Linnea believes that women-led businesses are changing the world for the better. They’re also really smart investments that are too often overlooked and undervalued by investors.
To change that scenario, Linnea launched GingerBread Capital (GBC) in 2016 to build and invest in women’s entrepreneurial success–and encourage other women to do the same. It’s fitting that after retiring from a successful 30-year career in investment banking, one of her first investments in a women-led venture under the mantle of GBC was the 2016 feature film, “Equity,” about women on Wall Street.
Linnea spent the latter half of her career on Wall Street as a Partner in the technology sector at Goldman Sachs, where she led many a start-up from launch to IPO. She also served as Goldman’s diversity ambassador to recruit, retain and promote more women into leadership positions with the firm and within the finance industry.
Linnea continues to mentor women pursuing financial careers through her involvement with her alma mater, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she received an MBA in Finance. She also holds a BA in Business Administration and Management from Valparaiso University.
An active philanthropist with a focus on education and health, Linnea serves on the national board of directors for Teach for America and is board co-chair of Teach for America, New York City. She also serves on the board of The Child Mind Institute, a nonprofit organization devoted to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders.
Linnea is also a member of the board of directors of New Leaders, a nonprofit devoted to developing transformational leaders in education and ensuring high academic achievement for all students, especially those who are economically disadvantaged and students of color. In partnership with New Leaders, Linnea launched the Roberts Award for School Innovation to recognize outstanding New Leader Principals who develop innovative solutions to address critical challenges within their school communities.
With her husband George Roberts, Linnea is a trustee of the Roberts Foundation, which supports education and poverty alleviation programs in the San Francisco Bay area.
“I genuinely believe we’re missing important opportunities to invest in businesses that are better understood by women. There are big untapped markets that women are thinking about much more aggressively that deserve to be funded. I want to help create a broader ecosystem where the more women getting funded, the more women will feel comfortable starting a business. More women in leadership investing roles inspires more women to be investors and create more viable women-led businesses, which makes for a healthier economy overall.” – Linnea Roberts