Building the Right Team for Your Growing Startup
Taking your company to the next level requires a strong, committed team aligned
with your vision and mission--how do you determine who has the 'right stuff'?
DLA Piper LLP
2000 Avenue of the Stars
Suite 400 North Tower
Los Angeles, California 90067-4704
No charge to attend
Please RSVP by registering above. Beer, wine and refreshments will be provided.
5:30-6:00pm Check-in & Networking – refreshments/beverages served
6:00-6:15pm Welcome & Introductions
6:15-7:30pm Panel Discussion / Q&A, Closing Remarks
Partner, DLA Piper LLP
Ann Lawrence serves as primary outside counsel to public and private companies, representing them in various corporate transactions, including early-stage financings to initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, public and private securities offerings, and public regulatory disclosures. Ann also advises boards of directors about corporate governance and securities regulation issues.
Ann has represented companies and underwriters in a wide range of domestic and international corporate transactions, among them leveraged buyouts, restructurings, and public and private securities offerings, such as secured and unsecured 144A note offerings, tender offers, convertible bond offerings and registered direct transactions.
Marta is known to her team as the Master Connector. A proven professional entrepreneur, Marta currently is also the President of Starfish Impact, providing philanthropic advisory services to foundations, businesses and individuals who strive to make a greater impact in their community through strategic philanthropy. After working for Goldman Sachs & Co., she launched several companies including GOLS Soccer, Skin Haven and Market China. She holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and double majored at Vassar College. Marta was the Co-Captain of the Women’s Varsity Soccer Team and was the starting striker forward all four years. She holds Vassar College women’s soccer records for goals scored, assists and total points. Marta played soccer throughout her 30's on two competitive teams and now spends her free time playing sports with her son and husband.
Co-Founder, Lola Getts Active
Stacey Goldstein is the co-founder of Lola Getts Active, an activewear line made exclusively for the plus size woman. Stacey studied Finance and Textiles at the University of Rhode Island. For 23 years, she was a stay at home mom raising two sons. At the same time, she was instrumental in building a lucrative medical practice ($4.5 Million) in Ohio. Stacey has always been involved in some aspect of the fashion industry. Her grandfather was a dress manufacturer on Seventh Avenue in New York, and her grandmother owned a designer clothing store in Brooklyn. While raising her children, Stacey turned her passion for knitting into a small custom home-based knitting business. Through this experience she learned to design garments, the importance of fitting a garment properly, oversaw skilled knitters, and worked with customers and suppliers. Currently, Stacey is Design Director, and works closely on developing the lifestyle brand.
CEO & Founder, InkaBinka
InkaBinka takes big stories and information and reduces them to 4 essential bullet points. We accompany this with animated images selected to reinforce fast comprehension. This accelerates understanding and increases retention of any big concept in as little as 20 seconds. Today we deliver the news at inkabinka.com but get ready for the social and enterprise version that adds greater understanding as you communicate your thoughts with anyone. InkaBinka is built on distributed learning to quickly inform a user and improve their retention all on a platform that increases enjoyment.
Kevin is the founder of Exel Orbital Systems, Inc. and started the company in 1989 when he was 24 years old. Exel developed and manufactured high purity orbital welding equipment for the Semiconductor, Aerospace and Bio-pharmaceutical Industries. He invented many new products in these fields and holds several patents for these developments. Currently, he holds 14 patents in fields ranging from software to track quality of manufactured parts on the internet to aircraft structural beams.
Founder, Foodstirs, Inc.
Foodstirs was born from a realization that as a busy working mom, it was challenging to find time to be creative in the kitchen, let alone have the energy to incorporate my kids in the process. However, when my daughter and her friends would come over they always wanted to cook or bake. We would spend some time looking through cookbooks, surfing the web trying to find the perfect food crafting project, only to realize I didn’t have the ingredients and tools to immediately stir up the project. It should be easier. My kid’s excitement and enthusiasm motivated me to create Foodstirs.
Foodstirs gives children and parents a fun, curated and convenient way to be creative in the kitchen. With our food crafting kits and healthy entrée recipes, we hope to inspire kids and spark a love and appreciation for homemade cooking. And the best part is, that we as adults can learn how to cook new amazing recipes with our kids. I’m still learning, too, and that’s what makes Foodstirs so special. Together, we can laugh at our mistakes and celebrate our kitchen accomplishments!
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