The Helm is an early-stage venture firm investing in game-changing companies founded by women through our fund and investor membership.
The Helm Fund has invested nearly $1.5M of seed capital in 11 of the most promising female-founded companies across the country.
Membership to our Investor Community allows individuals to make direct investments into female-founded companies. This is for novice and experienced investors alike who are committed to putting their dollars—small or large—behind the next wave of women-led innovation.
Meet Our Team
Chief Operating Officer
Julie has more than fifteen years of experience in global media and advocacy, internal communications, and project management. She spent her early career with the United Nations and NGOs advocating for the health and rights of women and girls, executing international initiatives, developing key partnerships, and connecting diverse teams. She holds a Masters Degree in Gender, Development, and Globalisation from the London School of Economics.
Lindsey Taylor Wood
Lindsey brings fifteen years of experience as a leader in the gender equality movement to The Helm. Prior, she founded a gender lens impact studio with clients including MAKERS, The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet, The Harnisch Foundation, Women Moving Millions, actor Matt McGorry, and filmmakers Jill Bauer, Ronna Gradus, and Rashida Jones among others. She has also worked with media and advocacy organizations like Voice of America, Women Deliver, and Catapult.
Megan joins The Helm after 10 years in the private securities sector. As a General Partner, she will lead Membership as well as sourcing and diligencing investments for the fund. She brings with her a passion for reducing economic inequality by democratizing access to private equity and connecting underrepresented founders with capital.
Head of Content
Olivia Fleming brings over a decade of editorial experience to The Helm. Most recently, she was the Digital Features Director at Harper’s Bazaar US, where she led programming for large-scale projects that elevated the magazine’s content mix across platforms through female storytelling. Prior, Olivia was the style editor at The Village Voice. She has written for T Magazine, Elle, Vogue, The New York Observer, Interview magazine, and more.
A brand assortment that would impress even the savviest, hard-to-please shopper.Refinery29
For women—and men—who want to support other women, The Helm curates both products and people on a single platform to make it easier to shop with intention.Forbes
Everything from the initial brainstorming to the final design and even the photo and video shoot, has been led by women.Essence
The Helm’s next VC fund is focused on building future generations of female business owners.The Hollywood Reporter
The real call to action is for women to think differently about their capital, and to understand the power they have as investors.Robb Report
This platform is targeted for new conscious consumers who want their product purchases to make an impact.Trendhunter
The Helm’s aim is to attract people to one platform where they can invest or spend their money on companies built and led by women.WWD
It’s about empowering women to use shopping as a real means of smashing the patriarchy.Vogue
It’s the first site of its kind to allow shoppers such a hands-on role in financing the next generation of female business leaders.The Zoe Report
It’s essential for female voices to have a role in driving the innovations, companies, and cultures that define our future.Brit + Co