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Steph Korey Goodwin

Investment Partner

XFactor Ventures

New York, NY, USA


Steph Korey Goodwin
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CVC
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Skylla Group

Steph Korey Goodwin’s Biography

Steph Korey Goodwin has been recognized for her innovative thinking, leadership, and commitment to creating positive change in the business world. She founded a personal angel investment practice whose focus is to provide financial services and tailored support to early-stage companies.

She is also an Investment Partner at XFactor Ventures, a venture capital firm specializing in early-stage investments in companies led by female founders, as well as a Graham & Walker Catalyst program mentor. With her strategic insights and experience as a successful entrepreneur, she provides valuable mentorship and advisory services to start-ups and growing companies.

Steph is renowned for her pivotal role in revolutionizing the travel industry. In 2015, she co-founded Away, a direct-to-consumer luggage brand known for its innovative design and customer-centric approach. She served as CEO until 2020.

Before her time at Away, Steph worked as a Merchandise Strategy and Supply Chain Consultant for Casper, a sleep products company. She also previously held the position of Head of Supply Chain at...
Steph Korey Goodwin has been recognized for her innovative thinking, leadership, and commitment to creating positive change in the business world. She founded a personal angel investment practice whose focus is to provide financial services and tailored support to early-stage companies.

She is also an Investment Partner at XFactor Ventures, a venture capital firm specializing in early-stage investments in companies led by female founders, as well as a Graham & Walker Catalyst program mentor. With her strategic insights and experience as a successful entrepreneur, she provides valuable mentorship and advisory services to start-ups and growing companies.

Steph is renowned for her pivotal role in revolutionizing the travel industry. In 2015, she co-founded Away, a direct-to-consumer luggage brand known for its innovative design and customer-centric approach. She served as CEO until 2020.

Before her time at Away, Steph worked as a Merchandise Strategy and Supply Chain Consultant for Casper, a sleep products company. She also previously held the position of Head of Supply Chain at the renowned eyewear company, Warby Parker. Her career began in 2010 as an Assistant Buyer at Kate Spade.

Throughout her career, Steph Korey Goodwin has been committed to creating positive change in the business world. She has received numerous awards and nominations and has been invited to speak at multiple engagements, including Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit and Shoptalk in 2017 and 2018.

Steph pursued her higher education at Brown University, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations. She further strengthened her business skills by obtaining an MBA from Columbia Business School.
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Steph Korey Goodwin’s Newsfeed

Forbes
Next Billion-Dollar Startups

Steph Korey Goodwin, Chief Executive Officer of Away, together with Jen Rubio, President, discusses how Away started and their online marketing strategy.

Inc.
How This Company Launched With Zero Products and Hit $12 Million in First-Year Sales

Steph Korey Goodwin and Jen Rubio, Co-Founders of Away discuss their business successes and obstacles.

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Steph Korey Goodwin’s Background

XFactor Ventures
Investment Partner
2022 - Present
New York, NY, USA
XFactor Ventures is a venture capital fund with a distinctive goal to invest in early-stage start-ups, founded by women. The fund was created to bridge the funding disparity for women entrepreneurs in the start-up process. It strives to offer more than just financial backing by providing mentorship and resources essential for the success and expansion of these start-ups.
 
Diem
Co-Founder & Partner
2021 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Diem is a company dedicated to supporting and financing early-stage start-ups and entrepreneurs. They provide the essential capital, mentorship, and resources needed for their growth and success.
 
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Steph Korey Goodwin’s Gallery

Current Board Positions

Away
Board Member
2015 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Away is a well-known American company that specializes in stylish and practical luggage and travel accessories for today's travellers. With their direct-to-consumer approach and sleek suitcase designs, Away has gained a lot of recognition in the industry.
 

Media

Inc. | Steph Korey
Profile
New York, NY, USA
Business Profile for Steph Korey
 
Crunchbase | Steph Korey Goodwin
Profile
New York, NY, USA
Business Profile for Steph Korey Goodwin
 

Features

Cause Artist | Q&A with Away CEO Steph Korey on Her Social Impact Journey
Feature
Oct 2018
New York, NY, USA
Cause Artist is a media platform that focuses on highlighting social enterprises, ethical brands, and changemakers who are making a positive impact on society and the environment. Through stories, interviews, and insights, it provides valuable information on innovative solutions and trends in the realm of social good.
 
Inc.com
Feature | The 5 Keys to a Top-Notch Company Culture
Sep 2018
New York, NY, USA
Inc.com is widely recognized for its coverage of small businesses, start-ups, and up-to-date news and insights in the field of entrepreneurship.
 

Awards & Recognition

Fast Company: Most Innovative Companies
Nominee | Away
2020
New York, NY, USA
The Fast Company's annual list, "The World's Most Innovative Companies," recognizes leading businesses and organizations across various industries. This list highlights companies that have made significant advancements, disrupted their sectors, and demonstrated visionary thinking.
 
Goldman Sachs
Awarded | 100 Builders + Innovators | 2019
2019
New York, NY, USA
The Goldman Sachs 100 Builders + Innovators Summit is an annual event, recognizing some of the most promising entrepreneurs and business leaders from diverse industries. This summit celebrates innovation by highlighting individuals who have made significant contributions to their fields.
 
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Speaking Engagements

FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Summit
Speaker
Oct 2019
Washington, DC, USA
The FORTUNE MPW Summit has transformed into an exceptional community of leaders, gathering influential women from various sectors such as business, government, philanthropy, education, and the arts. This event offers insightful discussions, practical advice, and inspiring conversations.
 
Shoptalk
Speaker | 2018
2018
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Shoptalk, a leading retail and e-commerce conference, brings together industry professionals, innovators, and thought leaders in the retail sector to explore the latest trends, technologies, and strategies. This annual event features keynote speakers, panel discussions, networking opportunities, and exhibitions, providing a dynamic platform for learning and collaboration.
 
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Steph Korey Goodwin’s Education

Columbia Business School
MBA
2014 - 2015
Brown University
BA | International Relations
2005 - 2009