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With Allison Baker (Dir. Strategic Partnerships, Dashlane), Bea Arthur (Founder/CEO, The Difference), Lucia Liu (Founder, Rock The Boat), Melanie Pol (SVP Biz Dev, Precision Global), Janet Giesen (Head of SaaS Mktg & Strategic Initiatives, Commvault).
Thursday, March 07, 2019 at 06:30 PM   $15
SAP, 10 Hudson Yards

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Firneo Forum events are peer discussions with the Firneo Business Development community

During the event, you'll learn & share practical, tactical insights to help you get better at your job in Business Development & Partnerships while building lasting, meaningful relationships with peers.

Afterwards, you'll stay connected to your BD & Partnerships peers as a member of the Firneo BD community & have access to additional events, content, & opportunities.


Speakers for Firneo Forum - March 2019

Bea Arthur

Founder & CEO, The Difference

Bea Arthur, LMHC is a Columbia University-trained psychotherapist, startup founder, & author who works with high-performance individuals in high-pressure work environments. Her career took off at the intersection of psychology & technology & her third company, The Difference, provides on-demand access to therapy as Amazon's first mental health Alexa Skill.

Additionally, Bea was the first African-American female founder in Y Combinator & was named an Entrepreneur to Bet On by Newsweek Magazine as well as one of Bumble's Most Inspiring New Yorkers. She is an editorial contributor & host for Forbes Women, where she hosts Office Hours, a career therapy digital series where she provides intra-praneurship advice to upwardly mobile women in today's hottest companies.

Allison Baker

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Dashlane

Allison is the Head of Strategic Partnerships at Dashlane, the award winning password manager helping more than 10M+ global users take control of their digital identity. Dashlane's rockstar team is based in NYC & Paris & backed by TransUnion, Rho Ventures, FirstMark Capital & Bessemer Venture Partners.

Allison joined Dashlane after five years at American Express, where she held roles in strategic partnerships, new product development, & innovation strategy. She is a proud alum of Cornell University, where she played rugby & studied international food marketing & entrepreneurship. Outside the office, you can find her exploring Brooklyn, coaching rugby, & cheering on Buffalo sports teams.

Lucia Liu

Founder, Rock the Boat

Lucia is a data-driven marketing generalist with 10+ years of experience in Sales & Marketing focusing on the B2B & small business market. Her passions are storytelling, marketing strategy, analytics, & building strong, sustainable, & mutually beneficial relationships to help businesses grow.

She is also the co-host of a new podcast: Rock The Boat-stories of Asian Americans with untraditional career paths. Previously, Lucia was the VP of BD & Partnerships at SelfMade. An alumnus of American Express, Lucia to start a boutique luxury chocolate brand called Lululosophy.

Melanie Pol

SVP of Business Development, Precision Global Consulting

As the SVP of Business Development at PGC, Melanie has extensive experience in building successful partnerships & growing revenue streams. In her current role Melanie brought the company's product to market in the UK & is now building their presence in the US. With 4 years in her current role she has assisted management in growing the current BD team to 5 staff & overseen growth of new clients by 700% since joining.

Janet Giesen

Head of SaaS Marketing & Strategic Initiatives, Commvault

Janet is Head of SaaS Marketing & Strategic Initiatives at Commvault, a publicly traded data protection & information management company. Prior to Commvault, Janet held various roles at the B2B content company Shutterstock, including VP of Business Development & General Manager of the Enterprise & SMB business line. At Shutterstock, she built the API & partnerships program from scratch to an eight-figure revenue stream, then doubled the growth rate of the enterprise business. Previously she also managed B2B marketing partnerships at American Express.

Janet has an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business & a BA from Boston College -- & remains an avid college sports fan. She lives in New Jersey with her husband & two sons.

Here's How Firneo Forum Events Work:

Bring your Qs (and your As)

We source questions & answers from the community - share your burning questions when you register & come to hear answers from a variety of perspectives.

Learn from each other

The event will kick off with stories & insights about the monthly topic from experienced members of the Firneo community. Next, we'll break into small group discussions to swap stories & insights that you can apply for yourself.

Share the highlights

Each group will get on stage to share the highlights of their discussion with the rest of the room.

Stay in touch via the Firneo BD community

Firneo Forum attendees get access to the Firneo BD private online community to stay connected as resources for one another throughout your career.

Who should attend Firneo Forum events?

Firneo is an inclusive professional development community that welcomes people from all industries & companies. We're about building strong relationships & sharing knowledge with peers. We're NOT about slinging business cards & generating leads.

It's right for you if:

You are in a job where building & managing long-term relationships is important

You enjoy learning from & sharing knowledge with peers

You work in tech, media, real estate, non-profit, or other industries

You want to level up in your career & help others to do the same

It's wrong for you if:

You are there to pitch your business & generate leads

You're looking to get help but not offer any help

Event Rules


Firneo Forum events are about sharing knowledge with a community of peers. No matter what your level of experience, your insights & perspectives are important & deserve to be shared.


Don't come to a Firneo Forum if you just want to sling business cards & drum up new business. Do come if you want to get to know your peers. A strong relationship often leads to a transaction, but rarely the other way around.
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