Allyson Kapin, Founder of Women Who Tech and Rad Campaign
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. She also served as a philanthropic adviser to Craig Newmark, the Founder of craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies. 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. She was 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 communications blog, Frogloop.
Craig Newmark, Founder of craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies
Craig Newmark is a Web pioneer, philanthropist, and a leading advocate on behalf of trustworthy journalism, veterans and military families, women in tech, and other civic and social justice causes. In 2017, he became a founding funder and executive committee member of the News Integrity Initiative, administered by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, which seeks to advance news literacy and increase trust in journalism.
In 2016, he created Craig Newmark Philanthropies to promote investment in organizations that effectively serve their communities and drive broad civic engagement at the grassroots level. Amid growing concerns about the proliferation of “fake news” in the context of the presidential campaign, one of the foundation’s first donations went to the Poynter Institute to create the Craig Newmark Chair in Journalism Ethics. Newmark is widely credited for his leadership in promoting “news we can trust.”
Craig serves on the board of directors of a range of nonprofits including Blue Star Families, Center for Public Integrity, Girls Who Code, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Poynter Foundation, Sunlight Foundation, VetsInTech, and Women in Public Service Project. He also serves on the Board of Overseers of the Columbia Journalism Review. He serves on the advisory board of nearly twenty other nonprofit organizations including Donors Choose, EFF, New America Foundation, Voto Latino, Wikimedia Foundation, Women Who Tech, Consumer Reports, and many others.
In 1995, Craig started curating list of San Francisco arts and technology events he personally emailed to friends and colleagues. People were soon calling it “Craig’s List” and when Craig turned it into a company he monetized minimally, opting for a business model that prioritized “doing well by doing good.” Today more than 5 billion ads have been posted on the site, the vast majority for free. Craig has not been involved in management since 2000.
In 2015, craigslist received an award from the FBI in recognition of its undisclosed cooperation with the bureau in combatting human trafficking. Craig was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2012. In 2013 he was named “Nerd-in-Residence” by the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation.
Craig communicates regularly through his own blog at craignewmarkphilanthropies.org and through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Medium. He also travels the country speaking about issues and appearing on behalf of organizations he supports.
Lisa Stone, Chief Strategy Officer, Ellevest and Co-Founder 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. She’s the Chief Strategy Office of Ellevest. Prior, 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, Senior Program Manager
Diane ran and grew WebFWD, Mozilla’s accelerator for open source startups. She currently serves as Program Manager for Mozilla’s Developer Relations team. Before joining Mozilla she did communications, marketing, product management, and business development at various startups as well as at Charles Schwab. She got her MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and her BA in History from Stanford.
Sibyl Edwards, 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 cofounder of Black Female Founders and 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.