Embrace Innovations is a social enterprise that was founded with a lofty goal: create well-designed baby products and in the process, give 1,000,000 premature and underweight babies in the developing world a better chance at life.
The history of Embrace started in 2008, in a class at Stanford University, where the co-founders were challenged to come up with an incubator that costs less than 1% the cost of a traditional incubator. After extensive research, they developed the Embrace infant warmer and have spent the last 8 years distributing these around the world. Little Lotus, our newest product line, uses similar technology as the Embrace warmers to ensure babies sleep at the perfect temperature. Through our 1:1 model, we hope to help 1 million babies around the world.
Chief Executive Officer / Co-founder
Jane was a part of the original Stanford class in which Embrace was founded, where she was doing her MBA. Chen, a Ted Senior and Echoing Green fellow, was the recipient of the Economist Social Innovation Award in 2013 (along with the other Embrace founders), Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum 2012 and a Schwab Social Entrepreneur in 2013. In addition to her MBA, she holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.
Chief Marketing Officer
Prior to joining Embrace Innovations, Jennifer led Yahoo’s global Brand and For Good teams. She has worked for start-ups including Shazam Entertainment and spent many years in advertising and branding, leading global campaigns for consumer and B2B brands including Dove, Sony, and Cisco. She started her career in corporate banking with Citibank in Switzerland, Luxembourg and the UK. She continues to work as an advisor to start-ups and established companies, including Accion and Revolution Foods.
VP of Operations
Kai has experience consulting with startups on lean operations, business development and analytics. Prior to working with startups, she worked at Goldman Sachs in New York as a structured finance banker/trader focusing on residential and commercial real estate mortgage products. She has also previously worked for Argus Information & Advisory Services and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.
Bopanna is a San Francisco based designer specializing in product design and creative direction. As the founder of BopannaDesign and former Creative Director of Dualitas, he has extensive experience designing in-house as well as consulting for multiple brands. His background in Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering allows him to manage a variety of projects for companies like Timbuk2 Designs, Clark & Mayfield, NIteIze, Orvis, Billion Jelly Bloom & Toyota Motor corporation.
Consumer Experience and Product Marketing
Janet has a wide range of experience in Engineering, Product Management and Product Marketing and she’s passionate about helping vulnerable babies. Prior to joining Embrace Innovations, she worked at startups in the FinTech and Computer Networking industries. She has also worked for AOL and IBM. She holds a Masters in Business Administration and Software Engineering.
Natalie was an Embrace & Little Lotus brand ambassador and local Mom community builder before joining the team to lead corporate partnerships. Previously, Natalie ran product management for Snapfish by HP’s International business. She has also worked for start-ups as well as Pinnacle Rock Associates, BlueLight.com and Accenture. Natalie holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.