McDonough School of Business
EiRs Graphic with headshots of man and woman on left and right, and body shot of woman in the center
News Story

Georgetown Entrepreneurship Announces Three New Entrepreneurs in Residence

Georgetown Entrepreneurship, which serves all of Georgetown University from the McDonough School of Business, recently announced three new members in its 12th annual cohort of entrepreneurs-in-residence (EIR). EIRs provide expertise, advice, mentoring, coaching, and other assistance to students, faculty, alumni, and administrators. 

As ambassadors for Georgetown University and Georgetown Entrepreneurship, EIRs help to expand the base of contacts and reputation in the campus and business community by engaging their own professional networks. Both undergraduate and graduate students have virtual access to the EIRs for mentorship and coaching as they navigate their own companies and other entrepreneurial aspirations.  

The newest mentors to join the program include David Goldberg, Nkechi “Payton” Iheme, and Karima Ladhani – bringing the total number of EIRs to 28 in the 2021-2022 academic year. 

New EIRs:

Nkechi “Payton” Iheme is the head of public policy for North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean for Bumble Inc., where she focuses on issues overlapping with community building, online safety, diversity and equity, data privacy, the digital economy, small business, and public and private partnerships. Iheme previously led aspects of public policy outreach at Facebook and also served as the senior policy advisor for communication technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for the Obama Administration. She also is a military officer and veteran, where she continues to serve. 

David Goldberg is a senior operating executive with over 30 years of experience leading geographically distributed service businesses in the education, hospitality, and franchise industries. Goldberg has served as president and CEO and is a member of the board of directors at Cadence Education LLC, the fourth largest private provider of early childhood education in the United States. Additionally, Goldberg has led and participated on management teams that completed successful sales among private equity companies, created public company organic growth, took a private company public, and took a public company private.

Karima Ladhani is the founder and chief executive officer of Barakat Bundle, a nonprofit that creates bundles for mothers and newborns in need in South Asia; and Giving Cradle, a social enterprise that sells safe-sleep bamboo cradles to families that give back in North America. She also serves as the director of programs at the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program, is a social entrepreneurship mentor at Intrepid Next Health Accelerator, and sits on the board of directors at Eco.Logic Programs.

To learn more about mentorship opportunities with Georgetown Entrepreneurship and to view the full list of EIRs, visit

Georgetown Entrepreneurship