Gisele Stolz is the Director of the Mason Enterprise Center Business Incubator where she helps small businesses launch, succeed, and grow. Previously, she was the Small Business Development Center Director at the Community Business Partnership (MEC Springfield) where she provided business counseling to small business owners. Gisele advised over 400 clients, providing guidance on growth, financing, marketing and business efficiency. Gisele is an adept of the Lean Startup Methodology.
Gisele started her career in corporate banking in Tokyo and then Hong Kong. Attracted to the idea of training and coaching, she taught finance and organizational behavior for a business school in Japan. After moving to the United Arab Emirates, Gisele became the Business Development Director at the French Chamber of Commerce in Abu Dhabi where she helped SMEs expand their business in the UAE. She switched gears and jumped into the startup world in Switzerland working for a high-tech start-up before joining the business accelerator at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, as the head of programming.
Gisele graduated from the French Grandes Ecoles system with a degree in Finance and obtained her MBA from INSEAD.