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Jillian Lakritz & Bill Donavan

Bill and Jillian are friends, parents, and innovators who believe babies are born ready to play. Jillian had the idea of Yoee Baby, told her buddy Bill, and the journey to bring Yoee Baby to life began. But, they couldn’t do it without help so they brought together some of the best minds in the early childhood development and juvenile products industries to guide their efforts. They searched the world for the best manufacturing partner and they were off to the races.

 

Their dream is to build a factory and manufacture in their home state of Colorado. Stay tuned for the next Kickstarter campaign!

 

ADVISORS

JILLIAN

BILL

Jillian has helped both Fortune 500 and start-up clients across multiple industries develop successful product, brand and growth strategies. Her interest in innovation and brands is fueled by her natural curiosity, fascination with human behavior, creative instincts and love of new products. She’s an idea person through and through and has a unique knack for connecting the dots that lead to big ideas.  Yoee Baby represents a convergence of her professional and personal passions.

 

Jillian is the founding member and Chair of the Colorado Chapter of Women In Toys and is often a speaker at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado - Boulder, where she received her MBA in Marketing & Entrepreneurship.  She’s a lover of the arts and when she’s not working has been known to express her creativity, spontaneity and sense of humor on stage performing improv comedy.

 

She grew up in Ann Arbor, MI, and now lives in Boulder with her husband and two girls.

For 25 years Bill has worked in the field of visual communications and strategy development for entrepreneurs, start-ups and Fortune 500 agency teams. His New-Media Design Studio has provided a foil for professional snowboard testing and development, paragliding, and 24-hour mountain bike racing. After art school he owned a commercial screen printing company in Jackson Hole, and a hot springs getaway in Colorado.

 

More global travel is on the agenda to promote Yoee Baby, and to pursue ongoing film projects. Bill is an outspoken advocate on public education issues.

 

Bill's wife and partner of 25 years, is also a designer and commercial illustrator. They have two amazing boys. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Bill now resides deep in the mountains of Colorado.

YOEE BABY ADVISORS

Dr. Laura Jana

BOARD MEMBER

Pediatrician, author, and nationally renowned health innovator.

 

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Justin Demes

BOARD MEMBER

Private equity, M&A executive for juvenile products and consumer goods.

 

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Leslie Donavan

BOARD MEMBER

C-level corporate attorney.

 

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Caren Shalek

BOARD MEMBER

Global licensing, marketing and entertainment executive.

 

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John W. Brady

BOARD MEMBER

Multiple C-level positions in juvenile products and toy industries.

 

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Gene Murtha

MENTOR

Multiple C-level positions in juvenile products and toy industries.

 

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