New York Business Boot Camp Speakers: 

  1. Roopa Unnikrishnan-President, New York Chapter at TiE—Action-oriented thought-leader, consultant, and executive who effectively drives change, building leadership and organization capability in broad range of companies – from Fortune 50 enterprises to start-ups. Executive Coach with proprietary process (Yourself as Enterprise TM) helping executives clarify future direction, personal growth and transition options. Oxford MBA; Rhodes Scholar; International Sportsperson; Non-profit board/ trustee experience.
  2. Jason Malki is the Founder and CEO of AlleyBoost, which is a Startup Event Series that hosts Startup Mixers, Panels, Investor Nights, and Expos in NYC. He is also the Founder and CEO of SportsWonks which is a Sports Social Network that is set to launch in Early Fall 2016. Jason holds a B.A. from Montclair State University.
  3. John Lynn–Program Manager at Startup Institute-is a pillar of the NYC startup community, with a impact on tech communities worlwide. In addition to his work helping lead Startup Institute in NYC, John sits on the selection committee for Paris-based NUMA accelerator network, council seats at Sheworx, Mark Zuckerberg’s NYC chapter, and New York Cares, NYC’s largest volunteer organization, as well as a variety of formal positions as a mentor + advisor to founders and teams of all kinds. At Startup Institute, he brings together top founders, investors, team members, and domain experts from throughout the tech community to deliver an 8-week accelerator program that prepares its participants, (average age: 29) to join and lead tech companies. John is an expert on accelerators and recently appeared on the “Process” podcast to talk about how acceleration at places like Startup Institute and techstars represents a new kind of education. He is also a veteran of the startup community and ready to talk all things entrepreneurship: in the past, he founded a company accepted to one of the world’s top accelerators, helped manage the techstars NYC program, and was selected for Startup Institute’s first class. He has engineered connections resulting in LP investments for venture capital funds (including the techstars Venture Fund), the creation of a techstars company, angel investment for a mentor’s new venture, and co-founder relationships and first hires. He also leads a network of accelerators in the NYC tech community, comprised of over 30 organizations and over 50 leadership-level individuals. LinkedIn profile, Twitter: @jmlynn7,,
  4. Varelie Croes- is a startup ecosystem builder and founder of The Liv Group, a venture studio with hubs in New York and Aruba, Dutch-Caribbean. She was named a global change-maker by the World Bank Youth Steering Committee for her unique approach to leadership and inspiring both entrepreneurs and policy makers to drive change. Varelie is an accomplished keynote speaker and sought after thought-leader on startup ecosystems and the innovation economy. She has spoken at TEDx, TEDxWomen, United Nations, The World Bank and has been featured in Forbes, MasterCard Biz, Tech.Co and other major international publications.
  5. Forbes30Under30 Entrepreneur. Karim is an ivy-league educated inner-city public school graduate. He received over $300,000 in scholarships to make his education possible. He founded Practice Makes Perfect at 18, writes for Entrepreneur and Forbes, is an Echoing Green Fellow, Global Shaper, at 23 was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list in Education, and at 24 was named to Magic Johnson’s 32 under 32 list. In 2016, he was ranked in the top 5 most powerful young entrepreneurs under 25 in the world by Richtopia
  6. Forbes30Under30 Entrepreneur. Thomas Matzner’s entrepreneurial spirit emerged while in college. Seeking a mentor, Thomas decided to write a letter to William Lauder, Executive Chairman of Estee Lauder Companies. Not only did he get a response, but obtained the mentorship he sought which inspired him to eventually build a company of value on his own. Thomas spent part of his career in global forecasting, assisting in the success of the prestige beauty company, MAC, to grow their annual product offering and surpass $2B in yearly sales. Thomas also spent time at the premium casual wear brand, Lacoste, aiding in the efficiency of their United States supply chain, product allocation and special event coordination. Thomas has learned invaluable skills throughout his time in the luxury consumer goods market which he’s been able to apply in the success of his travel technology platform, Pommtree & ultra premium vodka, PRÜV.
  7. Lynne D Johnson- Digital and Social Media Engagement Strategist Lynne D. Johnson is an acclaimed digital strategist and storyteller, best known for her visionary work leading cross-functional teams to develop cutting edge content and community platforms for top media brands like Vibe, Spin, and Fast Company. Currently, Lynne is a consultant, adjunct professor, and tech evangelist who writes a weekly tech column for, and is a frequent guest on the widely viewed web series This Week In Google. Previously, she served as a director of digital and social media strategy at Waggener Edstrom, senior social media strategist at R/GA, SVP of social media at the Advertising Research Foundation, senior editor and community director at Fast Company, and general manager of digital at Vibe and Spin. An expert in the areas of marketing and technology, Lynne was awarded a MVMT 50 Top 10 Innovators award in 2015 at SXSW Interactive, and was also the recipient of the 2006 Black Weblog Awards Black Blogger Achievement award. In 2015, she was featured as a tech innovator in an AT&T ad spot called “Seeing Stars.” A notable speaker, Lynne has keynoted and presented at many conferences including PRSA Digital Impact, Web 2.0 Expo, and AdTech.
  8. Branding 101 Presentation- SUSAN SOLOMON, President of Women Entrepreneur Festival & Co-Founder of DriveThru Branding- Susan’s career has been a generous mix of music, film production, digital media, marketing, branding, sales, business development and operations. She went from hanging out on music video sets with Sheryl Crow, Bryan Adams, Sinead O’Connor to a Lee Hunt Associates, a branding agency producing reels for cable’s up-fronts to dialing for dollars at a digital agency to launching her first company, Contagious Pictures. An entrepreneur at heart, she never looked back. Susan is a seasoned marketing and business strategist. Her passion for figuring stuff out, building cool things and helping others do the same led her to launch Drive-Thru Branding, with the goal of democratizing brand for entrepreneurs. Susan is also President of Women’s Entrepreneur Festival, leading the organization’s expansion efforts.
  9. Samira Salman is an attorney, entrepreneur, and seasoned problem solver. Her primary responsibility is as founder and CEO of Salman Solutions, a strategic planning and business development firm. Over the past 20 years, Samira has harnessed her out-of-the-box thinking and expertise in corporate and tax law to personally advise over 75 companies on a variety of business issues, build and sell over 30 businesses, and raise over $60+M in startup and growth capital. Using a proven formula she developed, Samira aligns companies’ and/or individuals’ visions, diagnoses and addresses shortcomings, and develops and helps implement strategies that guide people, businesses, and ventures to optimal levels of performance.
  10. Georgie-Ann Getton is a young woman who wears many hats! In her personal life, she has a family and is a senior at CUNY Baruch College. In her professional life, she is a serial entrepreneur, community builder, speaker, author and a Diversity in Tech Enthusiast. She is the founder of Illicit Mind Inc a company that creates and develops initiatives to enable the growth of Black and diverse entrepreneurs and techies. Some Illicit Mind initiatives include Ujamaathon andCaribbeans in Tech. At the moment she is at Startup Insititute New York as their Summer Events Associate. Her other roles include being the President of the Hack for Baruch Club and the Business Manger for Theater in Motion.
  11. Sergei Revzin is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Venture for America, where he runs the organization’s Summer Accelerator program for its Fellow founders. VFA seeks to revitalize emerging cities in the US through entrepreneurship with its competitive 2 year Fellowship program that sends talented recent graduates from all over the country to work at startups in cities like Detroit, Baltimore and Philadelphia. Prior to his role at VFA, Sergei was a cofounder at Tascit, a sales enablement software technology company, after spending 4 years in sales leadership roles at fast growing startups both in NYC and Boston.
  12. Bulbul Gupta is a Social Innovation Partnerships Specialist with 15 years of experience supporting growth-oriented enterprises with strategy advisory, public-private partnerships, innovative finance, and public policy. She is the former Head of Market-Based Approaches for the Clinton Global Initiative, where she worked with Fortune 500 and Global 3000 corporations, investors, non-profits, and governments on social entrepreneurship, impact investing, and sustainable supply chains. Bulbul serves as Board Chair of Upaya Social Ventures; Advisory Councils of the UNGC Global Sourcing Council, Open Road Alliance, and Cornerstone Capital Group, and advises select family offices, and accelerators on blended capital strategies, including CrowdBureau, Unreasonable Institute’s NY launch, Village Capital Inaugural FinTech NY, Echoing Green, and the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016. She serves as a Policy Advisor to the Hillary For America campaign 2016; and is a Visiting Lecturer at NYU University on Social Impact Investing & Financial Management of Social Enterprises
  13. Legal 101 Workshop-Richa is a partner in the corporate transactions practice group at Nixon Peabody LLP. She represents clients in corporate transactions and capital raises, including advising on exempt offerings under U.S. securities laws and cross-border transactions. Richa is a Co-Chair of the India Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law and heads the firm’s South Asia practice. She frequently represents early-stage social enterprises and acts as outside general counsel to startups. A frequent speaker on topics relating to crowdfunding and other fundraising for early-stage companies, Richa is also active in pro bono matters, and was one of the finalists for the 2015 TrustLaw Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year.
  14. Joseph Kushner is an New York based Entrepreneur, Angel Investor and Advisor. Through his firmTribeca Group, he actively invests in technology firms (via Tribeca Ventures) and also advises and develops technology firms (via Tribeca Foundry). Joseph focuses on early stage software, e-commerce/retail, mobile, enterprise and social impact focused businesses. Joseph’s most recent investments have been in Vespa Brooklyn,, Vespa Manhattan and Ampathy.Joseph was the Managing Partner for André Meyer Ventures for 10 years, specializing in venture capital and mergers and acquisitions. He developed the firm’s strategy to partner with leading technology integrators such as SAIC and Telcordia, (the former Bell Labs), to source and commercialize technologies built for government and military applications.
  15. Veronica Guzman (WAMVentures) graduated from New York University’s (NYU) Stern School of Business with dual concentrations in Finance & Accounting and advanced studies in Management & Marketing, studied at New York University’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy & Fundraising and NYU’s Center for Advanced Digital Applications. She earned her Certificate in Incubation Management with the National Business Incubation Association (now International Business Incubation Association).Veronica serves as an advisor, mentor, funding screener and speaker to entrepreneurs via NYU’s Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Astia, Founder Institute and Springboard Enterprises. In Silicon Valley, Veronica is engaged with the MIT Enterprise Forum’s San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (VLAB) Founders Series & Outreach Committees.Joseph Kushner is an New York based Entrepreneur, Angel Investor and Advisor. Through his firm
  16. Charlie O’Donnell is the sole Partner and Founder at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. The fund makes seed and pre-seed investments and was the first venture firm located in Brooklyn–where he was born and raised. Brooklyn Bridge invested in the first rounds of Canary, Orchard Platform, Tinybop, Hungryroot, Clubhouse, Ringly, and goTenna among others. He previously had investment roles at Union Square Ventures and First Round Capital. Charlie has a reputation for being early to identifying important companies. Nick Bilton identifies him as an influence on early Twitter investors in his book, Hatching Twitter. Dennis Crowley credits him as having helped kick off the first funding of Foursquare before other VCs had said yes. At First Round Capital, he sourced the firm’s investments in Singleplatform (sold to Constant Contact) and GroupMe (sold to Skype). Charlie discovered GroupMe at the hackathon where the service had been built. He also sourced investments in Backupify (which was an idea he had tweeted to the founder, a friend of his), chloe + isabel, and Refinery29.
  17. Funding 101-Elizabeth Galbut is the Founding Partner of two start-up venture capital firms, SoGal Ventures and A-Level Capital, which are collectively advisors and investors in 22 startups this year. Elizabeth’s favorite investment area is the intersection of smart design and machine learning/AI fueling major health tech innovation. Standouts in the portfolio include digital pathology standout Proscia, mobile health platform eMocha, smart air detector Birdi, lab research platform Nebulab, global health platform MORE Health, smart water bottle HidrateSpark, and mental health app Docz.
  18. Lisa Chau is a digital strategist with global marketing and public relations experience. She has been published in Forbes, US News & World Report as well as Huffington Post on TABLES: Technology – Academia – Business – Leadership – Entrepreneurship – Strategy. Her work includes profiling high level executives, successful entrepreneurs, established professors, distinguished creatives and award-winning authors. A Ted-Ed lesson creator, Lisa is also extremely involved with education, lecturing undergraduates and MBA candidates at The New School and Baruch College. At MIT, she taught a seven week summer course which covered the use of social media to enhance professional networking.Lisa currently works in communications and business development for Watertree Health in New York City by Grand Central.
  19. Danielle Muoio is a reporter for Business Insider’s consumer tech website Tech Insider. She writes about emerging technology like driverless cars, robotics, and artificial intelligence. She graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in English and history in May 2015. She was editor-in-chief of her student paper, The Chronicle, her junior year of Duke. You can find her on Twitter @muoiod.
  20. Christina Blacken is storyteller and content creator who started her career journey at a law firm and realized corporate hierarchy wasn’t her style, then moved onto work in the non-profit world, creating Facebook, Twitter, Email, Text messaging, and offline campaigns that inspired 300,000 young people to take action on issues like discrimination, poverty, health, and women’s rights. She’s worked with non-profits, political campaigns, and major brands to help them reach the communities they care about, while generating 2.3M in revenue for the companies she’s worked for. She’s also the creator of, an online platform that uses storytelling for advocacy with the goal of diversifying the conversations on creativity, innovation, and what it means to be a person of color
  21. Natasha Israni is a freelance television journalist with eighteen years of global experience. She reported, produced and edited for Reuters TV for over a decade, covering a wide gamut of topics, from environmental and economic issues to the United Nations. For over six years she served as a consultant correspondent for Times Now, India’s leading English television news network. Based out of New York, she was responsible for all their U.S. coverage, traveling widely across the country reporting stories. For Times Now, she focused on Indo-U.S. relations, breaking news and American politics. She has also written for India Today, The Times of India, The Economic Times, The American Bazaar, Khaleej Times and Global India Newswire. Currently, she’s working on the first draft of a fictional novel even as she continues to contribute to Times Now on a freelance basis.
  22. Press Media & Marketing Panel-Author and Investor, Kelly Hoey is a networking expert whose forthcoming book Build Your Dream Network is to be released in January 2017 by Tarcher Perigee. As a connector, and networking expert, Kelly has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“25 Smartest Women On Twitter”). She has a column on, blogs on and tweets frequently (@jkhoey). Co-founding a startup accelerator then an interim CMO role with an emerging tech company are part of her journey of reinvention as an author, influencer and investor. In addition to her portfolio of angel investments (Levo League, Hullabalu, Smigin, CloudPeeps,, she is an LP in two funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures) and an advisor to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. In addition to these professional pursuits, Kelly is the Chief Tech Ambassador for the YWCA of NYC’s Girls Geek Club.
  23. Product Development 101- Brandon Lipman-Platform & Content at RRE Ventures. Previously Growth DataRole. Editor of Startup & Venture Capital Medium Publication. Past Co-founder of 3DLT a site for 3D Printable physical and digital products.
  24. Product Development 101-Daniel Doubrovkine (aka dB.) is a seasoned entrepreneur and technologist, CTO in New York, working on bringing the art world online. He is a maintainer of multiple popular open-source projects, including Java Native Access, Ruby Grape,Hashie and the popular Slack Ruby client, bot and serverlibraries. Daniel graduated from University of Geneva in late 90s and founded and sold Vestris Inc., an early stage technology start-up right after college. He joined Microsoft as Development Lead, was Director at Visible Path, then Architect and Development Manager at Application Security.
  25. Customer Acquisition 101-Angela Lee is an educator & entrepreneur. As Assistant Dean at Columbia Business School, Angela is a highly rated professor of strategy, leadership and entrepreneurship. She is also the founder of 37 Angels, an angel network that invests in early stage startups and activates new women angels through a month long investing bootcamp. Angela is a sought-after expert on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and Fox Business and is regularly featured in media outlets such as Forbes, Huffington Post, and Fast Company. Entrepreneur Magazine recognized Angela as one of Six Innovative Women to Watch in 2015.
  26. Dr. Natapoff is President of Empire Global Ventures LLC, a firm that provides outsourced business development company. He has wide experience in international business development, economics, trade, and investment. As the founder and CEO of his own international economics and business-consulting firm for a decade, his clients included numerous private sector companies as well as Fortune 500 firms. Dr. Natapoff previously served as Senior Advisor to the Governor of New York State for International Commerce, Deputy Commissioner of NYS Department of Economic Development for International and Senior Vice President for International Economic Development for the Empire State Development Corporation. Dr. Natapoff has worked with multiple government agencies in five countries in the areas of international trade & investment, business development, and monetary policy. His experience includes positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce, the European Central Bank, the German Bundesbank, and the state of Massachusetts. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the United Nations Development Corporation and has published numerous articles on international economic issues, including international monetary policy, technology development, EU institutional development, as well as U.S. domestic politics.Dr. Natapoff received his B.A./M.A. in Modern History from Balliol College, Oxford University and his Ph.D in political science from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. He speaks French and German, and lives in New York with his wife and two children.
  27. Brian Antolin is a driven entrepreneur and consultant following his childhood love for transportation and travel. He is the Founder and CEO of CoTo Travel, a tour,event and transportation company that specializes in developing alternative mediums (tours and events) as networking activities, business conferences and educational workshops to connect people, resources and ideas. Recent initiatives include the launch of the Startup Tour series, introducing tech entrepreneurs to new startup communities and PitchSwap, an alternative format pitch night for early stage ventures.As a respected thought leader in public transportation, Brian’s research and commentaryhas been cited in numerous national publications including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Bloomberg and regional affiliates of National Public Radio. He regularly consults on projects for travel and transportation companies and co-authors a yearly study on intercity bus services with DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute.
  28. Ekaterina (Katya) Dorozhkina-Co-Founder, Managing Partner @ Starta Capital & Accelerator-Katya is an entrepreneur, economist and investor in startups. She is a published author of books and articles on business, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Katya started her marketing career at Nielsen. Later she improved her product and business development skills in different industries, such as pharmaceutical, IT and FinTech, working for Wall street companies. In 2009, she co-founded DenArt, her own company and worked with clients like Samsung, Casio, American Express, American Airlines, and others. With over 10 years of experience in both startup ecosystem and corporate world, Katya enjoys helping start-ups and entrepreneurs. In 2015, Katya joined Starta Capital VC fund as a Managing Partner and later that year launched Starta Accelerator. The fund invests in tech startups at seed and pre-seed stages. Starta Accelerator is New York City-based program that aims to empower international startups.
  29. Mike MacCombie is the Head of Special Projects at the Influencers, a community of more than 800 renowned entrepreneurs, Nobel Laureates, CEO’s of Fortune 500 Companies, high-profile investors, Editors-in-Chief of major publications, best-selling authors, celebrities, Olympians and members of royalty. Mike advises startups on how to build their communities of customers, partners, and investors using concepts of behavior science, specifically in the studies of influence and storytelling. He is also the founder of Evertrue Ventures, the Brown University alumni angel syndicate.
  30. Lynn is an accomplished leader in transactional law. With a focus on corporate finance and M&A, she has represented and counseled many notable companies in IT, financial services, manufacturing, energy and other industries from startup to sale, merger or dissolution. At DWT, Lynn works with a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers representing companies whose business models place them at the intersection of technology and the financial services, media, fashion or food and beverage industries. She admires her tech clients for their ability to influence the world and innovate. She is passionate about a future where more women run companies, and has a keen interest in lending her experience and contacts to advance women entrepreneurs. Lynn is the founder of WEB – Women Entrepreneurs Boot Camp, a day-long immersive program for early stage women-led companies. WEB is part of Project W, which is DWT’s commitment to helping women succeed. Lynn serves on the Board of Directors of many organizations, including the New York Tech Alliance, the organization recently formed through the merger of NY Tech Meetup and the New York Technology Council.
  31. Mina Salib- NYU Accelerator: Specialties: Strategy, product management, brand development, crisis management, product development, business models,deal structure, sales business, marketing,brand management, business development, consulting, brand life cycle, honest business practices
  32. Richa is a partner in the corporate transactions practice group at Nixon Peabody LLP. She represents clients in corporate transactions and capital raises, including advising on exempt offerings under U.S. securities laws and cross-border transactions. Richa is a Co-Chair of the India Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law and heads the firm’s South Asia practice. She frequently represents early-stage social enterprises and acts as outside general counsel to startups. A frequent speaker on topics relating to crowdfunding andother fundraising for early-stage companies, Richa is also active in pro bonomatters, and was one of the finalists for the 2015 TrustLaw Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year.
  33. Natasha Israni is a freelance television journalist with eighteen years of global experience. She reported, produced and edited for Reuters TV for over a decade, covering a wide gamut of topics, from environmental and economic issues to the United Nations. For over six years she served as a consultant correspondent for Times Now, India’s leading English television news network. Based out of New York, she was responsible for all their U.S. coverage, traveling widely across the country reporting stories. For Times Now, she focused on Indo-U.S. relations, breaking news and American politics. She has also written for India Today, The Times of India, The Economic Times, The American Bazaar, Khaleej Times and Global India Newswire. Currently, she’s working on the first draft of a fictional novel even as she continues to contribute to Times Now on a freelance basis.
  34. Lisa Wang is the cofounder of SheWorx, a global collective of 2000+ ambitious female entrepreneurs and changemakers redefining leadership. She is a 3x National Champion and U.S. Hall of Fame Gymnast. Previously she founded a food tech company incubated in Food-X, the world’s #1 food innovation accelerator. Lisa is a graduate of Yale University.
  35. Nsi is a serial entrepreneur, creative operator, and people gatherer. Formally trained as a mechanical and electrical engineer his experience spans over 10 years and half a dozen industries. Most recently, Nsi co-founded Alley, a creative real estate and workspace company based in NYC with 1000s of clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to transformative startups and entrepreneurs. Nsi is also an avid consultant, advisor, and mentor to various early stage startups in NYC, small businesses, and creative entrepreneurs. Nsi also serves on the board of directors for Minds Matter in NYC and on the advisory board for All Star Code. Both are non-profits that focus on equipping gifted underserved youth with tools and access to achieve success academically, career wise, and then some.
  36. Georgie-Ann Getton is a young woman who wears many hats! In her personal life, she has a family and is a senior at CUNY Baruch College. In her professional life, she is a serial entrepreneur, community builder, speaker, author and a Diversity in Tech Enthusiast. She is the founder of Illicit Mind Inc a company that creates and develops initiatives to enable the growth of Black and diverse entrepreneurs and techies. Some Illicit Mind initiatives include Ujamaathon andCaribbeans in Tech. At the moment she is at Startup Insititute New York as their Summer Events Associate. Her other roles include being the President of the Hack for Baruch Club and the Business Manger for Theater in Motion.
  37. Davida E. Arnold is an award winning speaker, strategic brand builder, client advocate, and community builder with an ear for women and girls’ stories. A serial entrepreneur who’s created successful game changers across a range of industries from hospitality to wellness, she’s now focused on helping clients thrive in the digital space. Her passion for creating amplification for those who are muted has lead her to create her newest company, a tech play, Girl Game Changer™. “This startup connects women to power.” Girlfriend style insights speak across across careers, ages, countries and stations of life, bringing content, community, resources and opportunities offline into real time with humor, insight and authority to create dynamic lives. “We have to focus on holistic entrepreneuralism in order to win this race. Wellness, self-care and wealth go hand in hand.” Philly born and Brooklyn raised, this French fluent multi-hyphenate has over a decade of experience across branding, communications, hosting and future-casting in a range of fields . She loves speaking on the intersectionality of culture, community and tech with budding entrepreneurs. “I’m thrilled to explore the gifts we have at our hands right now with those invested in building an amazing legacy. We all have to give back to build forward.” She lives with her two very tall and very hungry sons, lots of sneakers, oodles of books and two passports, each. “Travel and kids are my two greatest riches,” she laughs.Follow Davida on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, and the web: @davidaEArnold @GirlGameChanger for updates, events and speaker booking.

Boston Business Boot Camp Speakers: 

  1. Meaghan Corson empowers entrepreneurs and professionals to be even more confident and comfortable so they can attract their ideal clients with ease. She’s a Brand & Video Marketing Expert and founder of Flash22 Productions, where she uses her skills as a former CBS news reporter to bring out your authentic self in front of the camera. Meaghan speaks across the country on authenticity because she is passionate about serving others and showing that YOU are the key to your true success. Meaghan believes everyone has a story, and she looks forward to hearing and sharing yours.
  2. Jason Kraus -Prepare 4 VC founder; Equity Venture Partners Co-Founder; 3000+ connections–We live in an exciting time when new technology is changing our lives every day. Startups are solving problems many of us never even new we had and angel investors, venture capital funds, private equity firms and family offices are enabling these startups to scale quickly and effectively. Society becomes more advanced every year, and any one of us could develop the next life-changing idea.I help the startups of tomorrow raise funding today. If you need help writing a business plan, developing financial forecasts, preparing investor presentations, or other fundraising needs, please check out and contact me at
  3. Ebony Reed is credited with raising millions of dollars in new revenue for media companies, identifying new markets for media products and combining her background of journalism and editorial management with revenue generation to create unique, intraprenurial sales cultures. In June 2016, Reed joined the Boston Business Journal (ACBJ/Advance) as Executive Advertising Director. At 32, she was one of the youngest bureau chiefs for the Associated Press in the United States. In 2011, she placed as a global finalist in AP’s employee business plan competition with a mobile product. During her six years at AP, she also served as a national business development director and built a multi-million dollar commercial business (sales to non-media companies for research, competitive intelligence and metadata) for AP products and services in the local U.S. markets by working with two dozen AP sales professionals. In 2015, The Boston Business Journal named her among the top 40 business leaders under 40 in Boston. Prior to moving into media sales, Reed was a deputy metro editor at The Detroit News and oversaw 12 reporters and editors, created new policies to increase web traffic and frequently edited front page stories. As a reporter at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, her work received national recognition from Investigative Reporters & Editors when she examined social promotion and test scores in Cleveland public schools. Since August 2007, Reed has taught in the Missouri School of Journalism’s online master’s program with a focus on management. She has a Master of Arts with a focus in media management and a Bachelor of Journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism. She lives in a Boston suburb.
  4. Doug Fox, President-Brand Fox—-Passionate brand champion, roaring pink barbarian, motivating coach, Doug is a proven brand strategist with more than 20+ years experience successfully building and positioning global brands and businesses. He is especially adept at developing more customer centric value propositions, enabling clients to better connect with their customers.Doug specializes in taking really complicated offerings and simplifying them down to a very sharp point, addressing the targets pains/wants/needs/desires. This helps inspire great creative so companies connect with their audience emotionally, before converting them rationally. And enables them to get the most out of their channels, so they can penetrate the market deeply, efficiently and effectively.Doug’s experience includes technology, CPG, health care and financial services including Bose, T2 Biosystems, Timex, Lincoln Financial, Hasbro, Eliza Corporation, Hawaiian Tropic, Joslin Diabetes Center, Gillette, SAP, Foster Grant, Fidelity, Staples and McKinsey, among others.Doug is an active speaker and mentor in the local startup community in Boston. For several years, he’s been a team leader at MITXUp startup marketing hackathons at the various accelerators around town – MassChallenge, TechStars and iLab. Additionally, he has mentored two grand prize winners at MassChallenge – Voxel8 in 2014 and RailPod in 2013.
  5. Susan Musinsky – Executive Director, Social Innovation Forum–Susan has dedicated her career to building communities committed to creating social impact. As executive director of the Social Innovation Forum, she works to facilitate collaboration among leaders from nonprofits, philanthropy, government, and business to make progress on pressing social issues in Greater Boston. Under Susan’s leadership, the Social Innovation Forum has grown from a small volunteer initiative at Root Cause to a respected independent model for directing resources for solving social problems to the best available approaches. SIF leads this work through running two local accelerators; one focused on Social Innovators that has been operating for over 13 years, and a newer model focused on Impact Investing that is its fourth year. Since 2003, the Social Innovation Forum has worked with more than 99 Social Innovators and Impact Entrepreneurs in greater Boston and helped them to attract more than $24 million in cash and in-kind resources. Previously, Susan was executive director of the National Conference for Community and Justice’s (NCCJ) Boston office, which grew threefold under her leadership. She has participated on many local boards, including serving as past chair of Congregation Beth El’sTzedkah Hevra group, and as a founding member of the Watertown Community Foundation’s Board of Directors. Susan holds an Ed. M. from Harvard University, and a BS from the University of Vermont.
  6. Paul Varadian-Serial Entrepreneur, Strategist, Advisor, Investor: I specialize in advance algorithmic matchmaking for investors and start-ups, combining behavioral, prescriptive, and predicative analytics, sometimes AI. I vet deals for a wide range of investors including Family Trusts, Wealth Managers, Angels, and VC’s and have a continuous source of fantastic very early stage companies with brilliant ideas seeking funding. As well, I am a Parallel entrepreneur, senior mentor, and futurist, with strengths in business and marketing strategy, system dynamics, behavioral patterning, predictive and trend analytics, and knowing why people do what they do!, I have been involved in many start-ups and I spend a great deal of time mentoring and advising winning teams at Mass Challenge, Tech Advisors Network, MIT, WPI, Harvard, Babson, and many others.
  7. Christine Healy – National Events Director, Streetwise Media- Christine Healy is the National Events Director for Streetwise Media, the parent company of the local digital media and events publication, BostInno. She oversees the strategy, production, and promotion of all company events from custom meetups to pillar events for 2,000+ attendees. Christine started at Streetwise Media in 2013 as the DC publication’s event coordinator and joined the company’s national management team in April 2016. She is a graduate of the George Washington University where she earned a BBA with a concentration in Marketing and Event Management.
  8. Kit Pang is a Communication Expert, TEDx & Keynote Speaker and the Founder of BostonSpeaks. He empowers individuals and entrepreneurs to become exceptional speakers and communicators. Kit has worked with CEOs, popular authors, celebrities, TEDx speakers and people who are just darned scared of public speaking! Learn more about Kit and
  9. Inspired by life in villages to boardrooms, Joanne helps people & companies reinvent. Goal? The journey. Along the way, she enjoys mixing creativity, education, technology and international business in changing times to develop better positioning, growth, performance and brands for individuals and organizations. Currently a judge and mentor at MassChallenge and a partner at startup GreenMason, Joanne is finding that blend between neuroscience, cultural fit and assessment of skills development in career advancement. GreenMason develops programs and products that help you learn how to find rewarding jobs and build fulfilling careers. For more than 20 years, Joanne has led global cross-functional groups across multiple offices, achieved alignment with investor-backed acquisitions, built technology and management teams from scratch, led a career development team through a 250% expansion, lived in New Delhi to expand international operations, and grew early-stage educational businesses to scale-up organizations. Joanne is a certified career coach, has a master degree from Harvard, leadership certificate from MIT’s Sloan School, BA from Simmons and experience at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. She also appreciates every bruise earned as a competitive figure skater.

DC Business Boot Camp Speakers

  1. David Ochi is a persistent entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in early-stage companies having started his first enterprise at the age of 13. Since then, Mr. Ochi has started over a dozen companies in diverse industries such as fashion, technology, international distribution, startup incubation, clean tech, bio tech, mobile, social media and education. Mr. Ochi is the recipient of the 2011 Green For All Entrepreneurial Concept Award. He is the founder of the ANTrepreneur Center at the University of California, Irvine and is the founding Executive Director of the Blackstone Launchpad program at UCI. Mr. Ochi also utilized his experience to become an adjunct faculty member at the University of California, Irvine in 1999 and is an adjunct faculty member of both Saddleback and Irvine Valley Community Colleges. In 2007, he moved to Viet Nam for nearly two years helping Disney Consumer Products enter the Indochina market. He is a regular speaker at industry events throughout the US and Asia most notably on topics involving startup strategy and early stage funding. Mr. Ochi currently sits on the Board of Directors of a half-dozen companies and is actively involved in the growth of 7 early-stage companies. Mr. Ochi is also very actively involved in several charity and industry organizations including 7 organizations at UC Irvine, Tech Coast Venture Network (TCVN), and the Mobile Excellence Awards in Hollywood, CA. He is also the founding President of the MORE Foundation in Orange County, CA.
  2. Deputy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Operations; U.S. Department of Commerce; International Trade AdministrationAntwaun Griffin was appointed by President Obama to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Operations at the International Trade Administration (ITA) in May 2012. In this role, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the U.S. Commercial Service’s network of 108 U.S. Export Assistance Centers whose trade specialists work closely with U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide to help American businesses develop or fine-tune their global growth strategies. In addition, Antwaun plays a key role in shaping the Obama Administration’s trade promotion and economic policy; helping U.S. businesses increase exports, expand into new markets and compete globally. He collaborated in the design and lead of all U.S. government-wide efforts to implement the President’s National Export Initiative (NEI), leading to over $700 billion in increased exports since its launch in 2010. In this capacity, he plans and conducts strategic outreach to public and private sector organizations and stakeholders nationwide, enhancing awareness of exporting and inward investment as economic development tools. Prior to joining the ITA, he served as Senior Advisor at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) from 2009 through 2011. In this position, he helped implement the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; ensuring that policies, guidelines and operating procedures of SBA’s 114 district offices were aligned with the Obama Administration’s vision for helping small and medium-sized enterprisesweather the “great recession.” This was accomplished through increased access to capital, government contracts and entrepreneurial education for U.S. – based small businesses.
  3. Amanda Gant is a co-founder of Airmingo ( and a project manager for entrepreneurship programs at CRDF Global. She has worked with in-country partners to support technology entrepreneurship in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and South and Southeast Asia, organizing in-country startup boot camps, virtual mentorship programs, live entrepreneurship broadcasts, international virtual pitching sessions, and international venture competitions that have attracted over 500 applications. Amanda has long had the entrepreneurship spirit, selling bracelets on the beach of her hometown since middle school, an experience that led her to participate in communities that support entrepreneurship. Previously, Amanda has written on technology’s role in improving microfinance outreach in Kenya, and has developed international partnerships for professional development programs in Costa Rica and Panama, led five service-oriented ecotourism trips to Nicaragua, and worked at Georgetown University while she earned her master of public policy.
  4. Patrick Kirwan—DIRECTOR, TRADE PROMOTION COORDINATING COMMITTEE (TPCC) INTERNATIONAL TRADE ADMINISTRATION/ U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE. Mr. Kirwan is the Director of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Secretariat. In this capacity, he coordinates a network of 20 government agencies chaired by the Secretary of Commerce to develop and implement the National Export Strategy (a national government-wide strategy to improve federal trade promotion and finance programs to increase U.S. exports). He has focused specifically on improving the competitiveness of agency trade promotion programs, developing commercial strategies for key markets such as China and India, and improving federal/state cooperation on export promotion. Under the Obama Administration, the TPCC is charged with implementing major portions of the National Export Initiative. Mr. Kirwan is focusing on the NEI/NEXT milestones related to Doing Business in Africa, infrastructure, improving customer service, helping start-up companies go global, and supplying actionable information to U.S. companies. Previous senior positions Mr. Kirwan has help include Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Domestic Operations within the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, where he oversaw the operations of the 105 export assistance offices of the Department of Commerce located around the country, and Acting Director of Trade Promotion Programs where he was in charge of the Federal Government’s three main trade promotion programs- trade missions, domestic trade shows, and the overseas trade shows. Prior to assuming his current duties, Mr. Kirwan spent two years in the White House at the Domestic Policy Council working on a variety of trade-related issues. As part of the Executive Office of the President, Mr. Kirwan participated in the development of a number of long-term strategic trade initiatives in areas such as electronic commerce, export controls, international standards setting, trade finance, and China and Asia policy.
  5. Saleema Vellani has several years of strategy and project implementation experience working with startups and multinational companies worldwide. She has been consulting for international organizations such as the World Bank as well as fast-growing companies such as Upwork. She is also a certified life coach. Saleema has pioneered three ventures, all of which experienced successful exits, and has contributed to the launch of other startups. In her first venture, Saleema launched and led a language school in Rio de Janeiro, Casa do Caminho Language Centre, to financially support rural orphanages in Brazil, which earned seven figures in annual revenue within the first year. She then started up an online translation business which hit a six-figure cashflow within the first six months and also ran an e-commerce website selling WordPress themes, both of which she sold in 2012. Saleema holds a Master’s degree in International Economics and International Relations from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Development from McGill University. She has spent most of her professional life between Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Italy and the USA.
  6. Eric Hal Schwartz is a writer and journalist with over a decade of experience with expertise in science, technology and innovation communication. He has spent the last few years covering innovation in the Washington, D.C. region at DC Inno, with a focus on startup activity and tech policy at the local, state and federal level.
  7. Lisa Rabasca Roepe is a freelance journalist who writes about the culture of work, technology, personal finance, and the media. Her work has appeared in Fast Company, The Week, Daily Worth, Quartz, Men’s Journal and Eater.
  8. Andrew is the officer of Data Community DC, an umbrella org of 10 meetup groups in the area with about 16000+ unique members (comparable to DC Tech meetup), as well as a local activator for ACM, which has another 10 tech meetup groups, 1 per city across the US. Experienced startup technology lead and software architect in the fitness, food, and finance industries. Past and current work concentrates on backend architecture of intelligent systems through learning, recommendation,datadriven messaging, and payments subsystems. Past project work includes the Department of Defense and Department of Justice. Have mentored new developers.
  9. Girolama Bui is a changemaker passionate about social entrepreneurship and creating impact. Recently, he consulted with the Transformative Action Institute to train educators and entrepreneurs with TAI’s award winning social innovation curriculum. Girolama also co-founded the Youth Entrepreneurship Society in partnership with Opportunity Education Foundation to implement an experiential learning program for local high school youths in Maryland. Prior, he worked with Startup Maryland, coordinating marketing and business development efforts engaging startups in local communities across the state. In addition, he worked on the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Team at the United Nations Foundation where he aided in fundraising efforts and projects such as the MY World survey and the Global Accelerator conference hosted at the UN headquarters in NYC. Girolama has worked with the Health and Technology Team at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public to launch the Nutrients for All campaign to create momentum highlighting innovations around nutrition and health. As a Social Entrepreneurship Fellow at the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation Girolama aided in the creation and development of the CEPIA Community Center in Huacas, Costa Rica. He is a graduate of the College of William & Mary where he earned a degree in both Public Health and Biology.
  10. Radiance Harris is the founder and managing attorney of Radiance IP Law, an exclusively flat fee virtual law practice based in the Washington, DC area. She focuses her dynamic practice on trademark law, copyright law, advertising law, and business contracts and licensing. Prior to starting her solo practice, Radiance was an associate at DLA Piper and Kelly IP in Washington, DC, where she handled contentious and non-contentious matters in the areas of trademark law, copyright law, and advertising law for Fortune 200 companies across diverse industries.A frequent speaker and published author on intellectual property, branding, and business topics, Radiance has been recognized by clients, colleagues, and legal publications as an up-and-coming leader in the intellectual property field and the legal community both locally and nationally. Most recently, for the third consecutive year, she was selected as a 2016 Washington, DC Rising Star for Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers, which is an honor that only 2.5% of lawyers in Washington, DC receive.
  11. Forbes30Under30 Entrepreneur. Arad Malhotra is the co-founder of Skyless Game Studios, an organization that uses the power of video games as an active learning medium to drive social impact through engagement. Arad has been featured on the 2016 global Forbes 30 Under 30 list (for Games), is a recipient of the U.S government’s prestigious O-1A work visa(reserved for “Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement”) and is also a member of Transparency International’s exclusive network of global anti-corruption experts. As a part of his work at Skyless, Arad has been invited to speak at multiple local, national and international events such as the International Anti-Corruption Conference and has been covered by various major publications including Forbes, Huffington Post, VentureBeat,, Zee Business etc.
  12. Elen Awalom, Founder of The Ola Initiative is an organization dedicated to the advancement of Black, Latina and/or Indigenous (Native American, Pacific Islander) women in the technology industry.
  13. Grant Erhuanga is a certified Project Management Professional with over 15 years of experience in business development, real estate, leadership, and business process improvement. He currently works for the Department of Veteran Affairs where he serves as a Senior Management Analyst and Quality Control Manager. Grant manages over 100 projects nationwide and partners with public and private entities to meet the critical housing needs of our veterans through monitoring ongoing property management, procuring new properties, and ensuring current holdings meet the legal requirements for safe and secure housing for those who served.
  14. Earlier in his career, Grant worked with the Department of Housing and Urban Development as a Sr. Management and Budget Analyst. Apart from his time with the government, he has launched several companies, including a mortgage company prior to the global financial crisis as well as a startup radio station.
  15. Grant is currently a doctoral candidate at Rutgers University in Biomedical Informatics and holds a Master’s degree in Health Information Technology. His passions lie in mentoring entrepreneurs, youth empowerment, real estate investment, personal fitness, and travel.
  16. Barika Edwards is a social entrepreneur and the founder of OweYaa, a platform connecting growing companies with high caliber military talent. Barika recently celebrated her tenth year was a public media producer and she has a wealth of experience in nonprofit arts and communications. She most enjoys helping others create winning strategies to grow their business and their professional careers. Helping people actuate their passions and find meaning in work is one her most rewarding gifts and it’s at the heart of her work with OweYaa. Barika is also enjoys playing piccolo with a community band in Brooklyn. COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST – SOCIAL MEDIA, CONTENT STRATEGY, INBOUND MARKETING In addition to her eight years distinguished work in broadcasting, Barika is an exceptional Communication Strategist. She is a PR professional with specializations in Social Media Management, Content Strategy, Branding, and Inbound Marketing.

Sillicon Valley Business Boot Camp Speakers

  1. Debra Vernon is a corporate lawyer at DLA Piper who advises tech companies in Silicon Valley. She has represented notable emerging growth companies and investors for 20 years since attending law school at Stanford. Her practice centers on corporate formation, venture financings, mergers and acquisitions and public offerings, with an emphasis on cross border transactions which leverage DLA Piper’s global platform. DLA Piper has offices in over 30 countries and employs over 5,000 attorneys worldwide.She is the founder of LabGirls, a nonprofit committed to helping elementary school-age girls develop a lifelong passion for technology. She also is a member of the founding board of directors of Athena Alliance, an organization dedicated to increasing gender diversity on corporate boards. She was named a2016 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley Business Journal.
  2. Press & Marketing 101 Speaker Masha Drokova, entrepreneur and publicists with 12 years in PR.Masha started working at 15 years old, and until now, she has gained the experience of an entrepreneur and executive working in business, social and political projects across 50+ countries in Europe, Asia and Americas. She became the leader of the largest youth movement (100K+ participants) in Eastern Europe at the age of 17, and performed multiple social actions and projects while working with journalists as a spokesperson at that time. Later she founded her first business — social media and branding agency.Broadening her experience, Masha became interested in science, and kickstartered Russian Quantum Center, non-profit scientific institute. Then she continued her path in PR, working as the PR Director of Runa Capital venture fund, where she transformated an unknown VC firm into the most well-known and reputable VC fund with investments in Eastern European tech companies. At Runa Capital, she advised and helped more than 30 portfolio startups to launch their products, do PR, marketing, business development and HR. Later, as a Vice President, Masha led global communications for Acronis (data protection company with 700+ employees with over $200M annual revenue) where she ran PR activities across 18 countries managing dozens of agencies and million dollars budget. Masha Drokova, is on the Business Insider 50 Top PR list’s experiences has helped her to build her own international PR Studio, with offices in New York and Moscow, that focuses on emerging tech companies. As an angel investor, she is looking for perspective tech projects which help to improve life’s solving social and business problems. Masha is also a popular blogger with 60K+ followers.
  3. Funding 101 Speaker Daring mighty things, Brinkley Warren is a serial-entrepreneur and creative producer. He has launched and co-founded multiple companies in a wide-range of industries including innovation management, gaming and sports entertainment, music, advertising, robotics, genetics, mobile commerce, and artificial intelligence. Most recently Brinkley co-founded MegaBots, Inc. to launch an international sports league of giant, human-piloted robot combat that will accelerate innovation in the robotics industry, develop futuristic human/machine interfaces, and unite the world with a transmedia storytelling franchise that inspires the next generation of the maker movement, and that blurs the line between reality and augmented reality through unprecedented audience participation. Prior to MegaBots Brinkley was the CEO of a social gaming startup in New Zealand focused on sonic augmented reality.Brinkley is a frequent speaker on hacking global culture, the future, lean startup methodologies, the future of gaming & entertainment as well as applying exponentials to produce scalable positive impact. Brinkley also serves as an advisor to global leaders and companies who are seeking to create strategic impact and drive scalable disruptive innovation from the edge. His work has been featured by CNN, CNBC, Fast Company, NBC, Popular Science, Playboy, The Guardian, Top Gear, Discovery News, NPR, and the Wall Street Journal among others. Brinkley is an award-winning artist, a Fulbright scholar in the field of art and design, and holds both an MFA and an MA. He is also a graduate of Singularity University where he served first as a class speaker and later as a lean startup advisor to SU Labs and the Global Solutions Program. Early in his career Brinkley held positions at CNN, Discovery Channel, and Cabin Creek Films as a journalist, producer and documentary filmmaker. His first company was a music production startup in college where he had the opportunity to produce music for over 300 artists, including two grammy-award winners.
  4. Funding 101 Speaker Laina Raveendran Greene, Founder, Angels of Impact and GETIT Inc Laina Raveendran Greene is founder of GETIT Inc, an international business planning and strategic marketing consultancy based in Silicon Valley since 2000 and is co-founder of Angels of Impact ( an impact network focused on women social entrepreneurs. She is also Senior Adjunct Lecturer at the Strategy and Policy Department, Business School at NUS as well as Asst Director of the Asia Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Philantrophy. She also serves as Goodwill Ambassador for Unltd Indonesia and was formerly Senior Advisor to Ashoka in Indonesia. Her work experience spans 25 years in the telecom industry with a focus on Green ICT and bridging the digital divide in developing countries. Among some of her accomplishments, she has helped to shape Internet Policies in countries in Asia
  5. Branding 101 Speaker (Entrepreneur Spotlight) Kyle Silvestro, Founder and Chief Executive Officer SyTrue and Adjunct Facility Singularity University. Kyle Silvestro is a national thought leader in Clinical Natural Language Processing, Semantic Interoperability, Medical Informatics and the use of semantic technologies in healthcare. As of December 2012, Silvestro has been pioneering a new clinical analytics platform, branded as SyTrue. As CEO and founder of SyTrue, Silvestro is helping shape and change the healthcare industry, as we know it. This remarkable business and clinical intelligence platform has finally created a pathway enabling physicians to be proactive in providing necessary care while improving outcomes and patient satisfaction –by drawing from transcribed reports, EMR notes and multiple other sources in seconds, SyTrue permits insurance providers, health systems, physician groups, clinical research organizations and pharmaceutical companies to mine clinical date where earlier, only billing or EMR-keyed data was available. In the recent past, Silvestro has worked with leading healthcare organizations in the utilization and adoption of NLP for meaningful use, clinical research, computer assisted coding, interoperability, semantic search, and other healthcare-critical projects. Silvestro is a frequent speaker on the use of NLP and its role as a catalyst for enabling HIE adoption. For over a decade now, Silvestro has worked alongside industry leaders in transcription, quality, revenue cycle management, interoperability, computer-assisted coding, electronic medical records, and in the adoption of Clinical NLP.
  6. Branding 101 Speaker (Building Relationships) Monica Phillips is a Client Development Executive at DLA Piper, a leading global law firm. She has a passion for technology and women’s leadership and 18 years of experience developing and executing strategic initiatives to help organizations identify and expand successful lines of business and strengthen client relationships. As a certified professional co-active coach, she has proven success working with corporate executives and entrepreneurs on team culture, business growth, and strategy. She mentors entrepreneurs and the start-up community through Draper University, Founder Institute, Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, RocketSpace, and as a founding coach of The Coaching Fellowship.She is the host of a weekly radio show/podcast, Powerful Conversations, featuring interviews with thought-leaders from across industries. Follow her @bodegabay1 or connect on LinkedIn.
  7. Branding 101 Speaker (Entrepreneur Spotlight) Michiel Rauws is the co-founder and chief executive officer of X2AI, after gaining experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, risk insurance, and innovation working for a variety of companies, including IBM and Marsh and McLennan. X2AI’s mission is to provide affordable, quality mental healthcare, regardless of income or location. One of their most well known projects aims at providing free psychological support to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Our work for refugees in Lebanon was covered over here in The Guardian, on BusinessInsider, and on video by Reuters.
  8. Anitha Vadavatha is a global strategist, innovation & partnerships architect, and an entrepreneur. She is the founder of Misu Labs, an innovation & growth company, and has had a checkered career with 15+ years in management consulting & industry, working for global corporations and startups. Anitha is deeply engaged with community & social impact organizations on entrepreneurship, technology & international affairs. In Silicon Valley, she is a mentor at GSV Labs, co-Leads XPRIZE San Francisco Think Tank (meet up) & is a core volunteer (Executive Director) at Code For India. Prior to that, she was Head of global partnerships at Women@TheFrontier and mentored on ‘startup development’ for TiE Atlanta SocialX/TYE programs. She was a founding Chairwoman & advisory council member of Young Leaders of World Affairs Council of Atlanta. Anitha designed, led & moderated topical conferences on International Strategy for BRICS & frontier markets, Globalization & emerging markets, Executive Leadership & Global Outsourcing; along with serving as Managing Editor of ICA Institute’s economic sectoral outlooks. She is a recipient of Outstanding Leadership award from World Affairs Council of Atlanta and was nominated for ABC 40 under 40 of Atlanta, GA.
  9. Scott has spent the last 20 years building and selling technology products, leading three Silicon Valley startups each to their first millions in revenue. Now with SalesQualia, Scott works with startups across the world, helping them grow their sales faster. His clients include enterprise SaaS, analytics, consulting, and food product companies across the higher education, FinTech, retail and food services industries. He is top writer on Quora and the author of two books – “Startup Selling: How to sell if you really, really have to and don’t know how” and “52 Sales Questions Answered.” His next book is scheduled to publish in Fall 2016.Outside of work, Scott is an accomplished endurance athlete as a three-time Ironman, ultra marathon runner and marathon swimmer. He lives in Davis, CA with his wife and son. Scott lives in Davis, CA with his wife and son.
  10. Mark E. Sackett has no plans to sit still anytime soon. He owns 13 related creative businesses, lives between San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, and thrives on being inventive daily as he works in Entertainment, Media, Branding, Advertising, Print, Packaging, Identity, Graphic Design, Interactive/On-Line and Website Design, Film Production, Music, Concert Production/Events, and Television. He has been an award-winning Designer/Director/Producer for over 31 years with more than 1000 awards to his credit. Mark consults with CEOs, Venture Capitalists, Brand Owners, and Entrepreneurs around the world to grow their brands, investments, companies, and profits.As a Director/Producer/Art Director, award-winning Graphic Designer and President of The Idea Stone and Reflectur, he is widely published and is a well-known public speaker. As the Founder of Brainfood Creative Programs, he is a thought leader who helps people live more creative lives by teaching them about what he calls “Left of Center Thinking” through his one-on-one and team “Brainfood” trainings and seminars worldwide. Brainfood Creative Programs also produces “The Art of Active Networking” worldwide as a way to help entrepreneurs, business people and individuals make stronger, deeper connections using social media and the power of genuine relationships. Mark also has his own radio show called BrainfoodUSA–Living a Creative Life! As Creator and Founder of The Box SF he produces social networking events, speakers series, seminars, concerts, food and wine events—bringing artists and businesses together into a collaborative, engaging space in his San Francisco studios. His film studio, Articulation Films, produces films with 2–10 million dollar budgets and his recording label, Republic of Sound, helps singers and songwriters get their music to the masses through beautiful production and extraordinary branding and marketing