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  • Sharon Rehbinder posted a discussion in Women in LAVA
    Meet Women Entrepreneurs and CEO’s, who are making Diversity and Inclusion more than a buzz word. D&I is a core principal of their business plan, and they are EXECUTING. Learn how they use transparency and accountability to drive change not only in their own business but with their... see more Meet Women Entrepreneurs and CEO’s, who are making Diversity and Inclusion more than a buzz word. D&I is a core principal of their business plan, and they are EXECUTING. Learn how they use transparency and accountability to drive change not only in their own business but with their clients.
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    ChangePays: Women Founders taking action on diversity and inclusion
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    Meet Women Entrepreneurs and CEO’s, who are making Diversity and Inclusion more than a buzz word. D&I is a core principal of their business plan, and they are EXECUTING. Learn how they use transparency and accountability to drive change not only in their own business but with their clients.
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  • Sharon Rehbinder posted a discussion in Women in LAVA
    LATAM - Friendly Countries Waiting for your Business and Investments
    Free, RSVP/register for Zoom connection here www.lava.org/events/latam-20-fri...
    Panel:
    Claire Díaz-Ortiz is an author, advisor and investor long on femtech. ...
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    Free, RSVP/register for Zoom connection here www.lava.org/events/latam-20-fri...
    Panel:
    Claire Díaz-Ortiz is an author, advisor and investor long on femtech. who has been named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. Claire was an early employee at Twitter, where she was first hired to lead corporate social innovation.
    In Claire’s work, she has been called everything from “The Woman Who Got the Pope on Twitter” (Wired) and “Twitter’s Pontiff Recruitment Chief” (Washington Post) to a “Force for Good” (Forbes) and one of the “Ten Most Generous in Social Media” (Fast Company).
    She has appeared widely in major television and print news sources like CNN, BBC, Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, Good Morning America, The Today Show, the Washington Post, Fortune, Forbes, Wired and many others.
    Claire has masters degrees from both Stanford and Oxford and splits her time between the US and Argentina.

    Noramay Cadena is a Founding Partner at MiLA Capital, a seed-stage Venture Capital firm in Los Angeles focused on funding tech you can touch.
    Noramay co-founded the Latinas in STEM Foundation, which has empowered over 3,000 women to pursue careers in tech. She’s also a founding member of Latinx VC. She was awarded the Emerging Leader Award from the Society of Women Engineers in 2018, named in CNET's Top 20 Latinos in Tech and recognized by Forbes as an industry leader.
    Noramay is a Kauffman Fellow in Class 23 and a lead investor in Portfolia's Rising America Fund. She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, an MS in Engineering Systems, and an MBA - all from MIT.

    Maria Zahgi - of Guatemala, has had over a 30-year experience in the implementation of national and regional entrepreneurial projects related to ICTs in Latin America. She is in charge of business development efforts for over 1000 ICT companies via a commercialization hub in Guatemala.
    She has been a senior consultant for projects related to ICTs for the Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank, the European Community, ICDF (Taiwan), World Summit Award, US AID programs, Gateway Development Foundation, the Nature Conservancy, GAIA (Spain), Pan-American Health Organization, Exxon, HLB and Price Waterhouse Coopers.
    She currently leads projects and incubation of tech companies from CampusTec, Central America's first technology park. Maria splits her time between Guatemala and California. Maria is a professor and graduate of U of Maryland.

    Sponsors:
    The International Business Accelerator - www.iba.io/
    Grenoble Alpes - www.investingrenoblealpes.com/
  • Laurelle Johnson posted a discussion in Women in LAVA
    Current statistics place the number of USA women-owned business at 29% with the largest concentration in the Southern California Area. What better place to be a female entrepreneur than in the Los Angeles?
    Los Angeles has always had a very strong culture of innovation, creativity and the...
    see more Current statistics place the number of USA women-owned business at 29% with the largest concentration in the Southern California Area. What better place to be a female entrepreneur than in the Los Angeles?
    Los Angeles has always had a very strong culture of innovation, creativity and the outlandish. The city is built on engineering for aerospace and creativity for the movie business and the merging of the two. Actress Hedy Lamarr and Engineer George Anthiel filed a patent to manipulate wireless radio frequencies at irregular levels for transmission and reception. This partnership created the cell phone technology we use today. The tradition has continued as actors such as Aston Kutscher and Jessica Alba have invested in startups. Both have funded companies such as Airbnb, Casper & The Honest Company.

    When asked, women start their businesses for a variety of reasons, the top ones being: in control of their lives, flexibility, and work-life balance. In France, the top reason is to have pride in themselves.

    Kevin O’Leary, a lead investor on Shark Tank, has invested in female-owned companies such as Wicked Good Cupcakes, Groove Book, Bottle Breacher, and Easy Daysies. O'Leary boils the success of women-run companies down to this: "Women set goals that are achievable in business. They don't take in-ordinate risk and set goals that nobody can achieve. When you set goals for your employees you can achieve, that generally builds morale. It gets better results."

    Los Angeles has so many female support groups, meet-ups, incubators, work-spaces that one wonders how the men are getting the support they need. Groups such as Women in LAVA, SheEO, Women’s Founder Network, Hera Hub (San Diego) and The Opportunista are focused on helping women succeed in the space with education, tools and supportive environments.

    For women, the avenues to funding are plentiful. There is crowdfunding, (think Roku, Style Lend), 10,000 Businesses from Goldman Sachs, SBA business loans (they love women), Women’s Founder Network, Golden Seeds, SheEO, and Female Founder’s Fund to name a few.

    Some of the Los Angeles-based companies that are female-owned and funded by private investors, angel investors and VC’s are:

    Tradesy – $30M
    Hop Skip Drive – $10.2M
    Nasty Gal - $16M
    Tot Squad – $1M
    Tripscope - $4M then sold her company
    CoolHaus - $2M
    The Honest Company - $70M
    Each of these female founders share a driving desire to solve a problem and improve the lives of others. And that is the key in the USA. Solve a problem, a big problem that is costing the target customer in time and money. Offer a smart solution at a reasonable price with a great buying experience and the world is yours to conquer.


    Author : Laurelle JOHNSON
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