Our Team

MergeLane Founders and Leadership

Sue Heilbronner
CEO & Co-Founder

Sue is a CEO, founder, speaker, advisor, investor, podcast host, mentor, professor, former civil rights attorney, creative visionary, operator, and catalyst. Sue has been a CEO, President, or Chief Marketing Officer for digital marketing and ecommerce companies since the earliest days of the internet. She began her career as an attorney – last as a federal prosecutor with the US Department of Justice. She transitioned to business by founding an online baby gift company in 1999, which she later sold when she joined Discovery Communications, parent company of Discovery Channel and 15 other international networks.

Since Discovery, Sue has led companies in the interactive travel, digital publishing, ecommerce, and online education sectors. Two of these firms had successful exits. Sue has the privilege of serving as a mentor at Techstars Boulder and an Adjunct Professor of Law and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Law School. She is an avid angel investor in companies with amazing founding teams working on problems she cares about. She has been mentoring tremendous young talent throughout her career.

Sue earned a B.A. from Oberlin College and a J.D. and M.A. from Duke University.  Catch Sue's Real Leaders Podcast on iTunes or Soundcloud. Read about booking Sue as a speaker here.

Elizabeth Kraus
Chief Investment Officer & Co-Founder

Elizabeth Kraus is an entrepreneur and angel investor, and founder of the Impact Angel Group, a group of investors equally dedicated to making a difference and realizing a return. 

Prior to founding the Impact Angel Group, Kraus ran her own startup, myUsearch.com, and has been founding, working for and consulting for startups for her entire career.  She is an active angel investor, startup mentor and advisor, and she has been very active in the state and national effort to improve the entrepreneurial ecosystem and mobilize angel investors.

Elizabeth earned her B.A. in Marketing from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business.

Hannah Davis
Program Director

Hannah is an extraordinary community builder and startup supporter. Before joining MergeLane, Hannah was an integral force at the Impact Hub Boulder, a co-working space for community and socially-focused businesses. As one of the first employees, she helped grow the community from zero to over four hundred members.

Prior to moving to Boulder, Hannah spent nine months living in Israel and India where she worked with various social entrepreneurs to accelerate their efforts. She also spent a winter working as an intern at Grand Targhee Ski Resort, helping to measure their greenhouse gas emissions and reduce their environmental impact.

She earned her B.A. from the University of Vermont with a double major in Economics and Environmental Studies.

Leah Pearlman
Leadership Coach

Leah began her career in technology, first working for Microsoft for two years as a product manager and community manager, then moving on to become one of the first Product Managers at Facebook in 2006.

Over five years of rapid growth, Leah worked in a fast-past environment managing many teams at once whose products interrelated.

She developed the skills required to keep teams empowered, informed, and aligned with each other and the company as a whole, while also supporting individuals to focus on their individual output. When the company grew from 100 to 2000+ employees, she became the head of Internal Communications at Facebook. Her role was to help keep the company as a whole informed, aligned, and inspired.

Leah left Facebook in 2011 to follow a thread of living inner and outer alignment. She has become deeply interested in living a values-based life. To this end, in addition to her work at MergeLane, she spends her time learning, coaching, public speaking, and creating inspirational art which you can see at DharmaComics.

She earned her B.S. in Computer Science at Brown University.

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