Helena Plater-Zyberk ’06BUS
Co-founder & CEO

Helena is the co-founder and CEO of Supportiv, the 2019 winner of the SXSW official pitch competition for society and culture impact.

The AI-driven digital mental wellness platform Supportiv is tackling the loneliness epidemic with real-time, hyper-targeted, human-moderated peer support groups on any topic. It uses AI / natural language processing to match users with one another in under one minute, and to auto-surface personalized content and service referrals instantly as peer recommendation hyperlinks. It delivers instantaneous, mass-market accessible mental health care for the 80 percent of adults with typical work stress, family pressures, sadness, anxiety or loneliness, who don’t want or need a therapist.

She is the former CEO of SimpleTherapy, where she led the AI-driven musculoskeletal health company from pre-product to its first 10,000 users of the low-cost, easily accessible alternative to physical therapy.

Previously, she was executive director for Scholastic’s $500MM edtech and services division. Prior to that, Helena was director of strategy and consumer insight at Conde Nast, the media behemoth that publishes over 20 name brands including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Wired.

She is a former Rotary Scholar who has worked, studied, and traveled in over 60 countries, including hiking Everest Base Camp (17,600 ft) and Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft). Helena holds an MBA from Columbia University.