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Women Entrepreneurs Conference WomanCon2013 9/25 nyc SPEAKERS & AGENDA


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Julie Cottineau – Founder & CEO, BrandTwist and Brand School Online

Julie is the Founder and CEO of BrandTwist a brand consultancy that helps entrepreneurs and corporations build their brands and leverage them as actionable business assets.


Colleen DeBaise – Special Projects Director at

Colleen DeBaise
Colleen DeBaise is special projects director at and the author of “The Wall Street Journal Complete Small Business Guidebook.” Prior to that, she was an editor at The


Holly Gordon – Executive Director + Executive Producer, 10×10: Educate Girls, Change the World

Holly Gordon originally joined DocGroup as Vice President of Project Development, and is currently the Executive Director and Executive Producer of DocGroup’s most ambitious and far-reaching project – 10×10: Educate Girls, Change the World, a groundbreaking global social action campaign and film designed to raise awareness and inspire action in support of girls education. It uses the power of story-telling to deliver the message that educating girls in developing nations can transform lives, communities and economies.

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Yao Huang – Partner, Pereg Industries and Founder, The Hatchery

Yao-Hui Huang is a highly entrepreneurial executive who works with businesses and start-ups in many industries with a focus on technology, assisting with revenue and funding.

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Kay Koplovitz – Founder, USA Network, Chairman and CEO, Koplovitz & Company, Chairman and Co-founder, Springboard Enterprises

Kay Koplovitz is the Founder of USA Network, and the Sci-Fi Channel and USA Networks International. She created the business model for cable networks by introducing the concept of two revenue streams – licensing and advertising. Ms. Koplovitz served as Chairperson & CEO until the company was sold for $4.5 Billion in 1998.


Christine Lagorio – Executive Editor,

Christine Lagorio is a writer, editor, and reporter whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Village Voice, and The Believer, among other publications. She is senior writer at Inc.

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Pamela O’Hara – CEO & Cofounder of Batchbook

Pamela is CEO of Batchbook, which she cofounded in 2006. She is responsible for setting the overall direction and product strategy for the company.

Janine Popick

Janine Popick – CEO and Founder, VerticalResponse

Janine Popick is the CEO and founder of VerticalResponse, a leading provider of self-service email marketing, social media, online surveys, event marketing and direct mail solutions empowering small businesses and non-profits to create, manage and analyze their own marketing campaigns.

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JJ Ramberg – Host of MSNBC’s “Your Business”, Co-Founder of Goodsearch

JJ Ramberg is the host of MSNBC’s “Your Business,” the only television show dedicated to issues affecting small business owners and co-author of It’s Your Business: 183 Essential Tips that Will Transform Your Small Business..

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Brett Savage-Simon – Senior Manager of Media Relations for PR Newswire

Brett Savage-Simon is Senior Manager of Media Relations for PR Newswire. She is responsible for growing the use of PRN’s media services among journalists nationwide and provides training and consultation to clients regarding press release writing, pitching and distribution strategy. She also tweets for the company’s award winning twitter account (@PRNewswire) and oversees the company’s network of industry twitter accounts. She occasionally blogs for PR Newswire’s blog, BeyondPR.

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Geri Stengel – President, Ventureneer & Contributor to Forbes

Geri Stengel is president of Ventureneer a digital media and market research company providing education and training for small businesses. For corporations that want to reach small businesses, Ventureneer provides branded marketing and social media opportunities that generate visibility, thought leadership and brand loyalty.

Stengel demonstrates her expertise in small business by writing for Forbes, Huffington Post, Inc., Women 2.0 among other places as well as speaking.

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Peggy Wallace – Managing Partner, Golden Seeds

Peggy Wallace is a Managing Partner of Golden Seeds LLC, an investment firm focused on female entrepreneurs. Golden Seeds operates the 4th largest angel group in the US with 270+ members, 3 venture funds with $40+ million under management, and Knowledge Institute focused on investor education. In total, Golden Seeds has invested $50 million in 52 women-led companies since its creation in 2005.

WomanCon Agenda

Registration & Networking

Turning Ideas into Companies

  • Yao Huang, Founder of The Hatchery


  • JJ Ramberg, host of MSNBC’s It’s Your Business and Co-founder of Goodsearch

Pitch the Media Live

  • Journalist Panel
  • JJ Ramberg, host of MSNBC’s It’s Your Business
  • Christine Lagorio, Executive Editor of

5 Strategies for a Stronger Brand

  • Julie Cottineau, Founder of BrandTwist & former VP of Brand, Virgin

Angels, VCs and More: Getting Money for Growth

  • Panel Discussion
  • Moderated by Geri Stengel, Forbes Contributor & President, Ventureneer
  • Kay Koplovitz, Chairman and CEO, Koplovitz & Company, Chairman and Co-founder, Springboard Enterprises
  • Peggy Wallace, Managing Director, Golden Seeds

Behind the Scenes: Real Stories of Success from Women Founders

  • Sarah Endline, Mastermind and Chief Rioter, Sweetriot
  • Pamela O’Hara, Co-Founder of Batchbook Software, Chairwoman of The Small Business Web
  • Janine Popick, CEO & Founder of VerticalResponse

About the WomanCon Team

Laura Leites, Founder and Producer

LLheadshotINFIn addition to founding WomanCon, Laura Leites plans and manages events for clients through her company, L2 Event Production.

Through L2 Event Production, Laura has been planning and executing events geared toward small business owners for years. Her projects include the Small Business Influencer Awards (now in its third year), Crowdopolis NYC 2013, the first annual Zoho User Conference 2012, and many of SmallBizTechnology’s live and virtual events, as well as  The Small Business Summit and’s five-city Small Business Technology Tour (both sold in January 2013 to BlogWorld NMX).

In addition to planning and executing events, Laura is also editor of the popular roundup of events and competitions for small business published weekly on Small Business Trends and

She serves on the Board of Directors of the LifeWorx Foundation.  As a working mother of three, all under the age of 13, Laura never stops looking for new ways to make it all work.

On Twitter: @lauraleites

Adrienne Garland, Director of Marketing and Community

ALG Headshot 2013Adrienne Garland is a seasoned marketing professional with more than 20 years of hands-on success in senior marketing roles for entertainment and technology companies such as Cablevision, PR Newswire and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Leveraging her knowledge, experience and relationships, Adrienne launched KMS Group, Inc., a digital marketing agency that helps small and mid-sized women businesses create, grow and sustain effective and cohesive marketing strategies and plans that drive profit.

Adrienne is an adaptable and dependable thought leader who thrives in challenging, pressure-filled environments and excels at connecting people to build their businesses and promote loyalty. Her track record of increasing revenues, driving new market penetration, and generating significant cost savings through leveraging strategic marketing tools and resources has made her a sought-after expert and speaker. Adrienne has moderated social media roundtable discussions, participated as a panelist for career transition discussions for New York University students, guest lectured at Nassau Community College and hosted an HDTV infomercial.

Adrienne holds her MBA in Marketing, with a concentration in Entertainment, Media and Technology from the New York University Stern School of Business.  She resides in Nassau County in Sea Cliff, New York with her husband, two children and newfoundland, Shamu.

On Twitter: @KANDOnow

Advisory Board

Ramon Ray

Ramon-nyit-28_LowResRamon is Marketing & Technology Evangelist, Infusionsoft and He is passionate about helping small businesses grow their businesses using technology as a strategic asset.

He is a journalist, free lance writer, event producer (Small Business Summit, Small Business Technology Tour, Small Business Influencer Awards), speaker and author.  His third book is best seller “Facebook Guide to Small Business Marketing”, (Wiley, Winter 2013).

Ramon is not just an ivory tower geek, but as a former technology consultant has hands on experience in a variety of technologies including social media, mobile computing, computer networks, online software and more. Ramon’s expertise is technology, marketing and sales (personal branding, networking, business growth).

Over his extensive career Ramon has written thousands of articles, spoken to thousands of business owners and impacted hundreds of thousands of small businesses to help their businesses thrive, using technology.

See Ramon’s full bio at  On Twitter: @ramonray

Anita Campbell

anitaAnita Campbell is Publisher of Small Business Trends, reaching 6 million small business owners and stakeholders annually, and BizSugar, a social media site for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Anita was an expert source for the Intuit Future of Small Business Report, and was a long-time board member of NEOSA, the technology network of, and the University of Akron’s Center for Information Technology and eBusiness. Formerly Senior Vice President and then CEO of a technology subsidiary of Bell & Howell Company, Anita is a frequent speaker who contributes writings across the Web. She is the author of Visual Marketing (Wiley 2011).

On Twitter: @SmallBizTrends

Beth Silver

bethBeth Silver has been helping entrepreneurs and business owners leverage their business assets to increase sales, customer communications, and brand effectiveness for over ten years.  As Managing Director of Doubet Consulting, a marketing and PR firm focused on empowering business owners, Beth’s well-rounded and unique perspective has helped companies of all sizes improve how they bring their products and services to market.  Companies that have worked with Doubet include Classroom School Uniforms, The Jewish Education Project, Small Business Summit, the UJA Federation, NY Expo Business & Conference, Sci-Tech Kids and others.

Prior to starting Doubet Consulting in 2000, Beth was responsible for the French Toast and Bugle Boy Official School Wear brands, for which she launched their first catalogs and websites thereby increasing sales and distribution channels from wholesale to both wholesale and retail. Beth began her career at USA Networks where she worked in both the creative services and consumer promotions area for USA Network and launched The Sci-Fi Channel, USA Latin America and Sci-Fi Europe.

Beth is a member of many networking organizations including NAWBO-NYC, NAFE, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, MENG and others.  When Beth is not running Doubet Consulting, she is also known as Beth Pilchik, Evan’s wife and Miles and Matthew’s mom.

On Twitter: @bsilver


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