Yale Women Innovators Breakfast Series

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Tsai CITY

254 Elm St., 3rd Floor

New Haven, CT 06511

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Yale Women Innovators is a speaker series designed to foster community discussion, idea sharing, and networking in support of women and non-binary femme innovators across Yale's campus. Over breakfast, kick off your day with a welcoming community as inspiring innovators and entrepreneurs share their stories.

The series is produced by WE@Yale, a joint initiative of the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (Tsai CITY) and the Yale SOM Program on Entrepreneurship.

All talks take place at the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking (254 Elm Street, 3rd floor).

Upcoming talks include:

9/11, 9am, Tsai CITY: Anna Cerilli, Founder and CEO, Darling June

Anna Cerilli is the founder and CEO of Darling June, a Public Benefit Corporation whose mission it is to increase mobility options for children with special needs by designing and manufacturing pediatric mobility devices. There are approximately 500,000 children in the United States with unmet mobility needs, and the mission at Darling June is to close that gap and address the needs of this vulnerable and deserving population.

Darling June was founded in October 2018. In just under one year, the corporation’s operations have expanded to Hong Kong, produced their prototype and is currently negotiating distribution to Europe including the United Kingdom, and Russia. By applying her skills in change management, Anna has used an innovative approach to transform what it looks and feels like to have special needs into something that can be celebrated rather than stigmatized. One of her most qualifying skills is being a mother of two amazing daughters, one with special needs.

Anna’s career in healthcare operations revolves around delivering outstanding patient services at Yale New Haven Hospital where she has worked since 2007. Anna’s work at YNHH focuses on the development and implementation of patient services by incorporating the latest technological advances and data to create systems that deliver excellent patient care.

Anna began her career as a Nurse and is currently earning her Master’s degree in Organizational Effectiveness & Leadership.

9/18, 9am, Tsai CITY: Annie Brown, Founder and CEO, Natural Annie Essentials

Born and raised on the beautiful island of Jamaica, Annie is no stranger to the nourishing, healing power of oils and herbs. She has always been a creative soul, with an eye for all things bright 'n' bold, (can you tell from her packaging)? Annie is a plant lover and also enjoys a huge glass of merlot. She is a Certified Aromatherapist who has a passion for taking nature's most scrumptious ingredients and turning them into divine beauty products and soy candles you just can't live without. When she is not making all the things in her home studio she is usually chasing her baby girls, Tiffany and Thalia. Annie created her company, NaturalAnnie Essentials, out of the need to care for her daughter Tiffany, who had a severe skin breakout after her spina bifida & hydrocephalus surgeries. After prescribed medications did not work, Annie turned to what she was familiar with: herbs, oils and natural butter. This was when she started to notice Tiffany’s skin started to make a change for the better. Today Annie describes her company as an island-inspired one-stop shop for uniquely scented handmade soy candles and bath & body products. She works daily to make you and your home look, smell, and feel good!

10/2, 9am, Tsai CITY: Dr. Allison Fine Mishkin, Technology and Child Development Specialist and Founder, Bit by Bit: Breaking the Barrier for Girls in Tech

Allison (SOM ’18) is an independent consultant with a track record of launching initiatives that help children navigate technology and media. Most recently, she created Bit by Bit, a conference and initiative that introduces young women to computer science. She also launched the Games Division at News Corp’s Ampify Education and new STEM outreach initiatives at Sesame Workshop. As a consultant, she has worked with organizations including UNICEF, LEGO, and Brown University. She holds both a PhD from the University of Oxford's Internet Institute and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. She received the Thouron Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with an individualized BA in Computer Science and Society.

10/9, 9am, Tsai CITY: Jennifer Tombaugh, President, Tauck

Jennifer Tombaugh is President of Tauck, the US-based tour operator serving all seven continents with more than 170 guided travel experiences and events for culturally curious travelers on land, small ship, and river cruises. Jennifer oversees Tauck’s Worldwide Operations, Brand Management, Reservations,Guest Relations, Global Sales, and Digital & Direct Marketing teams. During her 18 years at Tauck, her roles have included the launch of Tauck Bridges (family travel brand), the redesign of Tauck’s reservation systems, a re-launch of tauck.com, and the formation of Tauck Ventures, focused on new business development. Jennifer also spearheaded Tauck’s partnership with the acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns and his co-producer Dayton Duncan to form Ken Burns American Journeys. Prior to Tauck, Jennifer was Group Account Director with the advertising firm Leo Burnett in Taipei, Taiwan; in Brand Management at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia; and a management consultant with Monitor Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Jennifer is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. She currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fairfield County Business Council, the Board of Visitors at the Jack Welch College of Businessat Sacred Heart University, the Board of Directors for the European Tour Operator Association, the International Women’s Forum, and the Connecticut River Valley chapter of YPO/WPO. Jennifer lives in New Haven, CT with her husband and four children.

11/5, 9am, Tsai CITY: Mona Bijoor, Partner, King Circle Capital LLC

Mona Bijoor is a Partner at King Circle Capital LLC, an investment and advisory firm, where she has holdings in real estate, franchises, start-ups and online businesses. Mona is also the founder of JOOR, the premier online global B2B marketplace for wholesale buying that directly connects brands and retailers.

Mona’s experience as a brand consultant for the fashion industry and within buying departments for global retailers inspired her to create JOOR in 2010 to solve some of the incredible challenges and time constraints she encountered during her career. By 2016, she had grown the company to process over $10 billion in gross merchandise value. Based in New York City, Mona expanded to offices in Los Angeles, London, Paris, Milan, Sydney, and Melbourne, increasing the team to 100 employees worldwide. Clients included Neiman Marcus, Saks, Harrods, Michael Kors, and Kate Spade. While at JOOR, Mona was recognized by Crain’s 40 under 40, The Big Apple Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and Wharton’s 40 under 40. She is a frequent contributor to TechCrunch, Entrepreneur, and Huffington Post.

Mona earned a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

11/13, 9am, Tsai CITY: Melissa Mash, Co-Founder and CEO, Dagne Dover

Melissa Mash is CEO and cofounder of DagneDover, overseeing business development and retail partnerships for the brand. A graduate of NYU and The Wharton School of Business, Melissa was previously at Coach, where she led the turn-around of Coach's first European location. During that time, she saw an immense opportunity for a high-quality brand with a unique design, at a compelling price point. That brand became Dagne Dover. While she has always been passionate about products that help people feel more confident, Melissa now also focuses on how Dagne Dover can be an example of positive company leadership, company culture and evolved workplace policies for future generations.

**Tsai CITY is committed to an inclusive learning environment, and providing the necessary accommodations to allow all participants to fully engage. This event is scheduled to take place on the 3rd floor of Tsai CITY's current (temporary) home at 254 Elm St., which does not have an elevator. Please contact abigail.winslow@yale.edu if you have accessibility needs or questions, and we will work to accomodate them.**

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