Allyson Kapin, Founder, Women Who Tech
Allyson is the founder of Women Who Tech, which brings together 10,000+ diverse engineers, entrepreneurs, startup founders, investors, and industry leaders who are transforming the world and inspiring change through technology. As founder, she has produced several Women Who Tech TeleSummits packed with the most inspiring tech changemakers, disruptors, and startup entrepreneurs, ranging from Arianna Huffington, founder of Huffington Post, to Rashmi Sinah, co-founder of SlideShare, acquired by LinkedIn.
In 2015, Allyson launched the Women Startup Challenge in partnership with Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and the Craig Newmark Foundation, to help fund and showcase women-led startups focused on solving problems for people, businesses, and the planet. Since its inception, the Women Startup Challenge has launched four pitch competitions across the U.S. and one in Europe, with 1,300+ applications and over $1 million raised in cash and prizes for women-led ventures.
Allyson has been named one of the “Most Influential Women in Tech” by Fast Company, a “Tech Titan” by the Washingtonian, and “one of the top 30 women entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter” by Forbes for her leadership roles in technology.
Justyn Hintze, Director, Women Who Tech
Justyn coordinates all Women Startup Challenges and Women Who Tech programming. Passionate about closing the gender-gap and shattering both the glass ceiling and the mirrortocracy, Justyn works with women-led ventures and helps them get pitch ready.
Justyn has written for or has been featured in publications including RH Reality Check, Bust Magazine, Care2, Cosmopolitan, and Jezebel to name a few, and facilitates panels and workshops about social media, gender, social justice, inclusivity, and sexuality education at conferences and in classrooms nationwide. She is on the Board of Directors for the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health and the Woodhull Freedom Foundation.
Kristin Johnson, Women Who Tech
Kristin coordinates Women Who Tech’s website and technical support. She has been active in the field of web development, UX, project management, marketing, fundraising, and social media for the past 13 years, helping NGOs develop strategies and digital tools to communicate and engage users. She oversees requirements gathering for complex technical builds, and assesses technology platforms to match organizations with the best solutions to meet their needs. She has also worked on the product development of multiple mobile and web applications.
Yetunde Duro-Emanuel, Women Startup Challenge Europe Advisor, NYC
Yetunde is a Consumer Experience Strategist within the world of health and wellness technology. With a career that has spanned a variety of healthcare, consumer goods, and startup ecosystem settings, she specializes in leading design strategy and initiatives for diverse organizations looking to increase satisfaction metrics, enhance digital engagement, and strengthen revenue.
Yetunde is passionate about the intersection of diverse industries to drive innovations that enhance quality of life. She currently serves on the Client Delivery and Product team at Zipari, a consumer experience company specializing in the health insurance industry. Yetunde also contributes these skillsets to her passion work and consulting in global health, women’s empowerment initiatives, and African/diasporic development. Yetunde completed her BA in Sociology and Masters of Health Administration at the Ohio State University.
Eva Bandelj, Women Startup Challenge Europe Advisor, Amsterdam
Based out of Amsterdam, Eva is a Tech Community Builder, and working as Head of Innovation Ecosystem at Startupbootcamp and Innoleaps, to facilitate engagement opportunities, connect and bring value to their network of startups, corporates, mentors, investors, governmental institutions, universities, and media, across different industries. Today Startupbootcamp has accelerated over 800 startups using Lean Startup practices and supported 100+ corporates with programs in 20+ cities on six continents.
Passionate about all things startup, Eva actively mentors and engages with the tech community internationally, advocating the importance of corporate-startup collaboration, knowledge-exchange, diversity and inclusion, and especially women in tech. Before joining the world of startups and innovation, Eva worked on media and promotional campaigns for several multinational companies, including Freelancer.com, BSkyB, Publicis, Renault, P&G, and L’Oréal Group.
Seisei Tatebe-Goddu, Women Startup Challenge North America and Europe Advisor, NYC
Seisei is a recovering strategy consultant and entrepreneur. Currently she is a Professor at Glasgow Caledonian New York College, teaching an MA class on sustainability and global change to business professionals keen to transform the fashion industry. Most recently, she was the first hire as Chief Operating Officer at Run for Something, which recruits and supports young progressives for local political office across the country; within two years, RFS helped to elect 200+ people across the country.
Prior to RFS, Seisei worked for Secretary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016, co-created a card game called doosh/off, and worked as a strategist for The B Team (a Richard Branson initiative). Seisei is a Senior Fellow with Environmental Leadership Program and StartingBloc, Dreamers//Doers founding member, and alum of the UPenn/Columbia Social Impact House. She has been a mentor to and judge for ventures pitching at The New School Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative, GWU New Venture Competition, Mentor Capital Network, and Columbia University Women Entrepreneurs Pitch. She holds degrees from McGill and Columbia.
Antonella Socci, Women Startup Challenge Europe Advisor, UK
Anontella is an experienced and passionate international marketing leader with expertise in financial services, technology and startups. She combines a classical marketing approach with the dynamics of digital marketing, effectively spanning both areas and have broad experience in marketing strategy, value proposition development, brand management, communications, sponsorship and building strategic commercial partnerships.
In 2000, she launched The Future Takes Visa brand campaign in Europe. The brand strategy and its execution focused on new biometric payment methods, a strategy which was years ahead of their launches in markets. She was the driving force behind the development of the Team Visa programme, the first truly integrated Olympic and Paralympic marketing strategy by a TOP partner. Subsequently the strategy has been embraced by many leading brands. For London 2012 she played a pivotal role in the commercial engagement with key clients and in bringing to life Visa’s innovation agenda which included the marketing launch of the first mobile payment app. In 2015 she launched Card-Linked-Offers proposition in partnership with Edo Interactive, a US venture-backed start-up at the intersection of advertising, data and payments.
Melissa Jun Rowley, Women Startup Challenge Europe Advisor, Global
Melissa Jun Rowley works at the forefront of tech, media and social change as a prominent author, speaker and entrepreneur. As a contributor and expert commentator for BBC News, she provides insight on the business of technology and tech for good. She’s also a former field producer for CNN and Associated Press Television News and a global advisor for 50InTech, an initiative identifying female entrepreneurs, and building an inclusive worldwide network that helps them succeed. Additionally, Melissa provides content strategy and digital transformation consulting to Fortune 500s.
In 2017, Melissa launched the accelerator Resolve, which coached entrepreneurs in Lebanon to incorporate sustainability and resilience in their operations and offerings. Prior to cofounding Resolve, she built the humanitarian tech platform, The Toolbox, with legendary musician and humanitarian Peter Gabriel.
Melissa is a frequent speaker at major industry conferences supporting tech and social innovation. Her published work includes features for BBC News, Fast Company, CBS News, NBC, Mic, Mashable, Village Voice Media, MTV, Cisco’s Technology News Network, The Guardian, Forbes and TechCrunch. She’s currently writing a book about tech and the next wave of global activism. As an on-camera correspondent, Melissa co-hosted the Global People’s Summit in partnership with the United Nations General Assembly in 2018. She also hosted a series of 2015 Super Bowl events and the first-ever livestreamed meeting at the UNGA, where she spoke about harnessing technology to achieve the Global Goals. In her early years as a journalist, she flew in zero gravity at NASA, produced business news segments from the NYSE, and interviewed entertainment luminaries at the Emmys, Grammys, Golden Globes and Oscars. Melissa is a passionate advocate for achieving peace through entrepreneurship and is developing projects for this purpose.
Laura Calmore, Women Startup Challenge Europe Advisor, Paris
Laura Calmore is European Relations manager for DigitaliseSMEs, a SME digital transformation European program, President of CEE Changers, an online community looking to bridge regional collaborations gaps in Central & Eastern Europe, and ex-Director of Strategic operations at ni2o Inc, the AI-driven nanoscale brain-computer interface for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders.
With a multicultural background, Laura ties relations between the French and global ecosystems, hoping to bridge emerging ecosystems to developed ones, by connecting their key financial and community actors, to help startups scale, get funded & be more diverse. She has also initiated the creation of the Global AI initiative through Techstars Startup Weekend to democratize AI in emerging and developed tech ecosystems.
Anna Costani,Women Startup Challenge North America Advisor, San Francisco
As Director of Community and Partnerships at Springboard Enterprises, Anna Consani incorporates online tools and in-person networking to build strong business collaborations and enhance visibility of Springboard portfolio companies and the women who lead them. She also manages the Springboard Dolphin Tank program, a “friendly-feedback” pitch session for entrepreneurs which take place across the country. Anna has been lead on Springboard’s involvement at SXSW in Austin and Springboard’s Women Funding Women Series – a collaboration with Dell to highlight women and entrepreneurs around the world. While previously based at Springboard’s HQ in Washington, DC for three years, Anna is now based in San Francisco where she also runs Corporate Sales for her family business, California Delicious.
Anna has a B.A in Political Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and has worked for members of Congress on campaigns, in the district office and on the Hill. Anna is dedicated to getting more women in public office and more scalable women-led companies funded.
Chloe Fagan-Tucker, Women Startup Challenge North America Advisor, San Francisco
Chloe Fagan-Tucker is a multi-disciplinary leader with eight years of experience and a breadth of skills covering financial modeling and due diligence, transaction execution, product and project management, and strategy development applied across the private, public, and non-profit sectors. She has strong interest in topics relating to innovative applications of technology, impact investing, and diversity and inclusion.
Chloe is currently a Corporate Development Lead at All Turtles, an AI startup studio working on growing the number of early stage AI products that have a positive impact on the world. Previously, she has been an Associate at the Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm that creates opportunity for people to improve their lives by investing in market-based efforts that catalyze economic and social change.
Prior to her role at the Omidyar Network, Chloe was an Investment Banking Associate at Credit Suisse and also worked in social impact strategy and venture capital investing in the San Francisco Bay Area. She began her career as a Senior Consultant in IT business systems strategy at Booz Allen Hamilton. She received her MBA from Ross in 2016 and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University.
Asha Easton, Event and Marketing Manager Paris
Based between the UK and France, Asha is passionate about emerging technologies and impact investing. Her current expertise is in immersive media. She regularly supports diversity initiatives in the VR/AR industry. She is an active member of several groups that support women in immersive tech, has run workshops with the VR Diversity Initiative in London to upskill underrepresented groups in media and technology, and spoken on panels including a Women in XR panel at the Cannes Film Festival. Prior to this, Asha spent many years working in business development and consulting across a number of different industries. She is thrilled to join the Women Who Tech team to aid in their mission to empower women-led startups.
Liva Judic, Women Startup Challenge Europe Advisor, Lisbon
Liva is a serial entrepreneur and executive coach. She has extensive international experience working with startups who who want to grow outside their domestic market on product-market fit, brand development, and communications. Liva strives to inspire senior leadership to make bold decisions that fuel growth and embolden their brands while making a lasting positive impact on their ecosystems.
Phuong Mai, Women Startup Challenge Europe Advisor, Berlin
Phuong Mai is the founder of P.MAI, a California-based brand focused on fashionable and functional women’s fashion. Their new line of women’s backpacks combine utility with luxury, and has been featured in Buzzfeed, Inc., WWD, Racked, Product Hunt and more.
Prior to founding P.MAI, she began her career in strategy and management consulting for over 6 years—working with multidisciplinary teams to solve business problems in innovation, marketing, leadership, sustainability and change management for clients such as Coca-Cola, Dell, and American Express. Phuong is a graduate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Yesika A. Robles, Women Startup Challenge Europe Advisor, Finland and Spain
Yesika A. Robles co-founded Tespack at the age 24, a smart technology company focusing on mobile energy solutions that has raised over 2.6M€ currently used by the United Nations and various governmental entities. Yesika has been recognised by Forbes 30 Under 30 as a disruptor in her industry “tech & Energy”. She was named as one of the Top 200 Leaders of Tomorrow Globally at St Gallen Symposium to debate topics with Prime Ministers, Top Entrepreneurs and Higher Education (HE) leaders. She was also selected as Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs, under 30 in Spain and Mentor for the Queen’s Young Leaders to support leading Social Entrepreneurs and NGO’s across 53 commonwealth countries.
Caritta Seppa, Women Startup Challenge Europe Advisor, Finland and Spain
Caritta Seppa is the COO and co-founder of Tespack, a company specialised in mobile energy and whose customers and partners include Vodafone, Intersport and Save the Children. Caritta has been shortlisted by Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe in 2018 as one of the young innovators reshaping the world and she was selected as one of the Top 100 Women in Wearables in 2018. Caritta has been awarded as one of the Top 10 Youth Entrepreneurs by YE Global for her work towards youth social inclusion and together with Tespack, she is one of the top 10 Finalists of Women Startup Challenge Europe 2017. In 2017, Caritta was selected as one of theWinning Women Entrepreneurs in Europe by Ernst & Young. Caritta is passionate about technology and empowering others and is a mentor and advisor to aspiring young entrepreneurs and students. In 2016, she was one of the co-organisers for the first Women in Tech event in Valencia and in 2018 she co-organised tone of the first Women in Tech Conferences in Lima together with the Finnish and Swedish Embassy.
Dilnoza Shaumarova, Women Startup Challenge Europe Advisor, Paris, Brussels, and Barcelona
Dilnoza leads the PR and Management communication agency MOLOGO Studio. In addition, she’s a mentor for Startups in wearable tech for the EU project WearSustain, the biggest network in Europe in fashion tech.
She graduated from the elite french academy in Paris [ENS-Paris-Saclay] and afterwards joined Europe’s eight leading research institutions in Cancer Research. She’s fluent in French, English, Spanish, German, and Russian and acts as a liaison between universities, research institutions and conferences. She has represented administrative board & Science Policy adviser for Marie Curie Actions Fellows Association. Through these experiences, she has gained rich interpersonal skills, which I applied later on in entrepreneurship.
She’s delighted to join Women Who tech to support and share my experiences based in Paris, Brussels, and Barcelona.
Ukeme Emem, New York Advisor
Ukeme Emem is the Executive Producer of Future Perfect Media www.futureperfectmedia.tv). Ukeme produces digital video for online women centric brands and publishers. She has worked with Condé Nast, Time Inc., Lancôme, VH1, and ESPN. Ukeme is also passionate about healthy living adult education—she volunteers and produces workshops that help adults acquire jobs, educate families and children about healthy living and produces Mommy & Me workshops for low income mothers.
Prior to starting Future Perfect Media, Ukeme was selected and graduated from the DGA (Director’s Guild of America) Trainee program where she worked on several major motion pictures and television shows. Prior to the DGA Trainee program, she worked at Nickelodeon, Law & Order, and AICP (Association of Independent Producers).
Lauren Maffeo, Europe Advisor
Lauren has reported on and worked within the global technology sector. She started her career in London’s Tech City as a media consultant to digital startups. Lauren also worked as a tech journalist; she reported on trends including self-drive cars, digital skills gaps in Taiwan and Brazil, the role of apps in aid relief, and a feared digital dark age for The Next Web and The Guardian. Lauren’s writing has also been published and cited by The Atlantic, Skoll World Forum Online, The Diplomatic Courier, and The LSE Review of Books.
Today, Lauren works as a content editor for GetApp – a Gartner company – where she covers trends in the project management, finance, and accounting software markets for small and midsize businesses. Prior to GetApp, Lauren managed content at Aha! – one of America’s fastest growing SaaS companies based in Silicon Valley. Lauren earned her MSc in Gender, Media and Culture from The London School of Economics and Political Science
Alejandra Guerrero, Intern
Alejandra is a graduate of The George Washington University with a B.B.A, concentrating in Marketing, Economics & Public Policy with a minor in Anthropology. As a young professional, Alejandra is passionate about the interdisciplinary romance between the social sciences and consumer behavior. She hails from Managua, Nicaragua and is pursuing a career in the Marketing or Advertising industries. Alejandra is particularly interested in Corporate Social Responsibility as it applies to business solutions and sustainability. Alejandra has experience coordinating large-scale events, drafting marketing campaigns and working with multiple social media platforms.