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Michelle Snyder is a Senior Vice President at Epocrates Inc, one of the country’s leading health care technology companies. With a door as a desk and a beanbag as a chair, Michelle was one of the early employees at the company in 1999. Her leadership helped the company grow from a small Silicon Valley startup to a successful publically traded company. Prior to Epocrates, Michelle worked in health policy in Washington D.C. and did consulting for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and venture capital firms. Michelle received her BA from Carleton College and her MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. In addition to First Descents, Michelle also serves on the board of Women’s Initiative for Self Employment, which provides low income women in the San Francisco Bay Area with the training and funding to realize their dreams as entrepreneurs. Michelle lives in San Francisco with her husband and their son Cooper Ridge. She loves to be outside hiking, biking or exploring and can’t wait to travel the world again soon – her favorite trips have included Bhutan, Burma, Patagonia and Namibia. Email: [email protected]