Allyson Kapin, Women Who Tech and Rad Campaign, Founder
Allyson has been named one of the “Most Influential Women in Tech” by Fast Company, one of the top “Tech Titans” by the Washingtonian, and one of the “Top 30 Women Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter” by Forbes for her leadership role in technology and social media. She is also the co-founder of Rad Campaign, a web agency that works with nonprofits to fight the world’s toughest problems, ranging from climate change to health care reform. In 2012, Allyson wrote the nonprofit best-selling book, Social Change Anytime Everywhere, with Amy Sample Ward.
In 2007, Allyson founded Women Who Tech: A Telesummit for Women in Technology, featuring Arianna Huffington of HuffingtonPost.com and Joan Blades of Moveon.org. Through Women Who Tech, she champions women who are inspiring change and transforming technology. She also serves as an expert for news reporters who are writing about women in technology. In 2015, as a part of Women Who Tech, Allyson launched the first-ever Women Startup Challenge to help showcase and fund women-led startups.
She sits on the Advisory Board of the Anita Borg Institute and the Planning Committee for NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference. Allyson blogged for Fast Company, focusing on trends in technology and Web 2.0, and served as the Blogger-In-Chief for Care2’s nonprofit blog.
Craig Newmark, craigslist and craigconnects, Founder
Craig Newmark is the founder of craigslist, the web-based platform that has fundamentally changed classified advertising. Since its founding in 1995, craigslist has become one of the world’s 10 most-visited English language web platforms. Today there are craigslist websites virtually everywhere and serving every continent on earth (except Antarctica). craigslist provides users with mostly free advertising opportunities, and is meant to allow people to help each other with basic needs like housing and jobs. It is based on a culture of trust, encouraging participants to play an active role in policing the information that is shared on the site.
In 1976, Craig began his business career with IBM, where he spent nearly 17 years. He subsequently worked in programming for Charles Schwab, Bank of America, and other firms.
In 1995, while working for Charles Schwab, Craig launched craigslist in his flat as a free way for people to share information about events in San Francisco.
In March 2011 Craig launched craigconnects, his initiative to link up everyone on the planet using social media to bear witness to good efforts and encourage the same behavior in others. craigconnects seeks to support technology and platforms that enhance connectivity, help more people and organizations do good in the world, and improve and ensure media integrity.
craigconnects evolved from Craig’s many years of personal involvement with non-profit organizations and issues he considers to be vital. He currently serves on the board of directors of three non-profit organizations, on the advisory board of eleven others, and provides personal or financial support to dozens more. These organizations are involved in using the internet to help solve social issues, provide for America’s returning veterans, drive funding for school projects directly to the classroom, or help government agencies and groups on their innovation initiatives.
Lisa Stone, Ellevest, CMO, and Cofounder of BlogHer
Lisa Stone is an entrepreneur and digital media strategist with 18 years of experience developing scale consumer communities via storytelling, quality conversation and analytics. Most recently, Lisa was CEO and Co-founder of BlogHer Inc., where she grew an idea for a grassroots conference into a leading start-up reaching 100+ million women each month, $30 million in annual revenues and a proprietary technology platform for engaging social influencers. She also executive-produced BlogHer’s conferences, the world’s largest for women in social media (her past interviews include President Barack Obama, Sheryl Sandberg, Soledad O’Brien, and Melinda Gates). In 2014, Lisa led the sale of BlogHer to SheKnows Media, creating the #1 women’s lifestyle digital media company. Previously, Lisa pioneered the first blog publishing network at Law.com, and was Vice President, Programming and Editor in Chief at Women.com Networks, where she led original programming and partnerships (Bloomberg, Gallup, E! Online, HBO’s Sex and the City), and helped launch 11 Hearst and two Rodale magazine sites.
Although Lisa left CNN for WebTV in 1997, she has continued to write (The New York Times, LATimes.com, LinkedIn, Medium, HuffPost and, of course, BlogHer.com). Her honors include a Fortune Most Powerful Women Entrepreneur Award, Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business and an Ernst & Young Winning Women award. She was the first Internet journalist awarded a Nieman Fellowship by Harvard University. A Montanan who goes home to ski as often as possible, Lisa lives in Silicon Valley with Christopher Carfi and their children.
Sarah Kunst, Managing Director, Cleo Capital
Sarah Kunst is a entrepreneur, investor, advisor and philanthropist. She is from rural Michigan and attended Michigan State University. She has worked at Apple, Red Bull, Chanel, Mohr Davidow Ventures and a number of media and consumer startups. She is currently a partner at Fortis. Her philanthropic interests include Help Us Adopt, Code2040, USA State Department’s Tech Women program, Technovation Challenge and being on the boards of Venture for America and the New York City Department of Education Finance and Business Commission. She also mentors and advises racially, geographically and gender diverse startups through NewMe, Digital Undivided, Mergelane, The Startup Factory, Boost.vc and Techstar’s Patriot Bootcamp. Kunst is on the 2015 Forbes Magazine 30 under 30 list and has been recognized for her work in Business Insider as a 30 under 30 and Top African-American in Tech and Marie Claire Magazine named her a Young Gun to watch. She also writes for The Daily Beast and Entrepreneur.com and speaks on venture funding and startups frequently, including at the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push Wall Street conference. Sarah is a passionate leader who is focused on global inclusiveness and helping traditionally underrepresented people find success.
Amy Sample Ward, NTEN, CEO
Amy is the CEO of the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN). Whether it is by connecting individuals, organizations, campaigns, or possibilities, Amy helps to facilitate the nonprofit technology sector transitioning into a movement-based force for positive change. She is also a blogger, facilitator, and trainer, having worked with groups and spoken at events in the U.S., U.K., and around the world. In 2013, she co-authored Social Change Anytime Everywhere with Allyson Kapin. She previously co-authored Social by Social, a handbook in using social technologies for social impact, and has contributed to various other publications about social change and technology. She is a conversation-starter and thought-leader, writing about strategic uses of new technologies for communities and organizations on her blog and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Diane Tate, Mozilla, Program Manager
Sibyl Edwards, DC Web Women, President, and Black Female Founders, CoFounder
Sibyl is the Executive Director for DC Innovates (DCI), a nonprofit organization with the mission of fostering and supporting a diverse tech innovation economy in the District of Columbia. DCI manages the Digital DC Technology Fund (DDCTF), a $1 million fund and customized mentorship program dedicated to promoting the success of early and growth stage technology ventures in the District.
Sibyl is also the President of DC Web Women (DCWW), one of the longest-running tech nonprofits for women in D.C, which supports and advocates for women and girls in technology by providing a community in which they can develop and promote their leadership, technical and professional skills.
For over a decade, Ms. Edwards has created successful digital campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, non-profit associations and startups.
Working with organizations to help expand their digital presence she develops strategies to grow their business and build their brands. Her clients include The World Bank, Land O’Lakes International Development, Social@Ogilvy, Rosetta Stone, Cision and Marriott.
Tinu Abayomi-Paul, Hot Mommas Project, Editor-in-Chief
Tinu is the Hot Mommas Project Editor-in-Chief and founding Women’s Leadership Fellow, a two-year long program designed to provide exponential benefit to the women’s community. Tinu brings to the Project her expertise in web site promotion, as an author, and content specialist as the principal of Leveraged Promotion, LLC.
Tinu has written over 30 ebooks and multimedia guides on using the web to increase business profits, as well as volumes of how-to guids. She’s frequently quoted in books and articles, and has been part of a CNN’s Leading Women article and chat series.
Tinu was named one of 2014’s top 50 Industry Influencers by AGBeat. She was on of TopRank’s 25 Women Who Rock Social Media in 2012 and 2015. Other honors include “Digital Sister of the Year” and Liberated Muse’s Top 10 Women in Social Media.”
From October 2011 to February 2014, Tinu was the Editor of the Women Grow Business publication, hosted by Network Solutions, now a Web.com company. She has been on Network Solutions Social Media Advisory Board since July 2009.