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With Yuki Kotani (Founder, Balloon Stories), Minda Harts (Prof. Public Service, NYU Graduate School of Public Service).
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 06:30 PM   Absolutely Free
Made In NY Media Center By IFP, 30 John St, Theater

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This event is first-come, first served. Please arrive early to guarantee a seat in our theater.

Building a business but feeling like the only woman in the room? Looking for a space to celebrate your accomplishments & contributions? Needing to hear from other ladies crushing it on the daily?--

--Women Owning It is a celebration of women in media & tech killin' it in their fields & owning their space in the industry.

For our fourth event in this series, space is the integral word for us. We're inviting founders of spaces dedicated to providing community, opportunity or otherwise equaling the playing field for women in the industry to talk about how & why they've built their businesses.

With the terrain of media & tech industries in constant flux & ebbs & flows of self-worth alongside that, this panel of five women of color business owners will remind us how to build community alongside business. We'll interrogate how to find that holistic balance with an eye toward the tumultuous times & the terrain of business development. Our hope is that attendees leave this evening session reinvigorated & feel empowered to build their businesses, brands & billable hours.

Event Schedule

6:30 to 7:00 PM -- Registration & Networking Reception

7:00 to 8:15 PM -- Panel & Q&A

8:15 to 9:00 PM -- Happy Hour with the Panelists

Yuki is the co-founder of Balloon Stories ("Balloon"), a next-gen collaborative social media platform with a mission to give users control over who they create stories with & who sees their content. Yuki & fellow co-founder JJ Sandgreen developed the idea & launched the app in 2016 in an effort to address the clutter & noise often associated with social media platforms. In addition to Balloon, Yuki focuses her time on what inspired her to initially launch the app - a passion for business, innovation & technology. She previously co-founded Harboring Hearts, a non-profit organization with a mission to provide critical financial & emotional support to heart patients & their families & continues to be an advocate for heart health policies in NYC.

Yuki holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia & a MBA from the University of North Carolina - Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Minda is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service of NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is the founder of The Memo, a career development company for women of color. In 2018, she was named one of 25 Emerging Innovators by American Express. And her book The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table comes out August 2019 with Hachette Book Group.

Krystal is a creative, an introvert & an advocate. In her twenties, she became the director of policy & advocacy at a nonprofit in Manhattan, which made her the only Black woman in management (and the only Black woman in most rooms). Her experience as the only one at work, coupled with her desire to meet other creative + entrepreneurial women, inspired her to leave her career in public health to launch The Well.

Krystal lives in Brooklyn with her husband & daughter. She writes an email devotional for entrepreneurs, & she obsessively follows the ups & downs of direct-to-consumer startups.
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