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Let The Upside facilitate introductions so you can focus on what matters most: your impact.




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Featured Professional Members

Emmanuelle leads all the post-sale customer-facing functions at Toast as the Senior VP of Customer Success. She sits on the advisory board of four startups and is a frequent industry speaker and blogger. Prior to Toast, she lead Sales & Customer Success at DigitalOcean, scaled Influitive 10x in two years leading Sales, and ran the Global Channel Sales at Sophos. She was also the first hired sales person at Endeca and Vertica and was fortunate to see both through rapid growth and successful acquisitions.

She holds a B.S. in Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from New York University’s School of Business.

Emmanuelle Skala

SVP Customer Success, Advisor, Board Member, Investor

Kirk is a member of the board of General Catalyst portfolio company The Predictive Index. Most recently, she was the CEO of Data Intensity, a data, applications and analytics managed service provider, where she completed a successful sale of the company in 2017. Prior to leading DI, Kirk was the CEO and President of Keane, Inc., a global technology and services provider, and she was a founder and CEO of NerveWire Inc. She has held senior management roles at Avid Technology, Computer Sciences Corp, Fidelity Investments and IBM.

Kirk serves on the boards of Ingersoll Rand. She is a lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management where she teaches Sales and Sales Management for Entrepreneurs and Building Entrepreneurial Ventures and advises a number of MIT start-up teams. In addition, Kirk is involved in a number of non-profit organizations. She is a trustee and member of the executive committee of the Mass TLC, the leading Boston technology trade organization, and is a board member of the UP Education Network.

She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Dartmouth College.

Kirk Arnold

EIR General Catalyst, MIT Lecturer, Board Member

Amy Knapp has over twenty years of experience in recruiting and people operations. Currently, she is VP of People at Catalant Technologies where she leads recruiting and HR. More recently she led talent for the venture capital firm Redpoint Ventures where she partnered with portfolio companies on their talent and people programs and strategies.

Prior to joining Redpoint, Amy spent the first 10 years of her career in human resources roles in various manufacturing and medical-device companies before moving to Google as a recruiter in 2007. After Google, she joined Ning as its first recruiter and moved into a recruiting and human resources leadership role. More recently, she led talent acquisition for Chegg during its IPO.

Amy was the co-creator of OpenRec, an annual talent leadership conference held from 2016-2019 centered around thought leadership and knowledge sharing in the startup talent community. She is currently on the board of Operation Troop Support, a non-profit supporting deployed military troops and their families, and she is active as a Cub Scout leader.

Amy is a die-hard Boston Bruins fan, a foster-adoptive parent, and an avid road tripper, having visited all 50 states.

Amy Knapp

VP People at Catalant Technologies

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