Conquer New Territories
“The first man on Mars will be a woman”
April 21 2017 8:30 am
4 pm

Metropolitan West NewYork
@WinforumNY

Speakers

Anousheh Ansari
Anousheh Ansari
Prodea Systems
Co-Founder, Chairwoman, and CEO
Dr. Anousheh Ansari is a Co-Founder, Chairwoman, and CEO of Prodea Systems. On September 18, 2006, Anousheh Ansari captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. Anousheh earned a place in history as the fourth private explorer to visit space and the first astronaut of Iranian descent.
Anousheh is a UNESCO Good Will Ambassador and serves on the board of several not-for-profit organizations focused on STEM education and youth empowerment. She has received multiple honors, including the World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and STEM Leadership Hall of Fame.
Justina Bakutyte
Justina Bakutyte
Konbini
Senior Editor
Justina Bakutyte is a Lithuania-born, New York-based writer, and editor with over five years of experience. Prior to Konbini, she worked with Ashton Kutcher’s media startup A Plus, globally-renowned arts blog Bored Panda and other publications. Her main focus is original and engaging content and the prospects of visual storytelling.
Ayah Bdeir
Ayah Bdeir
Little Bits
Founder & CEO
Ayah Bdeir is an engineer, interactive artist and one of the leaders of the open source hardware movement. Bdeir’s career has centered on advancing open hardware to make education and innovation more accessible to people around the world. She is the founder and CEO of littleBits, an award-winning platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that is empowering everyone to create inventions, large and small, named one of the 50 smartest companies in 2016 by MIT Technology Review. Previously she was the co-founder of the Open Hardware Summit, a TED Senior Fellow and an alumna of the MIT Media Lab. Bdeir has a degree in Media Arts and Sciences from the Computing Culture Group at the MIT Media Lab, and before that she obtained undergraduate degrees in Computer Engineering and Sociology from the American University of Beirut.
Ayah now lives in New York City.
Jenna Blaha
Jenna Blaha
Marie-Claire
Founding Editor of
Technology Coverage
Jenna is the founding editor of technology coverage for Marie Claire magazine, where she now oversees the content for both the print and digital platforms. At the nexus of fashion, beauty, and technology, Jenna is a thought leader in how these industries come together. One of her many achievements includes being one of the first in the fashion industry to bring tech to the pages of the publication and to connect the dots between these worlds.
Bob Bland
Bob Bland
Manufacture New York, Founder & CEO and Women's March, Co-chair
Bob Bland is one of the Founders + National Co-Chairs of the Women's March on Washington. A first time activist and organizer, she is proud mother to 2 young daughters. She is also the CEO of Manufacture New York, a social enterprise that is rethinking the fashion ecosystem. An international speaker + advocate for domestic manufacturing, ethical supply chains and design entrepreneurship education, Ms. Bland has presented MNY as a case study throughout the United States and the world.
Leslie Blodgett
Leslie Blodgett
Bareminerals
Founder
Recognized in 2014 as the first female recipient of WWD Beauty Inc.’s “Visionary of the Year Award” and lauded by Inc. Magazine as one of the “Top Entrepreneurs of the Decade: 2000-2009,” Leslie Blodgett has earned her influential position as a beauty industry pioneer through a 22-year tenure at Bare Escentuals, redefining the norm for a beauty company and transforming the global beauty brand into one of beauty’s biggest success stories in history. Through her trademark leadership style— including spearheading beauty’s first social brand—she trailblazed a new age of direct selling, pioneered unconventional marketing tactics, and invented the idea of community with her irrefutable bond with women around the globe.
In 2006, Blodgett took the company public in one of the largest cosmetic IPO’s in the last decade. Just four years later, in 2010, Shiseido, the Japan-based leading cosmetics company, acquired Bare Escentuals for $1.8 billion making it one of the largest cosmetic mergers in history.
In 2014 Blodgett was named one of ‘Beauty’s Big Ten’ by WWD Beauty Inc. In October 2013, Blodgett was recognized for her accomplishments by Fashion Group International (FGI) and received the Star Honoree Award for Beauty. In 2012, Blodgett received Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. . Blodgett serves on the board of directors at Stella & Dot, Maternal Health Organization, Every Mother Counts and SPANX Board of Advisors. She is an angel investor, advisor and Philanthropist.
Andrea Blankmeyer
Andrea Blankmeyer
SoFi, VP Finance and Corporate Development
Andrea is Vice President of Finance and Corporate Development at SoFi, an online personal finance company taking a radical approach to lending, wealth management and insurance. In her role, Andrea is responsible for treasury and liquidity management, FP&A, corporate development, and institutional investor relations. She's been with SoFi since June 2015, when she joined the company as Director of Strategy and Business Operations. Before SoFi, Andrea was at the private equity firm Hellman & Friedman, where she focused on the financial services and technology sectors. Previously, she worked as a consultant at Bain & Company in New York. Andrea graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Economics and East Asian Studies from Harvard University.
Celine Christory
Celine Christory
Entrepreneur
12th-grade student at the LFNY
I am a Franco-Swiss-American 12th-grade student at the LFNY. I’m the eldest of four children. I’ve always been passionate about STEM and innovation. In 9th grade, I started to learn code and throughout high school, I participated in TYE, a program that teaches students how to be entrepreneurs and build their own startups. With my team, Ward Inc, we won the New York Chapter. We are currently working on building a prototype.
Leslie Cohen
Leslie Cohen
XRC Labs
Executive Director
Leslie serves as the Executive Director of XRC Labs. She joined XRC after an impressive career at Sony Music, building and launching technology-based products and formats, ranging from DVD to a music e-commerce site.
She also ran a consulting business, providing business development, product evaluation and marketing and digital strategy services to start-ups in Music, Healthcare, and Education. Leslie provides pro-bono consulting for non-profits in the social services and arts sectors and serves on non-profit boards.
Leslie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School of Communications and an MBA from Yale University School of Management.
TeLisa Daughtry
TeLisa Daughtry
FlyTechnista
Founder & Full-Stack developer
TeLisa Daughtry—is a social entrepreneur, developer, designer, dot-connector, disruptor, and S.T.E.A.M. advocate. She is the Founder & CEO of FlyTechnista & STEEAMnista; both initiatives have been in partnership with The White House in 2016.
In 2016, she was recognized as a ‘Changemaker’ by The United State of Women; and has been listed ‘Top 50 Visionary Women in Tech to Watch in 2017’ by Innov8tiv Magazine. She is a Google Women Techmaker; a Next Step Advisor to Women@Forbes; and a mentor.
Marine de Boucaud
Marine de Boucaud
AXA US
Chief Human Ressources Officer and Senior Executive Committee Member
Marine de Boucaud has over 20 years of experience as a Human Resources professional. Prior to her role as Chief Human Resources officer and Executive Committee member at AXA US, Marine held a similar role at AXA France, where she was the first woman to serve on the Executive Committee. She began her AXA career in 2010 as head of Talent Management.
Marine believes in shifting from classic training techniques to digital ones, including the use of “gamification,” which enables faster and more interactive ways of learning. She piloted the practice of feedback to drive culture change and development, and she was among the pioneers behind the popular Do You Speak Digital platform.
Past employers include: BNP Paribas (Banexi) in Frankfurt, Germany; Jouve & Associés, a Paris-based international boutique search firm; and Korn/Ferry International, where she spent over 10 years between New York and Paris. Marine graduated from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, and attended the INSEAD’s Young Manager Program in Fontainebleau, France.
Carly-Ann Fergus
Carly-Ann Fergus
XRC Labs
Program Director
Carly-Ann Fergus is the Program Director at retail tech accelerator XRC Labs. With a multifaceted career journey in the fashion industry, her work experience spans a range of established companies such as Tommy Hilfiger and Saks 5th Avenue to startup brands such as Nahm. She spearheaded the launch of emerging New York-based women's ready-to-wear brand Romeo Hunte and served as the Director of Operations, before re-entering academia to pursue her MA in Fashion Studies, with a focus on Strategic Design and Management at Parsons. Her thesis research chronicles the rise of New York City as a leading global fashion capital and analyzes the issues that stem from the lack of access to resources for its rising community of emerging talent. She strives to become a leading voice for innovation and change in the fashion industry.
Carly-Ann is a proud member of the Fashion Group International, a 2016 Honorary Parsons Alumni Committee member, Associate Board Member of the Opportunity Network and Co- founder of the award winning Fashion & Diversity series at the New School.
Jenny Fielding
Jenny Fielding
Techstars
Managing Director
Jenny Fielding is a Managing Director at Techstars, where she leads both the Fintech and Internet of Things Accelerators in NYC. Prior to joining Techstars, Jenny headed up corporate venture and digital innovation at BBC Worldwide where she made strategic investments and led business development deals. She has also started several companies, most notably Switch-Mobile, a mobile VoIP company that was acquired. She began her career as a lawyer. You can find Jenny somewhere between NYC, London, and San Francisco.
Kellie Gerardi
Kellie Gerardi
Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Science Communicator
Kellie Gerardi is an aerospace and defense professional who has supported a number of commercial spaceflight companies and government agencies as a business development and communications strategist. A popular science communicator and Mars enthusiast, Kellie has appeared across television shows and publications such as ABC's “The View”, “Nightline”, the New York Times, Popular Mechanics, and Vogue. She served on Crew 149 at the Mars Desert Research Station, a prototype laboratory used by space agencies and scientists to simulate life on Mars.
Georgette Geller
Georgette Geller
AXA Advisors
ChFC, CLU
Executive Vice President
As a motivated woman within the financial industry, Georgette strives to empower others to achieve success in their business careers. In order to achieve this goal Georgette formed the AXA Women's Leadership Council, hosts educational seminars and speaks at both national and international industry events; all in addition to her duties as an Executive Vice President. As a working mother with four kids (Adam 15, Julia 11, Kate 7, Jack 6), Georgette is passionate about educating people on how to achieve their financial goals. With more than 25 years of professional experience in the industry, Georgette Geller has been successfully providing superior financial services to her clients. Georgette grew her career with AXA from a telemarketer to a financial sales associate. Then, after just four years, she was promoted to Divisional Vice President and ultimately to her current position as Executive Vice President of the Connecticut Branch. She leads her team to focus on forward-thinking, innovative and customized financial planning and recently Onwallstreet awarded Georgette as one of the Top 100 Leading Branch Manager’s Nationwide.
Leah Gilliam
Leah Gilliam
Girls Who Code
VP of Innovation, Strategy & Innovation
Leah Gilliam is the VP of Education, Strategy & Innovation at Girls Who Code. In her almost twenty years in the field, Gilliam has channeled her lifelong fascination with systems and how things work into a diverse career at the intersection of learning and technology. Gilliam has consistently focused on issues of equity, opportunity, and participation—whether launching a game-design laboratory in a NYC public school, helping to embed and spread new tools and practices at Mozilla Foundation or designing new innovative products at Girls Who Code.
Kirsten Gillibrand
Kirsten Gillibrand
USA Government
US Senator NY
As the mother of two young children, Senator Gillibrand knows that working families are struggling in this difficult economy and has a legislative agenda that puts middle class and working families first. As a champion for the economic empowerment of women & working families, Senator Gillibrand has proposed her Opportunity Agenda to re-write the rules of the workplace to ensure that every working woman has the ability to remain in the workforce and earn her full economic potential. This agenda includes providing paid family & medical leave, raising the minimum wage, making quality child care affordable, creating universal pre-K, and ensuring equal pay for equal work. Gillibrand's FAMILY Act would create a national paid leave program for all workers for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a week per employee.
Sadia Halim
Sadia Halim
BNP Paribas, Head of CIB Americas Innovation
Sadia Halim has been with BNP Paribas for almost 6 years and was recently appointed Head of CIB Americas Innovation. She has 17 years of experience in the financial industry across research, asset management, and banking. She started her Wall Street career in Equity Research at Bank of America. In 2004, she joined ABN AMRO's Financial Institutions coverage team with a particular focus on banks and specialty finance. In 2009, she moved to the FIG coverage group at BlackRock where she was responsible for originating 3rd party investment management mandates from Banks and Insurers. She then joined BNP Paribas in 2011, as a Senior Banker in the Financial Institutions Client Coverage Group based in NY with responsibility for a portfolio of banks and finance companies. Within FIC she focused on relationship management, client strategies, industry issues, and product development. In her role she looked across regions and products, delivering the full BNP Paribas platform to U.S. financial institutions.
Over the last year Sadia has been actively involved with the Americas Innovation Board and is the sponsor for the Blockchain workgroup.
She is a CFA charterholder and a member of NYSSA, as well as a member of the New York Academy of Sciences. Additionally, she is a member of the Executive Committee of the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of NYC.
Sadia is a board member of Biobus, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Mike Healy
Mike Healy
AXA US
Senior Executive Director & CIO
Michael Healy is executive vice president and chief information officer of AXA Financial, Inc. He is also senior executive director and chief information officer of AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company and a member of the company’s Executive Committee. He is responsible for the company’s Information Technology function, directing all systems strategy and delivery, including infrastructure, application development, corporate architecture and electronic commerce.
Mr. Healy manages a team of more than 400 IT professionals in the U.S., as well as offshore resources under alternative sourcing arrangements. He also has overall management for the AXA US relationship with AXA Technology Services, which provides global technology infrastructure service and support to AXA Group.
Prior to his appointment as chief information officer in 2010, Mr. Healy served as chief operations officer, responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the AXA US IT organization. These functions included Vendor Management, Audit & Compliance, Resource Management, Centers of Excellence development and implementation as well as Program Office responsibilities. In that role, he also led the team responsible for the successful 2009 appraisal of AXA US as a Level III CMMI organization.
Before joining AXA in 2006, Mr. Healy served as a senior vice president at Marsh & McLennan, where he led the global IT program office. He also previously served as a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, focused on defining IT strategy and implementing strategic projects for fortune 500 clients.
Mr. Healy holds a Bachelor of Science and an MBA from St. John's University.
Amanda 	Hesser
Amanda Hesser
Food52
Co-Founder
Amanda Hesser is the co-founder of Food52 and was previously a writer and editor at the New York Times. She wrote the award-winning books Cooking for Mr. Latte, The Cook and the Gardener, and The Essential New York Times Cookbook, and edited the collection Eat, Memory. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and twins.
Kelly Hoey
Kelly Hoey
Author of "Build Your Dream Network"
Kelly is the author of Build Your Dream Network (2017 / Tarcher Perigee). Her career is one of reinvention. She's networked her way from law into startups to appearing on CNBC's Power Pitch to making Fast Company's list of the smartest women on Twitter to publishing her first book.
Marta Jamrozik
Marta Jamrozik
Claire
Co-Founder at Claire | Forbes 30 Under 30
Marta is an expert in product and price testing. She created the Strategic Pricing department at Mondelēz (a Fortune 100 CPG company) which was responsible for new product introductions and pricing across 165 countries. Prior to Mondelez, Marta worked in management consulting at Bain & Company, and was getting her MBA at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business before dropping out to work full-time on Claire.
Aurelie Jean
Aurelie Jean
In Silico Veritas, LLC / Bloomberg, LP
Computational Scientist CEO
& Senior Software Developer
After 5 years of research in computational biomechanics at MIT, Aurélie is now a software developer at Bloomberg. As a Role Model, Aurélie envisions mathematics and coding as mean to empower women. Aurélie wants also everyone to become power-users of the new technologies. To this end, Aurélie created In Silico Veritas to decrease the gender gap in Tech and to communicate about new technologies and sciences. In Silico Veritas guides companies to embrace the digital-analytic transformation, and to improve their diversity.
Greg Jeanmonod
Greg Jeanmonod
47eme Rue,
Founder Coach and Facilitator
Grégoire Jeanmonod comes from Paris, France. After studies in literature and fine arts, he became a journalist, both for television and written press, specialized in art history. After having published a book entitled ‘10 paintings and their story’, he created in 2013 his own company named ‘47ème rue’ (i.e. ‘47th street’, in tribute to Andy Warhol’s New York Factory), which purpose is to build bridges between art history and the business world.
French journalist for both television and written press, specialized in fine arts, Grégoire Jeanmonod wanted to democratize art history. He first wrote and published a book entitled ‘10 paintings and their story’ in 2009. Strong of this achievement, he decided in 2013 to create his own company ‘47ème Rue’ (‘47th street’, in tribute to Andy Warhol’s New York Factory) to share his passion for art history and build bridges between two different worlds: fine arts & business.
Sarah Kauss
Sarah Kauss
S'well, Founder & CEO
Sarah Kauss is the Founder and CEO of S’well, the fashionable, reusable beverage bottle company that gives back. A former tax consultant and international real estate developer, Sarah married her passion for fashion, hydration and philanthropy when she launched S’well in 2010.
Athar Khan
Athar Khan
Delta Airlines
Director of Financial Services
Aviation executive with over 25 years of broad experience in all aspects of general management and sales development in the US, Caribbean, EMEA and Asia/Pacific. Athar Khan has a great combination of leadership in Sales, Business Development, customer relationships and opening up new markets in emerging economies. Athar has a proven track record in delivering substantial results from developing and implementing team, customer and market strategies. He has both global and single market experience which he has honed over many years of working in a matrix environment, leveraging people and process to deliver outstanding results. He has a reputation for energizing organizations, developing and promoting talent, driving results and developing winning strategies.
Katherine King
Katherine King
Invisible Culture
Intercultural Management Consultant
Katherine King, Founder of Invisible Culture, is an agent of personal and organizational change. She facilitates achievement of success by leveraging cultural differences as an advantage to workplace effectiveness. Her mission is to equip people with Tools Not Rules, to better fulfill their potential across cultures.
She started her work as Intercultural Management Consultant for Fortune 500 companies in 2000 in Singapore. She trains across all cultures, but specializes in Indian and American workplace dynamics across a broad range of industries.
Jeffrey Kluger
Jeffrey Kluger
TIME Magazine
Senior Writer
Jeffrey Kluger is Editor at Large for TIME magazine and TIME.com, overseeing coverage of science and human behavior. He is the author of nine books, including Apollo 13, upon which the 1995 movie was based, and two novels for young adults. His newest book is Apollo 8, which will be published in May 2017.
Linda Kozlowski
Linda Kozlowski
Etsy, Inc
COO
Linda is Etsy’s COO, bringing more than 20 years of experience in operations, international marketing, business development, public relations, and customer service.
Prior to joining Etsy in 2016, Linda was COO of Evernote, where she oversaw worldwide operations, and led cross-functional teams in offices across 7 countries. Previously, Linda was based out of Hong Kong and led global marketing, business development, and customer service for Alibaba.com. She has also held leadership positions in communications firms including Fleishman-Hillard, Text 100, and Schwartz Communications.
Barbara LaRocca
Barbara LaRocca
Nespresso USA, Vice President of Customer Experience
Barbara has been on the Executive Leadership team since joining the company in April 2002. A strong advocate for women in leadership, Barbara’s Direct Reports include 75% women. Barbara’s main responsibility is to deliver a consistent, connected experience across multiple customer service touchpoints and oversees the Omni Quality & Training team, Omni Operations Team, multiple Customer Relationship Centers and Retail Expansion & Development team. The main focus is on retention through strong service and sales interactions, efficient operations and customer acquisition through new services. She is a member of AWE, Advancing Women Executives. Prior to Nespresso, Barbara worked 14 years for Swissair, where she held many different roles in
service, sales and marketing. Barbara appreciates her work-life balance and
spends time with her family attending ice hockey games and traveling
throughout Europe and the US.
Adi Levanon
Adi Levanon
Symmetrical Ventures
Venture Partner
I'm an American-born Israeli hybrid who has lived in the Silicon Valley, NYC and Israel. Before moving to NYC, I was involved in the Israeli high-tech and venture capital ecosystem for over 10 years, with a myriad of experience on both the investment side along with business and legal operations.
Currently I am Venture Partner at Symmetrical Ventures, a privately-held investment fund that provides strong expertise in the financial services, B2C, digital media and eCommerce industries. We invest in early stage startups where we think we can be helpful, along with certain venture capital funds as a limited partner investor.
I have a crazy passion for anything technical (I am not a developer or engineer but I get the lingo), I am constantly curious, love learning about new industries and working with game-changing businesses.
Laz Martinez
Laz Martinez
VP Human Ressources, Nespresso USA
Laz Martinez is currently the Vice President, Human Resources for Nespresso USA. Laz joined Nestlé Nespresso in 2011, and under his leadership, his team and he have been instrumental in delivering strategic initiatives creating an employee centric organization. Laz’s experience includes working as a Director of Human Resources for LVMH, Safeway, and Li & Fung’s Global Brands Group; a group of companies in luxury fashion retail, grocery retail, and manufacturing & distribution. Effective on May 1st, Laz will move to his next role as the Global Human Resources Head for Nespresso, based in Nespresso’s Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Karen Moon
Karen Moon
Trendalytics
CEO & Co-Founder
Karen has over 15 years of experience in consumer brands, retail, and technology. She started her career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs & Co. executing over $1 billion in technology and media transactions. At Goode Partners, she worked on the firm’s investment in SkullCandy and the turnaround of a luxury specialty retailer. In Gap Inc.’s Corporate Strategy group, she assessed acquisition and new retail concept opportunities. Karen holds a B.A. from UCLA and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Rachel Mushahwar
Rachel Mushahwar
Intel
General Manager, Head of Americas Sales:
Retail, Hospitality, and CPG
Rachel Mushahwar is the General Manager/Head of Americas for Retail/Hospitality/CPG at Intel in the Sales & Marketing Group. Her focus is on enabling retail, hospitality, and consumer packaged goods companies to realize the value of innovative retail and hospitality offerings that leverage the technology in stores, hotels, casinos, and dining establishments to provide new insights and create amazing customer experiences. She was named by ChainStoreAge as “One of the Top Ten Women in Retail Technology” January 2017 and Women’s Wear Daily listed her one of the “Top Industry Transformers” December 2016. She has been on Wall Street Journal Live, and most recently NBC Press Here talking about the Future of Retail.
Sara O'Brien
Sara O'Brien
CNN Tech
Technology Writer
Sara is a technology writer covering tech culture and startups for CNN. She frequently writes about topics including women in tech, H-1B visas, and technology's role in alleviating or exacerbating social issues. Prior to joining CNN, Sara''s work has been published by outlets including the New York Post, The Atlantic, the Date Report, and the New York Times. She is a 2014 graduate of Columbia Journalism School. Follow her @saraashleyo.
Sarah Nagy
Sarah Nagy
Predata
Quantitative Analyst
Sarah Nagy is currently the lead Quantitative Analyst at Predata, a predictive intelligence firm. Sarah develops modeling and trading strategies utilizing Predata’s digital volatility signals. Prior to joining Predata, Sarah developed dark pool, smart routing and algorithmic trading strategies at Investment Technology Group. Sarah has a Master in Finance degree from Princeton University, and a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree from UCLA in Astrophysics and Business Economics. Sarah participates in Princeton’s MFin alumni outreach program by mentoring current students and advising prospective students, particularly those interested in fintech. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys music composition, improvisational comedy and martial arts.
Robin Raskin
Robin Raskin
Living in Digital Times
Founder & President
Robin Raskin is the founder of Living in Digital Times (LIDT), a team of technophiles who bring together top experts and the latest innovations to look at the intersection of lifestyle and technology. LIDT produces a number of notable conferences and expos at CES® and at conferences and events worldwide. The company’s trademark events include: Last Gadget Standing, Digital Health Summit, FashionWare, Fitness Tech Summit, Kids@Play Summit, The Digital Money Forum and others. In a previous lifetime, Robin honed her tech chops at a variety of technology publications. She was a columnist for USA Today online, editor of PC Magazine, started FamilyPC magazine and was one of the founding contributors of Yahoo! Tech. Author of six books, magazine publisher, blogger, TV and radio personality, Robin has been a thought-leader at the forefront of an ever-changing topic: what it means to be digital. She currently writes for Huffington Post, Everyday Health, Chip Chick, and other publications, and is frequently called upon as a technology expert for TV and media. Robin also serves on the board of the CTA Foundation. She lives in NYC and the Hudson Valley, with her husband, her three drop-in-now-and-then children, and closets full of obsolete technology.
Kate Ryder
Kate Ryder
Maven
Founder & CEO
Katherine Ryder is the founder and CEO of Maven, the first digital clinic for women. Maven is a telemedicine platform that empowers women to get access to better health information and services. Katherine previously worked as an early stage investor at the venture capital firm Index Ventures, based in London, where she focused on consumer technology, and in particular on investments in the health, education, art, and retail sectors. Prior to joining Index, Katherine worked as a journalist, writing for The Economist from Southeast Asia, New York, and London. In 2009, she worked with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, helping him write his memoirs about the U.S. financial crisis. Katherine received her B.A.rom the Honors College at the University of Michigan and her MSc from the London School of Economics. Katherine is based in New York City.
Callie Schweitzer
Callie Schweitzer
Thrive Global
Managing Editor
Callie Schweitzer is the managing editor of Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington’s new health and well-being company. Prior to her current role, she was the Editorial Director of Audience Strategy for Time Inc., working across the company on revenue and audience growth initiatives, and the Editorial Director and founder of Motto, TIME's new empowerment platform for millennial women. She was previously at TIME overseeing audience growth. She is also an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in TIME, The New York Times, Mashable, The Huffington Post and PEOPLE. She was named to Inc.’s 30 Under 30 in 2016, AdWeek's list of Future Publishers in 2015 and to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Media in December 2012 and 2013. TIME named her Twitter feed one of the world’s best in 2013. Business Insider named her one of the 30 Most Important Women in Tech Under 30 in 2013. She is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers and the Poynter National Advisory Board.
Ambereen Sheikh
Ambereen Sheikh
Nespresso USA
Vice President
With 15+ years of experience in sales and marketing, Ambereen leads Nespresso’s out-of-home business. Since joining in 2015, Ambereen has delivered a new route-to-market approach and centralized all OOH functions under one group to drive brand awareness & sales. Prior to joining Nespresso, Ambereen managed Red Bull’s On Premise business. Her career has also included various roles at Arnold Worldwide, Merck & Co., Dial and FIJI Water. Ambereen spent her formative years living overseas in the Middle East & Asia, leading to a passion for travel together with her husband & two young children
Sam Skey
Sam Skey
SheKnows
President, Chief Revenue Officer
Prior to her current role as President and Chief Revenue Officer at SheKnows, Samantha Skey served in the same capacity for Recyclebank, where she built the revenue model for their commercial business from the ground up.
A frequent presenter and commentator for business and trade media, Samantha's recent speaking events include: Internet Week New York 2014, iMedia Content Summit 2014, ad:tech 2014, 2013 and 2012, Adweek 2013, OMMA 2013, Digiday Publishing Summit 2013, SXSW 2012 and the 2011 Gamification Summit.
Samantha helped develop Riddler, one of the web's first real-time, multi-player, reward-based gaming sites at Interactive Imaginations. She has served in management positions at The Walt Disney Company and CNET, was the Chief Marketing Officer at Passenger, Inc. and was a long-term member of the executive team at Alloy Inc., where she served as Executive Vice President of Strategic Marketing. Samantha serves as an advisor to ad:tech, SmartyPants Ltd., The Bronx Academy of Letters, RewardOps, Kuato Studios and Homer Learning. Samantha holds a BA in comparative literature from Hamilton College. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.
Ruth Simon
Ruth Simon
WSJ
Senior Special Writer
Ruth Simon is a New York-based senior special writer for The Wall Street Journal, covering small business and entrepreneurship. She previously was a senior special writer for the Money & Investing section covering consumer lending, a senior special writer for the Real Estate group covering mortgages and housing, a senior special writer for Personal Journal and a reporter for the Money & Investing section. A Yale University graduate, Ms. Simon has also worked for Money Magazine and Forbes Magazine.
Paul Strachman
Paul Strachman
ISAI
US Partner
As the US partner, Paul oversees ISAI investment activities in the US and helps its portfolio companies expand to the US. For the past few years, Paul has been an active angel investor in NYC and SF. He also had operating, advisory and board roles at several startups.
Paul holds a BSC/MSC in engineering from Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées in France, an MSC in finance and economics from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Stanford university.
Merrill Stubbs
Merrill Stubbs
Food52
Co-Founder
Merrill Stubbs is the co-founder of Food52 and has written for many food and lifestyle publications, including the New York Times. She cut her teeth in the test kitchen at Cook’s Illustrated and behind the counter at Flour Bakery in Boston before she worked with Amanda Hesser on The Essential New York Times Cookbook. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.
Jeanne Sullivan
Jeanne Sullivan
Starvest Partner
Founding Partner
Jeanne Mariani Sullivan is a founding General Partner of StarVest Partners. StarVest is a New York based venture capital firm with approximately $400 million under management. Prior to StarVest, Jeanne contributed to building and growing many technology companies as a Partner with Olivetti Ventures where the team invested in over 40 early and growth stage technology companies. She has extensive operating experience prior at AT&T and Bell Labs where she was the Product Manager for a number of voice, data and software products including a high-end parallel processor at the forefront of digital graphics and image processing.
Jeanne has significant experience in creating "go to market" plans for growth and expansion stage companies and is a frequent speaker on the subject of getting funded as a tech company. You may find Jeanne playing golf or watching Yankees baseball if she is not meeting with a company.
Lo Toney
Lo Toney
GV (fomerly Google Ventures)
Partner
Lo joined GV from Comcast Ventures, where he focused on the Catalyst Fund, a group of investments in early stage technology startups led by entrepreneurs of color. He specializes in consumer technology investments, with an emphasis on mobile messaging, marketplaces, and e-commerce.

Lo has held executive roles at both startups and global consumer brands. He was the general manager of Zynga Poker, the gaming company’s largest franchise, and held operating positions at Nike.com and eBay.

Lo received his MBA from the Haas School of Business (University of California at Berkeley), where he completed the Management of Technology program, a joint curriculum program with the College of Engineering. He received his B.S. from Hampton University in Virginia.
Katherine Von Jan
Katherine Von Jan
SalesForce
VP & Edge/Ignite Incubator
"Entrepreneur and intrapreneur, Katherine’s work spans two decades seeking and seizing bold opportunities for good. From “future of cities” to “future of work”, today KVJ and her team of future-hackers at Salesforce leverage design-thinking, science and technology to investigate and incubate new offerings that customers crave.
KVJ is an avid speaker on culture, technology, and innovation, and her views have been shared broadly including BBC, MSNBC, Wired Magazine, O Magazine, Huffington Post and more. In addition, she enjoys lecturing at universities including at Columbia University, Harvard and MIT Media Lab.
Rachel Weiss
Rachel Weiss
L'Oréal
Vice President, Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Rachel Weiss is an award-winning digital professional and recognized thought-leader with vast experience in emerging technology and digital marketing practices. Currently, she is responsible for creating digital marketing and innovation strategy focusing on mobile, social, content and disruptive technologies across L'Oréal USA. She is also responsible for new digital business ventures and partnerships at the company. Weiss leads relationships with VC firms and entrepreneurs to identify first-to-market opportunities for the beauty industry. Weiss is the founder of one of L’Oréal USA’s key initiatives – Women in Digital. This program supports women in the digital space by identifying and celebrating female entrepreneurs advocating digital and IT careers for women along with mentorship programs and testing opportunities.
Weiss is a featured speaker on MSNBC, SXSW, and CES and has participated in many other conferences and events as both a speaker and panelist. She’s been named Ade Age’s Women to Watch, 40 Over 40, and Most Powerful Women in Mobile by Business Insider.
Liyia Wu
Liyia Wu
Shopshops
Founder & CEO
Liyia Wu, a Parsons alumni, is the founder/CEO of Shopshops. After graduating from Sauder’s Business School of University of British Columbia with finance and accounting double majors, she worked in media and advertising in Beijing. In 2005, she fast-tracked Parsons fashion merchandising program to pursue her career in fashion. She worked as head merchandiser for the New York based fashion brand, Twinkle by Wenlan, for three years. In 2008, she founded Beijing’s first U.S designer boutique, introducing brands including Helmut Lang, Tory Burch, Loeffler Randall, Melissa, Koolaburra, Noir, CC Skye, and many others to Chinese consumers. In Fall 2009, Wu launched her contemporary designer label, WO Squared, based in Beijing, China, where she designed the collection, oversaw four retail stores in Beijing and sold to 10 retailers across China, including Galeries Lafayette in Beijing, with peak annual sales of 7million RMB in 2012. In 2015, Wu combined her extensive experience in the U.S. and China in wholesale and retail to pursue her vision for the international app, Shopshops.
Ed Zimmerman
Ed Zimmerman
Tech Group
Chair
Ed is a lawyer representing tech startups, growth companies and the venture capital and growth equity funds that back them. He co-founded and Chairs the Tech Group at Lowenstein Sandler LLP, where he’s worked since he was a summer associate in 1991. In 2013, Dow Jones ranked Lowenstein among the ve most active law rms in America for venture capital and private equity deals. As an angel investor, Ed has personally invested in more than 50 startups and more than 20 venture funds. He’s been an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business since 2005, where he teaches Venture Capital and Angel Investing. Ed co-founded and chairs VentureCrush, which also includes FirstGrowthVC (which Pando Daily called “New York’s best Accelerator”) and AngelVineVC. Ed worked harvest (brie y) in France and California, and had minor involvement in vinifying a wine granted a perfect 100 point score by Robert Parker.

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Agenda

  • 8:30
    REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST
  • 9:00
    SKY IS NOT THE LIMIT
    With Jeff Kluger (Time Magazine), Kellie Gerardi (selected to colonize Mars), Anousheh Ansari (first female private space explorer)

    The 1st Man on Mars will be a Woman!
    Get ready to keep your eyes to the stars and grow your desire for exploring uncharted territories.
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  • 9:15
    5 MUST-HAVE DIGITAL SKILLS TO THRIVE AS A LEADER
    With Sara O'Brien (CNN Money), Aurelie Jean (Bloomberg), Leah Gilliam (Girls Who Code), TeLisa Daughtry (FlyTechnista), Callie Schweitzer (Thrive Global)

    WomenAre Ready to Lead the Innovation Economy
    Either as entrepreneur or “intrapreneur”, whatever your industry, what are the key digital skills that will take you to the next level?
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  • 9:55
    WHY DIVERSITY EQUALS INNOVATION
    With Ruth Simon (Wall Street Journal), Rachel Mushahwar (Intel), Kate Ryder (Maven), Rachel Weiss (L'Oréal), Lo Toney (Google Ventures)

    Women, Innovation and Leadership
    “Diversity isn’t just good progress, it’s good business”
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  • 10:35
    REFRAMING THE WAY YOU LOOK AT THE WORLD
    With Celine Christory (LFNY), Greg Jeanmonod (47th Street)

    Taking A Different Perspective Will Lead To Stunning Breakthroughs
    You believe in STEM? Learn why you should also believe in Arts!
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  • 11:10
    THE INNOVATION CHALLENGE powered by NESPRESSO
    With Laz Martinez (Nespresso), Ambereen Sheikh (Nespresso), Barbara Larocca (Nespresso), Jeanne Sullivan (Starvest Partner), Justina Bakutyte (Konbini), Robin Raskin (Living in Digital Times), Jenna Blaha (Marie-Claire)

    Diversity Of Thought, Experience, And Perspective Promote Curiosity And Drive Innovation!
    50 teams, 1 question, 1 Jury, 1 Winning Team, and 10 Awesome Gifts!
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  • 12:00
    BUFFET LUNCH & NETWORKING
  • 12:45
    CONQUER NEW TERRITORIES
    With Georgette Geller (AXA Advisors)
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  • 1:00
    5 OF THE SMARTEST FEMALE FOUNDERS: ADOPT THEIR GROWTH MINDSET
    With Kirsten Gillibrand in video (US Senator of NY), Kelly Hoey (author), Jenna Blaha (Marie-Claire), Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs (Food52), Leslie Blodgett (BareMinerals), Ayah Bdeir (LittleBits), Sarah Kauss (S'Well)
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  • 1:50
    NEED A JOB? INVENT IT!
    With Samantha Skey (SheKnows Media), Leslie Cohen (XRC Labs), Mike Healy (AXA USA), Linda Kozlowski (Etsy), Katherine Von Jan (Salesforce), Marta Jamrozic (Claire)

    5 Stories To Think Big, Be More Risk-Taking And Persevere.
    Given the pace of change today, we all have to reinvent, re-engineer and reimagine our job rather than “find” a job.
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  • 2:40
    Breakout Sessions
    Women in Fintech + Women in Tech = Innovation with BNP Paribas
    With Andrea Blankmeyer (SoFi, VP Finance and Corporate Development), Sarah Nagy (Predata, Quantitative Analyst) and Sadia Halim (BNP Paribas, Head of CIB Americas Innovation)

    Leadership toolbox
    With Katherine King (Coach)

    Networking toolbox with AXA
    With Kelly Hoey (author), Jenna Blaha (Marie-Claire), Marine de Boucaud (AXA USA)

    #AMA session on disrupting #retail #fashion #beauty with XRC Labs
    With Carly-Ann Fergus (XRC Labs), Karen Moon (Trendanalytics), Liyia Wu (Shopshops), Jenny Fieldings (Techstars), Paul Strachman (Investor), Adi Levanon (Seed Investor)
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  • 3:40
    INNOVATION CHALLENGE AWARDS CEREMONY
    The most Innovative Team will receive each 1 Nespresso Machine, 1 Bottle of Chandon, 1 Kusmi Tea assortment, 1 S'Well water bottle, and more...
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  • 3:45
    BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD
    With Bob Bland (Manufacture NY & Women's March)
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Why #WinforumNY?

In 2017, it is still objectively more difficult for women and minorities to get into the club. Still, there is a shocking lack of women leaders, women entrepreneurs, women in tech. To change the narrative, women need to conquer two territories: develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset, and strengthen their Tech and Digital Skills.

What we are

#WinforumNY is a one day action-packed networking and mentoring conference that aims at supporting the next generation of women leaders. All proceeds will go to Girls who Code a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Our Mission

We disrupt the stereotype of the leader, we inspire women and give them energy and confidence to be innovative leaders.

Our Vision

We create a global network of active agents of change developing the skills and mindset which Leaders and Innovators are made of.

Our Unique Equation

(Entrepreneurial Spirit + Digital Skills) x (Students + Entrepreneurs + Intrapreneurs) x (30% lnspiration + 70% Action) x 100% Energy!

The founder of
WIN forum NY:

Catherine Barba is a French-born serial entrepreneur and digital pioneer based in New York since 2015. She has founded and sold several digital businesses in France. A trusted angel investor and mentor, she serves on the board of successful European tech startups, including Leetchi, MangoPay, Reech and Retency, and on the board of Multinational Organizations such as Renault (automotive) and Etam (lingerie and fashion).

In 2015 and 2016 Barba was named one of 50 most influential figures in Europe’s digital economy and in 2014 one of 3 most influential female figures in France.
Over the years, Barba has actively promoted women in business and women in tech, mostly out of strong gratitude for the opportunities her career path in the tech world has given her. She co-founded the ‘Woman in Digital Day’ in France in 2013, hosted the ‘Femmes en Or, Innovation Day’ in Paris and the ‘Women in Innovation Forum NY’ in 2016.

Venue

Metropolitan West
639 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036

Bus : 12 Av/w 46 St
Metro : 50th street

You register, we donate

All proceeds will go to Girls Who Code, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to increasing the number of women in the tech industry. In 2015, Girls Who Code taught 10 000 young women how to code and have a seat at the table of the innovation economy.

Girls who code