Our Founders

Doyenne was founded in 2012 by Heather Wentler and Amy Gannon. They met while Heather was launching her first venture and Amy was teaching entrepreneurship. Together they created Doyenne to fill the space that’s missing for so many women entrepreneurs — an organization that understands what it’s like for women who are building a business while wearing many hats each and every day. Doyenne gets it. We celebrate you, your business, and your many hats.

Heather and Amy believe the time is now for you to join the Doyenne movement and take part in creating a truly diverse and gender equal entrepreneurial ecosystem in Madison.

Heather Wentler, Executive Director and Co-Founder

Heather is also the founder of Fractal and the founder of Madison SOUP.

Heather has always encouraged others to reach for what they want to become. Through teaching early-childhood through middle school in disadvantaged schools, her role was more than just teacher for the students and co-workers she spent her days with. She became a parent figure, role model, coach and educator all rolled into one to make sure the lives she was touching were creating impact on their futures.

Heather’s passion for entrepreneurship and supporting women in business became more prevalent in her career as she was founding Fractal and transitioning out of teaching in a traditional classroom.

Heather is an active leader and organizer of Forward Fest, organized panels for the Launch Wisconsin conference, judged various business plan competitions across Wisconsin, sits on the WEDWisconsin and Early Stage Symposium Advisory Boards, and the B Corp Wisconsin Movement committee.

Heather serves as the President & Treasurer of the Doyenne Board of Directors.

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Amy Gannon, Director of Entrepreneur Development and Co-founder

Dr. Amy Gannon is a change agent dedicated to identifying and unleashing entrepreneurial talent, particularly in places where others aren’t looking for it. Her work focuses on building pathways to entrepreneurship for those traditionally ignored by existing entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Dr. Gannon is a Co-founder and Director of Entrepreneur Development for Doyenne, a Madison-based organization advancing women’s entrepreneurship in Madison and beyond by transforming ecosystems to be more inclusive. With more than 10 years experience working with startup businesses, Dr. Gannon has expertise moving entrepreneurs through the idea validation, launch and growth stages. She designs, plans and facilitates developmental opportunities for entrepreneurs, including: 2-day strategic planning retreats, a year-long founder series for leadership development, and one-on-one and group peer coaching sessions.

Dr. Gannon serves as the Vice President & Secretary of the Doyenne Board of Directors

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Our Board

The Doyenne Board of Directors is comprised of established women entrepreneurs and professionals who redefine the term Doyenne through their experiences, knowledge, and personalities.

Truscenialyn Brooks

An experienced litigator with a history of working with large corporations on complex litigation matters. Skilled in both Patent and General Commercial Litigation.

Dana Guthrie

Skilled Product Manager with a decade of experience in the building automation, facility management, and energy conservation industries. Extensive background in engineering, sales, and operations. Responsible for the product lifecycle of Johnson Controls’ flagship user interface.

Kristin Leutz

Creating and growing startups in Western Massachusetts through mentorship and accelerators.