Lorine Pendleton is a seasoned business development executive and attorney with extensive experience in the legal, technology and entertainment industries. She was recently named by Worth as one of the “16 Financial Powerhouses,” Marie Claire as one of the “Most 50 Connected Women in America,” Business Insider as one of the 2 Angel Investors You Should Know,” Medium as one of the “200 Women of Color to Follow on Twitter,” and Black Enterprise as one of the “20 Angel Investors You Should Know.”
She is the NY Chair at TIGER 21, the most exclusive peer-to-peer membership network for some of the most successful and ultra-high-net-worth individuals in the US, Canada, UK and Europe. She works with and connects TIGER 21 members to one another to grow their business and personal network by providing a platform and personal Board of Directors to discuss issues such as wealth preservation, family dynamics and estate planning in a confidential environment with other members. She facilitates meetings with members, and curates speakers and topics around wealth preservation, philanthropy, family dynamics and investment opportunities.
Lorine is an active angel investor who invests in and advises women and diverse-led companies. Her investments include Cocomama (formerly Cisse), Hire an Esquire, Tastemakers Africa, TrakLight and Portfolia’s Rising Tide and Enterprise Funds. She is an Investment Partner in Portfolia, an innovative platform that brings together growth-stage companies and a collaborative network of investors in a unique combination of angel investing and micro-funding. Portfolia has invested in over 50+ companies since its inception in 2016. She is the lead investor and General Partner in Portfolia’s Diversity Fund which will make investments in companies with founders of color, women, LGBT and veterans and/or companies with products and services that address those markets.
She is on the Board of Directors of the Angel Capital Association (ACA), the largest angel professional development organization in the world, with 13K+ accredited angel investors, 260 angel groups, family offices and accredited platforms with 91K companies in ACA member portfolios. She is ACA’s first African-American board member in its history.
She is also an alumna and member of Pipeline Angels, an angel investing training program that trains women to become angel investors to increase diversity in the US angel investing community. Pipeline Angels has 300+ members who have invested $5.0 million in 50+ companies. She was a guest judge on BET/Centric TV's breakout series Queen Boss, a pitch competition show where African-American female entrepreneurs ompeted for a grand prize to fund their businesses. She is a frequent speaker on the state of women and diverse entrepreneurship, angel investing and diversity at organizations to drive innovation and growth. Previous speaking engagements include 500 Startups, Angel Capital Association Annual Summit, Merrill Lynch, GLG, UBER, Microsoft, Boston Consulting Group, Harvard University, Columbia Business School, Brown University, American Association for the Advancement of
Science, HR Uncubed, Evolve Law, Refinery29, SUNY Ulster, She Leads, Hera Venture Summit, Tech Inclusion (Google for Entrepreneurs) and CUNY/Baruch College.
Lorine previously worked as a business development executive for several leading global law firms (Dentons, Simpson Thacher and Morgan Lewis). Her startup experience includes stints at SelectMinds, developer of web-based social network programs for corporations acquired by Oracle, and Community Connect, publisher of leading ethnic social networking websites BlackPlanet, AsianAvenue, and MiGente, acquired by Interactive One.
She was an attorney at Londell McMillan PC, a leading entertainment boutique law firm, where she structured and negotiated multifaceted entertainment and media deals on behalf of her clients such as Prince, Spike Lee, Ruff Ryders Records, Faith Evans, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, and the estate of the Notorious BIG. Lorine is a graduate of Brown University (B.A. Economics), New York Law School (JD), Kauffman Foundation FastTrac New Ventures Entrepreneurship (Graduate Certificate) and Lean Startup Machine.