Virtual Event: Building Confidence As A Founder

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Columbia Venture Community is pleased to invite you to a live panel discussion with Sarah Holloway, Darius Gant and Cynthia Pong.

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Note: This event will occur via Zoom Webinar. The instructions to join will be sent to all registered attendees via email two hours and ten minutes before the event begins.

According to Paul Graham, co-founder of Y Combinator, "confidence has turned out to be the most important quality in startup founders."

Columbia Venture Community is pleased to invite you to a live panel discussion with Sarah Holloway, Darius Gant and Cynthia Pong on finding confidence as a founder.

Our three panelists represent diverse backgrounds with experience as founders, teachers and coaches. In this panel, we will discuss the unique importance of having confidence as a founder.

Topics We'll Cover:

  • Ways to build confidence
  • How to find confidence in extreme uncertainty
  • Why confidence and determination are paramount when facing the inevitable setbacks in founding start-ups

About our Speakers:

Darius Gant

Biography coming soon

Sarah Holloway

Sarah Holloway has worked in the public and nonprofit sector for 25 years. She is currently a full-time member of the SIPA faculty where she teaches Nonprofit Financial Management and Social Entrepreneurship. In addition to teaching, she runs the school’s Management Specialization—a set of courses and activities that support knowledge and skill building in non-profit, for-profit and social enterprise management and oversees a campus-wide entrepreneurship initiative focused on global Education Technology for the Center for Development Economics & Policy. Sarah is a serial social entrepreneur and the co-founder of six ventures in K-12 education including and Computer Science for All (CSforAll). She sits on the Board of Mission:Restore, Benefit Kitchen,, Five One Labs, CSforALL, and Columbia Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Design.

Cynthia Pong, JD

Cynthia Pong, JD, is a feminist career strategist, speaker, and thought leader on a mission to get women of color the money, power, and respect that they deserve. A LinkedIn Top Voice for Job Search and Career, her career advice has been featured in HuffPost, Refinery29, Supermaker, and more. Cynthia focuses on emboldening her clients, sharpening their negotiation skills, and building their business acumen. She specializes in strategizing with mid-career women of color professionals pursuing unconventional paths. Her clients are breaking down barriers in a variety of fields, including law, medicine, business, international relations, public health, media, the arts, social justice, social work, sustainability, and the trades. Cynthia is a proud introvert, a classic middle child, and an unapologetic Rottweiler enthusiast.

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Columbia Venture Community is a network of more than 5,600+ Columbia alumni interested in all aspects of entrepreneurship and innovation. Founded in 2006, CVC has hosted more than 400 events around the world. Today, CVC hosts multiple global programs, in-person and virtual events, and an online community for members to share resources.

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