BlogHer Entrepreneurs '13 Speakers

Speakers

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Aileen Lee
Founder, Cowboy VC
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Aileen Lee
Founder, Cowboy VC
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Aileen Lee is founder of Cowboy Ventures, a digital seed-stage focused fund founded in 2012. Cowboy is the backer of companies including Brit & Co, JoyRide, Kease, NuOrder, nWay, StyleSeat, and True & Co.

Ali Wasti
Vice President, Azure Capital Partners
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Ali Wasti
Vice President, Azure Capital Partners
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Ali Wasti is a Vice President at Azure Capital Partners, specializing in cloud infrastructure, enterprise, communications, SaaS and mobile technologies. He serves as a Board Observer for Breaktime Studios, GetSatisfaction and Switchfly.

Alicia Navarro
CEO and Co-Founder of Skimlinks

Alicia Navarro became an entrepreneur at an early age, with several ventures under her belt before Skimlinks. She studied technology, earning the university medal for Computing Sciences at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. She worked for over 10 years with a series of telcos, media companies and startups, designing and launching mobile and internet-based applications in Australia and the UK. She eventually launched Skimbit, a company offering social decision-making tools, in London in 2007.

Amalia Miller
Marketing at Media Camp

Amalia Miller is Marketing Project Manager for Turner Broadcasting managing all initiatives related to the Media Camp accelerator program.

Before joining Turner, Amalia led N. America/APAC marketing for SaaS security start-up ScanSafe (acquired by Cisco Systems in 2009), driving digital marketing programs, lead generation, channel marketing with VARs and white label partners AT&T, Sprint and Google, and hundreds of events.

Amanda Pouchot
Co-Founder and Chief Community Officer of Levo League

Amanda is co-founder and Chief Community Officer of Levo League, the first professional network designed to inspire and enable Gen Y women to build amazing careers. Pouchot graduated from UC Berkeley in 2008 with a BA in Sociology. Her interest in organizational psychology and understanding of academic business research on women’s issues led her to the pursuit of elevating women in the leadership pipeline. While at McKinsey, Amanda spearheaded a weekly Centered Leadership reader for the women of the company, for which she was thanked in Joanna Barsh's How Remarkable Women Lead.

Amy Banse
Managing Director and Head of Funds, Comcast Ventures; Senior Vice President, Comcast Corporation
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Amy Banse
Managing Director and Head of Funds, Comcast Ventures; Senior Vice President, Comcast Corporation
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Amy Banse serves as managing director and head of funds, Comcast Ventures and senior vice president, Comcast Corporation. Prior to this role, she was president of Comcast Interactive Media (CIM), a division of Comcast responsible for developing Comcast’s online strategy and operating Comcast’s digital properties, including Fandango, Xfinity.com and Xfinitytv.com. Banse joined Comcast in 1991 and spent the early part of her career overseeing the development of Comcast's cable network portfolio.

Amy Gips
Founding Managing Partner
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Amy Gips
Founding Managing Partner
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Amy Gips is the Founding Managing Partner of Astia Angel, an angel investor network comprised of male and female angel investors that invests in women-led, high-growth businesses. In addition, Amy aids in the investment activity of all Astia companies, including deal flow management, due diligence and investor relations.

Ann Winblad
Co-Founder and Managing Director of Hummer Winblad
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Ann Winblad
Co-Founder and Managing Director of Hummer Winblad
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Ann Winblad is the co-founder and a Managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. She is a well-known and respected software industry entrepreneur and technology leader. Her background and over 30 years of experience in the software industry have been chronicled in many national business and trade publications.

Anna Zornosa
Founder & CEO, Ruby Ribbon

Anna Zornosa’s career has included leadership positions at start-ups as well as large public companies. She founded Ruby Ribbon Inc., funded by Trinity Ventures and Mohr Davidow partners, in September 2011 as an apparel company whose unique products are available only through social commerce.

BARB DYBWAD
Tech Blogging Pioneer, Team Builder, and Creative Problem Solver
BARB DYBWAD
Tech Blogging Pioneer, Team Builder, and Creative Problem Solver

One of the first professional tech bloggers, Barb has built editorial teams and managed digital strategy for AOL, Mashable, and Best Buy. She has launched and led national events series for consumer tech site Engadget, from the Official CES Awards to the 10,000-attendee Expand franchise in SF and NY.

Carolyn Mo
Attorney, Cooley LLP

Carolyn is an Associate in Cooley LLP's Business Department and a member of the firm's Emerging Companies practice group. She is a resident in the San Francisco office. Carolyn's practice focuses on representing emerging technology and high growth companies, and the venture capital investors that support them.

Catherine Berman
Senior Vice President, ASTIA

Catherine Berman is Senior Vice President of Astia. She currently oversees Astia’s portfolio of women-led ventures and drives the organization’s entrepreneurial offering. Catherine has worked with venture-backed companies since 2000 and has worked with over 150 woman-led startups.

Christine Herron
Director of Intel Capital

Christine Herron is a Silicon Valley investor and entrepreneur. She is currently a Director with Intel Capital, a Venture Advisor at 500 Startups, and an advisor to StartX. Her current Intel investments include 500 Friends, Ark, betaworks, Funders Club, Hangtime, Jelli, LikeIt, NewAer, SmartZip, Storenvy, and Yummly.

Cindy Padnos
Founding Managing Director, Illuminate Ventures

Cindy Padnos is the founder and managing director of Illuminate Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on B2B cloud computing.

Deborah Jackson
Founder and CEO, Plum Alley

After graduating from Columbia Business School and joining Goldman Sachs, Deborah spent 21 years on Wall Street before founding Plum Alley, an e-commerce and crowdfunding site for women's innovation. Also a Founder of the Women Innovate Mobile Accelerator, an accelerator that invests in women-founded mobile tech companies, Deborah's initiatives and properties all have a common goal: to champion women to become builders of technology, companies and their own wealth.

Diana L. Williams
Co-founder & VP of Product, JOYUS

Diana L. Williams is the Co-founder and Vice President of Product at JOYUS, where she oversees our end-to-end customer experience. She is responsible for the company’s product strategy, user experience, and site design. Prior to joining JOYUS, Williams was Director of Product Management at eBay, Inc. During her tenure at eBay, she created the first vertical experience on eBay.com and led product strategy and feature execution for eBay’s $7+ billion fashion vertical.

Eileen Gittins
Founder and CEO of Blurb
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Eileen Gittins
Founder and CEO of Blurb
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Eileen Gittins has been at the intersection of the Internet, consumer and enterprise software, imaging systems, search, and digital photography throughout her 20+ year career. A passionate advocate for enabling technologies that offer new ways to do valuable things, Eileen is now disrupting the publishing industry as the founder and CEO of Blurb, a creative platform that enables anyone to design, share, and sell beautiful print and digital books.

Ekaterina Walter
Social Media Innovator at Intel and bestselling author of "Think Like Zuck"
Ekaterina Walter
Social Media Innovator at Intel and bestselling author of "Think Like Zuck"

Ekaterina Walter is a social media strategist and innovator at Intel. She is an author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller “Think Like Zuck: The Five Business Secrets of Facebook's Improbably Brilliant CEO Mark Zuckerberg”.

Elisa Camahort Page
Co-Founder and COO, BlogHer

Elisa Camahort Page co-founded BlogHer, Inc., in 2005 with Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone, and serves as the company’s COO. Elisa leads events, marketing, public relations and research for the company and with her leadership, the BlogHer conference business has grown from a single conference hosting 300 attendees in 2005, to five diverse events that will host over 4,000 attendees in 2011.

Elisa Steele
Chief Marketing Officer at Skype and Corporate Vice President, Skype Division at Microsoft
Elisa Steele
Chief Marketing Officer at Skype and Corporate Vice President, Skype Division at Microsoft

Elisa Steele has shaped brands; run integrated marketing campaigns; and been a powerful champion for customers and their needs over more than two decades in Silicon Valley. She has distinguished herself with creative ideas that grab attention and a focus on optimizing systems and teams to deliver business results in reputation, reach, engagement, and revenue. Elisa’s experience runs the gamut from the enterprise to the consumer and from systems and infrastructure to online services for the home and office.

Ellen Pack
VP/General Manager, Common Sense Media

Ellen Pack is Vice President/General Manager of Common Sense Media, the largest, independent nonprofit organization committed to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. She has more than 20 years’ experience launching and growing online products and services. In the early 1990’s, Ellen founded Women.com and grew it into the largest Internet destination for women. After a successful IPO, Women.com merged with iVillage (now owned by NBC).

Emily Della Maggiora
Vice President, comScore

Emily Della Maggiora leads business development and strategic partnerships for comScore’s Digital Analytix practice within Media, Entertainment, Gaming and Technology sectors. Previously, as President of Treehouse Strategies, she conducted market research and developed business strategies for European and Fortune 500 businesses. During her tenure at The Nielsen Company, Emily was SVP, Nielsen Interactive Entertainment and delivered media measurement solutions for the interactive entertainment industry and emerging digital markets.

Erin Hunter
Global Head of CPG Marketing, Facebook

As Global Head of CPG Marketing for Facebook, Erin sets strategy for how the world’s largest global advertisers best leverage the world’s largest social marketing platform. She is a seasoned industry analyst, with a background in consumer packaged goods marketing, marketing research, statistical modeling, and media consulting.

Heather Hiles
CEO & Founder, Pathbrite

Heather Hiles is the Founder and CEO of Pathbrite, a learning and career portfolio platform.

Heidi Roizen
Venture Partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Heidi Roizen has spent her life immersed in the Silicon Valley ecosystem – as an entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture capitalist, and educator.

After receiving her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Stanford, Heidi co-founded T/Maker Company (an early personal computer software company) in 1983, where she served as CEO through its acquisition by Deluxe Corporation in 1994. In 1996, Heidi joined Apple as VP of Worldwide Developer Relations.

Jacqueline Jones
Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation at Kaplan Higher Education Group
Jacqueline Jones
Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation at Kaplan Higher Education Group

Jacqueline Jones is currently the Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation at Kaplan University. She currently leads the development of new content and products which focus on enhancing career and educational skills. She is also responsible for creating strategic partnerships with key content and media partners, including Gallup, Harvard Publishing, Black Enterprise, BlogHer, and Forbes/Techonomy.

In her prior role as Executive Director of New Product Development, Ms.

Jacqueline Linder
Founder and CEO, LunchBots

An entrepreneur with a passion for healthy living, Jacqueline Linder is the Founder and CEO of LunchBots, a line of stainless steel, eco-friendly food containers designed to reduce the use of plastic and inspire people to pack healthier meals. Her products are sold worldwide in retailers such as Whole Foods and Amazon, and have become the leading brand in a new category of healthy food containers.

Joanna Drake Earl
Former COO of DeNA

Joanna has been creating next-generation consumer content experiences at the intersection of media and technology for almost twenty years.

The common thread across her experiences – big companies and start-ups both – are her passionate belief that innovation and an underlying social mission can not only create companies people love to work for, but products and services that can actually change the way we think and engage with the world.

Jory Des Jardins
President of Strategic Alliances, BlogHer

Jory Des Jardins co-founded BlogHer, Inc. in 2005 with Elisa Camahort Page and Lisa Stone, and serves as the company’s President of Strategic Alliances and lead evangelist to top revenue partners. With Jory’s leadership, BlogHer has developed its own distinctive, brand of strategic partnership, helping to facilitate constructive dialogue between some of the world’s major brands and women who are social media leaders and their readers.

Kerryn Gerety

Kerryn has over nine years of experience in branding, public relations, media buying, and five-star event planning. She grew a small but established public relations agency a little over 400% in 2 years before opening her own boutique shop in 2007. Combining an abundance of luxury-lifestyle West Coast know-how with an East Coast upbringing and an athletic mindset, Kerryn’s secured-media stats tally in the multi-millions.

Kim Polese
Former CEO of SpikeSource and Co-Founder of Marimba

Kim Polese is a leading Silicon Valley entrepreneur and technology executive. Kim was the founding product manager for Java at Sun Microsystems and led its launch in 1995. She then co-founded Marimba Inc., which forged the first generation of systems management software for the Internet. Kim served as President, CEO and Chairman of Marimba, leading the company to profitability and a successful public offering and acquisition by BMC Corporation in 2004.

Laura Pincus Hartman
Professor (DePaul U.) and Board Chair, School of Choice (Haiti)
Laura Pincus Hartman
Professor (DePaul U.) and Board Chair, School of Choice (Haiti)

Laura Pincus Hartman is Vincent de Paul Professor of Business Ethics at DePaul University’s College of Commerce. She is notable in her work in the field as well as scholarship for her unwavering commitment to the power of profitable partnerships between non-profits and traditional corporations in global poverty alleviation. Her work consistently demonstrates that effective and creative collaboration can generate fiscal value to multiple stakeholders and rise tides for all.

Lauren Gelman
Founder, BlurryEdge Strategies

Lauren is an experienced attorney, frequent speaker and start-up advisor who has worked in the field of Internet law and policy since 1995. She is the founder of BlurryEdge Strategies, a legal and strategy consulting firm located in San Francisco that advises technology companies and investors on cutting-edge legal issues. Her clients include: Lookout Mobile Security, Nest Labs, Krux Digital, Trulia, Reddit, Github, Euclid Elements, Don.na, Wickr, as well as private and institutional angels and investors, researchers, non-profits, etc.

Lauren Maillian Bias
Founder and CEO, Luxury Market Branding

Lauren Maillian Bias is a serial entrepreneur; she is the Founder and CEO of Luxury Market Branding, a strategic marketing and branding company, and is a Founding Partner at Gen Y Capital Partners, an early stage venture firm focused on investments in mobile and consumer facing technology enabled companies.

Laurie Yoler
SVP Business Development, Qualcomm
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Laurie Yoler
SVP Business Development, Qualcomm
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Laurie Yoler has been helping innovative technology companies grow for over twenty five years as an executive, advisor, investor and board member. She has served on the boards of public companies, private companies, and non-profit organizations.

Lila Ibrahim
Investment Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Lila Ibrahim joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a partner in 2010, working across the firm's digital and greentech portfolios. Lila currently leads KPCB's business development efforts, key partnerships and strategic initiatives for the firm and KPCB's portfolio companies while serving as the chief of staff for John Doerr.

Outside of KPCB, Lila is the co-founder of Team4Tech, a non-profit organization established in 2012 to improve education in developing countries through innovative technology solutions.

Lisa Stone
Co-Founder and CEO, BlogHer

Lisa Stone co-founded BlogHer, Inc. in 2005 with Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins, and serves as the company’s CEO. With Lisa’s leadership, the company has grown from an idea for a grassroots conference into a diversified media company and a Top 5 women’s network  online, according to comScore, with 2,500+ premium blog contributors, the world’s largest in-person events for bloggers, and an award-winning social hub at BlogHer.com.

Liz Kaplow
CEO, President, and Founder, Kaplow

Liz Kaplow founded Kaplow Communications in 1991 after an extensive career in beauty, fashion, consumer health and lifestyle public relations. Under Liz’s leadership, Kaplow has developed a national reputation for implementing original strategies that go beyond traditional public relations for category-leading clients including Unilever, the Avon Foundation, CVS/pharmacy, Target and Timex.

Lorena Flores Chatterjee
Co-Founder of Leap Commerce

Lorena Flores Chatterjee is a co-founder and VP of Marketing at Leap Commerce. Leap Commerce is a leading social mobile commerce platform driving deeper consumer engagement and increasing conversions for retailers and brands.

Prior to founding Leap Commerce, Lorena spent over 15 years leading and managing staffing and operations as an executive at global and early stage companies including Hara, Sitesmith (acquired by MFN Abovenet),  Agile (acquired by Oracle), Adobe, and other high technology companies .

Mary Dent
General Counsel
Mary Dent is SVB Financial Group's general counsel. In addition to her responsibilities for leading the company's legal and compliance departments, Mary spearheads the company's public policy efforts, where she focuses on issues that affect the ability of emerging and high-growth innovative companies to succeed.
Mary Trigiani
Consultant, Spada Inc

Mary Trigiani is a writer, blogger and branding specialist who works with tech startups and professional services firms. She helps them tell their stories through their brand strategies and messages. Mary founded her consulting practice in 1990. Her current obsession is ensuring that she represents the voices and needs of users and customers when engineers and designers develop products. Mary's favorite things are art, dark chocolate, light workouts, classic film, TV, fashion, ballads, well adjusted friends, delightful nieces and nephews, laughs. Not necessarily in that order.

Mike Del Ponte
Co-Founder/CEO of Soma

Mike is the co-founder and CEO of Soma. Soma makes the world’s most innovative water filters and beautiful glass carafes to provide healthy and delicious drinking water.

Previously, Mike led marketing at BranchOut, the largest professional network on Facebook. As an early employee, Mike helped grow BranchOut from 0 to 25 million users in 16 months.

Mirjana Spasojevic
Co-founder, Kindoma

Mirjana Spasojevic is a Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Kindoma, a startup focused on connecting distant families and improving early childhood literacy. Kindoma’s products integrate mobile, web and video technologies into a platform that helps grandparents read ebooks to grandchildren over internet.

Monica Mehta

Monica Mehta is a sought after small business and finance expert with 15 years of hands-on experience as an investor, operator of multi-million dollar consumer businesses and advisor to hundreds of entrepreneurs. Monica is currently a Managing Principal at Seventh Capital, a New York based investment firm. She is also a columnist for INC Magazine and Bloomberg BusinessWeek and frequent guest on Fox News, Fox Business, Bloomberg Television, ABC News and MSNBC.

Nelly Yusupova
Webgrrls International

Nelly Yusupova is the CTO of Webgrrls.com, Founder of Digitalwoman.com, and creator of TechSpeakForEntrepreneurs.com

Just recently included in Fast Company's, "League of Extraordinary Women", Nelly has been at the forefront of the women’s movement online since 1999 and is a Wall Street Journal’s “Woman on the IT Fast Track”. She is a technical strategist, an Internet, social media, and marketing expert and consultant. Nelly works with entrepreneurs and teaches them how to use and leverage technology in their business.

Nina Bhatti
Formerly Principal Scientist of HP Labs

Nina Bhatti is currently the founder of a mobile technology start-up in stealth mode. She has held a number of positions at HP, both on the research side of innovation as well as the product side of innovation. She was recently the program manager for a new HP cloud product, responsible for the planning, engineering and launch.

Pattie Sellers
Senior Editor at Large, Fortune Executive Director of MPW/Live Content, Time Inc.
Pattie Sellers
Senior Editor at Large, Fortune Executive Director of MPW/Live Content, Time Inc.

Fortune senior editor at large Pattie Sellers has written some of Fortune's most talked-about cover stories, including "Marissa Mayer: Ready to Rumble at Yahoo," "Oprah's Next Act," "Can Meg Whitman Save California?" "The $100 Billion Woman" (Melinda Gates), and "Remodeling Martha" (Martha Stewart). She has helped oversee Fortune's "Most Powerful Women in Business" package every year since its launch in 1998. Pattie is Executive Director of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, the preeminent gathering of women leaders in business and beyond.

Prachi Gupta
Enginner Manager, LinkedIn

Prachi is an Engineering Manager for the Identity Engagement product suite at LinkedIn.

She is a hackday master, a founding member of the LinkedIn [in]Cubator program, has mentored for the State Department's TechWomen program and is also a founding member of LinkedIn's Women in Technology initiative. She travels around the US and world to organize the LinkedIn hackathons and meet with local entrepreneurs.

Rachel Masters
Co-Founder & Partner

Rachel Masters is a partner and co-founder of Red Magnet Media, a boutique social marketing agency that works with consumer brands such as Linkin Park, Hearst Corporation, Chef Michael Mina Mina, Skaist Taylor and Duran Duran. Previously, she held the role of Vice President of Strategic Relationships at Ning, managing over 300 branded social networks with partners like 50 Cent, Warner Brother’s Telepictures, The Collective, Ford Models and The Twilight Saga.

Sana Choudary
CEO of YetiZen
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Sana Choudary
CEO of YetiZen
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Over the last 2 years Sana has been the CEO and co-founder of YetiZen, a cornerstone of the game developer ecosystem. This includes the YetiZen accelerator, the wildly popular games-focused accelerator, and the YetiZen Innovation Lab, the only game developer community space of its kind for game developer business education and synergy in the new and ever evolving world of social mobile. YetiZen has served 6,500 game developers in the last 12 months.

Sana Choudary has a reputation for being a powerful force in creating successful entrepreneurs.

Sandra Miley
VP Corporate Marketing

Sandra Miley, vice president of corporate marketing at Vocera, has an accomplished track record of developing compelling brands and driving sales growth for numerous successful high-tech companies. Over the course of 20 years, Sandra has demonstrated her ability to recognize early market trends and latent customer needs, as well as make complex technologies easy to understand. As a result Sandra has fueled global expansion and accelerated growth of recognized brands, including Juniper Networks, Adobe, Brocade, Cisco, and Nokia.

Shana Pearlman
Social Media Manager at Skype

Shana Pearlman heads Skype's social media strategic initiatives and editorial content across blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. She is the global lead on social editorial and has led on social on numerous projects for the company.

Before joining Skype, Shana worked at Jam (part of the Engine Group) in London where she oversaw content and campaigns for a wide range of clients which included News International (home of The Times and The Sun) and BSkyB.

Sonja Hoel Perkins
Managing Director, Menlo Ventures
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Sonja Hoel Perkins
Managing Director, Menlo Ventures
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Sonja Hoel Perkins is considered one of the best performing and most senior women in venture capital. Investing broadly in all stages and areas of information technology throughout her career, she has been able to move successfully with the times – from the PC to networking to the Internet to mobile and consumer. Her career “home runs” include AcmePacket (APKT), F5 Networks (FFIV), McAfee Associates (acquired by Intel) and Q1 Labs (acquired by IBM) where she was the start-up investor. Many of her investments have achieved multi billion dollar valuations.

Stacy Morrison
Editor in Chief and Director, Content Programming, BlogHer, Inc.
Stacy Morrison
Editor in Chief and Director, Content Programming, BlogHer, Inc.

Stacy Morrison is editor in chief and Director of Content Programming for BlogHer, as well as a writer, author, blogger, mother, and consultant in New York City. Before moving to BlogHer, Morrison was a magazine editor for 20 years, most recently editor-in-chief of Redbook magazine (2004-2010), Executive Editor of Marie Claire, Founding Editor in Chief of ONE (a short-lived dot.com-era design magazine), Editor in Chief at Modern Bride, and more. During each of those positions, Morrison oversaw digital properties for each.

Teneshia Jackson-Warner
CEO/COO, Egami Consulting

Teneshia Jackson Warner’s life story has been one of perseverance, diligence, risk-taking and inspiration. Her motto “It’s not enough to follow your dreams, we must chase them”, is a theme that is weaved throughout the impressive career that Teneshia has built over a decade spanning multicultural marketing, project management and inspirational life coaching.

Trish Costello
Co-Founder and CEO of Portfolia

Trish Costello is co-founder and CEO of Portfolia, creating social networks of engaged investors around entrepreneurial ventures. Portfolia’s digital platform lets individuals and affinity groups discover and invest in private entrepreneurial companies in their areas of expertise and interest. Companies access both money and markets as their investors engage their social networks and combined buying power for the company’s competitive advantage and their mutual long-term financial gain.

Wendy Lea
CEO of Get Satisfaction

Wendy Lea is the CEO of Get Satisfaction. Wendy currently serves as an angel investor, strategic advisor and board member for a long list of startup companies. Wendy serves on the board of Silicon Valley Social Venture Capital (SV2.org) and Corporate Visions. She has been recognized as a Top 100 Woman of Influence in Silicon Valley and was awarded the Watermak’s “Woman Who Made Her Mark” award.

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