ATHENA

WOMEN'S ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUMMIT

ATHENA: Stronger Together

November 1, 2018   |   USC Town & Gown
By Invitation Only

Join us for a dynamic day-long summit at USC Marshall celebrating women business leaders and their entrepreneurial journeys. The 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, the USC Marshall Master of Science in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

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

Invitations to follow shortly.

Program Schedule

9:00-9:45am

Registration & Networking Breakfast

9:50-9:55am

Welcome

10:00-10:40am

Early Founders

10:40am

ATHENA Competition Intro | Pitch 1 & Pitch 2

10:45-11:25am

Investing in Women-Led Companies

11:30am

Pitch 3 & 4

11:30-11:40am

ATHENA Pitch Competition Winners Announced

11:45am-1:00pm

Lunch

1:05-1:40pm

Purpose Driven Business

1:45-2:20pm

The Essence of Goop: Gwyneth Paltrow with Dean Willow Bay

2:30-2:35pm

Remarks from Interim President Wanda Austin

2:35-2:43pm

Dr. Sumun Pendakur

2:45-3:00pm

Break/Networking

3:00-3:40pm

Growing Your Business

3:45-4:30pm

Building a Powerhouse Brand in Hollywood: Hello Sunshine

4:30-6:30pm

Reception

Welcoming Remarks

Wanda Austin

Dr. Wanda Austin

Interim President

University of Southern California
Sumun Pendakur

Sumun L. Pendakur, Ed.D.

Chief Learning Officer & Director

USC Equity Institutes
Helena-Yli-Renko

Dr. Helena Yli-Renko

Director

Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

The Essence of Goop

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Gwyneth Paltrow

Founder

Goop
Willow Bay 2015
Interviewed by:

Willow Bay

Dean

Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Building a Powerhouse Brand in Hollywood

Sarah Harden

Sarah Harden

Chief Executive Officer

Hello Sunshine
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Lauren Neustadter

Head of Film & TV

Hello Sunshine
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Charlotte Koh

Head of Digital Media & Programming

Hello Sunshine
Liane Mullin
Moderated by:

Liane Mullin

EVP, Business Development

Full Picture

Early-Stage Founders

Greta McAnany

Greta McAnany

Co-Founder & COO

Blue Fever
Daniela Corrente

Daniela Corrente

CEO & Co-Founder

Reel
Ara Katz

Ara Katz

CEO & Co-Founder

Seed
Amy Nelson

Amy Nelson

CEO & Founder

Riveter
Amy Wan

Amy Wan

CEO & Founder

Sagewise

Growing Your Business

Milana Lewis

Milana Rabkin

CEO & Co-Founder

Stem
Shivani Siroya

Shivani Siroya

CEO & Founder

Tala
Hillary Kerr

Hillary Kerr

Chief Ideation Officer & Co-Founder

Clique Media
Lidia Yan

Lydia Yan

CEO & Co-Founder

Next Trucking
Carol-Koh-Evans

Carol Koh

Former COO/CFO

Tradesy, The knot

Investing in Women Led Companies

Anna Barber

Anna Barber

Managing Director

Techstars
Final Hasan

Minal Hasan

General Partner & Managing Partner

K2 Global
Rachel Springate

Rachel Springate

Partner & Founder

Muse Capital
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Moderated By:

Robyn Ward

Founder Forward

Co-Chair of Athena

Purpose-Driven Business

Cassie Fowler Headshot

Cassie Fowler

VP of Partnerships and Impact

Pledgeling
Rachel Sumekh

Rachel Sumekh

Founder & CEO

Swipe Out Hunger
Brit Moore Gilmore

Brit Moore Gilmore

President

The Giving Keys
Abby Fifer Mandell
Moderated By:

Abbey Fifer Mandell

Executive Director

USC Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab

Co-Chairs

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Robyn Ward

Founder Forward

Co-Chair of Athena
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Suzy Ryoo

Atom Factory + Cross Culture VC

Co-Chair of Athena
Jeymi Choi

Jeymi Choi

University of Southern California

Co-chair of Athena

Table Leaders

Rocki Reon

Reon Roski

Managing Director

Majestic Realty Co.
Sarah Penna

Sarah Penna

Co-Founder

Frolic Media
Kate McCroskey

Kate McRoskey

First Republic Bank
lauren rinkey

Lauren Rinkey

Vice President, Business Development

Alliance Consumer Growth
Maxi Kozler

Maxi Kozler

Co-Managing Director

LDR Ventures
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Kosha Shah

Agent

UTA Innovations
DaryaAllenAttar

Darya Allen Attar

Founder

Women’s Founder Network
Sara Christensen

Sara Christensen

Co-Founder & Partner

Per Capita Ventures
Greta McAnany

Greta McAnany

Co-Founder & COO

Blue Fever
Lara Jeremko

Lara Jeremko

Founder & General Partner

Beyond Ventures
Miki Reynolds

Miki Reynolds

Executive Director

Grid110
Dave Belasco

Dave Belasco

Executive Director

LLoyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
Selina Troesch

Selina Troesch

Senior Associate

Touchdown Ventures
Erin Shipley

Erin Shipley

Founder & Managing Partner

The Helm LLC
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Sian Morson

Entrepreneur in Residence

Cross Culture Ventures
Jill Bigelow

Jill Bigelow

CEO & Founder

Pelv-ICE
Kim Stiefel

Kim Stiefel

CEO & Co-Founder

PRZM
Akta Adani

Akta Adani

Founder & CEO

Kyra & Vir
Heidy Vaquerano

Heidy Vaquerano

Managing Director

Girls In Tech LA
Janett Haas

Janett Haas

SVP Strategic Partnerships | CMO Practice

Forbes
Kathryne Cooper

Kathryne Cooper

Co-Director

CTIP
Mehan Sette

Megan Sette

M Collaborative
Michelle Edgar

Michelle Edgar

Strategic Music Developer

The XX Project
Priscilla Pesci

Priscilla Pesci

Managing Partner (LA)

Quake Capital

Female Founders Pitch Competition

Attention Female Founders:  We are awarding a $10,000 to the top venture led by a USC student, faculty, staff, or alumna less than 5 years from graduation.  Finalists will pitch live at Athena and the winner will be announced.

Sponsored by Jake Medwell 8VC

Cash Prize: $10,000

Eligibility: Ventures can be from any industry. Entering teams must have at least one of the following…

  • Current USC student (graduate or undergraduate)
  • Current USC faculty member or staff
  • USC alumni less than 5 years from graduation
  • Your team must have a female founder that fits the criteria mentioned above.

Information Sessions: 

  1. Monday, September 17 | 12:30-1:30pm @JFF 328
  2. Wednesday, September 19 | 6:00-7pm @JFF 328

Mandatory Training Session: Tuesday, October 2 | 6:30-7:30pm @JKP 202

Semi-Finals: Tuesday, October 9 | 7-9pm

Saturday Hustles: 

  1. Saturday, October 13 | 10-3pm
  2. Saturday, October 20 | 10-3pm

Finals: Thursday, October 25 | 7-9pm @JFF 417

Winners will be announced at the ATHENA Summit, November 1st.

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