Nisa Amoils: Investor & Venture Capitalist

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My Native Admission Statement: I have a diverse background which makes me a good investor – attorney, entrepreneur, media executive. I am passionate about new technology and enabling gender equality. I break down complex concepts into simpler analogies. I sell and promote ideas with passion. I wrote a book called “WTF is Happening? Women Tech Founders on the Rise” about this.

How did you get into the industry?

I started investing in technology about a decade ago and joined a VC firm to do the same. I started to focus on fintech a few years ago. As a securities lawyer, I was early to see the opportunity in security tokens and decentralized finance. I have been writing about that space in Forbes. I see Blockchain being an evolution that will make traditional finance more efficient, transparent, global, liquid and democratized – that is incredibly exciting.

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Austin Netzley: 2X Founder/CEO & Best Selling Author

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How did you get into the industry? I had a few businesses before I got into consulting others on their business. In my first businesses, I was trying to figure it all out on my own and definitely stumbled most of the time. It was stressful… and often NOT profitable. Even though I was putting in the hours and work, I wasn’t getting very far. After having burnout and anxiety attacks, causing me to have to call 911 (thinking I was going to die), I learned that there just HAD to be a better, simpler way to becoming ’successful’ in business. So, I went on a mission to figure that out, and applied those principles to then create much stronger, simpler, better businesses. Then, once I started to get more traction myself, I saw the opportunity to start helping others do the same, as the right way I found to build a business wasn’t talked about nearly enough.

Career Advice? Some career advice I’ve learned is that it start and ends with your Vision. Where do you want to go? Who do you want to be? What does your ideal day-to-day look like? Being able to see and feel this will have you seeing things from a long-term perspective. So many get caught up in the day to day that we forget where we’re headed and what we really want. It’s not going to be all easy, and sometimes you’re going to have to roll up your sleeves and get stuff done you don’t want to do. BUT… Spending some time to get clear on your Vision will be a great guide to staying focused on creating the life and business you dream of within a short period of time. We’ve seen it over and over again, and I hope these answers help more entrepreneurs realize those goals!

Heidi Zak: Co-Founder & Co-CEO, ThirdLove

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Heidi Zak is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of ThirdLove, the fastest growing and most disruptive brand in the lingerie industry. Prior to launching ThirdLove, Heidi worked as International Director of Aeropostale and as a Senior Marketing Manager for Google.

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Erica Meltzer: Founder & CEO, The Critical Reader

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Erica Meltzer is Founder and CEO of The Critical Reader, one of America's leading test preparation companies. With over 150,000 copies sold, her SAT and ACT Reading and Writing guides consistently rank at the top of their respective categories on Amazon, outperforming comparable guides produced by Kaplan, Princeton Review, and Barron’s.

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Roger Wu: Co-founder, Cooperatize

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Roger Wu is the co-founder of the sponsored content marketplace, Cooperatize. Prior to Cooperatize, he started Giftfinder.com and Klickable.TV and was an “intra-preneur” at Bloomberg’s BLAW group. He started on Wall Street at investment banks Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.

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Adrienne A. Wallace: Chief Marketing Officer, BowMo

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Adrienne A. Wallace is marketing executive and culturalist versed in bridging technology, data, culture and consumer insights to develop symbiotic strategy and drive scale while increasing brand relevance, appeal, revenue, consumer and stockholder value. She has over 16 years of combined experience in advertising, CPG, media,

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Guillaume Manca: Founder, My Cuistot & Lombrosa Yacht

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Guillaume Manca is 33 year old and is the founder of My Cuistot and Lombrosa Yacht. He is from France, but has been living for studies and work in France, Argentina and England. He has an engineering and financial background; he worked 1 year as engineer in Schneider Electric and 3 years as financial analyst in Mazars before creating his first profitable venture in 2015.

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Andrew W. Maturana: Owner, RAPT & Co-Founder, Secret Summer

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Andrew W. Maturana was born and raised in Manhattan and studied fine art, marketing and the culinary arts at multiple private institutions before pursuing an acting career with FORD Models and CESD Talent Management. Once his interest in the entertainment industry subsided, he embarked on his first ever business venture, RAPT, a bespoke New American catering and events company

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Ariane Steinbeck: Managing Director, RPW Design

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Ariane Steinbeck is the Managing Director of RPW Design and is fully involved in all the practice’s activities, working closely with the different design teams on ongoing projects and new proposals. Prior to joining RPW Design, Ariane was one of the founding partners of  a U.S -based interiors practice

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Barry Dry: Proprietor, Hole in The Wall Cafe, Sugar Momma & NEO Café

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Barry Dry was born in Perth, Australia and studied Business Management and Economics at Notre Dame University in Australia. During his academic tenure, he ran a restaurant, working his way up from dishwasher, to General Manager. After graduating, he moved to New York City in 2011 to pursue a career in finance.

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Kelsey Craft: Miss International 2017 & Ambassador, Blue Zones Project

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Kelsey Craft, Miss International 2017, currently resides in sunny Southwest Florida where she is a practicing physician assistant. Since being crowned on August 5th, Kelsey has traveled to twenty-one states and seven countries to spread her message of preventing chronic diseases and childhood obesity through healthy active living.

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Derin Alemli: Founder, Square Roots Kitchen

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Derin Alemi graduated from University of Chicago Booth School of Business and entered the asset management realm. After finding success in hedge funds, Derin chose to start his own business, Down Beats. Down Beats was, and continues to be, a great success for Derin

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BJÖRN ÖSTE: FOUNDER & CEO, Good Idea Drinks

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BJÖRN ÖSTE is Founder & CEO of Good Idea Drinks. He is the Founder of Oatly and has 25 years of experience from entrepreneural-driven companies. Scientists, physicians, nutritionists and dietitians all over the world agree that meals with too much sugar and fast carbs result in repeated blood sugar spikes that, in the long run, put a lot of strain and stress on our bodies

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Xiaodi Zhang: Chief Product Officer, 1stdibs

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Xiaodi Zhang joined 1stdibs as the first product hire. Over the last six years, she has led the transformation of the luxury marketplace and helped grow the company from <50 people to >350 today. As CPO, Xiaodi manages the Product and Design organizations.

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Debora Balardini: Co-founder, PUNTO Space, Nettles Artists Collective & Founder, Group.BR.

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Debora Balardini is the co-founder of PUNTO Space and award-winning Nettles Artists Collective and is also the founder of Group.BR.  Balardini is a social entrepreneur, theater performer, director, and producer.  She has recently accepted the honor of becoming the Director At Large for the League of Professional Theater Women

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Concetta Antico "The Color Queen": Artist, color consultant, teacher & Tetrachromat

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Concetta Antico, also known as The Color Queen, is a gifted visionary artist, color consultant, teacher and Tetrachromat.  Backed by science, Concetta’s super vision allows her to see 100 million colors, this is 100 times the amount that normal vision people can. Concetta possesses rare genetics which provides a 4th color vision receptor in her eyes.

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Gabrielle Korn: Editor-in-Chief, NYLON Media

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Gabrielle Korn is the Editor-in-Chief at NYLON Media, where she oversees all digital content creation across platforms. Gabrielle joined NYLON in 2014 as Senior Editor, and held a slew of different positions before she became Editor-in-Chief in September 2017. She's NYLON's youngest-ever EIC, as well as the first gay woman to hold the position. Under her editorial leadership

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Diane Strutner: Co-Founder & CEO, Datazoom

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Diane Strutner is the CEO of Datazoom, which she co-founded in January 2017. A Silicon Valley native and accomplished international executive, Diane has demonstrated her leadership abilities and sales & business development acumen within the American and Spanish startup scenes. Before Datazoom, Diane was VP for Global Sales and Business Development at NicePeopleAtWork.

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Cathleen Decker: Principal: Decker/Royal Agency

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In the business over 30 years, Cathleen Decker helps travel and tourism clients reach goals on time and within budget.  Her efforts have garnered numerous HSMAI awards, including leading teams twice to the coveted Platinum Award.  Active in the industry and in her home community, this mom of three relishes the solo travel trend.

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Vicky Boudreau: General Manager & Founding Partner, BICOM

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Vicky Boudreau co-founded BICOM 12 years ago with her partner Marie-Noelle Hamelin, the public relations agency now counts more than 40 employees in Montreal and Toronto. Vicky explores the agency's business sectors, the latest emerging trends,

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