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About the Author: Caren Merrick


Caren's goal is helping high acheiving leaders become board worthy and board ready. Caren draws on 25 years of experience to advise motivated leaders to acheive their leadership goals, including the goal of serving on a board. 
She previously was cofounder and EVP of enterprise software company webMethods, which grew from a basement start-up to a global Nasdaq company with $200million in annual revenue and 1,100 employees worldwide.
Caren is an angel investor and serves on the board of several public companies in private equity, REITs, and banking. She is a mentor, author, and speaker on leadership, entrepreneurship, and board service.

Caren is also a social entrepreneur who cofounded and served as President and Chairman of the webMethods Foundation, which mobilized employees of webMethods to make grants that have helped thousands of low income families, including the first grantor to Second Chance Employment Services, which provides comprehensive employment services for at risk women and their dependents, and as a founding investor in the pioneering work of Venture Philanthropy Partners.

Caren has invested dozens of innovative non-profits in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area and in micro-enterprise in East Africa.