Seraph Capital Forum Elects New Co-Presidents to Help Grow the Puget Sound Region’s Start-up Community

Seraph Capital Forum, the first all women angel investor group created in the United States, today announced its new co-presidents, Jennifer Olsen of Resourceful HR and Annette Rubin of HydroPeptide. Since 1998, Seraph members have funded numerous early stage companies located in the Pacific Northwest. The goal of the organization is to create opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors to form strong networks through investment, mentoring and collaboration. As an organization the group is exploring new ways to support the start-up community and forge a path to help companies grow, innovate and succeed for the long-term.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to continue Seraph’s mission and its influence on the success of start-ups in our region,” said Jennifer Olsen, Resourceful HR president. “Our membership has grown by 200% over the last 18 months, which impacts our ability to invest in the success of our start-up community. We are always looking for innovative companies to invest in and identify ways in which we can support entrepreneurs in the best way possible to support their hard work.”

“I’m excited about the entrepreneurs that will be presenting over the next 12 months,” said Annette Rubin, HydroPeptide managing partner and COO. “Our members are adept at business, building relationships and excited about exploring how they can further the Northwest start-up communities’

efforts. As an organization, we will continue to look for new members who can contribute to our mission of helping entrepreneurs succeed. It is great to be a part of an organization that is focused on making this happen.” 

About Jennifer Olsen, President, Resourceful HR SPHR, CCP

Jennifer founded Resourceful HR in 2008 with over a decade of human resource experience.

She has advised clients on an array of HR issues including successful recruitment techniques, quick integration strategies for new employees, employee compensation and rewards and employee performance. She co-chairs the HR Group for the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association (WBBA), serves as Board President of AHOPE for Children, a non-profit organization focused on assistance programs for vulnerable children in Ethiopia and has served on the Board of Directors for Seraph Capital Forum since 2012. In 2012 she was honored by the Puget Sound Business Journal with the ’40 Under 40’ award. She is a graduate of the University of Washington, where she earned her MBA and BA degrees.

Resourceful HR is also a sponsor of Grow 50, which mission is to stimulate emerging businesses in the Pacific Northwest to benefit the local economy. Their long-term goal is to help grow 50 companies in 10 years.

About Annette Rubin, Managing Partner and COO, HydroPeptide

Annette Rubin brings 22 years of consumer industry experience and connections to her role as managing partner and COO at HydroPeptide. She has driven aggressive results for both established multi-million dollar organizations and small start-ups. Her broad background gives her a unique perspective on diverse business models, operational and market challenges, and emerging consumer trends.

Annette is able to identify winning ideas and source the talent needed to build them into valuable businesses. She works with entrepreneurs to create solid platforms in which they can develop and scale their operations that are best suited to their overall goals and objectives. Before joining HydroPeptide in 2012 Annette held the past positions of: President, CEO and co-founder of Belli Skincare, Vice-President of Advanced Biotechnologies, Account Executive at Estee Lauder Companies, and Assistant Buyer at the Famous Barr, LS Ayres and Jones Store divisions of May Companies. Annette is the co-author of the published book Belli Beautiful: The Essential Guide to the Safest Health and Beauty Products for Pregnancy, Mom and Baby.

Annette majored in Anthropology and Psychology at Southern Illinois University. She fell in love with the consumer goods industry while paying her way through college as a Counter Manager for Clinique at Famous Barr. She now lives near Seattle, Washington with her husband Jason Rubin, MD, a family practitioner, and her two children Jackson and Cody.

About Resourceful HR™

Resourceful HR is a human resources outsourcing, consulting, recruiting and staffing company, providing strategic support to serve your HR needs. Our experienced team of professionals have expertise in a broad range of specialties including recruitment, compensation, performance management, employee relations, and compliance. We partner with our clients to deliver recruiting and HR solutions that meet your specific needs and stage of development.

Jennifer Olsen