Ita is a partner at GingerBread Capital. Her mission is to engage, educate and elevate the next generation of successful women business leaders and investors. In 2014, Ekpoudom founded Tigress Ventures, an advisory and consulting firm that tapped her considerable network to bring together visionary entrepreneurs with seasoned professionals to help women scale their businesses and hone their leadership skills. She also served as venture partner at Plum Alley Investments, where she oversaw investment opportunities and pipeline for high-growth female-founded and gender-diverse startups. Previously, she held product management roles at TravelClick and American Express. She began her career at Goldman Sachs as an analyst in Credit Capital Markets and an institutional trader of preferred stock. She holds an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.