Gloria M. Ware
JumpStart Inc. provides equitable access to capital, advisory services and mentors to high growth and technology based small and start-up businesses in Northeast Ohio and consults with community leaders on building inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems throughout the US. Gloria leads JumpStart’s strategic efforts to leverage all of the assets of a region to create inclusive, high impact entrepreneurial ecosystems. Gloria brings a wealth of experience in finance and business development and a passion for community engagement to JumpStart. She has a 25 year track record of success in the finance industry of providing capital and strategic cash flow management solutions to a diverse portfolio of start-ups, small businesses, public entities, non-profit organizations, private schools and universities. Prior to joining JumpStart, Gloria was Vice President of Public Funds at Fifth Third Bank where she participated in the sourcing, execution and maintenance of over $100 Million dollars in debt underwriting and interest rate hedging transactions that helped public sector and non-profit entities achieve their missions. Recent speaking engagements on the topic of economic inclusion, include the CEO for Cities annual conference and the State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI) annual conference.
Gloria serves as a board member for Youth Opportunities Unlimited, an organization which helps at risk teens to succeed in school, life and work using the tools of entrepreneurship and summer jobs. She is also a board member for the Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association. Throughout her career, Gloria has been very active in providing advisory services to minority small business owners and women business owners as well as working with diverse youth to improve employability skills and to promote sustainable entrepreneurship. Gloria has received several awards and recognition for exceptional work performance and community involvement, including induction into the Kaleidoscope Magazine 40/40 Club, City Year Idealism in Action Award, S & A Consulting Relationship Builder Award, Who’s Who in Black Cleveland and has been profiled for her role as a women business banker advocate in Kaleidoscope Magazine. She is a graduate of the Venture Capital Institute, the LEAD Diversity program and The Ohio State University, with a BS in International Business Administration.