WOMEN OWNING IT FROM THE START I: AN EVENING WITH EMERGING STARTUP FOUNDERS
Free & open to public!
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 second event in this series, we've invited emerging startup founders from Gen Y to talk about how they've built their businesses. The terrain of media & tech industries is in constant flux & with it, the terrain of business development. Our panel of five women will provide the heads up you need to build your business with an eye to the times. They'll discuss funding opportunities, the art of the pitch, the importance of your network & more before we open the floor to your questions. Our hope is that attendees leave this evening session reinvigorated & feel empowered to build their businesses, brands & billable hours.
Lisbeth Kaufman (KitSplit), Kristina Budelis (KitSplit), Erum Khan (SoundMind), Alex Serio (Nameless Network) & more to be announced!
6:30 to 7:00 PM -- Registration & Networking Reception
7:00 to 8:15 PM -- Panel & Q&A
8:15 to 9:00 PM -- Fireside Chats with the Panelists
Kristina Budelis is a visual storyteller & the cofounder & President of KitSplit, a community marketplace for cameras & related equipment that's been called The Airbnb of cameras by Forbes & Fast Company. Just three years old, KitSplit has over 30,000 members including companies like NBC & National Geographic. At KitSplit, Kristina focuses on building the community & product. Previously to her work on KitSplit, Kristina was a video & multimedia producer at The New Yorker magazine. She's also freelanced for brands from Vogue to JP Morgan. In 2017 she was named a Forbes "30 Under 30" in media. You can find her online at @kbudelis on Twitter & instagram.
Lisbeth Kaufman is Cofounder & CEO of KitSplit, a community marketplace for cameras & related equipment that's been called The Airbnb of cameras by Forbes & Fast Company. Lisbeth grew up on the film set, got her business chops in consulting, & wrote policy in the Senate. In other words, she's a rabid film enthusiast, recovering policy wonk, & is passionate about empowering storytellers by democratizing the filmmaking process. Before KitSplit, she worked in consulting at the Podesta Group & the Corporate Executive Board. Lisbeth was also a policy advisor for Senator Al Franken in the Senate, & developed clean energy policy at the Center for American Progress, Washington's leading progressive think tank. She has a BA from Yale University & a MBA from NYU Stern, where she was a Dean's Fellow & a Forte Fellow with a full scholarship.
Erum Azeez Khan is CEO of Soundmind, a company that empowers seniors & improves caregiving through personalized voice assistants. In just one year, Soundmind created two voice assistant applications & launched a pilot of 300 devices across long-term care facilities serving 15,000 older adults. Before Soundmind, Erum worked on advanced technologies & social initiatives with TED, Singularity University, Google, & the UN. She has a B.S. in Forensic Chemistry & Toxicology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania & started her career analytical chemist at GSK & J&J for 5 years before entering the global tech ecosystem in 2012.
Alexandra Serio is Founder & Chief Content Officer of Nameless Network, a Brooklyn-based media company focused on knowledge-based video content.Nameless Network currently reaches over 300 million people every month, 65% of which are Generation Y & younger. In addition to a suite of educational video programming, Nameless is launching The Museum of Pizza (MoPi) which debuts in New York City in October 2018. MoPi will be the first of many interactive educational exhibitions that create a physical footprint for the Nameless brand.
Prior to Nameless, Alex launched Noisey, VICE's music channel where she served as Head of Global Marketing for the vertical. Alex is a proud member & Kate Spade Scholarship recipient of NEW INC, New Museum's art, technology & design incubator.