

Accelerator Facilitator

Mieka most recently served as CEO of CityBridge, a foundation focused on education reform. In that role, Mieka ran an incubator for education entrepreneurs who were launching new schools in Washington, DC.  She built the investor-relations practice at New Profit, a venture philanthropy fund and also worked in consulting with both for-profit companies and non-profit organizations, including managing the merger of Reebok and Adidas. Mieka holds a BA from Brown University and an MBA from Babson.

Quirky Fact: Was kicked out of middle school band

Can’t Live Without: Long walks

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Erin Owen

Accelerator Facilitator

Erin is a passionate advocate for individuals realizing their dreams and a connector in the network of women business owners. She is Founder and President of EEO Balance Corporation, which provides coaching and consulting services to CEOs and leaders. She’s an alum of Grinnell College, Kellogg (MBA), and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in China. Her prior experience includes working as a consultant in China and the U.S. for Hewitt Associates and also creating training & development programs for entrepreneurs from Central/Eastern Europe through a program funded by USAID.

Quirky Fact: Action flicks are her favorite movies!

Can’t Live Without: Fun times with good friends

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