Ariel was working at an advertising agency in New York City in 2014 when she decided to move to Venice Beach and start her own company. Parachute -- which delivers high-quality textiles at direct-to-consumer prices. Ariel's love for the textile industry and interior design made her the perfect candidate to take on the bedding industry. These days Parachute has over 30 employees and is expecting to bring in over $30m in revenue in 2017.
CEO @ SoulPancake
Shabnam Mogharabi is CEO of SoulPancake, the award-winning digital media and entertainment company founded by Rainn Wilson. SoulPancake is dedicated to exploring “Life’s Big Questions” by creating joyful, uplifting, and inspiring content about the human experience. Shabnam oversees SoulPancake's operations. Under her leadership, the company has more than quadrupled its revenue, amassed more than 9 million fans and 300 million video views, and engaged a robust demographic of Optimistic Millennials.
VP of Integrated Marketing @ WeWork
Nicole's career started in private equity. But when she moved to Los Angeles to get her MBA from USC, her focus shifted from finance to marketing. The bulk of her time in LA was spent in the online dating space at eHarmony and start-up Three Day Rule, where she focused on customer acquisition and digital product. Nicole eventually moved back to New York for a VP role at VaynerMedia, where she ran digital strategy for brands like JPMorgan Chase, L'Oreal, and Anheuser-Busch. These days, Nicole leads integrated marketing at WeWork, the co-working behemoth valued at $20B.
Chief Revenue Officer @ Honey
Kerri is the Chief Revenue Officer of Honey: the startup that's working with over 9,000 retailers to create a better online shopping selection... one that's personalized and price aware. Before Honey, Kerri helped build a network of 3,000 e-commerce partners and 70,000 publisher properties across 14 offices worldwide at CJ Affiliate. Kerri enjoys talking about the ever-changing consumer, inspiring employees, and succeeding as a woman, wife and mother in tech - or, at least trying to!
Design Director @ Forever21
Sarah Wilkinson is an expert in fashion design. She kickstarted her career at ASOS -- an online fashion and beauty brand that earned over $1.15B in revenue in 2015. After 6 years at ASOS, Sara was hired as the Vice President of Design at Nasty Gal, where she launched the Nasty Gal Collection and collaborated with Courtney Love. Recently Sarah accepted a role at Forever21, where she now works as their Womenswear Design Director.
Director of International Sales @ Manduka
June heads up the international sales team at Manduka, an eco-friendly yoga gear and apparel company based in LA. Before joining Manduka, June graduated from UCLA and earned her MBA from Babson College. From there, she explored the world of entrepreneurship by starting two companies, both of which she is still involved in today. When she joined Manduka, June came on board to launch the international sales division of the company, and now oversees the growth strategy, the sales team, and accounts in over 60 countries.
Co-Founder & Head of Marketing @ The Flex Company
Erika is a body-positive advocate and cofounder at The Flex Company, whose mission is to create life-changing, body positive experiences through products and conversations. Prior to cofounding Flex, Erika led e-commerce at Jimmyjane, a high-end sex toy company that partnered with Yves Behar. Erika was also a 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient.
Doing cool things @ innovative companies
We'll be adding a few more speakers to the lineup in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for updates!