Geri Stengel

Geri Stengel

Use corporate, small business and nonprofit expertise to help organizations to perform better and do more social good.

Greater New York City Area

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Geri Stengel's Overview

  • President at Ventureneer
  • President at Stengel Solutions
  • Board of Directors at New York City Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners
  • Cofounder at Women's Leadership Exchange (WLE)
  • Vice President of Marketing at Physicians' Online (POL)
  • Director of Marketing, Dow Jones Information Services at Dow Jones
  • Manger, Corporate Services at The Wall Street Journal
  • Media Research Supervisor at Ted Bates
  • Research Analyst at Katz Media Group
  • Sales/Research Assitant at Harrington, Righter & Parsons

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Geri Stengel's Summary

What do you get when you cross a serial entrepreneur, teacher, online information business expert with making a social impact?

In a word – me.

•President, Ventureneer, online education and peer support for entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders.
•President, Stengel Solutions, a strategic planning and marketing consultancy that advises and develops businesses, especially those making a social impact.
•Adjunct Professor, The New School: Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Growth

Whether you like to do things by yourself, like it done for you, or something in between, I offer guidance for you. You can have help anyway you want: in person, online, by phone or any combination.


•Commercial Venture Development (nonprofit ventures)
•Strategic/Business Planning: industry trends, feasibility studies, segmentation/size analyses, competitive profiling, business modeling
•Marketing: positioning, sales/marketing plans, market research
•Project Management: resource identification, budgeting, timelines
•Internet Strategy: content, distribution, marketing
•Strategic Alliances: identification, development, execution
•Advisory Boards: formation, facilitation

Geri Stengel's Experience



Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Marketing and Advertising industry

2009Present (5 years)

Digital media and market research company providing education and training for nonprofits, socially responsible small businesses and social enterprises. For corporations that want to reach these organizations, Ventureneer provides branded marketing and social media opportunities that generate visibility, thought leadership and brand loyalty.


Stengel Solutions

1994Present (20 years)

Strategic planning and marketing firm that supports industry leaders, businesses with a social purpose and nonprofits. Whether you’re developing a plan for sustainable long term growth, building strategic alliances to penetrate new markets, developing collaborative relationships to reduce costs or forming an advisory board to provide objective advice regarding new opportunities, Stengel Solutions can provide you with business solutions to build your organization at every stage.
•Industries/Sectors: conferences, cultures, diamonds, education, entrepreneurship, healthcare, human services, industry surveys, internet services, media, membership associations, online information products, professional services, social enterprise, social services, technology among others

Board Member

Praxis Housing Initiatives, Inc.

20102013 (3 years)

Adjunct Professor

The New School

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

2006May 2010 (4 years)

Teach Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise at The New School.

Board of Directors

VCG Governance Matters

Nonprofit; 1-10 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

20052009 (4 years)

Held various positions including Vice Chair and Chair of the Membership Committee.

Board of Directors

New York City Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners

19992006 (7 years)

Held various positions including Secretary, Chair of the Internet Committee, VC Sponsorship and National Member Services Rep.

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Marketing and Advertising industry

20012003 (2 years)

Responsible for educational programs, advisory board, strategic alliances and infrastructure for WLE, which provided conferences and online resources to educate female entrepreneurs on being more effective leaders.

Vice President of Marketing

Physicians' Online (POL)

19931994 (1 year)

Responsible for all aspects of attracting and retaining physician members, as well as supporting the sale of advertising for this medical-information service.

Director of Marketing, Dow Jones Information Services

Dow Jones

Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; DJ; Online Media industry

19881993 (5 years)

Responsible for all aspects of attracting and retaining customers, as well as market research, business planning and development for Dow Jones News/Retrieval (forerunner to Factiva), DJ News Services, The Wall Street Journal Radio Report among other services.

Manger, Corporate Services

The Wall Street Journal

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; nws; Newspapers industry

19801988 (8 years)

Held various media and market research and marketing positions within advertising sales at WSJ.

Media Research Supervisor

Ted Bates

19771980 (3 years)

Research Analyst

Katz Media Group

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; Marketing and Advertising industry

19761977 (1 year)

Sales/Research Assitant

Harrington, Righter & Parsons

19741976 (2 years)

Geri Stengel's Publications

  • 8 Reasons Angel Investing Fulfills YOUR Dreams While Helping Others

    • Forbes
    • February 5, 2014

    Investing in women entrepreneurs is good for the economy and good for you. Find out why.

  • Forget the Glass Ceiling: Build Your Business Without One

    • Blurb
    • June 2, 2014
    Authors: Geri Stengel

    Forget the Glass Ceiling: Build Your Business Without One is a practical look at the barriers women face in starting new businesses as well as the ways over, under, around and through those barriers. Using the experiences of 10 high-powered women entrepreneurs, Geri Stengel lays out the tactics that women can use to inspire and achieve business success.

Geri Stengel's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Board, chair of the fundraising committee

      Praxis Housing Initiatives, Inc.
      • Poverty Alleviation

      Stabilizes chronically homeless persons with HIV/AIDS and other special needs through clean, safe housing.

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Economic Empowerment
      • Poverty Alleviation
    • Organizations I support:

      • Praxis Housing Initiatives, Inc.
      • SomerSomerset Hills Learning Institute
      • Young Heroes

Geri Stengel's Skills & Expertise

  1. Small Business Social Responsibility
  2. Social Media
  3. Social Entrepreneurship
  4. Small Business
  5. Marketing
  6. Social Responsibility
  7. Workshop Facilitation
  8. Market Research
  9. Competitive Analysis
  10. Positioning
  11. Media Analysis
  12. Blogging
  13. Women Owned Business
  14. Entrepreneurship
  15. Social Networking
  16. Start-ups
  17. Strategic Planning
  18. Online Marketing
  19. Public Speaking
  20. Venture Capital
  21. Business Strategy
  22. Program Management
  23. Leadership

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Geri Stengel's Education

Queens College

B.S., Psychology and Sociology


Geri Stengel's Additional Information


environment, hiking, biking, adventure travel, theater, swimming

Groups and Associations:

Columbia Business School: Mentor students launching enterprises and evaluate business plans for competitions. New York University (NYU), Stern School of Business: Mentor students entering business plan competition. Governance Matters member. NYC chapter of the National Association Women’s Business Owners (NAWBO-NYC) member. Social Enterprise Alliance.

Honors and Awards:

Coached and wrote grand prize winning business plan for the Yale School of Management – The Goldman Sachs Foundation Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures: 2003-2004 National Business Plan Competition for Nonprofit Organizations.

NAWBO-NYC Member of the Year and Most Valuable Player of the Year.

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