Nancy Hayes

Interim C-level Exec | Management Consultant | Mentor to Women Entrepreneurs | Angel Investor | Crowdfunding Innovator

After success as a senior executive in a Fortune 5 corporation, CEO of two non-profit organizations, dean of a large college of business and CFO of a state university, I became an entrepreneur, cofounding a crowdfunding site. Currently, I am and active angel investor and  enjoy mentoring entrepreneurs and small business owners.  I am also consultant on general management,  leadership and organizational effectiveness issues.

I left the IBM Corporation as a senior executive after 20 years of diverse assignments (and many moves!) of increasing responsibility in order to bring my leadership and management skills and experience to the nonprofit social services sector. I became CEO of the STARBRIGHT Foundation, an innovative nonprofit chaired by Steven Spielberg and General H. Norman Schwarzkopf which developed technology and media-based products to  seriously ill children address psychosocial aspects of their illnesses, such as fear, pain management and anxiety. Later, I was CEO/President of WISE Senior Services, a  nonprofit tackling the issues of isolated low income seniors as well as fighting elder abuse and financial fraud against the elderly.

I served as dean of a college of business at San Francisco State University, serving 6,000 undergrad business students and almost 500 MBA students annually, and subsequently was CFO and Vice President of Administration of this major urban state university of 30,000 students.

In 2013, I co-founded MoolaHoop, a startup focused on women with small businesses which offered, a unique rewards-based crowdfunding solution to help these businesses raise funds.

Since 2015, I have been an active member of Golden Seeds, an early stage angel investment group focused on high growth, women-led companies.  I meet with entrepreneurs and provide advice, connecting them to resources and making introductions.  Often I serve as a “judge” at pitch session and  present on panel discussions on entrepreneurship,  angel investing and female founders, as well as gender diversity issues in business generally.

I serve as a management consultant to corporations, nonprofit organizations and academic institutions.

My strengths include general management, vision, leadership, and execution, with a proven talent for change management and building strong teams. I have been complimented for an ability to lead and manage both strategic and tactical operations and my highly collaborative style.

I enjoy helping managers, leaders, future leaders and entrepreneurs and making and sharing connections.

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I accept consultative engagements in corporations, nonprofits and academia, especially if there is leadership enhancement, strategic or operational challenges.  I will work side by side with a manager/leader to help them enhance their skills.   I work with teams who are currently without a leader to help them focus the strategy, improve their operations, accomplish results and accept responsibility.  I consider interim CXX roles – I don’t want the permanent job!


I welcome hearing from small business owners and high growth entrepreneurs, especially women, seeking  advice on strategy and funding. I provide connections where appropriate, as long as you are open to a straightforward conversation.

I participate as panelist in entrepreneur pitch sessions and as an advisor with accelerators and incubators serious about providing quality, meaningful mentorship for their participants.

Check out these companies:


Sara Schaer and Siva have built an app-based service that enables parents and caregivers to schedule rides and childcare for kids, from preschool to high school.

Nail Snaps

Angel Anderson and Sara Heering built this app to turn any photo into custom nail art, with community building features.


Marcie Rogo and Andrew Dowling have created a community for people over 50 to find companions for friendship, travel, activities and romance.

Traveling Spoon

Aashi Vel and Steph Lawrence enable travelers to book a meal or cooking lesson with home cooks from around the world.

Work Truck Solutions

Kathryn Shifferele created a system for dealers of work trucks which simplifies locating and quoting a truck, managing leads and prospecting.


Tffany Pham’s global community of millenial women worldwide that enables them to share their voice, exchange information, and access knowledge.

OtoNexus Medical 

The company is developing the first medical device to provide for instant and accurate assessment of middle ear infections in children and adults.


Lindsay Stewart and Brian McNeill’s app allows media organizations to buy video from amateur and professional videographers.

Tempo Automation

Printed circuit board (PCB) assembly with unparalleled speed and convenience to enable rapid prototyping by electrical engineers.


I am an active angel investor with  Golden Seeds, which focuses on investing in high growth potential companies with diverse management teams where a woman is in a lead role.

I am a member of  Rising Tide, which seeks to prepare a new wave of smart, sophisticated women investing in entrepreneurial companies as angel investors.

Importantly, also try to help the entrepreneurs I advise with referrals to other angel investors and angel groups,  as well as other funding sources such as loans and crowdfunding and to resources such as incubators and accelerators.



Golden Seeds

A national angel investment group dedicated to pursuing above average returns by investing in women-led high growth companies.


Secure zero interest micro loans to start or grow a small business by telling your story to potential lenders.

Rising Tide Program

Learn by doing for angel investors.

ExPat Woman

Practice your pitch at a Female Founders Pitch to Female Investors event or attend a panel discussion on entrepreneurship.

Angel Capital Association

Education and information for angel investors and entrepreneurs offered by this professional association of angel investors.

InSync Angel Network

Angel groups in Northern California/Sierras who collaborate to improve deal flow and syndication for entrepreneurs and investors.

Guy Kawasaki’s 10 Slides

The 10 slides you need in your pitch for equity investment.


Bella Domain Media 

Sandy Jones-Kaminski helps you leverage LinkedIn and other social tools to elevate their brands, generate more leads and grow your networks.

The Well

Julie Gordon White’s programs enable women entrepreneurs to build the personal and professional skills needed to grow their business.

Contact me

Please contact me at nhayes@nkhgroup.com