Isabel Walcott Draves is a NYC-based entrepreneur, tech startup
consultant and an expert in building communities. She has worked at the crossroads of technology,
media and startups for over twenty years.
Isabel's most recent initiative is founding
Creative Technology Week, a major crowd-sourced festival in New York City scheduled for May 2016.
The festival celebrates the accomplishments and innovations of hundreds of major generators of
creative technology with events all over New York City, surfacing the best new developments in
the field and providing a nexus for a global network of people applying new technologies to art,
music, dance, theatre, advertising, media, gaming, entertainment and education.
she started Leaders in Software and Art (LISA),
an organization founded to bring together cutting-edge software and electronic artists, curators,
collectors, and coders to share their work. Since then Isabel has hosted exclusive monthly
salons across NYC featuring presentations by artists who work with technology; produced two
day-long conferences; created partnerships with the
Big Screen Plaza in New York City's
Fashion district, Coral Springs
Museum of Art in Florida, Longwood
Center for the Arts in Virginia, and Art
Silicon Valley in California; and promoted the careers of LISA alumni speakers on Twitter @softwareandart. Over 200 past LISA speakers are featured in the artist portfolio at softwareandart.com. Isabel
is also the business manager for her husband, the software artist Scott Draves, and the
renowned Electric Sheep open source
software art system.
As a consultant, Isabel has worked with a series of tech-oriented
startups in a strategic advisory capacity, including Red Thread/Sunny Bates Associates, Green Home, Linden Lab,
She Speaks, and
Communispace. She worked
with the Cambridge-MIT Institute to document a multi-year grant program,
helped launch the Business-to-Business Word-of-Mouth Marketing Practice at
Edelman, and launched the Pioneer
Program at Sxip Networks Inc., where she promoted the concept of a new platform for
online digital identity to a community of Internet insiders.
In the early 2000's, Isabel
ran the Digital Security Board at The Research Board, a private think tank for Fortune 100 CIO's
owned by Gartner Inc. There, she led a think tank for a group of Chief Information Security
Officers from the world's largest enterprises, identifying and analyzing emerging trends and
conducting topical discussion sessions. She also project-managed the successful completion of
an online content management system on behalf of ArvatoSystems at Bertelsmann, a major
international media company. From 2002- 2005, she was an instructor for the Media Management
master's degree program at The New School in New York City.
From 1996-2001, Isabel was founder and CEO of SmartGirl Internette Inc., the first social media site exclusively by and for teenage girls. Word of the site spread virally, garnering worldwide press attention. SmartGirl -- which featured over 20,000 pages of user-driven content, an active community of hundreds of thousands of girls and millions of hits a month -- was acquired by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan in 2001 and is still active. Isabel has a BA from Harvard and an MA from Columbia.
Monthly networking dinners for tech start-up founders
MA in Communications, Computing and Technology
Columbia University, 1996
BA in Literature with Honors
Russian, French and American
Harvard College, 1991
Clients and Employers
Red Thread/Sunny Bates Associates
Software Artist Scott Draves
Flying Ventures LLP
Harvard University Holden Choirs
Sarah Noble Executive Recruiting
The New School
2002 to 2005
The Research Board at Gartner Inc.
2003 to 2004
Arvato Systems at Bertelsmann
2001 to 2002
Tom Nicholson Associates
Teach For America
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