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Photograph by Kara Frame/NPR

GUY RAZ

Creator and Host of How I Built This

The creative force behind How I Built This, Guy Raz is an entrepreneur at heart. As a journalist, storyteller, and creator, he brings to his work a characteristic style that has been honed in the field, on the air, and in top podcasts like TED Radio Hour and Wow In The World.


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Photograph courtesy Joe Gebbia

JOE GEBBIA

Co-Founder of Airbnb

Joe Gebbia is the co-founder and CPO of Airbnb, serving on the Board of Directors and Executive staff, while leading Samara, Airbnb’s in-house design and innovation studio. Airbnb’s groundbreaking service began in his San Francisco apartment and spread to 4.5 million+ listings in more than 191 countries, creating a new economy for thousands of people around the world. His lifelong appreciation for art and design led him to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he earned dual degrees in Graphic Design and Industrial Design. Gebbia now serves on the school’s Board of Trustees.


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Photograph courtesy Jennifer Hyman

JENNIFER HYMAN

Co-Founder of Rent The Runway

Jennifer Hyman is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rent the Runway, a company that is disrupting the $1.7 trillion fashion industry by introducing clothing rental as a utility in women's everyday lives. In her role, she sets the strategic priorities and leads the company in growing all areas of the business, including marketing, technology, product, logistics, and analytics. She co-founded Rent the Runway in 2009 with Jennifer Fleiss, and has since raised over $190 million in venture capital, growing the business to 8 million members, 1,200 employees (which is over 70% female and 70% minority) and 500 designer brands. As the CEO, Jennifer has built Rent the Runway from an idea into a profitable, high-growth company – and one of the most beloved brands in the U.S.


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Photograph courtesy Katrina Lake

KATRINA LAKE

Founder of Stitch Fix

Katrina is the founder and CEO of Stitch Fix. Prior to founding the company in 2011, Katrina managed the blogger platform at Polyvore, a fashion e-commerce company, and served as an associate at The Parthenon Group, a consulting firm, and Leader Ventures, a venture capital firm. She also serves on the Board of Directors of GrubHub, Inc., an online and mobile food delivery service. Katrina holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.


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Photograph courtesy Adam Lowry

ADAM LOWRY

Co-Founder and Chief Greenskeeper of Method; Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Ripple Foods

Adam Lowry is co-founder & co-CEO of Ripple Foods. Ripple is disrupting the $100+ billion dairy market with plant-based milks that are high in protein, low in sugar, and delicious. Prior to Ripple, Adam was co-founder of method products, PBC, the leading innovator in sustainable home cleaning products. Adam has also worked as a climate scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science, where he developed software products for the understanding of climate change.


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Photograph courtesy Lisa Price

LISA PRICE

Founder of Carol's Daughter

With $100, her own kitchen, and a determination to follow her dream, Lisa Price, founder of Carol's Daughter, Inc., grew her beloved hobby of creating fragrances, creams, and oils into a multi-million beauty empire. In 1994, the burgeoning entrepreneur founded Carol's Daughter, a natural hair care product company that she named for her mother. The company’s high-quality collection started an industry-wide movement in natural beauty products, and placed Price as a pioneering figure in the space.


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Photograph courtesy Eric Ryan

ERIC RYAN

Co-Founder and Brand Architect of Method Products; Co-Founder of Olly

Eric makes soap. Really nice-smelling soap that's non-toxic and good for the planet. It’s really beautiful, too. He and his high school buddy Adam started method in 2001 and have since built it into a global industry leader for both design and sustainability. Most recently, Eric has shifted from soap maker to pill pusher with the launch of Olly, a new start-up with the goal of disrupting the nutritional supplement category. Eric has been named an eco-leader by Vanity Fair, an eco-revolutionary by Time, and Person of the Year by PETA. He was also a recipient of the Clinton Global Citizen Award and was named to Fortune’s 40 under 40. Sadly, he is now over 40.


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Photograph courtesy John Zimmer

JOHN ZIMMER

Co-Founder of Lyft

John Zimmer is the co-founder and President of Lyft. His interest in transportation began in college, where he learned that cars remain parked 96% of the time and only occupy 20% of their seat space when in use. After graduating first in his class from Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration, John spent two years at Lehman Brothers. In 2008, he left Lehman to rideshare his way from New York to San Francisco and join co-founder Logan Green in launching Zimride, and eventually Lyft. With Lyft, John’s goal is to improve people’s lives by creating transportation and cities that are more affordable, sustainable, and community-oriented.


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Photograph courtesy Morra Aarons-Mele

MORRA AARONS-MELE

Author of Hiding in the Bathroom

Morra Aarons-Mele is the author of Hiding in the Bathroom: A Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You'd Rather Stay Home). She is the founder of award-winning social impact agency Women Online, hosts the podcast Hiding in the Bathroom, and created the influencer network The Mission List. She was founding Political Director for BlogHer.com and has written for the Harvard Business Review, FastCompany, O the Oprah Magazine, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Guardian. As a blogger covering women, politics, and work, she has written extensively about events from the White House to the campaign trail to Harvard Law School. Morra is a graduate of Brown University and the Harvard Kennedy School, and lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Support Track Speaker: Networking for Introverts


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Photograph courtesy Humu

LASZLO BOCK

CEO of Humu

Laszlo Bock is the CEO of Humu, a company making work better through science, machine learning, and a little bit of love. His New York Times bestseller, WORK RULES!, has been published in more than 20 languages. From 2006 to 2016, Laszlo was S.V.P of People Operations at Google and a member of their management team, growing the company to over 70,000 employees while ensuring the culture remained innovative and robust. During his tenure, Google was recognized over 150 times as an exceptional employer, and was named the #1 Best Company to Work For in the United States seven times. Laszlo is credited with creating the field of “People Analytics,” the application of academic-quality rigor and Google-paced innovation to people management.

Support Track Moderator: Building Great Culture from the Get-Go


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Photograph courtesy Cheryl Contee

CHERYL CONTEE

CEO and Co-Founder of Fission Strategy

Cheryl is the CEO and co-founder of Fission Strategy, and the co-founder of Attentive.ly and #YesWeCode. Attentive.ly, a social listening and marketing automation tool for nonprofits, was the first tech startup with a black female founder to be acquired by a NASDAQ company (Blackbaud) in June 2017. Fission contributed to building early source code for Crowdtangle, a social media analytics software to help publishers around the world measure their performance on social media and identify great stories. Facebook acquired Crowdtangle in Jan 2017. Fission is the rare social enterprise that has participated in two successful startup exits.

Support Track Speaker: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome (and Other Entrepreneurial Anxieties)


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Photograph courtesy Anil Dash

ANIL DASH

CEO of Fog Creek Software

Anil Dash is an entrepreneur and activist who’s trying to make tech more ethical and inclusive. He is CEO of Fog Creek Software, the creators of Glitch, a friendly community that empowers anyone to build the app of their dreams. Dash advised the Obama White House’s Office of Digital Strategy and was formerly a columnist for Wired. Today, he is a board member and advisor for startups and non-profits like Stack Overflow, the Lower East Side Girls Club, Medium, and DonorsChoose. The New Yorker described Dash as a “blogging pioneer” for his personal website, which he started in 1999. He collaborated with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda on one of the most popular Spotify playlists of 2018, and @anildash is the only account ever retweeted by both Bill Gates and Prince.

Support Track Speaker: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome (and Other Entrepreneurial Anxieties)


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Photograph courtesy Corey Ford

COREY FORD

Co-Founder and Managing Director of Matter

Corey Ford is the co-founder and managing director of Matter, a start-up accelerator for entrepreneurs building scalable media ventures that strive to create a more informed, empathetic, and inclusive society. Matter invests seed capital and provides intensive support through a human-centered, prototype-driven start-up accelerator in San Francisco. Prior to Matter, Corey built Runway, a pre-team, pre-idea incubator for entrepreneurs at Innovation Endeavors. He also taught design thinking innovation at the Institute of Design at Stanford University, commonly known as the d.school. Corey began his career in public broadcasting, managing the production of 17 films for the series FRONTLINE, earning an Emmy and duPont-Columbia Gold Baton Award along the way.

Skills Track Speaker: Using Design Thinking to Plan Your Business


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Photograph courtesy CRV

SAAR GUR

General Partner of CRV

Saar Gur is general partner of CRV, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Palo Alto. He loves working with founders of high-impact businesses and helping them succeed. As an investor, Saar has been involved with early investments in companies like Patreon, Oportun, Ring, DoorDash, and ClassPass, and acquisitions including MileIQ, Viki, Orchestra/Mailbox, and Admob. Prior to joining CRV, he helped found Brightroll, which went on to be acquired by Yahoo. Saar is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and is a Fellow of the 2017 class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship. He is also a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Skills Track Speaker: User Acquisition


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Photograph courtesy Ellen Petry Leanse

ELLEN PETRY LEANSE

Author of The Happiness Hack

Author, Stanford instructor, and digital pioneer Ellen Petry Leanse harnesses 35 years of impact in Silicon Valley as she works with founders, leaders, and innovators. An alum of Apple, Google, and her own entrepreneurship, she balances her deep understanding of innovation with work in neuroscience, design thinking, and mindfulness practice. Ellen has been featured on CNN and The Today Show, and in Time, Vogue, Forbes, Inc., and Business Insider. She’s the author of the bestselling book The Happiness Hack, articles on leadership and gender equality, and a groundbreaking essay on language and empowerment that has received more than 10 million views.

Support Track Moderator: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome (and Other Entrepreneurial Anxieties)


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Photograph courtesy barre3

SADIE LINCOLN

Co-Founder and CEO of barre3

Sadie Lincoln is the co-founder and CEO of barre3, a fitness company focused on teaching people to be balanced in body and empowered from within. Starting in 2008 with the flagship studio in Portland, Oregon, barre3 has grown to include more than 120 franchise studios powered by female entrepreneurs, plus an online-workout streaming-subscriber base in 98 countries. What started as a workout has blossomed into a full-blown movement made up of millions of people focused on body positivity, being empowered, and redefining what success means when it comes to fitness.

Support Track Speaker: Building Great Culture from the Get-Go


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Photograph courtesy Minted

MARIAM NAFICY

Founder and CEO of Minted

Mariam Naficy, founder and CEO of Minted, was an early pioneer in e-commerce and crowdsourcing. She founded Minted, a crowdsourced and crowd-curated design marketplace with the mission of being an online retailer that stays fresh and ahead of design trends. Minted now operates its direct-to-consumer brand, as well as a platform for licensing and wholesaling to other retailers. In 1998, she co-founded Eve.com, the first online cosmetics retailer, and sold it successfully two years later. Mariam sits on the boards of Yelp and Every Mother Counts, as well as the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. She was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company in 2014, and one of Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2009.

Skills Track Speaker: Which Funding Routes Are Right for Your Business?


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Photograph courtesy Natalia Oberti Noguera

NATALIA OBERTI NOGUERA

Founder and CEO of Pipeline Angels

Dubbed "The Coach" by Marie Claire, Natalia Oberti Noguera is founder and CEO of Pipeline Angels, a company that’s changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs. She is also creator and host of Pitch Makeover, a podcast on pitching and investing that spotlights startups launched by women, non-binary people, and men of color. She holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Economics from Yale. Inc. magazine selected Natalia as one of The Most Impressive Women Entrepreneurs of 2016, and Latina.com included her in their list of 25 Latinas Who Shine in Tech.

Skills Track Speaker: Perfecting Your Investor Pitch


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Photograph courtesy Larissa Shapiro

LARISSA SHAPIRO

Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion of Mozilla

Larissa Shapiro is a leader in diversity and inclusion in open source technology. She is a catalyst for innovation at Mozilla, where she coaches and advises senior leaders on diversity, and works with teams to make sure the culture is as inclusive, respectful, and awesome as it can be. Larissa rewrote the Mozilla Community Participation Guidelines to create a safe and positive community experience for all. She is a proud TechWomen mentor of eight years, having also served on the Alumnae Board and, through the Outreachy program, has mentored many open source contributors from underrepresented groups. Larissa is a founding advisor of the Women’s Alliance for Knowledge Exchange, which empowers global women’s rights NGOs through technical capacity and skill-building programs.

Support Track Speaker: Building Great Culture from the Get-Go

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