Where it all started

Flywheel launched in 2011. Our purpose? Form an innovative social enterprise hub like no other in the United States. Since then we have mined hundreds of best practices in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. That’s helped us identify the characteristics most essential to a social enterprise becoming successful and sustainable.


Our Team


Bill Tucker

Executive Director

“I am passionate about making the world a better place and I believe that the marketplace can be a powerful force for social and environmental change.”


Joe Vallo

Director of Consulting Services

“I especially enjoy working with an energetic entrepreneur and a clever product idea and helping to transform them into a capable leader with a solid business model that makes a profit AND makes a difference.”


Gayle Hilleke

Senior Advisor

“My passion for social enterprise is a natural outgrowth of my professional background, which has revolved around helping nonprofits and their communities to flourish.”


Fred hilkowitz

Senior Advisor

“What I love about working with social entrepreneurs is that they care about creating good in the world vs just finding an optimal startup opportunity. Their passion is infectious and after working with them, you feel optimistic that there are people who truly want to help others.”


KAtie Kinnemeyer

Senior Adviser


Melisse May

Senior Coaching Advisor

”The best vision for innovation is insight. Innovation is based on insight into an unmet need, a market opportunity, a better way of doing things. Quality insights in the hands of entrepreneurial talent lead to success. Helping start-up companies identify and leverage these insights is what gets me excited.”


Roy Kulick

Executive in Residence

”Working with innovative social entrepreneurs at Flywheel is an opportunity to give back and to leverage my background in not-for-profit governance and angel investing.”


Josie Dalton

Program Manager

“I am always excited to help social entrepreneurs maximize and sustain their impact. It is a privilege to watch the magic happen when we bring together our expert coaches & passionate entrepreneurs.”


Our Board

Advisory Council


In 2018, we introduced a coach certification process to ensure that the high quality contributions of these industry experts are recognized.

Each certified coach has served Flywheel at six or more coaching sessions, has received continued outstanding reviews from our social entrepreneur clients, and is deemed an extension of the Flywheel brand. 

See our Certified Coaches