Denver


On Thursday, October 10th we’re excited to bring Ladies Who Launch to Denver, kindly sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch for an evening of community, education, and inspiration as we celebrate tenacious women in business!

This will be an energetic and dynamic gathering of 150+ women in business. We hope you can join us.

The goal is to help women-led businesses of all sizes and conceptual stages come together to collaborate, connect, strengthen their livelihoods, and discuss topics that are pertinent to their work.

Through meaningful entrepreneurial sessions on topics such as building and nurturing your brand as well as business and financing strategies, we'll offer practical tips and tricks that attendees can take home and implement immediately!

 

Featured Speakers

Makisha Boothe

Founder and Head Business Coach, Sistahbiz Global Network

Honored by the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce with the Clara Brown Award, Recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Region and State of Colorado in 2007, Makisha Boothe is Founder and Head Business Coach of Sistahbiz Global Network, a business accelerator for Black women entrepreneurs. Sistahbiz Global Network helps Black women solopreneurs and microbusinesses build scalable, sellable businesses. As a rapid improvement coach, Makisha helps small businesses rethink their revenue strategies, brands, systems, resource allocation, and human capital strategies. As principal of Pivot Innovation Solutions, a strategic facilitation and planning agency in Denver, Colorado, Makisha is a sought after strategist for organizational development, community engagement, and diversity, inclusion and equity work.

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Cristina DeVito

CFO, CSO and Co-Founder, Collective Retreats

Cristina started her career as an investment banking analyst in M&A and Consumer Products corporate finance at Wachovia Securities before becoming a private equity investor with Catterton Partners, a consumer & retail focused growth equity firm.

Post business school, Cristina was a management consultant with Bain & Company, serving a variety of both corporate and private equity clients.

Cristina took her strategy and operations skills to Tough Mudder, where she served as Chief Strategy Officer and an early executive during the company’s rapid growth to over 60 events in six countries. She went on to run business development there, leading the successful creation and launch of Mudderella as the brand’s CEO.

Cristina later ran operations at Manicube, an on-demand beauty start-up acquired by Red Door Spa, before joining Collective Retreats as co-founder and Chief Operating Officer.

Cristina is currently the Chief Financial Officer and CSO at Collective Retreats, and holds a BA/BE from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Teresa Elder   CEO WOW!  Teresa Elder is WOW!’s chief executive officer leading the cable company as it delights customers by providing one of the fastest Internet services and best-in-class customer service.  Teresa has more than 20 years of growing companies into billion-dollar enterprises while building strong teams with a passion for delivering exceptional customer experiences. She is a veteran of the telecom, wireless and cable industries having led some of the world’s leading companies in the U.S. and Europe, including Vodafone Ireland, Clearwire (now Sprint), AT&T Broadband (now Comcast), and AirTouch (now Verizon).  Teresa is a dedicated volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She has been involved in fundraising, strategy and advocacy since 1996 and in June 2017 was appointed to the national board of trustees. Teresa had served as an active member of the advisory board for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University from 2016 - 2019.  She’s been a Stanford University Graduate School of Business board member since 2012 and was the chair 2016-2018. She was a member of the Task Force on Gender  Diversity, the Subcommittee on Education Technology, and provided input to the University’s Long Range Plan.

Teresa Elder

CEO, WOW!

Teresa Elder is WOW!’s chief executive officer leading the cable company as it delights customers by providing one of the fastest Internet services and best-in-class customer service.

Teresa has more than 20 years of growing companies into billion-dollar enterprises while building strong teams with a passion for delivering exceptional customer experiences. She is a veteran of the telecom, wireless and cable industries having led some of the world’s leading companies in the U.S. and Europe, including Vodafone Ireland, Clearwire (now Sprint), AT&T Broadband (now Comcast), and AirTouch (now Verizon).

Teresa is a dedicated volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She has been involved in fundraising, strategy and advocacy since 1996 and in June 2017 was appointed to the national board of trustees. Teresa had served as an active member of the advisory board for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University from 2016 - 2019.

She’s been a Stanford University Graduate School of Business board member since 2012 and was the chair 2016-2018. She was a member of the Task Force on Gender

Diversity, the Subcommittee on Education Technology, and provided input to the University’s Long Range Plan.

 

Sarah Friar

CEO, Nextdoor and Co-Founder, Ladies Who Launch

Sarah is Chief Executive Officer of Nextdoor, the world’s largest private social network for neighborhoods and Co-Founder of Ladies Who Launch.

Prior to Nextdoor, Sarah served as Chief Financial Officer at Square. Under Sarah’s leadership, the company launched its initial public offering in 2015 and added $30Bn in market cap.

Before her tenure at Square, Sarah served as Senior Vice President of Finance & Strategy at Salesforce. Sarah also held executive roles at Goldman Sachs, as well as leadership positions at McKinsey in both London and South Africa. Sarah sits on the boards of Walmart and Slack, and is currently the Board Vice-Chair of Spark, a nonprofit serving at-risk middle school students through mentorship.

Sarah is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship Program, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and co-founder of Ladies Who Launch, a network that mentors and inspires women entrepreneurs and business owners.

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Danielle Hill

COO, The Riveter

Danielle Hill is the Chief Operating Officer of The Riveter, a modern union for working women.

For more than 15 years, Danielle's approachable, results-driven leadership has yielded significant results with high-growth startups like Remitly and Amazon, as well as established companies such as Progressive and Farmers Insurance.

She has scaled teams from as small as 10 to as large as 550 people, all while focusing on corporate culture and a collaborative work environment as a top priority.

Danielle has developed voice of the customer programs to inform technology teams and enhance product offerings, and managed multi-million dollar budgets to efficiently forecast growth. As a human capital specialist, Danielle is passionate about helping The Riveter to redefine the future of work by including women in the vision.

Stacey Hadash

Metro New York Market Executive, Bank of America

As Market Executive, Stacey leads the Metro New York team that works together to deliver the full capabilities of Bank of America to help people and businesses succeed.

Clients range from emerging disruptive brands to family owned businesses to middle market privately owned and publicly traded companies across a variety of industries.

Previously, she was chief operating officer for the Bank’s Global Capital Markets business. Stacey joined the Company from The New York Stock Exchange. Prior to that, she worked with Texas Governor Ann Richards at a consulting firm.

After her MBA, Stacey joined Goldman Sachs in M&A. She began her banking career at Morgan Stanley. Stacey joined the 1992 Clinton/Gore campaign and was appointed as a Special Assistant at the U.S. Department of State.

Stacey holds a BA from Smith College and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Stacey serves on the Ann Richards School Foundation’s Advisory Council and the Board of the Police Athletic League.

 
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Jody Levy

Co-Founder and Creative Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of WTRMLN WTR

The mission of World Waters and WTRMLN WTR is to educate people about why clean healthy eating is so important for the health and sustainability of our communities.

Jody Levy is a partner, advisor, and investor in many category disrupting brands and companies connected to the clean living, wellness lifestyle space that empower people to take care of themselves and optimize their happiness and purpose.

Jody Levy has been in the world of experience design for nearly 20 years. Jody has been creating unique events, interactive environments, brands, products, and multi-sensory installations that connect people in engaging ways. Her professional focus is all about the integration of art and technology.

Jody is a creative director and executive producer and her work includes the design and production of live theatrical events, touring stages, hospitality environments, interactive installations, immersive brand activations, and non-traditional marketing and social campaigns.

Clients include American Idol, Chrysler, The Coachella Music Festival, Ford Motor Company, Heineken, Hewlett Packard, Lexus, MAC Cosmetics, Mos Def, Museum Of Modern Art, The Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, Palm, Paramount Pictures, Project Runway, San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art, Scion, Shades Optical, Toyota, W Hotels and many other international brands.

Krista Morgan

Co-Founder and CEO, P2B Investor

Krista Morgan is cofounder and CEO of P2Binvestor (p2bi.com), a marketplace lender that helps entrepreneurs and innovators transform their companies from sector newcomers to industry leaders.

P2Bi partners with banks and investors, while also offering a robust crowdfunding platform, to provide affordable, flexible capital that evolves with business growth.

Krista has quickly grown P2Bi into a multimillion-dollar company and one of the few tech-enabled commercial lenders that can rapidly underwrite and fund million-dollar lines of credit.

n addition, she is cohost of the popular podcast, Women Who Startup Radio, a global networking and learning platform for female entrepreneurs and innovators.

Krista earned a BA in Economics and Political Science from McGill University.

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Nina Sharma

Managing Director of Project X-ITE, University of Denver

Nina Sharma is known for building strong partnerships, harnessing the talent of the ecosystem, and helping turn ideas into action. 

She is the Managing Director of Project X-ITE, the cross-disciplinary innovation initiative at the University of Denver, where she has built a suite of programs to support student-led ventures, and serves as an adjunct professor in the Daniels College of Business.

Nina’s background in fundraising spanned such organizations as the New York Public Library, Carnegie Hall, Yale University, the Ad Council, and the Millennium VillagesProject. She moved to Denver in 2012 and worked in nonprofits, the outdoor industry, and for a consulting company that built partnerships between Fortune 500s and international organizations. 

She is the Co-Founder of two startups: The Whole Truth Booth political storytelling platform, and Aurora platform to help money talk by making it easier to find and support women-led companies.

Nina is a mentor with the German Marshall Fund, and an Acceleration Partner at the UN Solutions Summit. Nina is on the Board at Swallow Hill Music, serves as the regional president for Hamilton College, and was a Co-Founder of +Acumen. She received her BA from Hamilton College, her MPA from the NYU, and her EMBA from the University of Denver. 

 

Sara Sutton

Founder and CEO, FlexJobs

Sara Sutton has long been passionate about helping people find jobs. She started her career in 1995 when she co-Founded JobDirect, the first online entry-level job service, and for the past 12+ years, she has been the CEO and Founder of FlexJobs, the leading service for professional remote and flexible job opportunities. She has also launched an advocacy initiative, 1 Million for Work Flexibility; a resource for integrating remote work into business, Remote.co; and The TRaD Works Forum, an event focused on the impact of remote work both internally and globally. Sutton is an expert and speaker on a wide variety of topics related to the future of work. She was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and serves on its Advisory Group. Sara holds a BA UC Berkeley, and resides in Boulder, Colorado.

Stacy Taubman

Founder and CEO, RISE Collaborative

As the Founder/CEO of RISE Collaborative, Stacy Taubman launched a company that is changing the way women do business. RISE Collaborative Workspace has been featured in publications including NBC News, USA Today, Bloomberg, St. Louis Business Journal, and ELLE Magazine as a leader in the multi-billion-dollar coworking industry. Since opening in February 2017, RISE Collaborative’s growing membership includes 400 of some of the most impressive businesswomen in St. Louis and Denver. Dozens of members have reported business growth of 150% or more since joining RISE Collaborative, a true testament to the impact of women supporting women. Focused on empowering women in business and building social capital, Stacy and RISE Collaborative create meaningful connections between individuals, companies and organizations to foster a stronger and healthier business community for women in St. Louis and Denver.

 

Schedule

5.10pm - 5:30pm
Doors Open!
Check in and grab a seat

5.30pm 
A warm welcome from Ladies Who Launch

5.35pm - 6.05pm
Opening Fireside Chat with

Sarah Friar & Teresa Elder, CEO WOW!

6.05pm - 6.35pm
Entrepreneurial Panel Discussion:
A Passion for Business: Building and Nurturing Your Brand

6.35pm - 7.05pm
Entrepreneurial Panel Discussion
Show me the Money: Business and Financing Strategies for Founders

7.20pm
Closing Fireside Chat with

Cristina DeVito Co - founder & CFO Collective Retreats and Danielle Hill, COO The Riveter

8pm
Enjoy bubbles and bites with fellow women in business!


Location

 

October 10th 2019
17:30 – 20:30

RISE Collabortive

730 Colorado Boulevard,

Suite 200
Denver, CO 80206
720-541-8558

Accessibility Notice: there are ramps outside the building door and an elevator to the second floor. There is a women's bathroom and men's bathroom with a larger stall as well as a private bathroom that is accessible.