FFF CEO Summit 2023
On February 28th, Female Founders Fund returns with our iconic annual CEO Summit – a full day, invitation-only conference bringing together 150+ of the country’s most powerful female founders in NYC – and you’re invited.
This year’s theme, “Agents of Change”, will be reflected in thought-provoking programming designed to inspire action and fuel creativity. Join us for a day of talks from women like Olympic athlete Allyson Felix, tactical advice from CEO’s like Julia Cheek and Ty Haney, and networking with the greatest female founders of our time.
Please note: this event is invite-only. Invitations are non-transferrable.
- 8:30 am Check-in & Breakfast
- 9:00 am Welcome Remarks
- 9:10 am Morning kick-off with comedian Alexis Gay
- 9:20 am "Transforming the Media Industry" with Sarah Harden of Hello Sunshine, moderated by Kristen Scholer of Cheddar
- 9:50 am Featured Speaker: Chelsea Clinton in conversation with Anu Duggal
- 10:15 am "Raising Growth Rounds" featuring Isabelle Kenyon of Calibrate, Julia Cheek of Everly Health, and Shivani Siroya of Tala, moderated by Charlotte Newman of AWS
- 11:00 am "The Future of Influencing" featuring TikTok's Robyn Delmonte, Ceremonia's Babba Rivera, and HBFit's Hannah Bronfman, moderated by Emma Hinchliffe of Fortune
- 11:30 am "Lessons Learned & Advice For The Next Gen of Female Founders" with Audrey Gelman and Ty Haney in conversation with Reshma Saujani
- 12:00 pm Lunch & Founder Roundtable Discussions
- 1:35 pm "Desigining the Impossible" with magician Jeanette Andrews
- 1:50 pm "A Champions Mindset" featuring Olympian Allyson Felix
- 2:00 pm "Fundraising during a Downturn" with Rebecca Kaden of USV, Jillian Williams of Cowboy Ventures, and Adrianna Samaniego of Female Founders Fund, moderated by Jennifer Kopylov of Goldman Sachs
- 2:30 pm Snack & Device Break
- 3:00 pm "Creative Hiring Solutions" with Melissa Cooper, COO at G-P
- 3:15 pm "Leading by Example" featuring MSNBC's Rashida Jones in conversation with Caroline Hyde of Bloomberg
- 3:45 pm "Centering Safety & Empowerment in the Creatorverse" with Ami Gan of OnlyFans in conversation with Samantha Barry of Glamour
- 4:15 pm Closing Remarks
- 5:00 pm Cocktail Hour
As vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, Chelsea Clinton works alongside the Foundation’s leadership and partners to improve lives and inspire emerging leaders across the United States and around the world. This includes the Foundation’s early child initiative Too Small to Fail, which supports families with the resources they need to promote early brain and language development; and the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), a global program that empowers student leaders to turn their ideas into action. A longtime public health advocate, Chelsea also serves on the board of the Clinton Health Access Initiative and uses her platform to increase awareness around issues such as vaccine hesitancy, childhood obesity, and health equity.
In addition to her Foundation work, Chelsea teaches at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and has written several books for young readers, including the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World as well as She Persisted Around the World, She Persisted in Sports, She Persisted in Science, Start Now! You Can Make a Difference; Don’t Let Them Disappear; It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Going; and Welcome to the Big Kids Club. She is also the co-author of The Book of Gutsy Women and Grandma’s Gardens with Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and of Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why? with Devi Sridhar. Chelsea’s podcast, In Fact with Chelsea Clinton, premiered in 2021 and is the co-founder of HiddenLight Productions.
Chelsea holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford, a Master of Public Health from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, and both a Master of Philosophy and a Doctorate in international relations from Oxford University. She lives with her husband Marc, their children Charlotte, Aidan and Jasper, and dog Soren in New York City.
As CEO, Amrapali (Ami) Gan oversees OnlyFans’ mission to revolutionize creator and fan connections by building the world’s safest media platform where creators control and monetize their content. Prior to becoming CEO, Gan served as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer as OnlyFans experienced exponential growth. Gan’s background is with rapid-growth companies within disruptor industries. She remains focused on leading OnlyFans and providing unparalleled opportunities for its community of over 3 million creators. Gan currently splits her time between Miami and London and enjoys walking her rescue dog, Foxx.
Allyson Felix reigns as the most decorated American Track & Field Olympian of all time. She officially retired from her competitive running career in the summer of 2022, with a mind- blowing, thirty-one global medals at the Olympics and World Championships, and titles as both a World Record Holder and a Master’s World Record Holder.
In 2020, Felix broke records after winning her bronze and gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics – her fifth and final Olympic games. She continued to make history during the games, by sporting racing spikes created by her company – lifestyle and footwear brand, Saysh – becoming the first Track & Field athlete to do so. Publicly launched post Games in June 2021, Saysh not only aims to create an encouraging and supportive community for women, but it also designs and manufactures athletic-inspired footwear made for and by women, unlike most brands, whose shoes are created based off of men’s feet and footwear. Running in her own spikes on the largest stage in the world, Felix exemplified that she is about more than just medals – she was running for change, equity and acceptance for women and girls everywhere. In keeping with its mission to empower and serve women, Saysh sought out women-led, women-funded partners for the brand’s recent Series A fundraising round, which brought in $8 million and included the Gap Inc.-owned Athleta brand. Current products include the Saysh One, the Saysh Two and the Scarf by Saysh.
Off the track, Felix is a fierce advocate for maternity rights for all women. In 2019, she wrote an opinion piece for The New York Times that called out Nike, her former sponsor, for not providing guaranteed protections for pregnant athletes and new moms. (Felix gave birth to her daughter Camryn in 2018.) The public reaction to the piece put pregnancy discrimination in athletics in the spotlight, and the practice was heavily criticized. More female athletes came to Felix’s side, offering up their stories. During the 2020 Olympics, Felix alongside her new sponsor Athleta, created the Power of She Fund: Child Care Grant – a fund to assist mom-athletes with childcare while competing at the games.
Felix has always been passionate about children and serves as a member of the Right To Play board hoping to raise awareness for underserved children in developing regions.
Felix currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.
Sarah Harden is the CEO of Hello Sunshine, a media-brand anchored in storytelling, with a mission to change the narrative for women. Alongside founder Reese Witherspoon, Harden leads Hello Sunshine’s rapid growth as a premium content studio and direct-to-consumer media brand developing, scripted and unscripted television series, films, kids and animation series, short-form storytelling, audio content and more. In 2020 Hello Sunshine productions were nominated for 18 Emmys and the company was awarded #2 Most Innovative Company in Media by FastCompany. Hello Sunshine is also home to Reese’s Book Club, fast-growing in reach & influence. Harden recently spearheaded the sale of a majority of Hello Sunshine to Blackstone- backed Candle Media.
Prior to her time with Hello Sunshine, Harden was President of Otter Media, a privately held joint venture between AT&T and The Chernin Group where she focused on building leading direct to consumer media brands. Otter Media was sold to AT&T in 2018 with a valuation exceeding $1.5B. Prior to joining The Chernin Group she spent 10 years at News Corp/Fox, serving as Group Director at News Corp Asia, where she oversaw growth initiatives in the region, based in Hong Kong. Additionally, she served as SVP of Business Development for Fox Networks Group in Los Angeles and was co-founder of Linkscape Software based in San Francisco. Harden began her career at Boston Consulting Group in Melbourne, Australia.
Sarah serves on the Board and Compensation committee of Magnite (NASDQ: MGNI) and the US Development Board for the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School where she graduated with high distinction as a Baker Scholar, and a BA (Hons) from The University of Melbourne.
Rashida Jones is President of MSNBC, the premier destination for breaking news, award-winning journalism, in-depth analysis and informed perspectives. She is responsible for oversight of all programming, editorial units, business development and technical operations as well as MSNBC Films, a division of MSNBC that produces and acquires documentary features and short films for distribution across the NBCUniversal News Group platforms. Jones also oversaw the launch of the MSNBC hub on Peacock marking the expansion of MSNBC’s streaming footprint.
Prior to taking on the role of President in February 2021, Jones served as Senior Vice President, NBC News and MSNBC. In this position, she spearheaded cross-platform breaking news and major events for both networks, including coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, and the networks’ Decision 2020 coverage including presidential debates, town halls, primaries and special election nights and forums. Jones also led MSNBC’s dayside and weekend news programming, where she managed hours of live reporting and newsgathering backed by the journalism of NBC News. Jones won an Emmy for strategic coverage of the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage in 2016 and executive produced the most-watched Democratic presidential debate in history during the 2020 election cycle.
Before joining MSNBC in 2013, Jones was the News Director for the NBC affiliate in Columbia, South Carolina, where she rebuilt and rebranded the news team to focus on deep investigative reporting. The station was #1 in the market. Jones also served as Director of Live Programming at The Weather Channel, leading coverage and content for some of the network’s most historic weather events, including Hurricane Katrina, mass tornado outbreaks and devastating snowstorms.
In 2022, Jones was named one of the “Most Powerful People in New York Media” by The Hollywood Reporter and featured on Variety’s Women’s Impact list. She also received Hampton University’s 2022 Outstanding Twenty-Year Alumnus Award.
In 2021, Jones was named to Adweek’s Women Trailblazers, Crain’s 50 Most Powerful Women and InStyle’s Badass 50 lists. She was also honored with The National Action Network’s (NAN) Keeper of the Dream Award. This award celebrates those who have continued to advocate for the principles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In 2019, Jones was inducted into the Scripps Howard Journalism Hall of Fame, an honor acknowledging her outstanding work in the journalism industry. She is a board member of the Carole Kneeland Project for Responsible Journalism and a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Association of Black Journalists. In 2020, Jones was named to Variety’s New York Women’s Impact Report and 37 New Yorkers Making an Impact in Entertainment lists.
Jones received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Media-Arts Broadcast from Hampton University.
Robyn Delmonte of @girlbosstown is your PR guru, TikTok creator originally from Nashua, New Hampshire. After graduating college, Robyn settled down in Boston where she worked multiple 9-5 jobs while pursuing a traditional career in PR. Robyn quickly realized that the corporate world left her feeling unfulfilled and decided to join TikTok in 2021. In a matter of eight months, Robyn had successfully branded herself as “The Internet’s Agent” and launched a full-fledged consulting business from her iconic couch — giving PR moves to brands such as Dunkin, Bliss, Xfinity and more! When she’s not giving innovative, specialized, Gen-Z driven advice to brands, she spends her time trend forecasting, rating red carpet looks and even grabbing the attention of E! News by filling in as a host.
Robyn continues to prove time and time again that she has her finger on the pulse of what’s relevant. Her innate savviness allows her to expand beyond the boundaries of being simply a content creator; she hopes to use her instincts and expertise to bridge the gap between brands, creators, and consumers to reinvent the way culture looks at PR and marketing. Robyn will continue to manifest this career as she grows her media empire. Don’t blink, you might miss her next PR move!
Julia Cheek is the Founder and CEO of Everly Health, a digital health company at the forefront of the virtual diagnostics-driven care industry. Everly Health serves millions of people annually and partners with major health plans and diagnostic companies to close care gaps and improve health outcomes. Julia has raised $500M in venture capital funding as a solo female founder and took the company to ‘unicorn’ status in four years from launch.
Julia serves on the Board of Directors for Headspace Health and the President’s Innovation Board at The University of Texas at Austin. She is an investor in over a dozen healthcare startups, with an emphasis on those led by underrepresented founders. She has also received industry recognition and awards, named one of Fortune Magazine’s 15 Most Powerful Women in Startups and one of Business Insider’s 100 People Transforming Business in 2022.
Julia attended Vanderbilt University and earned her MBA from Harvard Business School where she graduated as a Baker Scholar with high distinction. She is based in Austin.
Shivani Siroya is the founder and CEO of Tala, the global technology company building the world’s most accessible financial services. More than 7 million people across Kenya, the Philippines, Mexico, and India have used Tala products to start and expand small businesses, manage day-to-day needs, and pursue their financial goals with confidence. Tala has raised nearly half a billion dollars in investments and debt, backed by visionary investors including Upstart, the Stellar Development Foundation, RPS Ventures, the J. Safra Group, IVP, Revolution Growth, Lowercase Capital, and PayPal Ventures. The company has been named to the Fortune Impact 20 list, CNBC’s Disruptor 50 three years in a row, and Forbes’ Fintech 50 list for five years running.
Isabelle Kenyon is the Founder and CEO of Calibrate, a metabolic health company on a mission to change the way the world treats weight. In two years, Calibrate has raised more than $125 million from leading investors, including Founders Fund, Tiger Global, Optum Ventures, Forerunner Ventures, Threshold Ventures, and Redesign Health, and has published clinically-reviewed results from its Metabolic Reset that exceeded clinical trial outcomes across metabolic markers. Calibrate was recognized as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer in 2021 and by Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas and TIME’s Best Inventions in 2022.
Prior to Calibrate, Isabelle led business operations, growth, and strategic partnerships and communications at Capsule, a technology business rebuilding the pharmacy from the inside out. Before Capsule, she worked at beloved consumer brands in London and New York. Isabelle began her career as an investment banker in Hong Kong and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. She was selected to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2015. Isabelle additionally serves as the Advocacy Chair for Success Academy Charter School’s Young Professionals Committee.
At 24 years old, Ty Haney founded activewear brand Outdoor Voices. OV’s strength was its dedicated community, and Ty quickly realized how impactful a passionate fan base was for driving efficient brand growth. With that in mind, Ty left OV in January 2021 to productize this community-led approach into a web3 toolkit that brands could use to grow. In March 2022, TYB ‘Try Your Best’ was born – a Web3 community commerce tool that allows brands and consumers to build and win together through co-creation and incentivization. Ty also launched ‘Joggy’ in April 2022, billed as a “plant-based energetics for full-spectrum activity.”
Hannah Bronfman, a native of NYC, is a modern-day renaissance woman. As a graduate of Bard College where she studied fine art, she has built a reputation as a celebrity and influencer through her work as a Health and Wellness Expert and Entrepreneur, as well as her passion for investing and activism. Bronfman released her first book, “Do What Feels Good” on January 8, 2019 by publishing house Harper Wave.
Over the years, Bronfman has established herself as an angel investor across multiple industries. Herinvestment ethos and strategic involvement is to help minority founders who make ‘better for you’ and ‘better for the planet’ products and platforms. She helps companies grow by using her unique POV on branding, influencer marketing, community growth, GTMstrategies, leveraging her network and of course her audience which reaches well over 1 million. Bronfman has invested in over 40 companies, many of which have become well-known brands such as Ceremonia, Our Place, Live Tinted, Golde, Topicals, Wellory, Sienna Naturals and Supergreat. Her expertise as an investor has led to widespread recognition among the business community. She has been a speaker at numerous conferences including C2, AdWeek, Cannes Lion and ColorComm.
Hannah has been a vocal advocate for social and racial justice and is dedicated to using her platform to increase her followers’ awareness of Black History and the challenges that the world is facing. Beginning in June 2020, Hannah began posting “History with Hannah” videos to her Instagram. These videos cover things such as voting rights, civil rights history and the contributions that Black artists and chefs have made to American culture.Bronfman is also an advocate for women on the journey towards motherhood. After receiving overwhelmingly positive responses to sharing her own story with IVF, Hannah began a video series “Baby Banter” where she interviews othermoms and experts about all the life changing topics that come with motherhood—from pregnancy and postpartum wellness to balancing being a full-time mom and having a career. The latest season was done in partnership with In The Know with new seasons coming in 2023.
As a firm believer of the mantra, “your body is a temple,” Hannah routinely shares her homemade recipes and workout regimens via her social media accounts. She can be seen concocting everything from her daily smoothie to raw granola to almond milk. She has turned this passion for wellness into a career by founding the brand HBFIT, a unique e-commerce marketplace and content platform which offers its audience all things Health, Beauty + Fitness.
Bronfman’s success has led to global recognition. She has been featured in a number of global endorsement campaigns and by numerous publications for various print and online stories, hosted or co-hosted programs for channels such as E!, Popsugar, VH1 and Food Network and has served as a guest editor/blogger for outlets such as Teen Vogue, ASOS, Elle Australia and Equinox.
Babba Rivera is the award-winning entrepreneur, founder and CEO of venture-backed beauty business, Ceremonia, a clean hair care brand rooted in Latinx heritage. Inspired by the rituals she grew up with and fueled by her mission to enable representation for the Latinx community, Babba has seen tremendous growth with her startup in record time. Being one of only 58 Latinas to ever raise over $1M in VC funding, as well as the first Latina to own a hair care brand at Sephora that qualifies for the Clean + Planet Positive seal, Babba is a trailblazer within the founder community.
Prior to launching Ceremonia, Babba worked for unicorn companies including Uber and Away, and was named in Forbes’ 2016 “30 Under 30” list in the field of marketing and advertising. Babba has been featured and profiled in major magazines, newspapers, television programs, podcasts and various other print and digital media, gaining a reputation as one of the most dynamic and accomplished young innovators.
Melissa Cooper, a trailblazing COO breaking barriers and paving the way for women in leadership and changing the global employment landscape. Through her bold and visionary leadership, Melissa has overcome countless obstacles, proving that anything is possible with hard work, determination, and a willingness to take risks.
As Chief Operating Officer, Melissa is responsible for scaling the company’s business operations, operational governance, and cross-functional initiative management. As the first employee of G-P and alongside founder Nicole Sahin – these women created and electrified the Employer of Record (EOR) model. The EOR model enables companies to expand operations rapidly and compliantly around the globe. Her unparalleled experience and expertise in the global employment landscape has contributed to G-P’s rocket ship growth. She is a champion of the EOR model that creates a work environment that is global, equitable and enables employees access to the world economy independent of borders and geography.
Melissa is a graduate of Fairfield University. Originally from Boston, Melissa resides in Carlsbad, California with her husband and two children. Her experience, dedication, expertise, and leadership make her an invaluable asset to the participants of the CEO Summit by Female Founders Fund.
Jillian Williams is a Principal at Cowboy Ventures, an early-stage venture fund focused on supporting extraordinary founders going from 0 to 1. Jillian specifically spends her time focused on fintech and vertical SaaS. Prior to joining Cowboy, Jillian was at Anthemis, an early-stage fintech-focused venture firm, across North America and Europe. She also serves as the head of BLCK VC NYC, the NY arm of the BLCK VC. She started her career at Barclays in the Financial Institutions Group and holds a BA in Economics from Yale University.
Rebecca Kaden is a Managing Partner at Union Square Ventures, a thesis based early stage Venture Capital fund based in New York City. USV partners with founders building businesses with inherent network effects and that are broadening access to capital, knowledge, and wellbeing. The portfolio includes network based businesses such as Twitter, Coinbase, Etsy, Twilio, Outschool, Stash, Duolingo, and Carta. She began her career as a journalist and prior to USV was a General Partner at Maveron, a consumer-focused early stage fund in San Francisco. She studied English and American Literature at Harvard and received her MBA from Stanford. Rebecca was born and raised in New York City where she currently resides with her husband and two sons.
Adrianna Samaniego is the Principal Investor at Female Founders Fund, an early-stage fund investing in female-founded technology companies across B2B, Consumer, Healthcare, and Fintech. Female Founders Fund has invested in some of the fastest-growing female-led start-ups including Zola, Billie, Co–Star, Eloquii, Maven Clinic, Rent the Runway, Peanut, Tala, WinkyLux, and more.
Prior to joining Female Founders Fund, she worked at JetBlue Ventures, Harlem Capital Partners, & New Media Ventures. Adrianna spent eight years in tech, formerly as Co-founder & Co-CEO at Area 120 Google’s Startup Incubator. In this role, she led a team to rapidly build and launch a B2B marketplace for Fortune 500 companies to procure from diverse-owned companies. Adrianna also formerly led and created Google’s Global Supplier Diversity Program which created over $2B in opportunities for diverse-owned businesses.
Adrianna is Mexican American originally from a small border town in Arizona. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs).
Caroline Hyde hosts Bloomberg Television’s flagship daily technology show from New York. She has also served as anchor of “The Close” and the network’s chief European correspondent. Notable interviews include Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, Disney CEO Bob Chapek, Sheryl Sandberg, and Pharrell Williams.
Hyde joined Bloomberg in 2008 to cover the European debt markets for Bloomberg News as a corporate finance reporter, focusing on company loans and bonds as well as sovereign debt.
Prior to joining Bloomberg, Hyde worked in public relations for London’s Moorgate Group. She holds an MA (Oxon) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.
Emma Hinchliffe is a senior writer at Fortune, where she covers women in business and gender issues across business, politics, and culture. Emma is the author of the Broadsheet, Fortune’s daily newsletter for and about the world’s most powerful women; a co-chair of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit and Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit; and a co-chair of the Fortune/U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership. Before joining Fortune, she worked as a reporter for Mashable and the Houston Chronicle.
With an expertise in business journalism, Kristen anchors a two-hour live TV show from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) each weekday, airing 3 to 5 p.m. Eastern. There is no shortage of news from the NYSE, where Kristen walks viewers through the ups and downs of the stock market, helps consumers navigate the economy, and features a startup every weekday on her show. Kristen has extensive experience interviewing newsmakers, like Melinda Gates and Tom Brady. She has also reported on history as it unfolds, including the 2020 presidential election from the White House and the first all-civilian orbital space launch from the Kennedy Space Center in September 2021. Before launching Cheddar News, Kristen was a top-read reporter at The Wall Street Journal and a writer and producer at CNBC.
Samantha Barry is Glamour’s global editorial director, Americas. She oversees content, development, and consumer experiences across the brand’s digital, social, and video verticals. Under her leadership, Glamour emphasizes a digital-first focus on original reporting, exclusive features, and unique perspectives impacting women today across financial, interpersonal, fashion, beauty, wellness, and political topics. She has also strengthened Glamour’s commitment to body positivity by showcasing size-inclusive brands and models across all channels.
In her tenure, Barry has transformed the annual Women of the Year Awards into an inspirational celebration, championing Glamour’s diverse community of women, led Glamour to reach record-breaking monthly audiences, and grown video content across platforms. Most recently, Barry interviewed the First Lady Dr. Jill Biden for Glamour’s College Women of the Year.
Prior to joining Glamour, Barry served as global head of social media at CNN. She spearheaded the organization’s 2016 election coverage across social platforms, which received the first ever Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in social media. Barry previously worked as a reporter and producer for BBC World News in London, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in Papua New Guinea, and RTE and Newstalk in Ireland.
Barry earned a Master’s in Journalism from Dublin City University and was a 2016 fellow of Columbia University’s Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program.
Reshma Saujani is a leading activist and the founder of Girls Who Code and founder and CEO of Moms First (formerly Marshall Plan for moms). She is the author of the instant bestseller PAY UP: The Future of Women and Work (And Why It’s Different Than You Think). Reshma has spent more than a decade building movements to fight for women and girls’ economic empowerment, working to close the gender gap in the tech sector, and most recently advocating for policies to support moms impacted by the pandemic. Reshma is also the author of the international bestseller Brave, Not Perfect, and her influential TED talk, “Teach girls, bravery not perfection,” has more than five million views globally. Reshma began her career as an attorney and Democratic organizer. In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. Reshma lives in New York City with her husband, Nihal, their sons, Shaan and Sai, and their bulldog, Stanley.
Jennifer is a managing director in the Consumer Retail Group (CRG) and a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Group. She is head of M&A for CRG and leads the CRG principal investing efforts. She serves as co-chair for the Investment Banking Division Council for Advancement of Racial Equity. Jennifer previously served as sector captain for the food retail and food distribution sectors. She joined Goldman Sachs as an associate in 2009 and was named managing director in 2017.
Prior to joining the firm, Jennifer worked at General Mills, where she held various roles in the Information Systems division.
Jennifer serves on the National Board of Directors of the Posse Foundation.
Jennifer earned a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science, summa cum laude, from Dillard University, where she was valedictorian. She also earned an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where she was designated a Palmer Scholar.
Charlotte is the Global Head of Underrepresented Founder and Investor Startup Business Development for Amazon Web Services. In this position, she directs a global team in developing partnerships and programs to enable startup founders and investors globally. She also sits on the investment committee for Amazon Catalytic Capital, a $150 million fund of funds with a mission to increase the capital available to underrepresented founders. Charlotte is a former entrepreneur, who co-founded an online sports media platform and formerly served on the board of Startup Atlanta.
Charlotte’s professional experiences span both the public and private sectors. She previously advised Senator Cory Booker on entrepreneurship and other policy matters for the U.S. Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship. She also drove the Senator’s efforts to spur the development of small business accelerator programs and increase the impact of the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program. Prior to joining Senator Booker’s team, she advised three Members of the U.S. House of Representatives on small business and other economic policy issues.
Jeanette Andrews is hailed as one of the most innovative illusionists in the world today and has staged hundreds of sold-out and standing-room-only performances for Fortune 500 companies, theaters and universities including Infiniti, Kraft, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Lyric Opera & Chicago Ideas Week. She has presented commissioned and site-specific works for The Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt, the International Museum of Surgical Science, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
Andrews presented her first magic performance at age four, was paid to do her first magic show at age six, began running her business that day and has never had another job since, and is now internationally recognized as a pioneer in her field. Andrews uses sensory anomalies, art and scientific anecdotes to create luxurious experiences that bridge everyday life to a special, heightened world. She loves creating experiences for audiences to engage with the impossible in fun, insightful, generous ways.
Andrews is an Alumni Affiliate of Harvard’s metaLAB and current artist in residence for University of Houston. She has also been artist in residence for Culture Lab LIC in NYC, High Concept Labs in Chicago and The Institute for Art and Olfaction in LA. Illusion is Ms. Andrews’ life’s work and her performances have been praised by the Chicago Tribune, PBS and the New York Times.
Alexis Gay is a comedian and podcaster known for satirizing tech culture, her own neuroses, being alive right now, and more. Her viral videos (alexis.gay/videos) have received over 12mm views across Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter, where she entertains an audience of 129,000+. Previously, Alexis led the Creator Partnerships and Business Operations teams at Patreon, a platform that enables over 250,000 creators to run their own fan memberships.
On her podcast, Non-Technical, Alexis interviews influential folks from tech, media, business, and beyond about everything except their resumes. Guests have included venture capitalist Chris Sacca, tech journalist Kara Swisher, entreprenuer Mark Cuban, and presidential candidate Andrew Yang.
Alexis has performed at notable venues and festivals including SF Sketchfest, Caroline’s on Broadway, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She holds a B.A. from The Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. Now, you can find her on-stage performing standup in NYC or at your local coffee shop debating whether to ask a barista how much sugar’s in the almond milk.
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FFF’s 2023 CEO Summit will be hosted at Neuehouse Madison Square (110 E 25th St, New York, NY 10010) on Tuesday February 28th, 2023.
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