The Spring Pulse

On Tuesday, May 9th, New York City Advisory Board Member Natasha Holiday and her husband Aaron will host an intimate gathering of women at their home in Harlem. The Spring Pulse Event, taking inspiration from Maya Angelou's poem "On the Pulse of Morning," will unite a diverse group of women to network and learn about the mentoring relationships that iMentor has built and supported over the years. Incredible guest speakers will also discuss the important role that women play in philanthropy in New York City and beyond.

"The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change." 'On the Pulse of Morning' by Maya Angelou

Natasha Holiday

Natasha A. Holiday is Managing Director and Co-Head of the Large Issuer practice for RBC Capital Markets, where she structures debt and sells bonds in the public markets to raise capital on behalf of large city and state governments to fund public infrastructure. She also serves as a member of RBC’s Municipal Finance Operating Committee and as co-chair of its U.S. Capital Markets Diversity Leadership Council. Natasha is a Board member of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB).

Natasha is a senior relationship banker to the Cities of New York, Philadelphia, and the District of Columbia, and the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York including select transportation and water authorities. She has worked as a banker and financial advisor for 16 years and has financed and/or advised on over $18 billion of municipal bond transactions.

Natasha was recognized in 2020 as a Crain’s New York Business 40 Under 40 honoree and received one of six Northeast Women in Public Finance Trailblazing Women awards in 2019, the 2016 Rising Star Award by Women in Public Finance and the inaugural Bond Buyer 2016 Rising Star Award. Natasha earned her Master of Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, with a concentration in urban development and transportation policy, and a BA in History/BS in Political Science from Xavier University (OH), where she currently serves on the Board of Trustees’ Executive Committee and chairs the Board’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Natasha is a political enthusiast, avid basketball fan, and most importantly mom to sons, Aaron IV and Harrison – ages 9 and 7.

Aaron Holiday

Aaron Holiday is the co-founder and Managing Partner at 645 Ventures. He oversees the firm’s investing approach, strategy, investor relations, and governance with $550 million of assets under management (AUM).

Since founding 645 Ventures in 2014, Aaron has worked closely with portfolio company founders to strengthen, grow, and scale businesses. Aaron led 645 Ventures early-stage investments in several breakout successes, including Goldbelly, Iterable, FiscalNote (IPO), Squire, Resident/Nectar Sleep, FLY Labs (acquired by Google), Source3 (acquired by Facebook), and several other category-defining companies. In 2021, Aaron made the Midas Brink List of VC investor up-and-comers to watch for his involvement and investments in startup companies that have scaled to hundreds of millions in revenues and unicorn status.

Growing up in New Orleans, Aaron was enamored by math and science as a child, gravitating to computer science and programming, and leading to a career building deep finance and technology expertise. Prior to 645, he developed advanced equities program trading and foreign exchange derivatives software at Goldman Sachs and GFI Group, and he established operational experience working with CEOs to build high-growth tech companies.

As the first Managing Entrepreneurial Officer at Cornell Tech, Aaron worked in tandem with Greg Pass (former Chief Technology Officer of Twitter) to create and pioneer the campus Studio culture and pedagogy. He also guided complex technology startups toward commercial success, including companies like Nanit, where he led 645's seed stage investment. Aaron is now on the governing board of Cornell Tech, alongside a small group of tech and business leaders including Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Eric Schmidt, David Siegel, Robert Smith, and Ursula Burns. Aaron is also a current member of the metro chapter of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a global leadership community of chief executives driven by the shared belief that the world needs better leaders.

Aaron received a B.S. in Computer Science with honors from Morehouse College and an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management.

May 09, 2023
6:30 PM