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Women Entrepreneurs Festival 2014

January 14 – 15, 2014

Welcome

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It takes courage to start a business. It takes courage to leave a good paying, high status job to start a business or to spend more time with your family. You’ve got to be brave to raise money, to hire and fire people, to know when to let go, to know when to rev up. Women have always been brave within the societal roles set up for them; some women were bold enough to escape those boundaries. Today, we have more choices than any other time in history. And so, it takes even more courage to make the choices that are right for you.

The goal of the WE Festival is: to sow the seeds for a community of women entrepreneurs, to expose women who have not yet taken the entrepreneurial leap, the pre-entrepreneurs, to women who have. No one person flew the Spaceship Enterprise, it took a team. At the WE Festival you will find not only a team of extraordinary panelists, but you will meet a whole village of women all aiming to explore the frontier.

No matter what stage your business is in—just starting, recently launched, ready to scale– this year’s Festival is designed for you. There’s nothing more important to an entrepreneur than good information, sound advice, a supportive and generous community of peers, and great conversation. We focus on nuts and bolts: what you need to know to make your business a success from people who’ve been where you are now. And we give you time and space to meet and get to know each other.

Come ready to work! Attendance is limited to 250 participants. Find the application here. You will be notified if you have been accepted within a week of applying.

Here are some images from the 2013 WE Festival on Flickr

contact:
Midori Yasuda
itp.inquiries@nyu.edu
(212) 998-1882
#wefestival

    

The WE Festival will be streamed by Livestream and is produced by ITP.  ITP is a two-year graduate program located in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University whose mission is to explore the imaginative use of communications technologies — how they might augment, improve, and bring delight and art into people’s lives. Perhaps the best way to describe us is as a Center for the Recently Possible.

Schedule

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

@ Stern School of Business, NYU
Paulson Auditorium
40 West 4th St, New York

5:30pm
Doors open

Registration and Coat Check

6pm – 7pm
Keynote Speaker: Anne-Marie Slaughter

In 2012 Anne-Marie Slaughter published an article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” in The Atlantic, which quickly became the most read article in the history of the magazine and helped spawn a renewed national debate on the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality on the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality.

She is currently the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. Beginning in September 2013, she will assume the presidency of the New America Foundation, a public policy institute and idea incubator based in Washington and New York, and will become a professor emerita at Princeton. From 2009–2011 she served as Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Upon leaving the State Department she received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, as well as meritorious service awards from USAID and the Supreme Allied Commander for Europe. Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002–2009 and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School from 1994-2002.

Dr. Slaughter has written or edited six books, including A NEW WORLD ORDER (2004) and THE IDEA THAT IS AMERICA: KEEPING FAITH WITH OUR VALUES IN A DANGEROUS WORLD (2007), and over 100 scholarly articles. She was the convener and academic co-chair, with Professor John Ikenberry, of the Princeton Project on National Security, a multi-year research project aimed at developing a new, bipartisan national security strategy for the United States.

7pm – 9pm
Cocktail Reception

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

@ NYU Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South, New York
10th Floor, Rosenthal Pavilion

9am – 9:30am
Breakfast & Registration

9:30am – 10:15am
Opening Remarks

Joanne Wilson, Festival Co-Chair, Gotham Gal
Lauren Zander, Co-Founder and Chairman, Handel Group

10:30am – 12:15pm
Morning Sessions

There will be four workshops, each hosted by a panel of experts to answer your questions, outline a roadmap to success, give specific advice, guidance, and information for the critical issues at four different stages of a company’s life. None of the panelists have had a smooth, straight ride to where they are today. The bumpy roads they had to travel — curves, cliffs, detours, and more — have sweetened and strengthened their successes today.

1. From Leap to Launch
This session is devoted to the earliest stages of a business — from the concept to the product. You have an idea, how and where do you start? This panel will cover an array of topics such as: how to research a market, how to test your assumptions, where to find co-founders, when to leave your day job, and more; how to build buzz, how to pitch media the right way, what to do on launch day, and more.
Panelists:
Tanya Menendez, Co-Founder, Maker’s Row
Kellee James, Founder and CEO, Mercaris
Moderator: Alyson Shontell, Senior Reporter, Business Insider

2. Get Traction/ Go To Scale
You have users and you’re up and running. How do you keep this early traction going? How do you scale? What are the dangers of scaling too soon? How must your company change to grow? How can you manage change? During this session, our entrepreneurs will discuss: how to evangelize your early adopters, how to decide whether you should bootstrap or raise angel money, how to stretch your marketing dollars,etc. And then how do you take your company to the next level and scale? How do you create, keep or change your culture?
Panelists:
Chantel Waterbury, Founder and CEO, Chloe + Isabel
Jean Brownhill Lauer, Founder and CEO, Sweeten
Moderator: Vanessa O’Connell, Entrepreneurship Editor, The Wall Street Journal

3. Raising Capital
How do you get the money you need to build the business you want? You ask for it. Who do you ask? When do you ask? How do you ask? Now those are interesting questions! Essential, also perhaps the most difficult thing for women, in two ways: by nature, and by the fact that it’s harder for women to get funding. This panel will address the practical aspects of raising capital.
Panelists:
Elizabeth Iorns, Co-founder and CEO of Science Exchange
Crystal Hutter, CEO, Edmodo
Moderator: Jessica Harris, Producer and Host, From Scratch

4. Business Building
There’s your product, your service. And then there’s your business. Finding the right partners, the right investors, the right vendors — hiring and firing them: that’s part of your job. Finding the right vendors, making demands, finding space, setting up internal systems: that’s part of your job. Protecting your IP, your business like you would protect your own child: that’s part of your job, and this panel will discuss these issues.
Panelists:
Kara Goldin, CEO and Founder, hint, Inc.
Jen Bekman Gallerist, Entrepreneur, and Writer
Moderator: Adaora Udoji, Interim President, News Deeply

12:30pm – 2pm
Lunch

2:15pm – 3:45pm
High-Speed Networking

This session is speed dating for your business. Bring your business cards, your elevator pitch, what stage you are in your business, help you are looking for, etc.

4pm – 4:30pm
Coffee & Dessert

4:30pm – 5pm
Afternoon Speaker

Geraldine Laybourne, Chairman of Alloy and Chairman of KANDU

5pm
Wrap-Up and Farewell

Nancy Hechinger, Festival Co-Chair, ITP Faculty

Speakers

Jen Bekman Gallerist, Entrepreneur, and Writer
Kara Goldin, CEO and Founder, hint, Inc.
Jessica Harris, Producer and Host, From Scratch
Nancy Hechinger, Festival Co-Chair, ITP Faculty
Crystal Hutter, CEO, Edmodo
Elizabeth Iorns, Co-founder and CEO of Science Exchange
Kellee James, Founder and CEO, Mercaris
Jean Brownhill Lauer, Founder and CEO, Sweeten
Geraldine Laybourne, Chairman of Alloy and Chairman of KANDU
Tanya Menendez, Co-Founder, Maker’s Row
Vanessa O’Connell, Entrepreneurship Editor, The Wall Street Journal
Alyson Shontell, Senior Reporter, Business Insider
Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America Foundation
Adaora Udoji, Interim President, News Deeply
Chantel Waterbury, Founder and CEO, Chloe + Isabel
Joanne Wilson, Festival Co-Chair, Gotham Gal
Lauren Zander, Co-Founder and Chairman, Handel Group

Jen Bekman

Jen Bekman is a gallerist, entrepreneur, and writer. After building a successful internet career at companies including New York Online, Electric Minds, Disney/GO Networks, Netscape, and Meetup, Jen opened her eponymous gallery in downtown New York in 2003. She created the photo competition Hey, Hot Shot! in 2005. Her most well known venture is the pioneering website 20×200, an ecommerce business that offers limited-edition fine art prints at affordable prices; Jen is the site’s curator and its CEO. A builder and denizen of online communities since before the advent of the World Wide Web, Jen is currently most active on Twitter (@jenbee) and Tumblr (at jenbee.tumblr.com).

Kara Goldin

Kara Goldin is chief executive officer and founder of San Francisco based hint Inc., which produces all-natural essence waters, with no sweeteners and nothing artificial. Since its official launch in April 2005, hint® has received numerous accolades from national publications including “Best Flavored Water” (in Health, Men’s Health, and SELF in both 2010 and 2012), “Best Enhanced Water” (BottledWaterWorld and BevNET) and “Top 25 New Products” (in Prevention).  Kara started hint, Inc. to make it easier for consumers to lead a healthy lifestyle. Unsweetened hint water has successfully challenged the notion that drinks must contain sugar or diet sweeteners to appeal to the consumer. Flavored only with natural fruit essence, hint delivers refreshment without unnecessary additives and sweeteners.

hint’s latest market innovation and brand extension is the introduction of hintfizz, a carbonated version of hint Water, that received the 2012 Better Homes and Gardens “Best New Product Award” as well as the 2012 Silver Stevie Award for “Best New Product or Service of the Year.” Her authority in the beverage industry has propelled her to be a leading media resource and contributor to national outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, MORE, The Huffington Post, Forbes.com, Reuters and Businessweek as well as appearances on national programs including CNBC and Fox News.

With an extraordinary track record of business success, Kara was formerly the Vice President of Shopping and E-commerce Partnerships at AOL, where she grew AOL’s shopping business from startup to more than $1 billion in revenue in less than 7 years.

Kara has been selected among only 10 other women as Fortune’s 2011 “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs,” and was named in 2012 as one of Ernst and Young’s “Entrepreneurial Winning Women.” She was honored as the 2012 Gold Stevie Award Winner for “Female Entrepreneur of the Year” in the category of Business Products and was listed as a “Rising Star” and a “CEO to Watch in 2013” by the American Express website, OpenForum.com. Kara’s most recent accolade includes being named one of the “40 Women to Watch Over 40,” a list emphasizing the accomplishments of women who are making major professional contributions after the age of 40, which is also recognized by Forbes.

hint is available at leading retailers and is one of the top beverages at Google, Facebook and other forward-thinking companies. Kara currently lives near San Francisco with her husband Theo (hint’s COO), four children and two Labradors. She is an active member of SFBay YPO.

Jessica Harris

Jessica Harris is the producer and host of From Scratch. Prior to her work in radio, Jessica was a documentary filmmaker who produced and directed a critically acclaimed documentary film about WWII, called On Common Ground.  The film included commentary by Tom Brokaw, Walter Cronkite and John Kenneth Galbraith and was released widely on DVD and television (PBS).  Jessica formerly worked with Woody Allen on his film Sweet and Low Down.Jessica is a board member of Jacob’s Pillow and the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School, located in the Berkshires in Massachusetts, and the Civilians Theater Company, located in New York City.  Jessica is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Business School.  She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Jessica lives in New York City with her husband and three children.

Nancy Hechinger

Nancy Hechinger is on the full-time faculty at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunication Program. She has a diverse background in education — including multimedia and film production, the development of interactive museum exhibits, and publishing– and in the strategic uses of information and telecommunication technologies, focusing particularly on how technology might make science more accessible, and also promoting the teaching and learning of essential twenty-first-century skills . She was the founding Director of the National Center for Science Literacy, Education, and Technology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Prior to that she was a founding partner and the Director of Technology for the Edison Project, a private company that manages public schools using a comprehensive new school design with technology at its core. She was on the Senior Design Team of Apple’s Multimedia Lab(1988-1990).She received her B.A. in 1969 from Sarah Lawrence College, and an MFA in Writing (Poetry) in 2009. Her poems have been published in several journals, including, Gargoyle, The MacGuffin, RiverSedge, Salamander and Red Wheelbarrow. A chapbook, Letter to Leonard Cohen, was published in March 2011.

Crystal Hutter

Crystal Hutter is the Chief Executive Officer at Edmodo, an organization committed to ensuring that all learners reach their full potential. She joined Edmodo in 2010 as part of the founding team and was named CEO in March 2013. Prior to Edmodo, Crystal made global investments in microfinance, mobile banking, and education ventures for Omidyar Network. Previously, she worked as a senior engineer at Oracle Corporation where she provided technical consulting for Oracle’s North American government, education, and healthcare groups. Crystal has an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Elizabeth Iorns

Dr. Elizabeth Iorns is co-founder and chief executive officer of Science Exchange, the online marketplace for science experiments. The mission of Science Exchange is to improve the efficiency of scientific research by making it easy for researchers to access resources and experimental expertise at any research institution. She has a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from the Institute of Cancer Research in London, and a Post Doctorate in Cancer Biology from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. She has received a range of honors, including the 2012 Kauffman Foundation Emerging Entrepreneur Award, Nature Magazine’s ‘Ten People Who Mattered in 2012’, and is a graduate of the Y Combinator Summer 2011 program. Based on her own experiences as a young investigator seeking core facility capabilities and collaborations, Dr. Iorns co-founded Science Exchange. In 2012, after recognizing the need to create a positive incentive system that rewards independent validation of results, Dr. Iorns created the Reproducibility Initiative.

Kellee James

Kellee James is Founder and CEO of Mercaris, a market data service and trading platform for organic, non-GMO and other identity-preserved agricultural commodities.

Prior to Mercaris, Kellee spent five years at the start-up company Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), the first electronic trading platform and registry for spot, futures and options contracts on carbon, sulfur, clean energy and other environmental derivatives. CCX was acquired by the InterContinental Exchange in 2010. In 2009, she was appointed by President Barack Obama as a White House Fellow where she advised members of the administration on environmental markets.  She has also worked with coffee farmers and commodity banks in Latin America on risk management and income diversification strategies. Kellee was named by both Black Enterprise Magazine and Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine as a ’40 under 40′ rising leader. Ms. James is an Aspen Institute Catto Environmental Fellow and has also served on the board of Net Impact, a membership organization of more than 12,000 MBA professionals committed to sustainability through corporate responsibility.  She is currently a non-resident senior fellow at the Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies, a  think tank in Washington, DC.  Kellee received her MBA and MA in International Development from American University and completed a BA in Spanish from the University of Kentucky.

Jean Brownhill Lauer

Jean Brownhilll Lauer is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sweeten.com, an award-winning website that matches home and small business owners with renovation needs to the best architects, designers and general contractors for their projects. Currently the site, which she launched in 2011, hosts over $35 million in construction projects in the New York City area and was named “Best Contractor Locator” by New York Magazine’s Best of 2012.

Before founding Sweeten, Jean oversaw store design for Coach Inc. as the Senior Manager of Global Architecture. It was there that she created web tools and a database of design standards used to facilitate the design and construction of the company’s +200 stores globally, a project that won her the Chairman’s Award. Prior to joining Coach, Jean worked at several New York architecture firms specializing in high-end residential construction.

Jean earned a Bachelor of Architecture from The Cooper Union, and in 2011 was one of nine winners of the prestigious Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. While there she co-founded the African American Student Union, where she currently sits as the organization’s Chairwoman.

Geraldine Laybourne

Geraldine “Gerry” Laybourne founded Oxygen Media and served as its Chairman and CEO until it was sold in 2007 to NBC Universal. She was the first President of Nickelodeon and the President of Disney/ABC Cable Networks. Currently, she is a non-executive Chairman of Alloy, a media company focused on the millennial generation and Chairman of KANDU, a start-up consumer technology company for kids.

Tanya Menendez

Tanya is the Co-Founder and COO of Maker’s Row. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tanya studied technology and its socioeconomic impacts on rural economies at UCSD. Conducting a number of studies on financial technology advancements in Oaxaca, Mexico, she co-authored “The Economics of Migration”, published by the University of California. Shortly thereafter, Menendez joined the Google Strategy and Integration group advising on internal system operations. In 2011 Menendez partnered with Matthew Burnett on The Brooklyn Bakery to manage sales and operations. While at The Brooklyn Bakery, she came up with the idea to create a platform for entrepreneurs to be able to easily access American manufacturers. Combining her experience in operations / automation with Matthew’s experience in global manufacturing, they started Maker’s Row.

Vanessa O’Connell

Vanessa O’Connell is The Wall Street Journal’s entrepreneurship editor. She is the founder of The Accelerators, a daily blog where experienced angel investors, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs share their insights about the challenges of starting a new business. She is also a member of the core team of editors who created the “WSJ Startup of the Year,” a new documentary that combines promising startups with experienced mentors. You can follow the blog and the documentary @WSJstartup.

A reporter, writer and editor at The Wall Street Journal for 17 years, Vanessa is also co-author of Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France and the Greatest Conspiracy in the History of Sports. (October 2013, Gotham Books.)

Her recent honors include:
– George Polk Award 2012, for an investigative series on insider trading
– Loeb finalist 2012, insider trading
– Pulitzer Prize Finalist- National Reporting 2011, investigative coverage of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
– Headliner Award, beat reporting 2011, oil spill
– Headliner Award, investigative sports reporting 2011, investigative coverage doping in cycling
– New York Press Club Award 2012, insider trading
– New York Press Club Award 2011, doping in cycling
– Gerald Loeb Award 2011, oil spill
– Newswomen’s Club of New York’s Front Page Award 2004, for investigative series on Big Tobacco
– Nominated by The Wall Street Journal for the 1999 Pulitzer Prize, for an investigative series on guns.
You can follow her on twitter at @VanessaOConnell.

Alyson Shontell

Alyson joined Business Insider in July 2008 as the 6th employee. Formerly Sales Planner, Alyson is now a Senior Reporter. She primarily covers technology with a focus on startups.

Alyson is also the host of Business Insider’s conferences. She has appeared on CNBC and CNN and interviewed media personalities like Dr. Oz.

She graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications where she majored in psychology and advertising.

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter is currently the President and CEO of the New America Foundation, a public policy institute and idea incubator based in Washington and New York. She is also the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–2011 she served as Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Upon leaving the State Department she received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, as well as meritorious service awards from USAID and the Supreme Allied Commander for Europe. Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002–2009 and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School from 1994-2002.Dr. Slaughter has written or edited six books, including A New World Order (2004) and The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World (2007), and over 100 scholarly articles. She was the convener and academic co-chair, with Professor John Ikenberry, of the Princeton Project on National Security, a multi-year research project aimed at developing a new, bipartisan national security strategy for the United States. In 2012 she published the article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” in The Atlantic, which quickly became the most read article in the history of the magazine and helped spawn a renewed national debate on the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality.Dr. Slaughter is a contributing editor at The Atlantic and writes a monthly column for Project Syndicate. She provides frequent commentary for both mainstream and new media and curates foreign policy news for over 80,000 followers on Twitter.  Foreign Policy magazine named her to their annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.  She received a B.A. from Princeton, an M.Phil and D.Phil in international relations from Oxford, where she was a Daniel M. Sachs Scholar, and a J.D. from Harvard. She is married to Professor Andrew Moravcsik; they live in Princeton with their two sons.

Adaora Udoji

Adaora is a Nigerian name meaning daughter of all. For the past dozen years she’s made good on her destiny as a global nomad, living and reporting from all over the world. She recently joined the startup News Deeply as Interim President. News Deeply is an award winning new media & digital design startup. Their mission is to bring insight and information to complex global issues involving geo-political, environmental, technology and public health. A lover of innovation and digital technology, Adaora founded The Boshia Group, an international network of strategists, advisors, operational specialists, content developers and producers.  The Group provides content and project management, as well as editorial and production frameworks serving clients such as startups, new media and tech companies; law and investment firms; and venture capital and investment concerns.In 2013, she was named a Pipeline Fund Fellow, focusing on angel investing.  Adaora serves as a mentor for Women Innovate Mobile, a startup accelerator and also as an advisor to several startups at the nexus of new media and technology.  Most recently, she’s been a keynote speaker at Girls Who Code and The Startup Institute, NYC. Adaora is an award-winning journalist and lawyer.  She’s been a correspondent, an anchor and co-host on television and public radio for ABC News, CNN Court TV, and WYNC. She’s reported on stories from Sago, West Virginia to Dornoch, Scotland to Baghdad, Iraq.   Among her awards, she was among those who contributed to CNN receiving the Peabody Award for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and a DuPont-Columbia University Award for reporting on the Tsunami Disaster in South Asia.  The National Academy of Arts & Sciences recognized her reporting of the Afghanistan war.  Essence Magazine named her one of the 25 most influential African-Americans.

Since 2012 she’s been on the board of the Montclair Film Festival and is a member of the Board of Advisors for Women at NBCU.  Previously, she’s served on the boards of The Council of Urban Professionals and The New York Women in Communications Foundation.  She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a JD from the UCLA School of Law.

Adaora is both a U.S. and Irish citizen and has lived in the United Kingdom, Nigeria and the U.S.  She is passionate about books, yoga, epic adventures and stories.  She lives in the New York City area with her husband, young daughter, and two Norwich Terriers.

Chantel Waterbury

Chantel Waterbury is Founder and CEO of Chloe + Isabel, a fashion jewelry lifestyle brand  that is empowering the next generation of female entrepreneurs through social retail. A jewelry expert with over 14 years of experience in corporate buying and product development spanning multiple brands and geographies, she has developed jewelry and merchandising strategies for most of the major retailers in the United States.  She began her career in corporate buying for both Target Corporation and Macys Merchandising Group.  She has driven product launches from mass market, as Director of Merchandising at GAP Inc.’s Old Navy division to global merchandising and marketing strategies for luxury at LVMH’s DFS Galleria, where she partnered with brands Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels and Tiffany and Co.  She also designed, developed and sourced jewelry as Vice President at Miriam Haskell where she also ran the Kenneth Cole Jewelry License. She lives with her husband Jeff, son Ben, and dog in New York.

Joanne Wilson

Joanne has had several careers starting out as a buyer at Macys to running a company in the rag trade eventually leading to spearheading sales for a start-up magazine/e-zine/events company called Silicon Alley Reporter.  On to the non-profit world where she chaired MOUSE (Making Opportunities in Upgrading Schools in Education) an organization focused on technology in inner-city schools.  She has sat on a number of profit and non-profit boards and has been involved with a variety of real estate transactions from beginning to end.

Joanne has been blogging since 1994 under the name Gotham Gal.  She is involved with the start-up community as an angel investor and adviser. She has been a champion of women in tech by starting and co-chairing the Women’s Entrepreneurial Festival with the ITP division of NYU.  Many of the companies she is working with are owned or started by women. The tech companies are Food52, Edison Jr., Catchafire,  Dailyworth,  The Sweeten, NGAdventage, Windowfarms, Venuebook, Scoot, Talk Market, 3rd Ward, Editd,  Blue Bottle Coffee, Lover.ly, Mouth Foods, How Good, Little Borrowed Dress, Vengo, Willa Skincare, Kitchensurfing, littleBits, Nest.io, Red Stamp, VenueBook, Architizer, Capture Proof, Have to Have, Mercaris, Le Tote, Curbed (Eater/Racked) as well as Ricks Picks, several restaurants and The Moon Group.  She is the  Chairperson of Hot Bread Kitchen and sits on the board of the Highline.

Her most successful venture is being married to her best friend, Fred and raising her three kids, Jessica, Emily and Josh.

Lauren Zander

Lauren Zander is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Handel Group®, an international corporate consulting and private coaching company based in New York City. She has spent nearly 20 years coaching thousands of private clients, groups, Entrepreneurs, couples, families, Professors, Politicians, Emmy and Academy Award Winning Artists, Grammy-winning Musicians and Fortune 500 CEOs.

Her corporate clients have included the Executives at Sony BMG, The New York Times, AOL, BP, BASF, NYU Medical Center, and Vogue’s executive team.  She is a mediator who has fixed corporate business relationships, mediated contract negotiations, reconciled marriages, and helped resolved complex families issues.

Lauren teaches her coaching methodology at Stanford Business School and MIT.  Her method is also being taught by Handel Coaches at NYU, Columbia, Yale, Rutgers, Middlebury, Fordham, Wesleyan, and many other education programs across the country.

Lauren writes a Life Stylist column for Women’s Health Magazine and has been a featured expert in the New York Times, The BBC, The Dr. Drew Show, Forbes, Self, and Elle Magazine. Her TV special “Celebrity Life Coach” premiered on A&E’s Biography Channel.  Lauren lives in NY with her husband and three children.

The WE Festival is made possible by the generous support of our Festival Sponsors:
  • Cooley
  • Union Square Ventures
  • Fast Company
  • StarVest Sponsor

Festival Credits

Festival Chairs:
Nancy Hechinger, ITP
Joanne Wilson, Gotham Gal

Festival Producer:
Midori Yasuda, ITP

Festival Website:
Crys Moore, ITP
Karl Ward, ITP

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