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News Editor.





Female Founder.



Natasha Zena has ...


been recognized as an emerging leader in digital media by The Poynter Institute and the National Association of Black Journalists. She is the founding partner of Lioness, the first online news company for female entrepreneurs, which was acquired by Innovation Women in 2020. This journalist turned female founder was honored as one of the “Top 10 Women in Business in the Pioneer Valley” by the Women’s Business Owners Alliance in 2014.She was voted “Top Woman in Public Relations” by Western Mass Women Magazine and under her editorial leadership, Lioness Magazine won the “Most Innovative Local Business” at the Springfield Republican’s Reader Raves awards. Natasha is also a 2010 recipient of BusinessWest’s “40 Under Forty” award.


She has mentored entrepreneurs at several accelerators, Startup Weekends and conferences, including The Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco, Calif. She's the co-author of the e-book, "The Lioness Mindset for Success" and author of the first nationally released white paper of its kind on female entrepreneurs, “How To Close The Gender Gap In Startup Land By 2021.”


When she's not talking startups and advocating for female founders, she enjoys writing short fiction. Today, Natasha manages communications at Making Cents International, a social enterprise that advances the social and economic well-being of youth and adults globally.

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