Meet Our Members: Kristalee Montemayor Overdahl
Kristalee Montemayor Overdahl joined Citrine Angels as one its founding members in 2019 and currently co-chairs our governance committee. An avid traveler and an entrepreneur herself as the founder of Virescent Group LLC, learn why she chooses to make time to invest in the next generation of female founders.
When did you join Citrine Angels?
I joined Citrine Angels at the launch in 2019 after meeting Allyson Redpath at a Chicago Booth Women’s luncheon a couple years before. She was passionate then about creating a group of women investing in women entrepreneurs. I was thrilled to see her profiled in the Washington Business Journal and the Citrine Angels concept brought to life.
Why did you join Citrine Angels?
I joined Citrine Angels to leverage my business experience to support women entrepreneurs, to learn about the ins-and-outs of angel investing, and to meet similar minded women in the Greater Washington areas.
What’s been your favorite part of being a member of Citrine Angels?
I’ve really enjoyed participating on the Citrine Board to help build and grow an incredible platform for women investors and entrepreneurs.
When did you become an angel investor? Why?
My first angel investments were with Citrine Angels. I made the leap with incredible support from the Citrine education sessions, seasoned angel investor members, and the whip-smart, enthusiastic due diligence teams.
What has been your biggest professional achievement?
I love having the opportunity to partner with so many inspiring nonprofits. Helping them set strategy and advance their missions is incredibly rewarding and fulfilling.
What career advice do you live by? Who gave it to you?
A former Advisory Board colleague advised me early in my career that meaningful impact and advancement come from not only excelling in your role but continually seeking opportunities to lift, enable, and empower those around you.
Who inspires you?
Nonprofit leaders who do the hard work of their local communities, buoy those that they serve, and continually seek ways they can do more.
If you could choose anyone as a mentor, who would you choose and why?
I don't think one mentor would be sufficient. There are so countless aspects of my personal and professional life that benefit from mentorship in big and small ways and change at different stages!
What advice would you give to someone who wants to enter angel investing?
Join Citrine Angels to build sound acumen, to gain access to fantastic deal flow, and be fully supported by other women investors!
What’s the last book you read or TV show you watched and loved?
I am currently working my way through all the seasons of Friends which is good for laugh-out-loud moments.