Manon DeFelice is the founder and CEO of Inkwell, a startup that matches accomplished professionals with companies that need top talent on a flexible basis. Through Inkwell, candidates can build their professional portfolios while also gaining the flexibility to devote time to their families, and businesses get professional, expert work at a fraction of the cost.

Prior to founding the company in 2013, DeFelice spent four years as executive director and general counsel of the AHA Foundation, the first organization focused on ending honor violence, forced marriage, child marriage, and female genital mutilation (FGM) in the United States. While there, she organized the first national conference on forced marriage and honor violence in the U.S. and worked with Rep. Crowley (D-NY) to pass the Transport for Female Genital Mutilation Act. DeFelice also served as assistant counsel in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Office of Criminal Justice, where she addressed the issue of commercial sexual exploitation of children in New York City and developed the city’s first anti-human trafficking policy.

DeFelice graduated from Brooklyn Law School and received her BA in economics and political science from Barnard College. In 2011, she was recognized by the U.S. State Department for assisting victims of forced marriage.

Currently, she is a contributor to Forbes, writing about the flexible work revolution for Women@Forbes. A mother of three, DeFelice lives in Greenwich, Connecticut. Learn more about her work at

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