Women's Policy Forum: Fighting The Startup Gender Gap

    Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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Women's Policy Forum: Fighting The Startup Gender Gap

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Event starts at 8:30 am

2121 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20433

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UP Global, Google for Entrepreneurs, and IFC's Women's Finance Hub invite you to a round table discussion on women in entrepreneurship.

UP Global's recent whitepaper, Fostering a Startup and Innovation Ecosystem, introduces five key ingredients that are critical for building thriving startup communities and includes recommendations for policy makers.  One core attribute is diversity and the importance of women in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

UP GlobalGoogle for Entrepreneurs
and IFC's Women's Finance Hub invite you to a round table discussion on women in entrepreneurship. 

Registration is now open.

The discussion will engage all layers of the ecosystem (from grassroots community leaders, to policy makers to entrepreneurs, to corporates executives) in conversation about the key challenges that entrepreneurship faces in reducing the gender gap. It will then seek to leverage the collective experience of the crowd to begin making recommendations on how to overcome these challenges.

Event Details:
When: Wednesday, November 12 , 2014 at 9:00am. Breakfast will be served at8:30am.
Where: 2121 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20433 Room # F5P - 100



8:30 am
Doors Open & Breakfast Served
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

9:00 am
Programming Begins
A combination of community members speakers will share their experience and pose challenges to the group.

10:30 am
Programming Closes
Stick around to network with other community members!


Julie Samuels
Executive Director, Engine

Julie Samuels is Executive Director of Engine, a nonprofit focused on technology entrepreneurship and giving startups a seat at the table in policy debates.

Julie is a frequent commentator on technology and policy issues for national media—particularly in the intellectual property space—and she has filed briefs with the Supreme Court, testified before Congressional Committees. Julie came to Engine by way of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she was a senior staff attorney and the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents. Before joining EFF, Julie litigated IP and entertainment cases in Chicago at Loeb & Loeb and Sonnenschein. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Julie spent time as a legislative assistant at the Media Coalition in New York, as an assistant editor at the National Journal in D.C., and she worked at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in Champaign, IL. Julie earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt University and her B.S. in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Barbara Lee

Babs Lee is cofounder of Kilo, a touch interactive video startup with patented technology started out of Stanford's MOOC on Technology Entreprenuership. Actively involved in the DC startup scene, she is a Startup Weekend DC co-organizer having recently led the team that organized Startup Weekend DC's first ever Women's edition with 100+ participants. Babs self-taught herself java, html, css and javascript and is also a former Google Developer Group DC co-organizer. 

Babs is a staunch supporter of closing the gender gap in tech and startups.  

Nishika de Rosairo
CEO and Creative Director of dE ROSAIRO

Nishika is the CEO of dE ROSARIO, a contemporary womenswear luxury brand produced and branded in New York. She also sits on the advisory board of Startup Women, an initiative to help create more opportunities for female entrepreneurs. She previously held executive roles at Salesforce and Cisco.

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