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We are very excited to host the “Women’s Policy Forum: Fighting The Startup Gender Gap” on Wednesday, November 12th.

It is also our pleasure to announce several speakers for the event who will seek to provoke some early-morning discussion among the audience.

“Julie Samuels is Executive Director of Engine, a nonprofit focused on technology entrepreneurship and giving startups a seat at the table in policy debates. Julie is a frequent commentator on technology and policy issues for national media—particularly in the intellectual property space—and she has filed briefs with the Supreme Court, testified before Congressional Committees. Julie came to Engine by way of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she was a senior staff attorney and the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents. Before joining EFF, Julie litigated IP and entertainment cases in Chicago at Loeb & Loeb and Sonnenschein. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Julie spent time as a legislative assistant at the Media Coalition in New York, as an assistant editor at the National Journal in D.C., and she worked at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in Champaign, IL. Julie earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt University and her B.S. in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.”

“Babs Lee is cofounder of Kilo, a touch interactive video startup with patented technology started out of Stanford’s MOOC on Technology Entrepreneurship. Actively involved in the DC startup scene, she is a Startup Weekend DC co-organizer having recently led the team that organized Startup Weekend DC’s first ever Women’s edition, an even which garnered 100+ participants. Babs self-taught herself java, html, css and javascript and is also a former Google Developer Group DC co-organizer. She is a staunch supporter of closing the gender gap in tech and startups.”

“Nishika is on the advisory board for Startup Women, UP Global’s initaitive to reduce the gender gap in startups and technology. As a San Francisco-based CEO and Creative Director of her own fashion label dE ROSAIRO, Nishika draws on the idea of connectedness, power, and transformation in her designs. A naturally gifted artist and dancer throughout her life, she started designing clothes in her teenage years. Fashion has always been her creative touchstone and way of life, fueling her imagination and storytelling. She grew up embracing the world and its cultures, living on four continents and traveling to 23 countries by the time she graduated from business school. Prior to founding dE ROSAIRO, Nishika spent nine years as a strategic advisor to Fortune 500 companies, mostly in Silicon Valley. The experience she gained was invaluable to realizing her childhood dream of founding her own designer label.  The dE ROSAIRO brand offers a blend of Nishika’s passion for design and her natural aptitude for business and entrepreneurship, with the ultimate goal of shaping a new vocabulary of sophisticated, everyday luxury for the modern woman.”


08:30 am – Breakfast served and opportunity to network
09:00 am – Programming begins sharply
10:30 am – Wrap up

2121 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20433
Room # F5P – 100

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!