ATHENA: Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit

November 2, 2017  |  USC Town & Gown

Join us for a dynamic day-long summit at USC Marshall celebrating women business leaders and their entrepreneurial journeys. The inaugural Athena Summit will amplify their stories as well as their challenges, and create a vigorous and intentional arena for relationship-building and future collaboration. While men are very welcome to attend and participate, our focus will be on women.

Presented by the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

For questions, please email Jeymi Choi: jeymicho@marshall.usc.edu

Program Schedule

9:00-10:00am

Registration & Networking Breakfast

10:00-10:05am

Welcome by Dr. Helena Yli-Renko

10:05-10:12am

Welcome by Amanda Daflos, Director of the Innovation Office, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

10:15-10:55am

Everyday Hustle as an Early Stage Entrepreneur Panel

11:00-11:30am

The Journey to Joy

11:35-12:15pm

Redefining Success

12:15-1:15pm

Lunch

1:15-1:30pm

Performance By Victory

1:30-1:45pm

Remarks by Dean Ellis

1:30-1:50pm

MSEI Scholarship Announcement

2:00-2:45pm

Fireside Chat: Entrepreneurs of the Year

2:50-3:30pm

An Investor’s Mindset behind Backing Founders Panel

3:35-4:15pm

Creativity Panel

4:15-4:30pm

Closing and adjourn

4:30-6:30pm

Networking Reception | Moreton Fig

Welcome Remarks

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Dr. Helena Yli-Renko

Amanda Daflos Bio

Amanda Daflos

Director
Innovation Office for Mayor Garcetti and Gender Equity Team

USC Greif Center Entrepreneurs of the Year

Awarded to

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Katie Rodan & Kathy Fields

Co-Founders
Rodan + Fields, Proactiv

Interviewed by

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Dean
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Journey to Joy

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Lavinia Errico

Co-Founder
Equinox

Redefining Success

Sophia Amoruso

Sophia Amoruso

Founder / CEO
Girlboss Media

Neha Ghandi

Neha Gandhi

COO / Editor-in-Chief
Girlboss Media

Moj Mahdara

Moj Mahdara

CEO / Founder
Beautycon.com

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Sydney Thomas

Associate / Head of Ops
Precursor Ventures

Founders Panel

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Angela Sutherland

CEO / Co-Founder
Yumi

Morgan DeBaun

Morgan DeBaun

CEO / Founder
Blavity

Katerina Schneider

Katerina Markov Schneider

CEO / Founder
Ritual

sarah-kunst

Sarah Kunst

Founder
Proday

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Tracy Lawrence

CEO / Founder
Chewse

Investing

Effie Epstein

Effie Epstein

COO / Managing Partner
Sound Ventures

morgan simon

Morgan Simon

Managing Director
Candide Group

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Noramay Cadena

Co-Founder, Managing Director
Make in LA

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Amy Gussin

Managing Director / Greater China Head
Brooklands Strategic Capital

shadi mehraein

Shadi Mehraein

Co-Founder
Rivet Ventures

Creativity

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Suzy Ryoo

Venture Partner
Atom Factory / Cross Culture Ventures

Tiffany Kumar

Tiffany Kumar

Global Head of Songwriter Relations
Spotify

Niija Kuykendall

Niija Kuykendall

Senior VP of Production
Warner Bros. Pictures

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Kelly Sawdon

Chief Brand Officer
Ace Hotel

Special Performance

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Victory Boyd

Musician
Peace Industry Music Group

Remarks By

Dean Ellis

James Ellis

Dean
Marshall School of Business

Table Leaders

angela sutherland

Angela Sutherland

CEO / Co-Founder
Yumi

assia grazoli

Assia Grazoli

Co-Founder
Muse Capital

carolina huaranca

Carolina Huaranca

Principal
Kapor Capital

Dave Belasco

David Belasco

Executive Director
Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

evelyn rusli

Evelyn Rusli

President / Co-Founder
Yumi

ReiWang

Rei Wang

Director
Dorm Room Fund

sarah-kunst

Sarah Kunst

Founder
Proday

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Suzy Ryoo

Venture Partner
Atom Factory / Cross Culture Ventures

Rachel Springate

Rachel Springate

Co-Founder
Muse Capital

Lauren+Rinkey

Lauren Rinkey

Adjunct Professor
USC Marshall

sara christensen

Sara Christensen

Angel Investor / Advisor

Raptor Capital

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Sydney Thomas

Associate / Head of Ops
Precursor Ventures

michelle edgar

Michelle Edgar

CEO / Founder
Music Unites

kamauri Yeh

Kamauri Yeh

Digital Director
Nike

Janelle Tiulentino

Janelle Tiulentino

Software Engineer
Snapchat

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Chang Xu

Associate
Upfront Ventures

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Shani Taylor

Customer Success Manager
Airtable

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Anna Barber

Managing Director
Techstars LA

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Ann Wang

CEO / Co-Founder
Enrou

Joanna-Popper

Joanna Popper

Media & Tech Executive

Gianna Wurzl

Gianna Wurzl

Co-Founder
Quilt

Miki Reynolds

Miki Reynolds

Executive Director
Grid 110

Jenna Trabulus

Jenna Trabulus

Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation
Conde Nast

Sophia Parsa

Sophia Parsa

Founder / CEO
Toot

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Shannon Blake Gans

Co-Founder / CEO
New Deal Studios

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Erin O’Malia Gehan

Chief Marketing Officer
Candy Club

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Rebecca Burough

Founder
Knit Marketing

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Chloë Drimal

Manager of Women’s Initiatives
Snap Inc.

Our Sponsors

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Geoff and Gina Baldwin

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