Meet the Philanthropitch Columbus Panel of All-Star Judges!

Drumroll please! We’re proud to announce the panel of judges who will be lending their knowledge and expertise to the nonprofit finalists at Philanthropitch Columbus 2019. Join us on March 4 at the Riffe Center Theatre Complex as Columbus leaders from the business community and social sector come together in support of nonprofit innovation.

Philanthropitch Columbus 2019 is presented by Kiwanis Club of Columbus and co-hosted by SocialVentures.

Are you a Columbus nonprofit? Apply to participate in Philanthropitch Columbus. Deadline is this Sunday, October 21, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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Tanisha Robinson

CEO, BrewDog USA

Tanisha Robinson is the CEO of BrewDog USA where she leads the BrewDog USA brand, sales strategy and operational growth. She is also developing the company’s American bar division. Before joining the BrewDog team, Robinson founded several successful companies, including her most recent startup Print Syndicate, a design, technology and marketing company known for,, and, which sold in excess of $40million worth of products in its first four years. Robinson also co-founded TicketFire, the mobile app that allows consumers to use, transfer and sell paper tickets. She is a featured national speaker on entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership and currently serves on the board of The Columbus College of Art and Design and the Mount Carmel Health System. Robinson is a US Army veteran. She lives in Columbus, OH with her wife and two dogs.

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Dan Sharpe

VP for Community Research & Grants Management, The Columbus Foundation

Dan joined The Columbus Foundation in 2004. His responsibilities include overseeing the development and implementation of grant policies, program priorities, and strategic grantmaking. Under his leadership, the Community Research and Grants Management team plays a unique role in convening community discussions around areas of need, and participating in community initiatives and partnerships to address these needs.

Prior to this role, Dan has contributed to the Foundation in multiple capacities — most recently as Director of Community Leadership and Nonprofit Effectiveness. Additionally, he has served as an officer for Community Research and Grants Management, online media manager for Communications and Marketing, and project manager of easyColumbus, the regional college student engagement and retention effort where he managed the program’s research, construction, and implementation.

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Wes Strickling

CEO, CodexIT

Wes Strickling is the CEO of CodexIT, a Healthcare Technology Management company who is leading the way in virtual consulting services, specializing in electronic health record management, and cyber security. He is passionate about Columbus, where he started his business in 2004, but his company now extends throughout North America. Wes is active in the Central Ohio entrepreneurial community, serving as a mentor at Rev1 Ventures and as an investor in local startups. He also provides support and expertise for multiple non-profit initiatives focusing on expanding STEM education throughout Central Ohio. Wes holds a position on the Board of Trustees for the Kiwanis Club of Columbus. Through this role he is working to connect traditional service organizations in Central Ohio with the Startup Community. He is also very active in supporting the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Summer Reading Challenge to promote childhood literacy. Wes lives in Columbus, OH with his wife and two teenage daughters.


Kristy Campbell

COO, Rev1 Ventures, Rev1 Ventures | Advisor, START Fund

Kristy Campbell has dedicated her 20+ year career to working with – and within – tech startups to help them build their brand, grow revenue and scale. As the Chief Operations Officer at leading investor startup studio, Rev1 Ventures, Campbell supports the company’s mission to help entrepreneurs build great companies. Tapping into her longevity in the industry, she helps guide startups in their critical first phases of growth to expedite their success and ensure they are poised for scalable growth.

Campbell is also an Advisor to the START Fund, the Columbus region’s first entrepreneur giving fund, launched by Rev1 Ventures. START encourages entrepreneurs to give back to the community by supporting non-profits that are connecting the community and fostering entrepreneurship as a career path. START allows entrepreneurs to efficiently contribute to our startup community to help fund BIG ideas that work toward improving the lives of people who work and live in Columbus. 

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Doug Ulman

President & CEO, Pelotonia

Doug Ulman is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Pelotonia, which was established in 2008 with the objective to fund lifesaving cancer research and today is a rapidly growing non-profit. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the strategic vision and direction of Pelotonia and also serves as an advisor to The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

Doug is a three-time cancer survivor and globally recognized cancer advocate. After overcoming chondrosarcoma during his sophomore year of college and malignant melanoma twice since, Doug and his family founded the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults to ensure that all young adults impacted by cancer have a voice and the necessary resources to thrive. With funding from an Echoing Green Fellowship, Doug served as Executive Director of the organization for four years before joining the LIVESTRONG Foundation in 2001 as Director of Survivorship. He went on to lead LIVESTRONG as President and Chief Executive Officer, establishing the organization as the global leader in cancer survivorship.

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Lisa Ingram

President & CEO of White Castle System, Inc.

Lisa Ingram is President and CEO of White Castle System, Inc. Lisa is the fourth Ingram family member to serve as President of the iconic company – the nation’s first fast food chain founded in 1921. Lisa is also a member of the White Castle Board of Directors. Lisa’s career has been focused on creating value for her family business through strategic planning, revitalizing an iconic brand, balancing team member contributions while delivering on results, and injecting innovation into the daily culture.

In her role as President and CEO, Lisa oversees the entire company strategic and P&L execution. The company has 380 company owned restaurants in the Midwest and East Coast as well as a retail products division that sells White Castle burgers in grocery stores, club stores and convenience stores nationwide. In addition, the company has 5 manufacturing plants that supply all the meat and buns to the restaurant and retail divisions to ensure quality production and food safety.


John Lowe

CEO, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

John Lowe believes the world has too many know-it-alls and self-proclaimed experts. And way, way too many guys who were born on third base and think they hit a triple. John is on a mission to bring a level of humbleness and humility - what some call Midwest Kindness - to business leadership. John left a Fortune 4, GE, to join a four shop ice cream company, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams - based on his belief that Jeni Britton Bauer was a once-in-a-generation talent with whom he could partner to build a company capable of being a force for good. Today they are a Certified B Corporation and carry out the company’s two-part mission of making the best ice creams the world has ever known and bringing people together. Jeni’s has 34 scoop shops from LA to DC, ship ice cream to homes across the country and are available on the shelves of all Whole Foods Markets, Publix and more than 2,000 of America’s finest retailers. John has appeared on Bloomberg, MSNBC and CNN, but generally remains behind the scenes in favor of the Company’s founder, who remains its creative driving force. John is as an outside director of White Castle Company, Watershed Distillery and Acre Farm-to-Table-To-Go. He is a graduate of GE’s famed Manager Development Course, the Human Performance Institute’s Corporate Athlete training program, and Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program.

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