DazzleCon 2017 Speakers

SHEEZA SHAH, FOUNDER, UpEFFECT @SHEEZAAHMAD Sheeza Shah is the Founder and CEO of UpEffect, a crowdfunding and support platform for companies dedicated to improving lives and the planet. The platform has launched products ranging from solar cookstoves to clean drinking water systems, and from ethical fashion brands to eco-friendly carry bags. Sheeza combines her Computer Science background with her passion for social entrepreneurship to work with revolutionary founders tackling today’s greatest challenges. To date, UpEffect’s enterprise-solution approach and campaign-consultant model led by Sheeza has driven their 100% success rate at securing funding for their campaigns, raising over £160,000 to launch products and impact lives across ten countries.

SHEEZA SHAH, FOUNDER, UpEFFECT
@SHEEZAAHMAD

Sheeza Shah is the Founder and CEO of UpEffect, a crowdfunding and support platform for companies dedicated to improving lives and the planet. The platform has launched products ranging from solar cookstoves to clean drinking water systems, and from ethical fashion brands to eco-friendly carry bags. Sheeza combines her Computer Science background with her passion for social entrepreneurship to work with revolutionary founders tackling today’s greatest challenges. To date, UpEffect’s enterprise-solution approach and campaign-consultant model led by Sheeza has driven their 100% success rate at securing funding for their campaigns, raising over £160,000 to launch products and impact lives across ten countries.

GABRIELLE MOTOLA, PHOTOGRAPHER Gabrielle is a versatile photographer, focusing on long-term projects which examine a social element or issue. Gabrielle also guest lectures internationally on photography and film, having studied psychology, film and photography at the University of Miami and the Spéos Institute in Paris.  Her specialism is, however, in photographing people – whether they are aware of her lens or not. Her work, she says, is about creating visual inspiration by translating emotion and thought into imagery. Gabrielle will be presenting work and insights from her book, "An Equal Difference," which studies how and why Iceland has ranked first for gender equality the past seven years. She'll share how Icelanders conceive of gender equity in business, government and civil society. 

GABRIELLE MOTOLA, PHOTOGRAPHER

Gabrielle is a versatile photographer, focusing on long-term projects which examine a social element or issue. Gabrielle also guest lectures internationally on photography and film, having studied psychology, film and photography at the University of Miami and the Spéos Institute in Paris. 

Her specialism is, however, in photographing people – whether they are aware of her lens or not. Her work, she says, is about creating visual inspiration by translating emotion and thought into imagery.

Gabrielle will be presenting work and insights from her book, "An Equal Difference," which studies how and why Iceland has ranked first for gender equality the past seven years. She'll share how Icelanders conceive of gender equity in business, government and civil society. 

TIFFANY SHLAIN, FILMMAKER @TIFFANYSHLAIN Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of The Webby Awards and co-founder of 50/50 Day. Her new film “50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present & Future of Women + Power” is the launching point for a 50/50 Day, global day of screenings and discussions on the importance of a more gender balanced world. Tiffany’s films and work have received over 80 awards and distinctions including a Disruptive Innovation Award from Tribeca Film Festival and NPR’s list of best commencement speeches. Four of her films have premiered at Sundance, The US State Department selected her films for the The American Film Showcase to represent America at embassies around the world. As a speaker, Tiffany has presented at Harvard, NASA, and was the closing speaker for both TEDWomen and TEDMED. Her original series “The Future Starts Here” has received over 40 million views. While Tiffany loves technology, for the last 7 years, she turns off all screens with her family for what they call their technology shabbat.

TIFFANY SHLAIN, FILMMAKER
@TIFFANYSHLAIN

Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of The Webby Awards and co-founder of 50/50 Day. Her new film “50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present & Future of Women + Power” is the launching point for a 50/50 Day, global day of screenings and discussions on the importance of a more gender balanced world. Tiffany’s films and work have received over 80 awards and distinctions including a Disruptive Innovation Award from Tribeca Film Festival and NPR’s list of best commencement speeches. Four of her films have premiered at Sundance, The US State Department selected her films for the The American Film Showcase to represent America at embassies around the world. As a speaker, Tiffany has presented at Harvard, NASA, and was the closing speaker for both TEDWomen and TEDMED. Her original series “The Future Starts Here” has received over 40 million views. While Tiffany loves technology, for the last 7 years, she turns off all screens with her family for what they call their technology shabbat.

CAROL SANFORD, REGENERATIVE BUSINESS LEADER @CAROLSANFORD Carol Sanford is the Executive Producer of The Regenerative Business Summit & Prize, Producer and Host  Business Second Opinion Podcast & Blog, Multi-award Winning Author of The Regenerative Business: Redesign Work, Cultivate Human Potential, Achieve Extraordinary Outcomes; The Responsible Business: Reimagining Sustainability & Success; The Responsible Entrepreneur: Four Game Changing Archetypes for Founders, Leaders and Impact Investors— 3 books of stories of extraordinary change, working side-by-side with Fortune 100 to new economy leaders;  Senior Fellow of Social Innovation, Babson College, Executive in Residence, Babson. Lifetime Achievement Award for Thought-Leadership in Trustworthy Business Behavior; Creator of and Regenerative Change Agent Development Community.

CAROL SANFORD, REGENERATIVE BUSINESS LEADER
@CAROLSANFORD

Carol Sanford is the Executive Producer of The Regenerative Business Summit & Prize, Producer and Host  Business Second Opinion Podcast & Blog, Multi-award Winning Author of The Regenerative Business: Redesign Work, Cultivate Human Potential, Achieve Extraordinary Outcomes; The Responsible Business: Reimagining Sustainability & Success; The Responsible Entrepreneur: Four Game Changing Archetypes for Founders, Leaders and Impact Investors— 3 books of stories of extraordinary change, working side-by-side with Fortune 100 to new economy leaders;  Senior Fellow of Social Innovation, Babson College, Executive in Residence, Babson. Lifetime Achievement Award for Thought-Leadership in Trustworthy Business Behavior; Creator of and Regenerative Change Agent Development Community.

 
JENNIFER ARMBRUST, SISTER @FEMININEIST JENNIFER ARMBRUST is the founder and director of Sister. She cultivates teaching and tools for the feminine economy, practices embodied business, and runs Feminist Business School. Her work explores the collisions and collusions of art, business, gender, embodiment and economics. Formerly the owner and director of a fine art gallery, founding partner of an online arts magazine, managing director of an arts nonprofit, and principal of a small design studio, Armbrust has long been interested in the intersections of business and art and more recently, business as art.  She holds a degree in Critical Theory from The Evergreen State College with continuing studies in small business administration (Portland Community College), interactive design (Pacific Northwest College of Art), and healing arts (Lotus Lantern Healing Arts). She lives in Topanga Canyon, California, where she is lovingly devoted to surfing 3-foot right point breaks, while dreaming of the elusive left.

JENNIFER ARMBRUST, SISTER
@FEMININEIST

JENNIFER ARMBRUST is the founder and director of Sister. She cultivates teaching and tools for the feminine economy, practices embodied business, and runs Feminist Business School. Her work explores the collisions and collusions of art, business, gender, embodiment and economics.

Formerly the owner and director of a fine art gallery, founding partner of an online arts magazine, managing director of an arts nonprofit, and principal of a small design studio, Armbrust has long been interested in the intersections of business and art and more recently, business as art. 

She holds a degree in Critical Theory from The Evergreen State College with continuing studies in small business administration (Portland Community College), interactive design (Pacific Northwest College of Art), and healing arts (Lotus Lantern Healing Arts). She lives in Topanga Canyon, California, where she is lovingly devoted to surfing 3-foot right point breaks, while dreaming of the elusive left.

ARLAN HAMILTON, FOUNDER + MANAGING PARTNER, BACKSTAGE CAPITAL @ARLANWASHERE Arlan is an emerging venture capital fund manager, and tour manager to Atlantic Records recording artist Janine & The Mixtape. Having founded and published the internationally distributed indie magazine INTERLUDE, and toured extensively as a live music production professional, she enters the venture investing world from an unconventional path. Arlan is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are of color, women, and/or LGBT. When she’s not writing about herself in the 3rd person, she enjoys yelling at teenagers from her porch, writing the ‘L Word’ fanfic twitter page @ModernLWord, and watching the hell out of some ‘General Hospital.’ 

ARLAN HAMILTON, FOUNDER + MANAGING PARTNER, BACKSTAGE CAPITAL
@ARLANWASHERE

Arlan is an emerging venture capital fund manager, and tour manager to Atlantic Records recording artist Janine & The Mixtape. Having founded and published the internationally distributed indie magazine INTERLUDE, and toured extensively as a live music production professional, she enters the venture investing world from an unconventional path. Arlan is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are of color, women, and/or LGBT. When she’s not writing about herself in the 3rd person, she enjoys yelling at teenagers from her porch, writing the ‘L Word’ fanfic twitter page @ModernLWord, and watching the hell out of some ‘General Hospital.’ 

LUKE KANIES, FOUNDER, PUPPET @PUPPETMASTRD >Luke Kanies began writing the code that would become Puppet in 2005. As a sysadmin and consultant, he wasn’t able to find automation tools his customers could rely on, and that they actually enjoyed using. Today, Puppet is the IT automation leader: More than 30,000 companies around the world manage their data center infrastructure and deployments with Puppet. As Puppet founder and its first CEO for over eleven years, Luke raised $87 million to fund Puppet’s growth, and build Puppet into a thriving company.

LUKE KANIES, FOUNDER, PUPPET
@PUPPETMASTRD

>Luke Kanies began writing the code that would become Puppet in 2005. As a sysadmin and consultant, he wasn’t able to find automation tools his customers could rely on, and that they actually enjoyed using. Today, Puppet is the IT automation leader: More than 30,000 companies around the world manage their data center infrastructure and deployments with Puppet. As Puppet founder and its first CEO for over eleven years, Luke raised $87 million to fund Puppet’s growth, and build Puppet into a thriving company.

JENNY KASSAN, SECURITIES ATTORNEY @JENNYKASSAN Jenny has over two decades of experience as an attorney and advisor for mission- driven enterprises. She has helped her clients raise millions of dollars from values- aligned investors and raised over one million dollars for her own businesses. Jenny is certified as a coach by the International Association of Women in Coaching. Jenny co-founded the Force for Good Fund, which invests in best for the world companies led by women and people of color. She is the author of the forthcoming Raise Capital on Your Own Terms: How to Fund Your Business without Selling Your Soul (Berrett-Koehler, October 2017). Jenny earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and a masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. Jenny Kassan Consulting is a certified B Corp and member of 1% for the Planet.

JENNY KASSAN, SECURITIES ATTORNEY
@JENNYKASSAN

Jenny has over two decades of experience as an attorney and advisor for mission-
driven enterprises. She has helped her clients raise millions of dollars from values-
aligned investors and raised over one million dollars for her own businesses. Jenny is
certified as a coach by the International Association of Women in Coaching. Jenny co-founded the Force for Good Fund, which invests in best for the world companies led by women and people of color. She is the author of the forthcoming Raise Capital on Your Own Terms: How to Fund Your Business without Selling Your Soul (Berrett-Koehler, October 2017). Jenny earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and a masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. Jenny Kassan Consulting is a certified B Corp and member of 1% for the Planet.

 
TODD KHOZEIN, MANAGING PARTNER, SECONDMUSE Todd Khozein, a pioneer in systems innovation based on biological models, is a managing partner at the innovation and collaboration agency SecondMuse. At SecondMuse, Khozein has founded initiatives such as Random Hacks of Kindness (in collaboration with Google, Microsoft, HP, NASA, the World Bank and Yahoo!), and LAUNCH (a collaboration with U.S. Department of State, NASA, USAID, Nike and IKEA). Khozein’s interests lie in creating collaborative frameworks in which incentive structures, technologies, and human resource development initiatives align to enable innovation across hierarchies. He holds MD and BA degrees from the University of New Mexico.

TODD KHOZEIN, MANAGING PARTNER, SECONDMUSE

Todd Khozein, a pioneer in systems innovation based on biological models, is a managing partner at the innovation and collaboration agency SecondMuse. At SecondMuse, Khozein has founded initiatives such as Random Hacks of Kindness (in collaboration with Google, Microsoft, HP, NASA, the World Bank and Yahoo!), and LAUNCH (a collaboration with U.S. Department of State, NASA, USAID, Nike and IKEA).

Khozein’s interests lie in creating collaborative frameworks in which incentive structures, technologies, and human resource development initiatives align to enable innovation across hierarchies. He holds MD and BA degrees from the University of New Mexico.

JULIE MENTER, PRINCIPAL, NEW MEDIA VENTURES @JULIEPOUIC Julie Menter is a Principal at New Media Ventures, a fund and national network of early stage investors supporting startups that create progressive political change. Recently, she has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, CNN and Civicist, for her work to support startups responding to the political moment in the US. Throughout her career, Julie has searched for opportunities to make a positive impact on the world around her. As a strategy consultant, first with the Boston Consulting Group and then with Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting, she has worked with large companies and non-profit organizations to redefine what good business means. Julie is also a co-founder of the GreenerMind Summit: a 3-day retreat for change makers in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is originally from France where she received her MBA.

JULIE MENTER, PRINCIPAL, NEW MEDIA VENTURES
@JULIEPOUIC

Julie Menter is a Principal at New Media Ventures, a fund and national network of early stage investors supporting startups that create progressive political change. Recently, she has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, CNN and Civicist, for her work to support startups responding to the political moment in the US.

Throughout her career, Julie has searched for opportunities to make a positive impact on the world around her. As a strategy consultant, first with the Boston Consulting Group and then with Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting, she has worked with large companies and non-profit organizations to redefine what good business means.

Julie is also a co-founder of the GreenerMind Summit: a 3-day retreat for change makers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She is originally from France where she received her MBA.

TARA REED, FOUNDER, APPS WITHOUT CODE @TARAREED_ As a non-technical founder, Tara Reed built Kollecto’s app without writing a single line of code. Tara frequently blogs about how to ‘build without code’ and has inspired hundreds of non-technical to founders to launch their own apps, using what she calls a ‘code-free toolkit’. >Tara Reed is a Detroit based entrepreneur & the CEO of fast-growing startup, Kollecto. Prior to launching Kollecto, Tara drove software marketing initiatives at Google, Foursquare, & Microsoft.

TARA REED, FOUNDER, APPS WITHOUT CODE
@TARAREED_

As a non-technical founder, Tara Reed built Kollecto’s app without writing a single line of code. Tara frequently blogs about how to ‘build without code’ and has inspired hundreds of non-technical to founders to launch their own apps, using what she calls a ‘code-free toolkit’.

>Tara Reed is a Detroit based entrepreneur & the CEO of fast-growing startup, Kollecto. Prior to launching Kollecto, Tara drove software marketing initiatives at Google, Foursquare, & Microsoft.

VANESSA ROANHORSE, ROANHORSE CONSULTING @VRROANHORSE  Vanessa is an inclusive solutions-driven problem solver committed to empowering all peoples and delivering impactful mechanisms for social, environmental and economic change. She launched her company Roanhorse Consulting in order work with unheralded populations to achieve and aspire their self-determination through forging communities of practice, creating equity through entrepreneurship, and encouraging economic empowerment from within. Vanessa works with Indigenous founders and founders focused on Indigenous solutions to access resources. Current projects are Cultivating Coders, Changing Woman Initiative, Native Women Business Summit and the Small Business Resource Collaborative. Before moving back to the four corners area, Vanessa was the Senior Manager at an environmental non-profit, Delta Institute, overseeing their energy efficiency, green infrastructure and community engagement portfolio throughout the Great Lakes Region. She is a big fan of tacos, specifically Al Pastor tacos and is a Chicago Bulls fan for life.

VANESSA ROANHORSE, ROANHORSE CONSULTING
@VRROANHORSE 

Vanessa is an inclusive solutions-driven problem solver committed to empowering all peoples and delivering impactful mechanisms for social, environmental and economic change. She launched her company Roanhorse Consulting in order work with unheralded populations to achieve and aspire their self-determination through forging communities of practice, creating equity through entrepreneurship, and encouraging economic empowerment from within. Vanessa works with Indigenous founders and founders focused on Indigenous solutions to access resources. Current projects are Cultivating Coders, Changing Woman Initiative, Native Women Business Summit and the Small Business Resource Collaborative. Before moving back to the four corners area, Vanessa was the Senior Manager at an environmental non-profit, Delta Institute, overseeing their energy efficiency, green infrastructure and community engagement portfolio throughout the Great Lakes Region. She is a big fan of tacos, specifically Al Pastor tacos and is a Chicago Bulls fan for life.

 
ANIYIA WILLIAMS, FOUNDEr, TINSEL FOUNDER, BLACK & BROWN FOUNDERS @OPERAQUEENIE Aniyia's background is in the arts and tech, with over a decade of training in classical music and opera. She's held roles in marketing, community management, business development and non-profit fundraising. She started Tinsel in 2014, in response to the lack of tech products developed with women in mind. After coming up with the idea of an audio accessory that doubles as a beautiful piece of jewelry, she left her role in marketing at Voxer to pursue it fully. Alongside building Tinsel, she served as an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) with CODE2040 and Google for Entrepreneurs. During this residency, she started Black & Brown Founders and through this organization, she continues to spend time working to provide resources and access to underrepresented founders in tech.

ANIYIA WILLIAMS, FOUNDEr, TINSEL
FOUNDER, BLACK & BROWN FOUNDERS

@OPERAQUEENIE

Aniyia's background is in the arts and tech, with over a decade of training in classical music and opera. She's held roles in marketing, community management, business development and non-profit fundraising. She started Tinsel in 2014, in response to the lack of tech products developed with women in mind. After coming up with the idea of an audio accessory that doubles as a beautiful piece of jewelry, she left her role in marketing at Voxer to pursue it fully.

Alongside building Tinsel, she served as an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) with CODE2040 and Google for Entrepreneurs. During this residency, she started Black & Brown Founders and through this organization, she continues to spend time working to provide resources and access to underrepresented founders in tech.

STEPHEN GREEN, TOWNSQUARED Stephen is a recovering banker & venture capitalist. He got the entrepreneurial itch early on, starting his first business as a junior in college. His career has been spent in finance in Portland, Oregon helping firms big and small figure out the stuff they don’t know, that they don’t know. PitchBlack is a pitch competition he started in 2015 to highlight black founders in regions across the country. Spreadsheets are his super power and sneakers are his kryptonite. >He serves on a number of boards & commissions including the Oregon Growth Board & the Oregon Small Business Advisory Cabinet.

STEPHEN GREEN, TOWNSQUARED

Stephen is a recovering banker & venture capitalist. He got the entrepreneurial itch early on, starting his first business as a junior in college. His career has been spent in finance in Portland, Oregon helping firms big and small figure out the stuff they don’t know, that they don’t know. PitchBlack is a pitch competition he started in 2015 to highlight black founders in regions across the country. Spreadsheets are his super power and sneakers are his kryptonite.
>He serves on a number of boards & commissions including the Oregon Growth Board & the Oregon Small Business Advisory Cabinet.