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
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, social justice, inclusivity, and sexuality education at conferences and in classrooms nationwide. She is on the Advisory Council for the Woodhull Freedom Foundation and is on the Board of Directors for the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health.
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 recent 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.