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Megan Gardner is a sought-after CEO adviser and board member for fast-growing technology businesses. A seasoned dealmaker, she is dedicated to helping CEOs navigate the challenges of rapid growth and to celebrate entrepreneurial victories. She founded Independent & Co in 2013 and her portfolio companies have successfully completed numerous rounds of fundraising and several transactions, including a sale to Oracle and a public listing on the ASX. As CEO and founder of Plum District, Megan raised over $30 million in venture capital, expanded the e-commerce company to two dozen cities, and grew the online member base to more than one million people. 


Megan is a successful team facilitator for YPO groups, CEOs, and upper-level management teams. As a CEO advisor, she meets weekly with clients to ensure they stay focused on strategic plans and employ fast-scaling tools to grow as quickly as possible..  An author and expert builder and manager of effective boards; Megan develops high performance, authentic leaders and teams.


Megan holds an MBA from Harvard Business School (Class of ’06) and BA from Smith College, and honored by Harvard as a notable Alumnae.  She serves on a number of boards, including Crown & Caliber (Chair) and DoubleNetPay; and is a dedicated YPO member, serving as incoming Chapter Chair of the Golden Gate Chapter.  One of Megan’s favorite pieces of advice is “Breathe. More. Deeply.” 

Megan lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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