Beverly Parenti is a serial entrepreneur, specializing in the advancement of innovative technologies. Along with longtime business partner and husband, Chris Redlitz, she launched their non profit, The LastMile (TLM), in 2010, at San Quentin State Prison which she currently directs. The goal of TLM is to provide education and training inside prison, resulting in gainful employment for returned citizen graduates, thereby reducing recidivism. TLM has become one of the most requested prison education programs in the United States. It is the first program to offer a computer programming curriculum that teaches men and women to become software engineers. TLM is in five California prisons (including two women’s facilities) and will open it's first out of state program at the Indiana Women's Prison. All TLM “Returned Citizen Graduates” are prospering personally and professionally with 0% recidivism.
Beverly’s professional experience includes digital media, online payment solutions, e-commerce, financial services, advertising, tech incubators, and consumer products. She transitioned into technology as a founding member of First Virtual Holdings, the first secure online payment system that she helped take public. She enjoys being a mentor to aspiring women entrepreneurs and is a proud silver medal recipient of the 2016 Jefferson Award. Other awards include the Lynn Ingham Community Service Award, San Quentin News Excellence in Leadership Award, and CalPIA’s Community Partnership Award for providing Second Chances for California’s reformed workforce.
Speaking engagements include: TedX, Stanford, Dartmouth, University of Michigan, Dent, EOC Annual Conference, Unreasonable Institute, The White House and NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center. TLM panel discussions have been featured at various conferences including The White House South by South Lawn, TechCrunch Justice, and SXSW.