A Powerhouse Slate of Professionals: Announcing the 2018 WFN Fast Pitch Judges




“Networking has been cited as the number one unwritten rule of success in business. Who you know really impacts what you know.” — Sallie Krawcheck, CEO Ellevest

True to the vision and mission of Women Founders Network, our judges span a broad cross-section of mentors, investors and business leaders focused on empowering women entrepreneurs. By competing in the WFN Fast Pitch, entrepreneurs gain invaluable visibility into the WFN network. Many of our top ten finalists have received investment from and/or built long-standing relationships with our network.


Let’s meet the Judges for the 2018 WFN Fast Pitch:


5 VENTURE CAPITALISTS

Deborah Benton — Partner, Kaktus Capital

Lori Cashman — Founder, Partner Victress Capital

Stacey Feinberg — Investor

Tracy Gray — Managing Partner, The 22 Fund

Maxi Kozler — Co-Managing Director, LDR Ventures

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4 PRIVATE INVESTORS

JoAnn Bourne — Principal, Seabourne Capital Partners

Kimberly Kovacs — Managing Director, Arroyo Ventures

Lynda Thomas — CEO, Temple Two Investments

Laurie Weir — Investment Director, Springboard Enterprises

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13 START-UP ADVISORS & ACCELERATORS

Darya Allen-Attar — CEO & Co-Founder WFN

Anna Barber — Managing Director, Techstars LA

Jennifer Dang — Founding Partner, PJ Tech LLP

Janine Davis — Partner, Evolution

Heidi Hubbeling — COO, Preccelerator, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles

Ronette Kite — Startup CFO, Countsy

Renee LaBran — Board Director, Idealab

Carrie Lauby — Vice President, Sandler Training

Shanita Nicholas — Co-Founder & President, LA Black Investors Club

Nancy Perlman —Founder, FourthWave

Adele Rom — Chief People Officer, Clique

Lisa Tsou — Founder, The Winning Pitch

Robyn Ward — Founder, FounderFirst

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9 BUSINESS LEADERS

Lauren Gropper — Founder & CEO, Repurpose

Ashley Evans — Senior Manager, Advisory Services, EY

Julie MacMedan — VP, Investor Relations, Tailored Brands

Pamela Palmer — Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP

Anne Plechner — Middle Market CFO

Cary Rubinstein — Managing Director, Union Bank

Laura Survant — Partner, Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory

Liz Sbardellati — Attorney, Greenberg Glusker

Michelle Wroan — Partner, KPMG Advisory

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What’s up next? Our Fast Pitch is just getting started:


Each WFN event builds on itself as we’re gearing up for the final Fast Pitch Event in October. Along this journey, our finalists and audience members (that’s you!) will be learning, networking and expanding who they are as entrepreneurs. Our events go beyond panels: We give opportunities for women to benefit from shared learning by watching and interacting first-hand with the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

  • The Women Founders Network Top 10 will be announced July 9th

  • Meet the Top 10 & see their pitches LIVE! Limited tickets available! This is an amazing networking opportunity!

  • Dolphin Tank: Watch the Top 10 pitch and receive coaching on the spot from world-renown coaches and investors. Audience Q&A forum to follow! This is an invaluable opportunity to see styles of pitching and uncover what works.

  • The WFN Fast Pitch Event: This is the final event to see the polished and finalized pitches and discover what it takes to get that check!

Be sure to join our email list and we’ll see you at the next event!


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