SPWomen Agenda

Even a 50-year-old company needs to have a startup mentality to stay viable in today’s climate of constant disruption, and that mentality means questioning everything, all the time. After all, your biggest competitor in five years might not even exist today. So what are the different building blocks of success, and how are they changing? How can women entrepreneurs construct their own startup ecosystems? How are the most productive networks formed? Why do even the most experienced people in business need mentors? And where can they find them? As new funding models emerge, what is the best route to securing financing? We’ll explore all of these questions while building new networks through both our program sessions and our conference-ending party, complete with a sensational musical performance.

Startup Phenomenon Women

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

8:00 a.m. Registration Open

9:00 a.m. Welcome

Carrie Van Heyst – CEO, Van Heyst Group Andrea Guendelman – Co-producer, Startup Phenomenon Women Emcees: Amanda Berg Wilson – Artistic Director, The catamounts; Katie Kempner – EVP/Executive Director, Global Communications, Crispin Porter + Bogusky Introduction by Philip DiStefano – Chancellor, The University of Colorado Boulder

9:20 a.m. The Map Makers – Strategies, Leadership, Courage, Negotiation & Collaboration

Margaret Neale – Adams Distinguished Professor of Management, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

10:15 a.m. The Rebels & Risk Takers – Serial Entrepreneurship, Brand Building, Set-backs & Startups

Claudia Batten – Co-founder, Massive; Co-founder, Victors & Spoils Meena Mansharamani – Managing Director, Materne North America

10:45 a.m. Flash News: Funding Announcement – Karla Tartz, OEDIT


10:50 a.m. The Catalysts & Connectors – Change Agents, Philanthropists, Mentors, Networking Strategies

Michele Weslander Quaid – CTO (Federal) & Innovation Evangelist, Google Jane Miller – CEO, Rudi’s Organic Bakery Chris Moody – CEO, GNIP

11:20 a.m. Interview – Women Sparking a Revolution

Nicole Glaros – Managing Director, TechStars Amanda Steinberg – Founder, Daily Worth Interviewed by Katie Kempner – EVP/Executive Director, Flobal Communications, Crispin Porter + Bogusky

11:45 a.m. Flash Comment: Joseph Coleman, SVP, Colorado Market Manager, Chase Business Banking


11:50 a.m. Brown Bag Lunch

Boxed lunches are available for purchase. Please see the event registration page for details.

1:00 p.m. The Investors – Funding, Financing, Accelerating, Angel Investing

Rob Hayes – Partner, First Round Capital. Jo Anne Miller – Managing Director, Brown Dog Partners; Golden Seeds Angel Network Sharon Vosmek – CEO, Astia

Moderator – David Cohen – Founder & CEO, TechStars

1:45 p.m. Flash News: Announcement from Daniel Epstein – Founder, Unreasonable Group


1:50 p.m. The Stem Advantage – Hottest Grounding: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Ingrid Alongi – Co-founder & CEO, QuickLeft Char Genevier – CTO & Founder, The Cotery Dana Sherrell – Senior Software Engineer, SendGrid

Moderator – Lucy Sanders – CEO & Co-founder, NCWIT


2:30 p.m. The Pilots – Leadership, Meeting Challenges, Balancing Business & Life

Sharon Matusik – Associate Professor, Management and Entrepreneurship, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Mauria Finley – Co-founder Citrus Lane Krista Marks – Co-founder & CEO, Woot Math

Moderator – Sara Sutton Fell – Founder & CEO, FlexJobs


3:05 p.m. Flash News: Announcement – Carlotta Mast, Senior Director of Content and Insights, New Hope Natural Media


3:10 p.m. Stretch Break


3:40 p.m. The Healthmakers

Jandel Allen-Davis – VP, Government & External Relations, Kaiser Permanente Colorado Robyn O’Brien – Author, “The Unhealthy Truth”

4:00 p.m. The North Star Finders – Gen Y: Are you a Looker or a Finder

Tiffany Dufu – Chief Leadership Officer, Levo League Stephanie Carter – Co-founder and President, Wallaroo Hat Company

4:20 p.m. The Hollywood Connection – Improving Gender Diversity

Madeline Di Nonno – Executive Director, Geena Davis Institute in Media

4:30 p.m. Women Entrepreneurs – CU Women: The Next Revolutionaries – with Brad Feld

Hanna Boyd – Finance Student, CU Boulder Alexandra Mariko Dutro-Maeda – Advertising Student, CU Boulder Jessica Scanlan – Architectural Engineering Student, CU Boulder Jaclyn Freeman – JD/MBA Student, CU Boulder Rachel Strobel – Master’s Student, ICTD, CU Boulder Wei Yang – PhD Student, Business, CU Boulder

5:15 p.m. Closing Thoughts

Carrie Van Heyst – CEO, Van Heyst Group Andrea Guendelman – Co-producer, Startup Phenomenon Women

5:20 p.m. Music Makers – Esme Patterson

Songwriter & Founding Member, Paper Bird

Well behaved women seldom make history.
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich