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ATHENA Women's Entrepreneurship Summit
Presented by the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Marshall School of Business and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
The theme for this year is “The Power of Women Leaders.” Panels and speakers will demonstrate what it means to be a leader while building ventures and leveling the playing field to advance women in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
ATHENA brings together a dynamic group of founders, investors, and thought leaders around conversations and issues that matter to entrepreneurs at all stages. The mission of ATHENA is to increase female founders, work with women investors, and provide opportunities for capital, mentoring, and networking.
Thursday, March 21:00 - 6:00PUSC Town & Gown
NOTE: Registration closes Tuesday, February 28th at 5:00P
1:00 — OPENING
1:10 — Welcome
1:35 — THE ENTREPRENEUR'S JOURNEY: THE POWER OF PARTNERSHIPS
Lauren Santo Domingo, Chief Brand Officer at Moda Operandi, and Tony Florence, Managing General Partner at New Enterprise Associates, join moderator Dean Willow Bay.
2:10 — POWERFUL PIVOTS: YOUR RISE TO LEADERSHIP
Moderator Sabrina Garba leads a conversation with Cris Patwa of Enroot Organics, Ellen Chung of Mendocino Farms and Candace Nelson, Pizzana and Sprinkles Cupcakes Founder.
2:50 — Break
3:30 — WHEN WOMEN LEAD: NEW APPROACHES TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Melissa Hanna of Mahmee and Kim Taylor of Cluster are joined by moderator CNBC Senior Media + Tech Coorespondent Julia Boorstin.
4:10 — Closing
4:30 - 6:00 — Networking Reception
THE ENTREPRENEUR'S JOURNEY: THE POWER OF PARTNERSHIPS
Lauren Santo Domingo is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Moda Operandi, the luxury women's fashion ecommerce platform. A former American Vogue editor, Lauren set out to create a place where women from all corners of the globe could shop designers' complete runway collections – a benefit only offered to editors or stylists at the time.
Tony is a General Partner and head of NEA's technology investing practice, which is typically two thirds of NEA's funds. Tony focuses on investments in the software and internet sectors with emphasis on SaaS and marketplace ecommerce companies. In addition, he is actively involved in NEA’s investing activities in China and Europe.
A broadcast journalist, media pioneer and digital communication leader, Willow Bay is the dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. The first female dean of USC Annenberg, Bay oversees more than 200 faculty and staff, and more than 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students across the fields of communication, journalism, public relations and public diplomacy.
POWERFUL PIVOTS: YOUR RISE TO LEADERSHIP
As an entrepreneur for over 15 years, Cris is the CEO of Enroot, the organic non-alcoholic beverages she founded alongside Brad Pitt and John Fogelman and in partnership with the James Beard Foundation and 12 award-winning chefs. As a certified B Corp, Enroot is a female-led team who gives back to the Foundation’s programs for women in food.
Since stepping down from the “day to day” of running Mendocino Farms, a premium fast casual gourmet sandwich and salad concept that she founded in 2005, Ellen has focused her time, energy and passion supporting female and minority founded businesses. Ellen is using her twenty years of experience growing food brands to help early-stage founders understand their purpose, operationalize their values, get the resources they need and hopefully avoid some of the mistakes she made.
Candace Nelson is a serial entrepreneur, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Wall Street Journal contributor and an expert in turning one’s passion into a profitable business. Her debut book, The Sprinkles Baking Book: 100 Secret Recipes from Candace’s Kitchen was a New York Times Bestseller and her book on entrepreneurship, Sweet Success: A Simple Recipe for Turning Your Passion Into Profit published by HarperCollins Leadership on November 8, 2022 is a Wall Street Journal bestseller.
Sabrina K. Garba is a respected executive strategist and business psychologist focused on culture, communications, and organizational strategy. Sabrina is passionate about creating environments that help people reach their highest potential by incorporating core business principles with leadership and learning and development.
WHEN WOMEN LEAD: NEW APPROACHES TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Melissa Hanna, JD, MBA, is co-founder and CEO of Mahmee, an integrated care delivery platform for maternal and infant health that connects new and expecting parents, independent providers, and enterprise healthcare organizations to ensure access to comprehensive healthcare for moms and babies everywhere.
Kim is Founder & CEO of Cluster, the first labor marketplace for hardware companies to hire mechanical and electrical engineers. Cluster works with America’s top OEMs, electric vehicle, aerospace and hardware companies.
Julia Boorstin is CNBC’s Senior Media & Tech Correspondent and has been an on-air reporter for the network since 2006. She also plays a central role on CNBC’s bicoastal tech-focused program “TechCheck” delivering reporting, analysis, and CEO interviews.
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