Womens Entrepreneur Festival 2012

We_logo_5 Last years Womens Entrepreneur Festival was a big success.  I have thought a lot about what made that event so intimate and powerful so we could replicate it again.  I am a big believer in having an event and then doing it again the next year with just a few tweaks of course if the event is successful.  Our line up this year is amazing and the theme is Makers. 

So what is it that made the WEF so good?  I think there are a few things.  The audience really wanted to be there.  Every person who attended had to submit their bio and picture which went up on the website prior to the event so every attendee could read about each other before they got there.  I know that there were people I saw across the room and thought to myself, I want to meet that person after reading about them.  That created the desire for cross mentoring regardless of the age group.  All of the attendees were on a listserv prior to the event and the community met up the first night on their own and have continued to talk to each other since.  That is pretty powerful.  Last and certainly not least is the panelists.  This year there will be 5 panelists on 6 different panels, all women including a panel of women investors at the end of the day.  Each of them are entrepreneurs.  They are all approachable and although you might not know who they are or perhaps have just heard about their businesses there is something about each of their individual drive that makes every person in the audience say to themselves, "hey, I can do this."  That is exactly what this festival is about.  Supporting women to be entrepreneurs through this festival.  I also love that the event takes place at ITP where so many entrepreneurs in NYC have begun as well as pivoted their careers. 

We are taking applications now.  Hope to see you there. 

Here is the line-up. 



6pm Welcome
(@ NYU Stern School of Business, Tisch Hall, Paulson Auditorium, 44 West 4th St, NYC)
Nancy Hechinger, Festival Co-Chair, Faculty, ITP

Keynote Address
Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post

Cocktail Reception @ NYU Stern following the keynote: 7-9pm


Festival Kick-off: Joanne Wilson, Festival Co-Chair, Gotham Gal

Sara Chipps, Girl Develop It
Anne Dwane, Zinch.com
Pooja Nath Sankar, Piazza
Sarah Elizabeth Ippel, Academy for Global Citizenship
Jennifer House, Red Rock Reports
Moderator: Diana Rhoten

Barbara Pantuso, Hey, Neighbor!
Amanda Steinberg, DailyWorth
Emily McKhann, The Motherhood
Allison Floam,The Fix
Amanda Hesser, Food52
Moderator: Chris Tardio

Caren Maio, Nestio
Erin Newkirk, RedStamp.com
Joanne Lang, About One
Deborah Adler, Deborah Adler LLC
Dina Kaplan, blip.tv
Moderator: Jessica Harris

Ayah Bdeir, littleBits
Britta Riley, Windowfarms
Malene Barnett, Malene b
Hilary Rosenman, Madison Harding
Susy Korb, Omhu
Moderator: Despina Papadopoulos

Katie Armour, Matchbook Magazine
Doni Belau, Girls Guide to Paris
Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan, Apartment Therapy
Jennifer Hyman, Rent the Runway
Emily Olson, Foodzie
Moderator: Rachel Sklar

Edwina von Gal, Azuero Foundation
Kathleen Wilson, Rikaroo
Jen Bekman, Jen Bekman Gallery, Hey Hot Shot! and 20×200
Lindsay Campbell, Bright Red Pixels
Jane Wells, 3 Generations
Moderator: Nina Darnton

Shana Fisher, High Line Venture Partners
Sarah Tavel, Bessemer Venture Partners
Joy Marcus, DFJ Gotham Ventures
Jenny Fielding, BBC Worldwide
Moderator: Janet Hanson

Comments (Archived):

  1. Rohan

    all the best! it looks like a great line up..

  2. Ghorwood

    The event looks fantastic. How about next time including a panel on what I call “Integrators” people (like me)  who marry the maker services and products with established practices and businesses. Without integrators you have two parallel worlds, one of innovation and one of status quo. Integrators can help most makers gain adoption and traction faster.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Will put it in the list. Thanks Gail

  3. Leahjgoldman

    Just spent several days at Chicago Idea week, with a lot of panels and yours look fantastic. Three key insights I had this week about panel moderators–1) they need coaching; 2) must keep their own comments to a minimum, they need not comment on what they hear, it is about the panelists! 3) Ask the same question to all panelists, and allow them to answer– may only get to answer a few questions and yet gives great continuity to the panel instead of just random thoughts from each person. Big questions answered from each panelist’s view gives the listeners a broader understanding to a single question.It appears the the twecklers agreed (twitter hecklers!)

  4. Robert Thuston

    The “hey, I can do this” stuff is a great mentality/theme.  I completely agree that it’s a huge motivator.Inspiration is such a driving force for me, and finding others a few steps ahead of me always helps me realize and recognize my own potential.