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Words of Wisdom from Female Founders
Start Date: 9/16/2019Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 9/16/2019End Time: 7:30 PM

Event Description:
Featuring a panel of successful female founders. Hear the stories of these entrepreneurial women and how they got to where they are today.

Led by our panel moderator, Melissa Dyrdahl, these creative and talented women will share their ‘why’, their stories, challenges, successes, and tips about getting started and breaking into their respective industries.

Afterwards we'll open up the floor for questions with the panelists.

This event is open to both men and women — anyone who supports to the growth of women in business.

Our Speakers:

Moderator: Melissa Dyrdahl, SJSU Alumni: Melissa is an accomplished entrepreneur, board member, and business adviser. She has expertise in both established and emerging companies. Previously, Melissa was CEO of Ella Health and CMO of Adobe Systems. She currently sits on the board of the Dignity Health Foundation along with two early stage healthcare startups.

Panelist: Gwen Nguyen, SJSU Alumni: Gwen is the CEO of Maven’s Creamery, a macaroon ice cream sandwich company that she started alongside her sister in 2014. She recently appeared on Shark Tank where she was able to land a deal with Barbara Corcoran!

Panelist: BJ Hardman, SJSU Alumni: BJ has served in various executive roles ranging from a variety of industries. She previously served as CEO of Sanarus Technologies, an invasive breast therapy system helping women tackle breast cancer where she now sits on the Board. Her Industry experience is in biomedical devices, financial services, manufacturing and distribution.

Panelist: Neda Blocho: Neda has over 5 years of experience guiding and mentoring numerous startup founders, she has valuable insights into the startup ecosystem. She also spent a few years as a venture capitalist. Today, she is the Program Manager at WeWork Labs, WeWork’s global innovation platform powering the next generation of transformative startups create the future.

To register:
Location Information:
SJSU Main Campus
Contact Information:
Name: Jasmine Sanchez
Phone: 408-310-3247
Additional Information
This event is being hosted by IDEAS, San Jose State's student-led startup accelerator and the Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship (SVCE) at SJSU.
Event Type
  • Networking
  • Professional Development
  • Seminar

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