Joanne is Co-Founder and Chief Discovery Officer of the product launch platform, The Grommet (thegrommet.com). The company’s media rich platform gives product creators a place tell their story and connect with people who believe in supporting innovation through their own consumer purchases. The Grommet calls this movement Citizen Commerce™. Joanne has extensive experience creating and launching consumer products and spent over 20 years at Stride Rite Corporation as Vice President of Product Development. Joanne loves building things in a team setting and thrives in fast paced, creative environments. In June 2014, Joanne was invited to launch Grommet Wholesale at the White House Maker Faire, connecting Makers with Main Street Retailers. She has a degree in Retail Merchandising and Business from Simmons College.