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Womensphere Summer Festival – Leadership & Innovation Salon

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SPEAKERS

LAUREL TOUBY

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Laurel Touby is an entrepreneur, advisor and investor.

Laurel Touby founded mediabistro.com, a website that revolutionized the way people in the media industry do business, connect and communicate. During her time as CEO, she pulled the company through two recessions, pivoted, managed growth with minimal resources and developed audience via guerrilla and social marketing (before that term existed). Users subscribe to mediabistro’s many services, which include online education, employment classifieds, conferences (offline), events (offline), forums, and industry-specific blogs, such as the popular TVNewser. Following the sale of the company for $23 mm to Jupitermedia, Laurel remained with the company through June, 2011.

Laurel began investing in seed-stage startups, including: AdYapper, Appboy, Apploi, Buddie, Clef, CreativeWorx, Fashion GPS, Learn Immersive and Pivit. Laurel is active as a public speaker and hosted “Secrets of Successful Startups“ on CBS Interactive. Past episodes of the show can be found here: http://bit.ly/CBSLTouby.

An inveterate connector, Laurel touches the entrepreneurial community in various ways, including via her monthly co-hosted Cereal Entrepreneurs breakfast, Supernode Ventures meetings and Startup Digital Dinners. She lives in a loft in Silicon Alley and is married to Jon Fine, Author of “Your Band Sucks” and Executive Editor of Inc. Magazine.

ANALISA LEONOR BALARES

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Analisa Leonor Balares is Founder, CEO, and Chief Innovation Officer of Womensphere, a global platform for empowering women and girls to use STEAM, leadership, and innovation to create the future, and to help achieve the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Analisa curates the Womensphere Summits & Festivals, and leads building the Womensphere Innovation Leadership Lab, Womensphere Incubator Network, and Womensphere Foundation. Previously, Analisa worked in Wall Street for Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Milestone Capital, and in technology and social media for Microsoft and 85 Broads (now Ellevate). She is an alumna of Harvard Business School, Mount Holyoke College, and Lester Pearson United World College.

Analisa is also a NASA Datanaut, and one of the Partners-Organizers of the NASA Space Apps Global Challenge for New York City. She serves as a Commissioner of the Women’s Refugee Commission, Advisory Board Member of Music Beyond, Member of Women’s Forum of New York and International Women’s Forum, and Academy Member of the Global Teacher Prize. She also served as a Member of the Harvard Women’s Leadership Board, and L'Oreal's global advisory board for sustainability and social impact.

Analisa has been recognized as a UBS Global VisionaryYoung Global Leader (by the World Economic Forum), and 100 Most Influential Filipinas of the World (by FWN). She has been honored with the Madam C.J. Walker Leadership Award by US National Minority Business Council, and Distinguished Leader Award by UN Women New York Chapter.

MICHELE WUCKER

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A global thought leader on risk and leadership, Michele Wucker coined the term "gray rhino" as a metaphor for obvious risks that are neglected despite -and often because of- their size and likelihood. She is the author of the international bestseller THE GRAY RHINO: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore, which China’s leadership has used to frame and signal its financial risk policies. Drawing on three decades of experience in media and think tank management, turnarounds, and strategy, Michele in 2015 founded the strategic advisory firm Gray Rhino & Company. She has been recognized as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a Guggenheim Fellow, among other honors. Her first two books, LOCKOUT: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right and WHY THE COCKS FIGHT: Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola, have influenced policy debates and decisions. She speaks regularly on risk management, leadership, and macro strategy for global audiences at the highest levels, and is a co founder of the business skills workshop Tango for Leaders. Michele has written for and been interviewed by leading global media including CNN.com, The New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal; National Public Radio, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, and many others. She lives in Chicago. Visit her website at www.thegrayrhino.com.

 

JOSEPH SPENS

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Joseph Spens is the Executive Director of Space Apps NYC — a non-profit grassroots organization which hosts the annual NASA Space Apps Challenge. By organizing events at the intersection of space science and creativity, Space Apps NYC promotes STEAM initiatives in New York communities underrepresented in those fields. Space Apps NYC is a founding location — and recurring main stage — for NASA’s Global Space Apps Challenge, innovating the new space industry over a weekend of extreme problem solving.

In addition to volunteering for the NYC space community, Joseph is a full time software engineer and has a background in architecting web applications. He has been immersed as a technology leader in Silicon Alley, working as a systems architect and technical lead for e-commerce and health technology startups in New York City.

Together with Hanne Paine, Joseph hosted and co-organized this year’s epic, star-studded The Expanse Season 3 Finale Party at SAP Next Gen. 

The partnership of Space Apps NYC and Womensphere, and the new Womensphere Innovation Leadership Lab, will democratize technology education in New York, popularizing space technologies and using technology and innovation for social good, among aspiring innovators from all boroughs of New York, from students to professionals, across all races, genders, and economic groups.

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