Janet Handal 13_04 CroppedJanet B. Handal is a technology management consultant who applies her passion for new technologies to help her clients realize their business objectives and operate more efficiently. She acts as a technology “general contractor,” identifying business requirements in conjunction with her clients and recommending appropriate technology solutions. She assembles the deployment team based on the requirements and then project manages to conclusion. She specializes in web-based technologies, financial services and technology-related change management. Her web-based technologies skill set includes ecommerce, social media, search engine optimization and search engine marketing. Among her projects, Ms. Handal has consulted with C-level executives at JPMorgan Chase on the integration and outsourcing of the technology infrastructure of its two predecessor banks. For another bank division, she spearheaded the integration of three technology units into a new management structure. Her clients have included JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, NPower (jointly funded by JP Morgan Chase, Accenture and Goldman Sachs), Parentigiving.com, the New York Times, Refco Inc, and Prudential.

During the Clinton Administration, Ms. Handal served as Chair of the Task Force on Information Technology where she led the effort to introduce Internet-based technology solutions to the White House. Her team installed the first Internet access there and she was one of six founders of the first WhiteHouse.gov. While there she consulted to DARPA, (Defense Advanced Research Porjects Agency) leading their New Technology Initiatives. She also served as an advisor to the senior staff of the National Information Infrastructure, which plans policy for the nation’s information infrastructure.

She is a also a highly-skilled entrepreneur, having co-founded and raised angel and venture capital for three ventures, including a company that licenses products to Epson, Kodak and RR Donnelly. She was a founder of ec-Finance.com which provided a collaborative workspace for financial products which support international business. Ms. Handal was also served as vice president and director of strategic alliances for FundsXpress, Inc., an Internet banking and financial network based in Austin, Texas. Her responsibilities included responsible for FundsXpress over the ATM networks and for expanding product offerings to include brokerage, loans and mortgages, insurance, and financial market information.

Ms. Handal is a frequent speaker on the internet and e-commerce. She has addressed the Beijing Conference on the Future of E-Commerce in China, the Harvard Business School Club, the Working Women Magazine Conference on Marketing Financial Services, the Futures Industry Association, the Public Relations Society of America, the Financial Women’s Association of New York, and Women’s Bond Club of New York. She is an alumna of the Springboard Enterprises, the venture capital competition that profiles selected women entrepreneurs for the venture capital community.

She is currently a member of the board and Director of Programming for the the Financial Women’s Association of New York. She organized the FWA Symposium on Microfinance held at the United Nations and chaired its International Business Conference. As president of the association representing the 4,000+ residents of Waterside Plaza, she recently concluded a major favorable negotiation with the building’s partnership. She also serves pro bono as CIO of Save Lives Now New York Inc., an organ transplant advocacy organization which was successful in passing groundbreaking legislation in Albany, NY in 2012. An active member of the community, she has given testimony on privacy issues before the New York City Council. Her MBA is from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Ms. Handal lives in New York with her husband and three cats.