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 is a design and strategy-oriented entrepreneur, speaker, advisor, and writer. He’s researching how to build better companies, especially in unfundable markets targeted by unfundable people. He’s interested in software productivity, business strategy, new startup funding models, improving entrepreneurs, and including more people in the software revolution

LUKE KANIES, fOUNDER, PUPPET
@PUPPETMASTRD

Luke Kanies is a design and strategy-oriented entrepreneur, speaker, advisor, and writer. He’s researching how to build better companies, especially in unfundable markets targeted by unfundable people. He’s interested in software productivity, business strategy, new startup funding models, improving entrepreneurs, and including more people in the software revolution

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.

Jon Sotsky, Knight foundation Jon Sotsky is a champion for data-driven strategy in the social sector. He has worked with dozens of companies, funders and social enterprises to increase their impact through research, evaluation and strategic planning. Presently, Jon serves as the Director of Strategy & Assessment at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a private foundation supporting civic innovation, journalism and the arts. He had led research concerning the civic tech landscape, voting and public engagement, and local journalism. Jon previously was a consultant at Mission Measurement where he advised Fortune 500 companies, national foundations and nonprofits on social impact strategy and measurement. Prior to that, Jon worked at IBM as a business services consultant in their media practice. He serves on the boards of DataKind, an organization harnessing data science for good, and Media Impact Funders. Jon graduated from Cornell University with a degree in applied economics.

Jon Sotsky, Knight foundation

Jon Sotsky is a champion for data-driven strategy in the social sector. He has worked with dozens of companies, funders and social enterprises to increase their impact through research, evaluation and strategic planning. Presently, Jon serves as the Director of Strategy & Assessment at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a private foundation supporting civic innovation, journalism and the arts. He had led research concerning the civic tech landscape, voting and public engagement, and local journalism. Jon previously was a consultant at Mission Measurement where he advised Fortune 500 companies, national foundations and nonprofits on social impact strategy and measurement. Prior to that, Jon worked at IBM as a business services consultant in their media practice. He serves on the boards of DataKind, an organization harnessing data science for good, and Media Impact Funders. Jon graduated from Cornell University with a degree in applied economics.

Julianne ZIMMERMAN, Reinventure capital Julianne started her professional life as an aspiring astronaut with degrees in aero / astro engineering from MIT and University of Maryland. Over 14 years, her first career included multiple “firsts” and professional honors, including being a finalist twice in the NASA astronaut selection process. Continuing her dedication to deploying technologies serving the greater good, she turned to her second career; this time as an entrepreneur. As a co-founder, advisor, consultant, mentor and board member, she has guided startup and established companies to reinvent and innovate in varied industries, including telecom, healthcare, defense, power, and social services. At the outset of her third career, still putting technology to work for the greater good, she co-founded a seed-stage venture practice in which she made four investments circa 2013/2014; all four companies are still alive and thriving. She is now Founder and Managing Director of Reinventure Capital which is raising a $50M fund to invest in companies led by women and people of color, to deliver both social impact and financial return. Deeply committed to the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, Julianne has spent more than a decade cultivating the community in the US and internationally, and frequently speaks on a variety of related subjects. She also teaches Innovative Social Enterprises at Tufts University, mentors through the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, and serves as a judge for the MIT$100k, Tufts $100k, MassChallenge, and other competitions.

Julianne ZIMMERMAN, Reinventure capital

Julianne started her professional life as an aspiring astronaut with degrees in aero / astro engineering from MIT and University of Maryland. Over 14 years, her first career included multiple “firsts” and professional honors, including being a finalist twice in the NASA astronaut selection process. Continuing her dedication to deploying technologies serving the greater good, she turned to her second career; this time as an entrepreneur. As a co-founder, advisor, consultant, mentor and board member, she has guided startup and established companies to reinvent and innovate in varied industries, including telecom, healthcare, defense, power, and social services. At the outset of her third career, still putting technology to work for the greater good, she co-founded a seed-stage venture practice in which she made four investments circa 2013/2014; all four companies are still alive and thriving. She is now Founder and Managing Director of Reinventure Capital which is raising a $50M fund to invest in companies led by women and people of color, to deliver both social impact and financial return. Deeply committed to the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, Julianne has spent more than a decade cultivating the community in the US and internationally, and frequently speaks on a variety of related subjects. She also teaches Innovative Social Enterprises at Tufts University, mentors through the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, and serves as a judge for the MIT$100k, Tufts $100k, MassChallenge, and other competitions.

 
Chloe Sladden, #angels Chloe advises start-ups, invests in early stage companies, and is a board member at Gannett (NYSE: GCI, publisher of USA Today and over 100 local media organizations). As a founding partner of #Angels, she seeks out teams and products that can have disproportionate impact. Some of her investments include Color Genomics, eero, Mystro, Prefer and uBeam. At Twitter (2009-2014), she built media partnerships and strategy from the ground up, and oversaw Twitter’s growth from a few dozen celebrities and journalists to daily participation by tens of thousands of the world’s most high profile individuals and media companies. She was responsible for the quality of Twitter’s content across news, music, TV, sports and politics and ensured Twitter was indelibly woven into traditional and new media. By 2013, Twitter was integrated on-air in over 60% of primetime programming across top-rated networks. In 2015, Twitter won an Emmy for innovation in TV engagement.

Chloe Sladden, #angels

Chloe advises start-ups, invests in early stage companies, and is a board member at Gannett (NYSE: GCI, publisher of USA Today and over 100 local media organizations). As a founding partner of #Angels, she seeks out teams and products that can have disproportionate impact. Some of her investments include Color Genomics, eero, Mystro, Prefer and uBeam.

At Twitter (2009-2014), she built media partnerships and strategy from the ground up, and oversaw Twitter’s growth from a few dozen celebrities and journalists to daily participation by tens of thousands of the world’s most high profile individuals and media companies. She was responsible for the quality of Twitter’s content across news, music, TV, sports and politics and ensured Twitter was indelibly woven into traditional and new media. By 2013, Twitter was integrated on-air in over 60% of primetime programming across top-rated networks. In 2015, Twitter won an Emmy for innovation in TV engagement.

Delilah Panio, sheeo As the founder of Fortuna, Delilah is passionate about helping women build their dream companies and achieve economic independence through entrepreneurship. Through HER one-on-one consulting and soon to be launched online courses, Delilah works with clients on their business and funding strategy to get investor-ready.  she is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of We Are Enough, a non-profit that educates women on why and how to invest in women-owned businesses and/or with a gender lens.  Delilah is very active in the LA entrepreneur community, including as a frequent speaker and pitch coach for organizations such as the Women Founders Network. she is the former Co-Chair of Women in LAVA (Los Angeles Venture Association), and was the L.A. Lead for SheEO's 2016 Radical Generosity program, an innovative new model funding model that calls upon women to commit $1,000 each into a perpetual fund to invest in women-led ventures.  her background is as a capital markets expert with 10 years in business development at the Toronto Stock Exchange, including as the Director, Business Development & Strategy. she has advised many companies on the going public process and can provide an understanding of private and public financing options in Canada and the United States.  Delilah holds an MBA in Enterprise Development and a BA in English, and has completed a certification as a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner.

Delilah Panio, sheeo

As the founder of Fortuna, Delilah is passionate about helping women build their dream companies and achieve economic independence through entrepreneurship. Through HER one-on-one consulting and soon to be launched online courses, Delilah works with clients on their business and funding strategy to get investor-ready. 

she is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of We Are Enough, a non-profit that educates women on why and how to invest in women-owned businesses and/or with a gender lens. 

Delilah is very active in the LA entrepreneur community, including as a frequent speaker and pitch coach for organizations such as the Women Founders Network. she is the former Co-Chair of Women in LAVA (Los Angeles Venture Association), and was the L.A. Lead for SheEO's 2016 Radical Generosity program, an innovative new model funding model that calls upon women to commit $1,000 each into a perpetual fund to invest in women-led ventures. 

her background is as a capital markets expert with 10 years in business development at the Toronto Stock Exchange, including as the Director, Business Development & Strategy. she has advised many companies on the going public process and can provide an understanding of private and public financing options in Canada and the United States. 

Delilah holds an MBA in Enterprise Development and a BA in English, and has completed a certification as a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner.

Andrew Dumont, Curious capital Andrew Dumont is a serial technologist with a passion for building, growing and investing in early-stage companies.  He's currently the founder of Curious Capital. Previously, Andrew worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Betaworks, a startup studio that has invested in companies like Tumblr and AirBnB, and has created companies like Bitly, Giphy and Chartbeat. This led him to his most recent role as the Chief Marketing Officer at Bitly. Since the age of 18, Andrew has been building and growing startup companies like Moz (>$35M in revenue), Seesmic (acquired by Hootsuite), Stride (acquired by ProsperWorks) and Tatango. He's worked across all areas of the customer acquisition funnel, from awareness through retention, with a heavy emphasis on SaaS and consumer internet. Andrew also advises at groups like Techstars and Startup Weekend, and is an occasional columnist for Inc. Magazine. Forbes named Andrew one of 30 innovators under the age of 30 in marketing, the United Nations appointed him an entrepreneurial delegate, and he's spoken around the globe on all topics digital.  A proud Seattle native, Andrew currently splits time between Seattle and New York City with his beloved espresso machine and obligatory Nirvana albums.

Andrew Dumont, Curious capital

Andrew Dumont is a serial technologist with a passion for building, growing and investing in early-stage companies. 

He's currently the founder of Curious Capital. Previously, Andrew worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Betaworks, a startup studio that has invested in companies like Tumblr and AirBnB, and has created companies like Bitly, Giphy and Chartbeat. This led him to his most recent role as the Chief Marketing Officer at Bitly.

Since the age of 18, Andrew has been building and growing startup companies like Moz (>$35M in revenue), Seesmic (acquired by Hootsuite), Stride (acquired by ProsperWorks) and Tatango. He's worked across all areas of the customer acquisition funnel, from awareness through retention, with a heavy emphasis on SaaS and consumer internet. Andrew also advises at groups like Techstars and Startup Weekend, and is an occasional columnist for Inc. Magazine.

Forbes named Andrew one of 30 innovators under the age of 30 in marketing, the United Nations appointed him an entrepreneurial delegate, and he's spoken around the globe on all topics digital. 

A proud Seattle native, Andrew currently splits time between Seattle and New York City with his beloved espresso machine and obligatory Nirvana albums.

COREY FORD, Matter Corey Ford is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Matter, a start-up accelerator for entrepreneurs building scalable media ventures that create a more informed, empathetic, and inclusive society.  Matter invests seed capital and provides intensive support through a human-centered, prototype-driven start-up accelerator in San Francisco. Prior to Matter, Corey built Runway, a pre-team, pre-idea incubator forentrepreneurs at Innovation Endeavors. He also taught design thinkinginnovation at the Institute of Design at Stanford University, also knownas the d.school. Corey began his career in public broadcasting managingthe production of 17 films for the PBS/WGBH series FRONTLINE, winningan Emmy and a duPont-Columbia Gold Baton Award. He earned an MBA at Stanford and was a Morehead Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill.

COREY FORD, Matter

Corey Ford is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Matter, a start-up accelerator for entrepreneurs building scalable media ventures that create a more informed, empathetic, and inclusive society.  Matter invests seed capital and provides intensive support through a human-centered, prototype-driven start-up accelerator in San Francisco. Prior to Matter, Corey built Runway, a pre-team, pre-idea incubator forentrepreneurs at Innovation Endeavors. He also taught design thinkinginnovation at the Institute of Design at Stanford University, also knownas the d.school. Corey began his career in public broadcasting managingthe production of 17 films for the PBS/WGBH series FRONTLINE, winningan Emmy and a duPont-Columbia Gold Baton Award. He earned an MBA at Stanford and was a Morehead Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Ryan Carson, Treehouse Founder and CEO of Treehouse, and online coding school with 80,000+ enrolled students. We help adult students go from zero to job ready and we also help companies close their skills gaps.  

Ryan Carson, Treehouse

Founder and CEO of Treehouse, and online coding school with 80,000+ enrolled students. We help adult students go from zero to job ready and we also help companies close their skills gaps.
 

Aner Ben-Ami, CANDIDE GROUP Aner is Managing Director at Candide Group where he provides high-touch support for clients with a deep commitment to social and environmental justice values.  As an investor, Aner actively champions alternatives to the VC model, and has led multiple investments using alternative deal terms.   Previously, Aner was a Project Leader with the Boston Consulting Group in Chicago, where he advised clients in the energy and transportation sectors on a wide range of strategic challenges and opportunities. Earlier in his career, he worked at Israel’s leading project finance and strategy consultancy. Aner holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BA in Economics and History from Tel Aviv University. He also served as an intelligence officer in the Israeli Defense Forces.

Aner Ben-Ami, CANDIDE GROUP

Aner is Managing Director at Candide Group where he provides high-touch support for clients with a deep commitment to social and environmental justice values.  As an investor, Aner actively champions alternatives to the VC model, and has led multiple investments using alternative deal terms.  

Previously, Aner was a Project Leader with the Boston Consulting Group in Chicago, where he advised clients in the energy and transportation sectors on a wide range of strategic challenges and opportunities. Earlier in his career, he worked at Israel’s leading project finance and strategy consultancy.

Aner holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BA in Economics and History from Tel Aviv University. He also served as an intelligence officer in the Israeli Defense Forces.

 
 
 

DazzleCon 2017 Facilitators 

Cameron Burgess

Neil Kimmelfield

Janet Clesse-Hager

Cylvia Hayes

April Rinne

Jerry Michalski

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