Women in Technology "TechFast" - Mentoring
Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 7:15 AM to 9:15 AM (CST)
AVINDĒ is now accepting applications for the spring accelerator session starting . Are you, or someone you know, interested in launching a new business? Our participants find, validate and launch their businesses at AVINDĒ. During the final session, they present to a panel of early-stage investors.
The founders of AVINDĒ are seasoned, successful entrepreneurs who each have more than 25 years’ experience in business leading multi-million dollar ventures. We’ve all been leaders and team members of start-up ventures, and have a sincere passion to return our experience to those women who have the spark to launch a scalable business. Together, we’ve mentored more than 300 entrepreneurs and have watched more than 100 launch successful start-up ventures. APPLY
Following the very successful "TechFast" event last November, the second in a regular series will focus on mentoring - a topic that was very popular in the post-event survey we conducted.
The event will take place on February 6th at Chez Zee beginning at 7:30am (attendees may begin checking in at 7:15am) ending at 9:00am. Speakers include:
* Laura Bosworth, CEO and Co-Founder of TeVido BioDevices
* Nicole Forbes, Senior Consultant with Violet Crown Consulting
* Michael Robin Manning - Marketing Director, Rocksauce Studios
They will discuss:
* How mentoring works
* What to expect from mentoring
* Why mentoring is important
Cost to attend the event is $15 – breakfast is included and numbers are limited. Please reserve your spot ASAP!
For sponsorship information please call 512 415 8300
Laura Bosworth is CEO and co-founder of TeVido BioDevices, a biotech start-up that uses innovative 3D printing to create custom breast implants and grafts, made from a woman's own cells, for reconstruction after cancer treatment.
Ms. Bosworth is a dynamic former Fortune 50 executive with 25 years of cross-functional industry experience. With a B.S. in Engineering from UT El Paso she started her career in manufacturing process development for IBM. She quickly moved into management where she led software development and launched a Technical Marketing Center earning a General Manager’s Award for her contributions to sales. At Dell, she built strategic business partnerships, led software product marketing and created multiple technical sales support functions: enabling over $500M in sales. She launched a professional services business unit and has expertise in customer support services. Using her cross-functional and international experience, she developed corporate wide quality strategies that reduced operating costs by ~$120M.
Ms. Bosworth also mentors “start-ups” and is co-founder of a Women’s Entrepreneurship Accelerator, Avinde.org. Ms. Bosworth serves on numerous boards: UTEP’s College of Engineering Advisory Board, Chair at SafePlace (domestic violence/sexual assault center), Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME, a STEM Organization) and has volunteered with other STEM focused organizations such as GirlStart, GENAustin and the UT Women in Engineering Program. She volunteers as a Spanish interpreter at a Healthcare Clinic that serves low-income individuals who could not otherwise afford medical care.
As a Sr. Consultant with Violet Crown Consulting, Nicole pulls from her vast experience working with start-ups & larger corporations in a wide array of verticals to mentor startups, developers, & designers. Creating custom a custom plan of action & implementing best practices, policies and accountability measures for future growth without disrupting culture. An expert in growth strategy, sales operations, business development, pipeline health, & marketing, she works with high growth companies on how to build to scale properly.
A veteran of SXSW, she is a 3 time Interactive Awards Judge, hosted the Mobile Meet-up the last two years and was part of the Mentor program for 2013. Nicole also was one of 20 women invited to participate in a Fast Company & Girls In Tech event in which the focus of discussion was women leadership in business today.
Formerly, Nicole was the National Business Development Manager with Razorfish, one of the largest digital advertising companies in the world and the Director of Client Experience at Mutual Mobile.
Nicole is a true futurist yogini with mad ninja skills in the Art of Mommy living in Austin, Texas. She does everything digitally as livehappy8.
Michael Robin Manning
Raised in beautiful San Diego, California, Michael Robin attended BYU-Idaho, attaining a degree in Business Management and Culinary Arts. After graduation, Michael moved to Austin in order to take advantage of its eclectic mix of Technology, Food and Art.
Michael lent her talents to various culinary institutions, before choosing to start her own endeavor, Eat Me Austin. While promoting her own delicious baked goods through Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and similar, Michael discovered she had a propensity and love for understanding the hard-analytics of SEO, SEM, and Social Outreach.
“The best part about my job is meeting people, hearing about their ideas and watching the Rocksauce team bring it to life.”
In 2012, Rocksauce Studios brought Michael on as their Marketing Manager, immediately seeing an up-turn in Klout score, Twitter followers, Ping-backs and pretty much any and all measurable social media metric.
Though she loves Austin and Tex-Mex, Michael has to admit she’s still searching for the best Carne Asada Burrito in town.
Social> @misasongbird linkedin.com/michaelrobinmanning
Moderator - Eve Richter
Eve Richter is the Director of Marketing at Shango, which is revolutionizing the telecom industry by streamlining and automating the supply chain and creating an ecosystem to help carriers to add value to consumers by wrapping applications and services around the telephone number. She previously worked as a business consultant and advisor to small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Austin area, and served as the Emerging Technologies Coordinator in the Economic Development Division at the City of Austin, helping businesses, startups, entrepreneurs and individuals in the tech (and other) sectors to grow and be successful in the Austin community. She also worked to attract businesses in targeted industries to Austin.
She maintained a consulting service for small businesses in the Sacramento region for 10 years, helping companies get control of their back and front office operations. She refers to her experience as a combination of business consulting, matchmaking, and cheerleading. She is a marketing and social media whiz, and loves bridging the gap between a company’s value offering and the consumer who will benefit from it. She has undergraduate and master’s degrees in business administration, government, and public affairs/public policy, studying at both California State University Sacramento and UT Austin. She has served on the board of Austin Women in Technology and currently serves on the board of Technology Advisors Group. She is a co-organizer of the Austin Business Owners Meetup.
She was raised in New England and California, and will admit to being born in New York if pushed. Despite being a Yankee and a Californian, she loves her adopted home in Austin.