Sheila is the Founder of the Sheila B. Driscoll Foundation and CEO of Driscoll Ventures. A native of the Monterey Peninsula, Sheila pursued her academic studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies where she received a B.A. in Hispanic Studies in 1980 and her M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in 1986. While studying at MIIS, she received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to do post-graduate work in Deaf Education in La Plata, Argentina and further research in Madrid, Spain.
In 2013 she became the President and Co-Founder of the Billionaire Foundation where she helped coordinate foundation research work and initiated new introductions between existing foundations and the research team. She is a sought-after keynote speaker for Global Family Office Wealth and Investment Summits on topics that address Social Impact Investing and Philanthropy as well as a guest lecturer at Ivy League Universities where she shares her expertise in the world of business, film and innovation.
Sheila excels at offering creative, pragmatic solutions to complex business issues as well as providing insightful nonprofit/foundation advice on philanthropic imperatives to private families, family offices and agencies. She shares her creative corporate and nonprofit skills with individuals, corporations and foundations so that educational programs may be developed, communities can be served and future generations may continue a legacy of giving and prosperity.
She is the great-granddaughter of Jeremiah Driscoll, Patriarch of Driscoll’s, who began producing fresh strawberries in California’s Pájaro Valley in 1870. 150 years later, her family is still leading the production of fresh berries in the United States and around the globe. When she is not steeped in her global philanthropic or corporate work, Sheila enjoys her role as President of The Wild Irish Rose Productions, LLC whereby she consults and advises for numerous Film and TV Show projects in Hollywood and abroad.
We welcome Dame Sheila Barry Driscoll on board!