Get to know the guests of Be Bolder a bit better. Find out more about who they are, their journey, and then check out their episode.
CEO & Co-Founder, Rhove
Calvin Cooper is the co-founder and CEO of Rhove, a fintech company founded to turn every renter into an owner.
Prior to founding Rhove, Calvin was a Director and Venture Partner at an early stage venture capital firm located in the Midwest. Calvin is active in community and entrepreneur support organizations. He serves on the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center YEx Advisory Board. In 2017, the Columbus City Council and the Create Columbus Commission recognized Calvin with the Visionary Award, and he was also listed in the 40 Under 40 Class of 2017 by Columbus Business First. Calvin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Capital University in Financial Economics.
Episode 4: I Was Tired of Half Stepping
Founder & Wardrobe Stylist, Elsa Isaac & Co
Elsa Isaac is Founder and Wardrobe Stylist at Elsa Isaac & Co, a professional styling service to C-Suite & professional women.
Prior to transitioning to styling C-Suite women, entrepreneurs, and professionals, Elsa got her start in the fashion industry in music in Toronto. Born in Eritrea, and growing up in Canada since the age of 4, before moving to New York in 2006, where she began working on magazine and commercial shoots as well. She’s been fortunate enough to work with companies like Essence, Redbook, Good Housekeeping Magazine, and celebrities like Phylicia Rashad, Brooke Shields & Lenny Kravitz!
Episode 8: It’s So Much More Than About the Clothes
Founder, Twenty Two Ventures
Michael Redd has been building, developing and investing in tech-focused startups since he retired from the NBA in 2013. After twelve seasons as a professional basketball player, both in the NBA and the US Olympic team in 2008, Michael has continued a strong drive toward excellence in his focus on ventures off the court. He has recently announced his involvement with ADvantage Sports Tech Fund as a venture partner. The fund was designed to invest in 15 early-stage tech companies focused on sports, which include data analytics and athletic performance technology. Michael is also involved in SnapChat’s Yellow incubator as a mentor and investor, and developing his own venture relationships with his firm 22 Ventures.
Episode 12: What’s the Next Mountain
Chief of Staff, Lindsay Karas Stencel
Danielle has been working with startups and entrepreneurs for over five years, helping to connect them to the resources and people they need to be successful. That’s where she met Lindsay Karas Stencel, and in 2020 began working as her Chief of Staff.
In addition to her passion for helping entrepreneurs, Danielle is a trustee for the Awesome Buffalo chapter, serves as an executive board member for the Mount St. Mary Academy Alumni Board, and most recently joined the Plymouth Crossroad board.
Episode 18: The Grittiest B***h I Know
PR & Marketing Specialist
Celine Krzan graduated from Niagara University receiving a dual degree in Theatre Performance and Political Science in 2013 and graduated from the University at Buffalo MBA Program in 2017. Currently, Celine works at Shea’s Performing Arts Center where she oversees the organizations PR and content strategy. Previously, Celine worked at Launch NY and M&T Bank in their Enterprise Transformation Office as an Organizational Change Management Analyst.
Following her graduation from NU, Celine was hired as a Resident Actor for Charleston Stage, a leading regional theatre located in Charleston, SC where she performed in main stage shows and taught theatre education classes. As an MBA student, Celine was accepted in the Western New York Prosperity Fellowship Program and served in various leadership roles. She is extremely dedicated to the WNY Region economic and job development, giving others the opportunity to pursue their passion and develop through the arts.
Episode 24: What Makes You Magical & Strange