Lorine Pendleton

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Diversity and Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Management, Marketing, Startups, Strategy, Sales

New York, NY


Lorine Pendleton is a seasoned business development executive, attorney and public speaker with extensive experience in the legal, technology and entertainment industries. She advises companies on their sales and marketing strategies to grow top-line revenue. She has worked at some of the top global law firms (Dentons, Simpson Thacher and Morgan Lewis) as a business development executive where she developed and implemented key initiatives to acquire and retain clients.

For the past six years she has been 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 Inclusion 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 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 is on the Board of the Angel Capital Association, She is on the Board of Directors of the Angel Capital Association, 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 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.

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.” 


I worked with Lorine on developing and executing a strategic plan for our IP Practice to expand to China. Her plan was thorough and well thought through.
— BG - Partner AmLaw 10 Law firm
Lorine advised my startup on our strategy, product market fit and business model. She provided coaching for us to pitch for funding. She made introductions to investors which resulted in an investment from a VC fund.
— CR - CEO/Founder of a Startup