The Strength & Courage Series: Reflections on Entrepreneurship

  • Thursday, April 25, 2013
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Collaboratory4.0, 40 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116
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Join us for our second ever Strength & Courage Series event, a dialogue on women entrepreneurs. Here is your chance to hear from local entrepreneurs about challenges they've experienced over the course of their career and turning points along the way that made all the difference for them.

Speakers include:

Vanessa Green is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of FINsix. FINsix is commercializing a VHF power electronics technology which enables power supplies that are 10x smaller and 100x faster than incumbent solutions.  We are developing our first products for markets where our small size impacts the final product (e.g., LED lighting and laptop adapters).  Previously, Vanessa was a manager at TECOM Investments (Dubai, UAE) where she led business development and strategy for Enpark, a 1.4M square foot sustainable real estate project and investment vehicle. Vanessa worked with the Monitor Group from 2005 – 2007 and is a board member of Community Water Solutions, a non-profit she co-founded in 2008.  In 2011, Vanessa won the Patrick E. McGovern Entrepreneurship Award, and was selected as a BBJ Innovation All-Stars Rising Star and Forbes 30-under-30 in Energy. Vanessa holds a M.Eng. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the MIT, an MBA from the MIT Sloan and a B.A. in Environmental Science from Dartmouth College.

Leigh Foster and Rachel Marshall. Rachel studied cooking at the renowned Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. Leigh grew up on a farm, learning food prep from her parents, reading cookbooks and watching food shows. Their passion for food led them both (separately) to Florence, Italy to study Italian cuisine, unaware that they were just a few cobblestone blocks away from each other. Rachel at Apicius Culinary Institute and Leigh at Lorenzo De’Medici. They wouldn’t meet until 3 years later at a Boston Design firm, where they bonded over their love of food. Not in love with their jobs, they began planning to open their own food business. Leigh had entrepreneurial experience from a small company she owned a few years back. For both, fresh pasta was top of mind, having fallen for it in Florence. Educated on the politics of food, they knew exactly what to put inside. As fate would have it, a few months later they were laid off. So they went to work full time on their Nella concept. Soon folks of Massachusetts began enjoying everything that went into Nella Pasta.

Amy Swift Crosby. As the founder of SMARTY, a women’s entrepreneurial network based in Los Angeles, Amy Swift Crosby has created hundreds of programs designed to foster community, education and collaboration across many business platforms. The thousands of women-owned businesses who have been helped by SMARTY have put Amy into the league of connector of women, creator of top-notch in-person content and conduit for visibility, media and partnerships.

As a strategist and writer, Amy has worked with hundreds of brands to position or message products or services internationally. From Virgin Atlantic to Ralph Lauren to MGM/Mirage to Christian Dior, Amy is a marketing and communications expert. She has been featured or quoted on CNN, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Glamour, Women’s Wear Daily, Harpers Bazaar, Sunset Magazine, Lucky, Life in the Fab Lane with Kimora Lee Simmons. Amy is a tastemaker for ThisNext, a regular blogger for Georgia NYC - a beauty and lifestyle concierge, moderator and speaker for the ltdLIVE women's conference, scout for ScooterTraffic, guest editor for Tada Shop, and named one of the top 50 women to follow on Twiiter by Evan Carmichael. See Amy’s MyStory here.

A portion of the proceeds from this event benefits Haley House. Haley House is a Boston-based nonprofit organization that uses food as a vehicle to help alleviate suffering, build new skills and bring communities together.

About The Strength & Courage Series

A series of dialogues in which local business owners, changemakers, and experts in their fields share professional challenges, lessons learned, and stories of when they've had to exercise strength or courage during their careers. For panelists, these dialogues are a chance to share what they know and are passionate about with others. For all Wonder Women of Boston, panelists and participants alike, these events are an opportunity to come together, support one another around professional challenges, and celebrate successes.

These two hour events typically begin with a panel and then open up to a larger Q&A discussion. Light snacks and beverages will be served.

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