Sheila Lirio Marcelo
Sheila Lirio Marcelo has set the bar for female entrepreneurs seeking funding to develop great ideas. Inspired by her own experiences as a working mother and technology executive, Sheila founded Care.com, the largest and fastest growing service used by families to find high-quality caregivers. She has driven the evolution and growth of the company over the past five years by seeking out venture capital and becoming one of the few female technology entrepreneurs to raise more than $35 million in venture capital funding, most recently in October 2010. In 2009, Sheila's was recognized as a Top 10 emerging entrepreneur at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit and one of the "40 under 40" executives in Boston Business Journal. She received the Enrst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010 for New England; and, for 2011, was awarded a Marshall Memorial Fellowship and named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. While CEO of Care.com has been a full time job for Sheila, she is actively involved in her Filipino heritage and culture. She serves as a Board Trustee of the Philippine Development Foundation, a non-profit organization who regularly works with the Philippine government. As an active alumnae of Harvard Business School, Sheila serves annually as a Finalist Judge for the Harvard Business School's Business Plan Competition and an adviser to the school's Rock Entrepreneurial Center. Sheila’s work helping other women find their place in technology is not limited to the United States. She has served on the International Selection Panel for Endeavor, an organization providing resources and advice to high-impact entrepreneurs from developing countries. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Economics, Sheila holds both a M.B.A. and a J.D. from Harvard University. She resides in the Boston, MA area with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.