Cindy Chin – CEO & Founder
Cindy is an entrepreneur, venture strategist, solutions leader, and a cultural ambassador of the arts and sciences. As an advisor, she serves on advisory boards for several startup and innovation projects (AVA, Vault 12, SVB Brain Trust) in a spectrum of frontier technologies. She is an opportunity scout for CLC Advisors’ global network of VCs, investors, and LP partners, and a supporter of global entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems in growing arenas of venture capital: artificial intelligence, geospatial satellite technologies, quantum computing, blockchain, and data in frontier technologies. She is a global strategic thought leader, a sought-after speaker, and a member of the NASA Datanauts, one of NASA’s Women in Data open innovation program initiatives operating within the Office of the Chief Information Officer at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C. She is also an Ambassador for NASA’s International SpaceApps Challenge, the largest hackathon on the planet, and a Fellow of the RSA, the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce.
Cindy is a mentor for Google for Startups Accelerator in the North America and Women Techmakers Mentor, a Mentor for the AWS Space Accelerator, Advisor and Mentor for the Howard University AI Data Lab and Hello Black World Program and a Visiting Professor at The University of Applied Sciences FH Salzburg teaching the Deep Data in Deep Space Program. She was the former Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI + ML) program curator of the DIGILITY Conference and Expo in Cologne, Germany and a Co-Founder of Women on the Block, an organization created by blockchain enthusiasts to promote empowerment of women to ensure diversity and inclusion in technology and a former advisor to Women in Blockchain International. She was also a former mentor at Stanford University’s Technology Entrepreneurship and undergrad programs, and a former member of the faculty of the Startup Executive Academy of Silicon Castles in Salzburg, Austria and former consultant for several leading international management consulting firms including McKinsey & Company, Coopers & Lybrand, LLC (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), and publicly-traded asset management firm Strategic Hotels & Resorts (BEE:US). In 2018, she was named as Entrepreneur Magazine’s “50 Most Daring Entrepreneurs” along with leaders including SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, General Motors’ CEO Mary Barra, celebrity chef and founder of World Central Kitchen José Andrés, “Crazy Rich Asians” author Kevin Kwan, Chance the Rapper, Academy Award winning actress and founder of Hello Sunshine’s Reese Witherspoon, and IBM’s CEO Ginni Rometty.
She has over 20 years of work experience specializing in corporate strategy with senior executives of Fortune 500 companies to the prestigious ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation in the Presidio of San Francisco. She has consulted for companies in a variety of industries ranging from Charles Schwab (finance/marketing), Ortho Diagnostics and Cordis, subsidiaries of Johnson & Johnson (healthcare/pharmaceuticals), Gilt Groupe (retail fashion/e-commerce) to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She is a sought-after speaker, an active participant at many global conferences and summits, and she is engaged in building global entrepreneurship ecosystems. Her passion is building business from the ground upward, outreach and innovation.
In June 2016, she was a delegate to the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. She was also a delegate in the Women’s Pillar of the U.S.-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange running concurrently with the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue led by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Undersecretary of State Richard Stengel in Beijing, China. During the CPE 2016 meetings, she was a presenter for the United States on women’s entrepreneurship in the women’s pillar.
She was part of the American delegation to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit GES2014 in Marrakech, Morocco with the United States government led by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. She joined the social media team for TEDxCERN conference in September 2014 and TEDxCERN 2018: The Elephant in the Room. She has received the distinct honors to attend the U.S. Department of State’s Our Ocean Conference 2014 in Washington D.C. in June 2014 with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, visits to CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) and its Large Hadron Collider (LHC), European Space Agency’s (ESA) European Space Research Institute (ESRIN) to meet Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano and the Vatican Observatory at the Papal summer palace. She is regularly invited to attend NASA Socials which in the past include a visit to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to learn about the NASA/JAXA (Japanese Aerospace Agency) Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) missions, the development of the James Webb and Discovery Telescopes, NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory missions, NASA’s Robotics and Astrobiology Laboratories. Prior to NASA Goddard, she was invited to NASA Dryden in Edwards Air Force Base and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center as part of NASA Social to work with the award-winning NASA and NASA/JPL Mars Curiosity Social Media teams during Space Shuttle Endeavour’s last flight and the roll over of Space Shuttle Atlantis to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex signaling the end to NASA’s 35-year Space Shuttle Program. You can find more information on her appearances on our Events page here and speaking events here.
Ms. Chin is passionate about social impact, public-private sector partnerships, & giving back to global communities. She achieves this by defining strategies for capacity-building, incubation of ideas, outreach, & innovation phases of business ventures while investigating alternative revenue and asset generation with a goal of self-sustainment. Gender equality & diversity are also significant factors for consideration.
She has served on several on non-profit boards, committees and taskforces for a number of philanthropic institutions in New York City and San Francisco. She served on the Special Events Committee of The New York Philharmonic, the Development Committee Chair and Annual Fund Co-Chair and member of the Strategic Planning Committee of The Diller-Quaile School of Music Board of Directors. Other organizations include Lincoln Center, The Young Associates Council of the Metropolitan Opera & Strategic Taskforce of the New York City Opera, and the Board of Directors of The Junior League of San Francisco, Gala Committee Member and Advisory Council of The San Francisco Ballet and Gala Committees of The San Francisco Symphony. She was the recipient of the Associations of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) Membership Development Award in 2005 and a Grand Prize Winner of NASA Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mission “Signs of Spring” Photo Contest in 2015.