Yolanda Wardowski

Managing Director

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Yolanda Wardowski has over 15 years of Mergers & Acquisitions/Corporate Finance execution and strategic advisory experience, completing domestic and cross-border sell sides, buy side advisory, mergers, equity and debt private placements, strategic advisory and consulting assignments for companies in the Branded Consumer, Retail and FashionTech sectors.  She started her career at J.P. Morgan M&A/Corporate Finance group focusing exclusively on domestic and cross-border transactions in the Consumer Products and Retail sectors. She was one of four M&A professionals selected to join J.P. Morgan's internal M&A group, where she advised Corporate Office and the Board of Directors on potential mergers, acquisitions and equity capital investments in foreign banks. 

Ms. Wardowski has also held senior positions at Ernst & Young Capital Advisors and 94th Street Capital where she provided strategic and execution services to middle market companies, as well as developing and executing financing strategies for portfolio companies. 

Since 2000, Ms. Wardowski has been actively involved with early stage Consumer Technology and Fashion/Retail Tech companies advising entrepreneurs and management teams on their growth strategy, capital needs, operations and personnel; and positioning them for a successful equity financing rounds.  

Ms. Wardowski is a Board Director for the Fashion Institute of Technology's Graduate Global Fashion Management School.  She also serves on the New York Advisory Board of ASTIA and has been an active business development advisor and coach to entrepreneurs for over a decade.  Ms. Wardowski is a Member of the Planning Committee for Design Entrepreneurs NYC (DENYC) and FashInvest, and a member of the Expert Network for the New York Fashion Tech Lab, the Canadian Tech Accelerator, CFDA {Fashion Incubator}, and Fashion Fellows. Ms. Wardowski is a frequent speaker, panellist and guest lecturer at various industry events, and at FIT where she leads Workshops and mentors emerging fashion design entrepreneurs.