Komal Minhas is an indo-Canadian film producer, writer, and investor who started her first company, KoMedia, when she was 23. She has been deeply invested in improving the lives of women and girls globally, and aims to champion this work through her continued investments and work in film and storytelling.
Komal is a writer for the Huffington Post and is the Producer of Dream, Girl, a film telling the inspiring stories of female founders and CEOs. The film shares the stories of female entrepreneurs to enable more young women to become leaders in business and in life.
Annie Wang Co-Founder and Co-President, Senvol
Annie is co-founder and co-president of Senvol, the industry leader in data for additive manufacturing (i.e. industrial 3D printing). Senvol’s products and services have been used by a variety of Fortune 500 companies and government agencies in industries such as aerospace, oil & gas, consumer products and automotive.
Annie’s particular area of expertise is material characterization, supply chain process engineering and financial analysis. Annie serves on Commercialization Advisory Group for America Makes, of which Senvol is a Gold Member. Additionally, Annie is a member of the ASTM F42 Committee for Additive Manufacturing Technologies and the SAE AMS-AM Additive Manufacturing Committee. She has been published in top industry journals, and has also been a featured speaker at numerous industry trade shows and conferences.
Prior to co-founding Senvol, Annie worked for an operations consulting firm, where she assisted clients in the manufacturing, finance, telecom, and healthcare industries.
Annie received a BA in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated Cum Laude, and an MBA from the Wharton Business School and an MA in International Studies from The Lauder Institute. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and their dog, and is passionate about promoting women’s roles in technology, operations and manufacturing.
Mariama Camara Founder and Creative Director of Mariama Fashion Production, co-founder of There is No Limit Foundation
Mariama is the founder and creative director of Mariama Fashion Production and the Co-founder of There Is No Limit Foundation. She is an entrepreneur and humanitarian born in the Republic of Guinea, West Africa. Mariama is one of the most influential rising African woman in philantropy and fashion. Her inspiring presence reflects her power, optimism and energy. Her entrepreneurial spirit and humanitarian work has led her to interact with some of the most influential individuals in the business, entertainment, political, and nonprofit sectors. She lived in Senegal and has travelled to various countries in Africa, America and Europe. She moved to New York City in 2001 and started working in fashion.
Clara Villarosa Co-Founder of Villarosa Media
Clara is 83 years old and on her third business Villarosa Media which she runs alongside her two daughters Linda and Alicia. After spending the last thirty years supporting authors of color through her Hue Man Books she decided it was time to define publishing to give black authors the readership they deserve.
Villarosa Media’s first book, The Wind Is Spirit, a bio/anthology of Audre Lorde, will come out in 2015.
Joanne Wilson Founder at Gotham Gal Ventures, Angel Investor, Blogger, Co-Founder Women's Entrepreneur Festival
Joanne Wilson has had many careers. She started out in retail, eventually moving to the wholesale arena. She then transitioned to the media side of the technology world, before reinventing herself as an investor. She is currently an active angel investor with a portfolio of over 60 companies such as Food52, Catchafire, Vengo, Nestio, Captureproof, Makers Row, Le Tote, and Little Borrowed Dress. She has been involved in numerous real estate transactions from beginning to end and continues to make investments in that world. She is also an investor in a few restaurants in the New York area.
Suzanne West Founder of Imaginea
Suzanne West is the President and CEO of Imaginea Energy Corp., a private oil company in Calgary. This is Ms. West’s fifth company, that over the past 15 years, she has successfully built from scratch. After receiving her engineering degree from University of Calgary, Ms. West spent the first 11 years of her career as a reservoir engineer and in various leadership positions in large corporations. Many of those years, she was determined to show that organizations can perform better with a different organizational model; a model based more on the wisdom of Mother Nature (collaborative, integrated, self-managing, creative, appreciating diversity). She then decided to follow the call of the entrepreneur and forge out on her own to foster this kind of culture and the success that comes from it.
Alicia and Linda Villarosa Co-Founders, Villarosa Media
Linda Villarosa is a journalist, author, editor, novelist, college professor and entrepreneur. She runs the journalism program at the City College of New York in Harlem and teaches writing and media studies.For several years, she edited the health pages of the New York Times, working on coverage for Science Times and for the newspaper at large. She later spent six years as a contributing NewYork Times reporter. The executive editor of Essence Magazine—two different times–she wroteor edited a number of award-winning articles.
Alicia Villarosa is a corporate runaway and lifelong athlete with over 30 years of experience in the exercise industry. She started teaching fitness in college and kept it as her side gig while working in sports marketing and public relations for Du Pont. She’s also an experienced writer, regularly contributing to several online publications and specialize in health, fitness, nutrition and active/adventure travel.
Together with their mother Clara, the pair recently launched Villarosa Media, a bookpublishing company and more. Their first book, The Wind Is Spirit, a bio/anthology of Audre Lorde, will come out in 2015.
Marie Forleo Founder of MarieTV & B-School
Named by Oprah as a thought leader for the next generation and one of Inc.’s 500 fastest growing companies of 2014, Marie’s mission is to help you realize your greatest potential and use your gifts to change the world. She’s the creator of the award-winning show MarieTV, founder of B-School and has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine and Fast Company, among others. Marie has mentored young business owners at Richard Branson’s Centre of Entrepreneurship. Through her Change Your Life, Change The World® initiative, each for-profit training program is tied to a for-purpose partner who supports women, the environment and entrepreneurship. MarieForleo.com is one of Forbes.com’s Top 100 Websites for Entrepreneurs.
Crista Freeman and Jess Eddy Phin & Phebes Co-founders
Two women, Crista Freeman and Jess Eddy, pioneer Phin & Phebes, which started in their home kitchen three years ago. Crista and Jess started making ice cream as a hobby after not being entirely satisfied with the ice cream options available to them at the store. The first flavor they ever made, “Fluffnut” – comprised of Ritz crackers stuffed with marshmallow and peanut butter and then covered in caramel and chocolate was so good it propelled and inspired them to continue making ice cream. With no real backgrounds in food businesses or culinary environments the duo launched their business in the Winter of 2011. Two and half years later their ice cream is in over 400 stores, (including four major all-natural chains) in thirty states and growing.
Amanda Goetz CEO and Co-Founder of Availendar
Amanda has spent the past 7 years managing global marketing campaigns and programs. Her entrepreneurial spark ignited when she was running the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program and meeting inspiring entrepreneurs. Amanda graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Business in 3.5 years. Just like her college education, Amanda believes all things should be done as efficiently as possible and has redirected her career to focus on a fun solution to the scheduling pains we all endure. Hailing from a farm in Central Illinois, Amanda now walks the streets of New York City with her husband, toddler and poodle hybrid.