Our Founders

Doyenne was founded in 2012 by Heather Wentler and Amy Gannon. They met while Heather was launching her first venture and Amy was teaching entrepreneurship at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. Together they created Doyenne to fill the space that’s missing for so many women entrepreneurs — an organization that understands what it’s like for women who are building a business while wearing many hats each and every day. Doyenne gets it. We celebrate you, your business, and your many hats.

The Doyenne Team Members, Board of Directors, Members, and Volunteers all believe it's past time to create truly diverse and gender-equal entrepreneurial ecosystems across the United States of America.

Heather Wentler, Executive Director and Co-Founder

Heather Wentler has also founded past ventures Fractal and the community program Madison SOUP. Heather has always encouraged others to reach for what they want to become. Through teaching early-childhood through middle school in disadvantaged schools, her role was more than just teacher for the students and co-workers she spent her days with. She became a parent figure, role model, coach and educator all rolled into one to make sure the lives she was touching were creating impact on their futures.

As an advocate for all who identify as "female" or "woman," Heather’s passion for entrepreneurship and supporting women in business became more prevalent in her career as she was founding Fractal and transitioning out of teaching in a traditional classroom. Heather has served as an active leader and organizer of Forward Fest, Advisory Board member of Launch Wisconsin, judged various business plan competitions across Wisconsin, and sat on the WED (Women Entrepreneurship Day) Wisconsin and Early Stage Symposium Advisory Boards, and the B Corp Wisconsin Movement committee.

Heather has served as a coach, mentor, and resource for 10 years specifically for pre-launch and early-stage ventures. Her attention to detail, lived experience, and past work support creating a roadmap and identifying key resources for personal and professional growth of entrepreneurs. Heather believes it's only once an entrepreneur's skills and talents are fully acknowledged and unlocked that a venture's strategic planning towards successful growth and exit planning are achievable.

Heather serves as the Executive Director of Doyenne and President & Treasurer of the Doyenne Board of Directors.

Amy Gannon, Co-founder


{In Memoriam} Dr. Amy Gannon was a change agent dedicated to identifying and unleashing entrepreneurial talent, particularly in places where others weren’t looking for it. Her work focused on building pathways to entrepreneurship for those traditionally ignored by existing entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Dr. Gannon was a Co-founder for Doyenne. With more than 10 years experience working with startup businesses, Dr. Gannon had expertise in moving entrepreneurs through the idea validation, launch and growth stages. She designed, planned and facilitated developmental opportunities for entrepreneurs, within Doyenne and with other organizations in the Madison area including the Social Good Accelerator, Madison Urban Ministry (MUM), and others.

Dr. Gannon's passion for supporting all women and lifting them up to reach new hights and beliefs in themselves and the ventures they run is truly missed within our community, but never forgotten as she lives on through all of the work she did while here and the impact she's made on all she touched.  

Dr. Gannon and her daughter were tragically killed in a helicopter accident while on a family vacation in Hawaii on December 26, 2019. While she is no longer physically with us, she is felt within every aspect of Doyenne and continues to influence the work we do and how we create impact in communities.

OUr Interns

Colleen McBride, Development Coordinator

Supports fundraising initiatives and donor support and management.

Colleen is a sophomore at Boston College in Newton, MA majoring in Political Science & Government.

Our Board

Truscenialyn Brooks

Truscenialyn (Tru-see-nah-lynn) Brooks is a Civil Right's Associate Attorney at Stonewell & Friedman, Ltd. Prior to this role, Truscenialyn was an Associate Attorney at Perkins Coie, primarily practicing in Intellectual Property Litigation. Truscenialyn also volunteers in the communities in which she lives to support equality and justice.

jessica boling

Jessica Boling is the Director of Community Engagement, AAPI at Milwaukee 2020 Host committee. She has served as the Asian American Pacific Islander Outreach Director for Biden for President, Director of Operations for Sililcon Pastures angel investment network based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Director of Community Engagement for the Better Business Bureau Serving Wisconsin. Jessica also volunteers with numerous organizations within her community in areas she's passionate about advancing.


Dana Guthrie

Dana Guthrie is the Founder & Managing Director of of Alchemy Angel Investors, an investment firm dedicated to growing the number of people of color investors and putting dollars into people of color led businesses. She is also an advisor of Golden Angels Investors and works at Johnson Controls as a Product Manager. 

POOJA SHAH

Pooja Shah has served in various professional settings within corporate innovation and venture capital. Her professional mission is to build more partnerships between startups and corporations and to identify and capitalize on opportunities to grow business. As a strong startup advocate and professionally trained engineer, Pooja coaches and supports ventures from the seed stage to the Series A funding stage.