Nell Derick Debevoise

Founder & CEO

Nell is the founder and CEO of Inspiring Capital, which accelerates the integration of profits and purpose by aligning talented business professionals and high-potential, purpose-driven organizations. She is passionate about translating insights from business and entrepreneurship to drive social change. Nell works according to her belief in the power of networks and interdisciplinary approaches. She speaks about this work alongside in diverse settings including the 2015 Global CFA Institute, Harvard, Columbia, and Yale social enterprise, High Water Women, and iRelaunch conferences. Nell is an adjunct professor of impact investing at New York University. She helped John Mullins, Associate Professor at London Business School, research The Customer Funded Business (Wiley, 2014).  

Before establishing Inspiring Capital, Nell was the founding director of Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, a US not-for-profit that has facilitated social and economic development for over 9,000 women and children in the Middle East since 2008. She has studied psychology, education, and entrepreneurship at Harvard, Columbia and London Business Schools, and Cambridge University, as well as informal ‘classrooms’ in 49 countries. Nell speaks English, French, and Italian, as well as some Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, and Japanese. She is grateful for the opportunity to live and work in New York to contribute to the shifting approach to business and social change in this city, and beyond. 


Tadd Wamester

Director, Organizational Learning & Transformation

Tadd came to Inspiring Capital following nearly a decade working within immigrant and refugee workforce integration programs, and has spent most of his career in the nonprofit sector within various roles with a special focus on leveraging learning technologies for scaled impact. At IC Tadd helps corporations and individual employees to utilize their passions and skill set to create positive change, while simultaneously finding purpose within their workplace. Tadd is a firm believer in the power and value of connections!

Tadd earned an M.A. in Business Education from NYU Steinhardt and a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University. He lives in Queens, New York with his husband and two cats, and enjoys gluten free cooking, kayaking, swimming, biking, and spending time outdoors in nature.

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Maddie Elkus

Recruiting & Operations Associate

Maddie loves helping others to discover meaning in their career paths as she is doing in hers. She is the main point of contact for all of Inspiring Capital’s fellows and comes to Inspiring Capital with a background in working with students.  She worked closely with international students at an English language school in NYC.

Maddie graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Anthropology, and spent a year of her studies on a cross-cultural study abroad program traveling to Tanzania, India, New Zealand and Mexico.  Maddie is an avid reader and co-author of a vegetarian food blog that she writes with her twin sister. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

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Nia Gough

Women's Program Associate

Nia works on expanding the Women’s Re-Inspiration Program to Connecticut/Westchester, especially after living the very real issue of how to re-launch her career after a break.  Nia was a management consultant in London and New York and soon worked out that this was not the path she wanted to continue on, now she had a family. Knowing that and wanting a role with more purpose, impact and flexibility, Inspiring Capital has been the perfect solution.  Nia now uses her experience to run the program and cohort for the many other women going through this difficult process.

Nia has an MBA & is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two kids, where they take advantage of all the outdoor activities, though the winters have taken a bit to get used to! 


Bernadette Hopen

Branding & Community Associate 

Bernadette couldn’t be more thrilled to be spreading the message and knowledge of Inspiring Capital through building the company’s community and strengthening their brand. Bernadette graduated from Bentley University with a B.S. in Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship, and a second degree in Ethics & Social Responsibility. Her junior year she founded her own for-profit company centered around women’s safety and presented as a Student Spotlight at Google. 

After graduation, she solo backpacked throughout Southeast Asia. While abroad, she worked at three different NGOs and in Vietnam taught business students about the importance of soft skills in the workplace. Back in the states, Bernadette consulted as a digital marketer, while emerging herself in the better business world. Bernadette is looking forward to starting her career off in NYC.


Georgia Sherwin

Digital Marketing Analyst

Georgia is excited about all things ‘impact’ and she can’t wait to start spreading the word about Inspiring Capital and its mission. Georgia graduated from University College London with a Bachelor’s in the Arts and Sciences (BASc). In particular she focused on environmental sustainability and topics like the circular economy and plastic pollution in the ocean.

She spent her year abroad in Barcelona where she improved her Spanish and enjoyed the sun.  Over the years she has worked in various sectors, with experience in start-ups, non-profits and social enterprises. She’s just moved to NYC from the UK and is excited to start exploring!