Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Womensphere and Womensphere Foundation
Analisa Balares is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Womensphere, a global leadership community and social enterprise that brings together people, networks, companies, NGOs and academic institutions to unleash the potential of women. She is also Convenor of Womensphere's global summits, Chair of the Womensphere Foundation and Executive Producer of Womensphere Heroine Media, dedicated to sharing stories of extraordinary women worldwide. Prior to Womensphere, Balares was a Global Marketing and Product Manager at Microsoft, managing MSN's social media service. She started at the Goldman Sachs High Technology Investment Banking group, helping execute over US$ 1.5 billion in IPOs, corporate financings, and mergers and acquisitions for technology and communications companies. Balares has been honoured and recognized for her work in advancing women's leadership, social entrepreneurship, media, journalism, innovation and the arts. She holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, a BA (cum laude) in Economics and Mathematics from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and an International Baccalaureate Diploma from Lester Pearson United World College in Canada.