Nell Merlino

Advisory Board Member

As Chair of the Personal Data Independence Trust at Personal BlackBox (PBB), a new company empowering individuals and corporations to reduce data risk and liability, unlock data value, transparently and protect people's privacy, Nell Merlino is responsible for the establishment of the Trust and setting standards for our emerging digital rights. The Trust, an independently managed subsidiary of PBB, functions as the moral compass of the company, as an interface to Members and as a counterbalance to commercial interests focused solely on monetizing Member data for the benefit of all parties.


Previously, as President and CEO of Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence, Nell changed the focus of women's business growth from micro businesses to million dollar enterprises working with founding partner American Express Open and supporters including Hillary Clinton. The creation of live competitions with a million dollar plus goal transformed how people think about women's business capabilities and capacity for growth.


A 40-year veteran of the women's economic empowerment movement, Nell is the creator of Take Our Daughters to Work Day which mobilized over 20 million people to participate in a day dedicated to a stronger economic future for girls. Nell currently serves as a Judge for the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards which identifies young women entrepreneurs globally who are solving critical problems with their products. She also serves on the Walmart Women-Owned Business Advisory Committee, helping the company spend $20 billion with women owned-suppliers by 2016.


Nell is the author of Stepping Out of Line: Lessons for Women Who Want it Their Way in Life, in Love, and at Work and Cracking the Glass Ceiling and Raising the Roof.