Connect4Women

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At this event we will hear from cultivated connectors and audience will complete a connections exercise over cocktails.

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Studies have shown that women need two networks: one a diverse network of both men and women, and another separate female network. Last year, Jennifer DaSilva, a firm believer in building, growing and fostering a female network, made it a goal to connect four women each day in the hopes creating lasting connections and collaborations.

Other women were inspired and joined in. The initiative became known as Connect4Women. Jennifer personally connected 500+ women in 2019, which led to countless partnerships, business deals, new jobs, and friendships.

At this event we will hear from master connectors and learn from their strategies and stories. We’ll also connect over cocktails with each other.

Cocktails sponsored by Pomp & Whimsy

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Michelle Cordeiro Grant is the Founder and CEO of LIVELY, a community and brand that inspires women to live life passionately, purposefully, and confidently, creating products and experiences to do so. Michelle launched LIVELY in 2016 and has since raised $15 million in funding and fostered a 100,000+-member ambassador network. She grew her business from its concept stage to a $100M acquisition by intimates leader Wacoal in just three years, beating the odds of female-founded companies. Previously, while working with Victoria's Secret, she was inspired to create a revolutionary new experience and point of view for the $13B American lingerie category. She coined “Leisurée,” a new category that blurs the aesthetic lines of lingerie, active, and swim, taking the best elements of high-style and ultimate comfort from each category, and so LIVELY was born.

Jennifer DaSilva is a seasoned integrated marketer with 20 years of experience working on Fortune 500 brands. As president of WPP creative agency Berlin Cameron, Jennifer has spent the last 15 years managing key accounts like Coca-Cola, Heineken, Lexus and Capital One.

Jennifer is a champion of entrepreneurship, having launched Girl Brands Do It Better, a Berlin Cameron division that empowers female entrepreneurs through connections and creativity. She was named a Direct Marketing News Woman to Watch and one of the Financial Times HERoes. Jennifer has also been recognized as a Working Mom of the Year by She Runs It and was given the Campaign US Choice Award for Fearless Pioneer for her “noteworthy, badass work across the industry.” Her mission is to foster meaningful connections through authentic and vulnerable communication.Jennifer sits on the national boards of Girl Up and the National Kidney Foundation where last year she received the Visionary Leader Award for her service. She graduated with honors from Boston College and lives in New York with her husband and two active sons.

Susan McPherson is a serial connector, angel investor, and corporate responsibility expert. She is the founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, a communications consultancy focusing on the intersection between brands and social impact, providing storytelling, partnership creation and visibility to corporations, NGOs and social enterprises. She’s a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and Forbes and has 25+ years experience in marketing, PR, and sustainability communications. She is a featured speaker at industry events including Net Impact, Inspirefest/Dublin, Center for Corporate Citizenship's Annual Summit, DLD, TOA Berlin, and Techonomy. Susan is a regular guest on a variety of business and leadership podcasts and has appeared on NPR, CNN and CBC (Canada) as well as been quoted in major media outlets including USA Today, The New Yorker, New York Magazine and the Los Angeles Times.

Laura Mignott is the CEO of DFlash, a New York-based experience communications agency and creator/host of the Reset Podcast, . DFlash creates experiences that make people feel welcome, from pop-ups to rivate dinners, to multi-city tours, for brands like Netflix, Amazon, Samsung, Bose & many more. Laura is a creative storyteller, with a strategic mindset and relentless hustle. She's affectionately known as the #Bosslady, with the warm smile. She believes in hard work and good karma. Her work has been featured in Essence, Forbes, Huff Post, Thrive Global, USA Today, Black Enterprise as well as several TV appearances as a marketing/branding expert. She holds a BA from NYU and MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. She lives in NYC and is always on the hunt for the next great cocktail bar.

Cate Luzio is the Founder and CEO of Luminary, the premier collaboration hub for women who are passionate about professional development and expanding their networks. A long-time advocate for empowering women and girls, Cate serves on the National Board for Girls Inc.

Cate has over twenty years of leadership experience in financial services. Previously, she was the Executive Vice President and Global Head of Multinational Corporate Banking for HSBC managing roughly $2 billion in revenue and teams in 72 countries. Cate also served as a Managing Director and Head of Multinational Corporate Banking at J.P. Morgan. She has received numerous recognitions including being named to the Most Powerful Women in Banking List by American Banker multiple times as well as a two-time recipient of the Financial Times and Heroes Global Diversity Champion in 2017, 2018 as well as Yahoo Finance Heroes Role Model in 2019. Cate was named to Inc.'s 2019 Female Founders 100 List and has also been featured in the Financial Times, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Fast Company, Bloomberg, USA Today, NowThis News, Cheddar, WWD, Robb Report, Women's Health and more. She is a Forbes and Fast Company contributor.

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