Kristen Cooper is the Vice President of Operations and Corporate Development at Sticksnleaves. Sticksnleaves is a product development firm that works with entrepreneurs and established companies to design brands and develop websites, web applications and mobile applications. Cooper’s role is to help scale the company by developing new collaborations with growth-stage and mature businesses, and expand collaborations with women and minority entrepreneurs who want to build new products. Additionally, she develops relationships with investors throughout the country to identify more funding opportunities for Sticksnleaves’ clients.
Prior to Sticksnleaves, Cooper served as Executive Director of Corporate Partnerships & Membership Sales and Events at the Indy Chamber, where, among other things, she was responsible for launching the highly successful Women in Business series. Before fundraising in the economic development sphere, she was the Director of Operations at the Riverview Hospital Foundation, and held Major Gifts Officer positions at Butler University and the University of California, Santa Barbara.
In August 2014, Cooper started up a community movement called The Startup Ladies. The organization seeks to identify, educate, connect and increase investment in women entrepreneurs through monthly Meetups and bi-monthly Startup Study Halls. The Meetups allow attendees to build relationships with experienced executives and fellow budding entrepreneurs. The Startup Study Halls provide the structure, consistency and accountability to focus on moving an idea forward. Learn more at www.TheStartupLadies.org
Throughout her career, Cooper has been instrumental in raising millions of dollars for non-profit organizations and developing sales and marketing strategies to creatively engage donors and clients in growing revenue. She mentors women entrepreneurs building tech enabled businesses throughout the state of Indiana. She also is a very public advocate of the LGBTQ community in the hopes of eliminating discrimination permanently. Cooper holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree from the Pennsylvania State University.