APRIL 6, 2019 / 10:00AM - 6:00PM

Where entrepreneurship and creativity collide.

Find your cohort at our discussion day with a full schedule of in-depth conversations with the best of the best, thoughtful networking opportunities and fireside chats. We’re bringing 15+ leading lady entrepreneurs together for one day, under one roof — to share everything from life hacks to stories of success (and failure). This isn’t just any old panel day. This is a guided and interactive experience to help you build new alliances.


Artist Loft / 1736 16th St., Oakland, CA 94607

Ages: 21+

*Panelists + speakers announced throughout March below.







Meryl Pataky

Neon Artist/Bender & Curator | @merylpataky

An artist of many disciplines and mediums, Meryl focuses on the relationship between her own hands and material. Informing her material selection is a meditation on the elements of the periodic table from noble gases to metals and organics. She is aware of the history of her elements from their origins in the universe to their applications in culture and myth. The artist derives deeper meanings from these histories to add layers to her concepts. Both a personal and process driven narrative drive the work further forward.


Elisha Greenwell

Brand Strategy Dir. + Founder/CEO @ Black Joy Parade | @leeshag

Elisha Greenwell is a Northern California native and 14-year advertising vet. She is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Business Economics and Creative Writing, and the Academy of Art University with an M.F.A in Advertising Strategy. Throughout her career she has developed award-winning brand strategy for companies such as Intel, Nike, Target, Starbucks and Facebook. She is also a board member of the JD Sheth Foundation, and the founder of Black Joy Parade, a celebration of the Black experience and its influence on cultures past, present and future. The 2nd annual Black Joy Parade takes place on 2.24.19 in Oakland, Ca.


Claudia Mata

Founder @ Vertly | @claudiamariamata

Claudia Mata is the co-founder of Vertly, a plant-based, clean beauty skincare line that focuses on the natural wellness properties of CBD. After relocating from New York City to the San Francisco Bay area in 2016, Mata immersed herself into a formal herbalism education, which she then merged with her husband’s background in cannabis to create what is now Vertly. Prior to this, Mata worked in fashion editorial in NYC for 12 years, most recently as the Accessories and Jewelry Director at W Magazine. She still continues her role as the Contributing Jewelry Editor at Elle Décor with a monthly column. Mata is based in Northern California, where she lives with her husband and their two children.


Maria Choi

Founder + CEO @ Raise For Good


Maria, CEO and Founder of Raise for Good, a social impact company that is passionate about uniting technology, philanthropy and social good to solve critical issues around education, economic empowerment and social justice. As a first generation Korean-American, Maria’s life work has been centered on developing economic opportunities for women and minorities to thrive in a global economy. Maria’s career has been built on leading major fundraising and marketing initiatives nationally and globally, raising over $115M in her career, and serving as an Advisor for 30+ social impact startups. Maria's worked with leading organizations like UNICEF, Khan Academy,, All Raise, Times Up, AT&T and the Kapor Center to build brands, capacity and capital to drive impact at scale.



Kai Frazier

Founder & CEO @ Curated x Kai | @CuratedxKai

Kai Frazier is a historian and innovative educator passionate about utilizing technology to provide inclusive opportunities and increased accessibility in cultural institutions for students & young adults. She is the founder & CEO of Curated x Kai, an award-winning virtual reality company which creates inclusive VR field trips as well as virtual classrooms. Through intense outreach, CxK delivers those experiences to students & young adults, including those in underserved communities.


Angie Coleman

Community Manager + Content @ Snowflake | @angieidunno

Angie is a tech aficionado who loves developing web apps, hacking APIs, building community, and bringing people together. With a background in history, she is always finding ways to use tech to further social good and solve societal issues. That and she loves talking nerdy to just about anyone.


Humaira Syed

Program Assistant @ Maven Youth

Humaira is a British comp-sci stu­dent liv­ing in the San Fran­cis­co Bay Area, with a pas­sion for teach­ing and LGBTQ+ activism. After an incred­i­ble expe­ri­ence at the 2015 Maven Youth tech camp in SF, she resolved to do her part in help­ing the pro­gram to grow, first as a youth leader teaching other youth, and now organizing the camps as Program Assistant.


Uchenna Okoye

Senior Android Engineer @ Pandora Media | @uchennaf.okoye

Uchenna is an android engineer at Pandora Media. She has gone on to work on a number of major projects at Pandora including Podcast for Pandora. Just recently, she collaborated with the Google's Clock team to allow users to wake up to their favorite songs and stations right from the Clock app.


Lili Gangas


Chief Tech Community Officer @ The Kapor Center | @lilsdaexplorer

Lili Gangas is the Chief Technology Community Officer at the Kapor Center for Social Impact. In this role, Lili helps catalyze Oakland’s emergence as a social impact hub of tech done right – where tech, diverse talent, and action driven partnerships can tackle pressing social and economic inequities of our communities head-on. Lili oversees inclusive tech entrepreneurship ecosystem building activities ranging from helping connect diverse talent to job opportunities to fostering & incubating entrepreneurs of color as well as working on new economic development models with partners.



Maryam Hasnaa

Healer + Energy Worker | @maryamhasnaa

Raised by two parents who are spiritual teachers, Maryam Hasnaa has been immersed in a world of mysticism, ceremony and celebration since before she was born. An initiated Priestess, she has found her calling teaching others how to embody their higher selves and live their soul’s purpose. Incarnated in this lifetime as a clairsentient, Maryam Hasnaa has learned the importance of living in alignment with one’s intuition and most authentic self. She uses her etheric abilities to remind other beings of the vibrational, energetic nature of this universe. She incorporates ancient wisdom as well as cutting edge information to intuitively teach in a way that will awaken wholeness and create deep transformational healing. Through shining her light so brightly her intention is that others will see themselves reflected and do the same.


Sumayyah “Sumi” Franklin


Full Spectrum Birth Worker | @sumistouch

Sumayyah “Sumi” Franklin is a full spectrum birth worker from Oakland, Ca. Her work has taken her all over the world from Uganda to Mexico to Hawaii and Colombia to name a few. She knew from a small girl that her calling was to serve as a midwife. these days you can find her traveling all around the world, connecting with traditional midwives, discovering new foods, and teaching workshops.



Aria Sa'id

Executive Dir. @ Compton’s Transgender Cultural District | @ariasaid

Aria Sa’id is a transgender advocate and award-winning political strategist based in San Francisco. She is the former LGBT Policy Advisor to the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and Policy Fellow alum of the Women’s Foundation of California’s Women’s Policy Institute. She is a founder and the Executive Director of the world’s first transgender district, The Compton’s Transgender Cultural District. For more information, visit


Ruth Gebreyesus

Writer & Producer | @kotetakotet

Ruth Gebreyesus is a freelance writer and producer based in the Bay Area. Through stories across various mediums, from audio to exhibits, Ruth explores the creation and consumption of cultural products. You can find her work in The Fader, The Guardian, and SSENSE.


Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo

Artist, Activist, Educator, Storyteller & Curator | @bluekaza

Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo is an artist, activist, educator, storyteller & curator who lives and works in Oakland, CA. Branfman-Verissimo’s work has been included in exhibitions and performances at STNDRD, San Francisco State University Gallery, Signal Center for Contemporary Art, September Gallery, Southern Exposure, SFMOMA, Kala Art Institute, The Berkeley Art Museum, UNTITLED and San Francisco Arts Commission, amongst others. She is the lead curator at Nook Gallery and a member of the CTRL+SHFT Collective.

Photograph by Andrea Lo, 2018


Stephanie Gancayco

Founder & EIC @ Hella Pinay | @bruhastylez

Stephanie is a creative director, designer, stylist, and event curator whose work is rooted in bridge-building, healing, and community. She's the founder and editor-in-chief of Hella Pinay, a media platform which seeks to create a space for positive representation of the diversity and complexity of Filipina womxn. Born and raised in the Bay and currently based in Oakland, she spent nearly a decade in the NY fashion industry working with leading designers such as Anna Sui, and her work has been featured in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and on NBC Asian America. Stephanie also collaborates with Indigenous women artisans in the Philippines to incorporate ancestral techniques and textiles into contemporary ready-to-wear with her brand HALIYA, and is the merchandising manager for UNDSCVRD SF, a non-profit venture designed to jump-start economic activity and public awareness of SOMA Pilipinas in San Francisco.


Yetunde Olagbaju


Artist & Curator | @ye.tunde

Yetunde Olagbaju is a multidisciplinary artist and curator, currently residing in Oakland, CA. Through their work, they utilize performance and emotional excavation as a through-line for inquiries regarding trauma, collective memories, legacy and healing.

Photo by Rich Lomibao



Rian Worm

Dir. of Marketing @ AEG (Oracle Arena & Oakland Coliseum) | @rianworm

Rian Worm is the Director of Marketing at AEG Facilities in Oakland. AEG, one the world’s leading sports and entertainment companies, manages over 120 venues including Oracle Arena. At AEG, Rian develops business growth initiatives and leads venue marketing strategy for music’s top names. Since her start at AEG Rian has played an integral part in pitching and marketing top tier events including Prince’s last arena show, ‘A Moderated Conversation with Michelle Obama’ and Rolling Loud Festival.


Jada Ogden

Agency Dir. + Model Agent @ Scout Model & Creatives Agency

Jada started her career in 2003, initially as a kids agent, quickly moving on to the development and new face divisions. She soon established herself in San Francisco as a knowledgeable and respected agent, developing and booking top tier models. Within that time frame, she established strong relationships with clients and colleagues world wide. Jada uses her business savvy along with her creative background to ensure that Scout represents the best and most diverse talent in San Francisco.


Candice Elder

Founder & Exec. Dir. @ East Oakland Collective | @eastoaklandcollective

Candice has a background in law, philanthropy and nonprofit management. She was a legal professional for 10 years and has worked in plaintiff class action law firms in employment and antitrust law. She previously worked as the Executive Coordinator and Membership Manager for the Women's Funding Network, the largest philanthropy network of women's funds and foundations in the world.

Candice founded EOC to address the disinvestment and lack of resources in East Oakland and lack of representation of East Oakland residents in local politics and governing bodies. Candice brings her wealth of experience serving on community focused committees, boards and more to her leadership role in EOC and the community. Candice served on the advisory committee for Breaking the Silence Town Hall on Women and Girls of Color in Oakland from 2015-2016, an annual town hall creating space to amplify, educate, and advocate in support of girls and women of color in Oakland. It is Candice’s passion for Black arts and culture that lead her to serve as the President of the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) Vanguard from 2014-2016, where she increased membership, visibility and funding. MoAD Vanguard is the young professional and membership group committed to supporting the museum through distinctive art, social, education, and philanthropic initiatives. As an influencer, she also served on the Vanguard board for five years.

Candice has received numerous awards and recognition, including the 2018 Jefferson Award; 2018 Sui Generis Foundation Award; 2018 Ron Dellums Award for Social Impact and 2018 runner up for the Rotary Club’s Oakland Rising Star Award. She is also the recipient of the 2017 Trailblazer Award from In the Spirit Awards; 2016 recipient of the Community Leader Award by Black Elected Officials of the East Bay; and in 2016, Candice was named Top 6 Under 40 by the Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA) HerStory Empowers Award in the arts and entertainment category. Candice has been featured in Oakland Magazine, KQED, San Francisco Chronicle and local television news stations.


Sara Haider

Dir. Product Management @ Twitter | @pandemona

Sara is a Director of Product Management at Twitter where she leads conversations and helps build features that let people discuss what's happening. Previously, she served as an engineering director where she led engineering teams for the company’s video products, including live video, video on demand, 360 video and Periscope. Sara has also led engineering teams within Twitter for Android and Vine. She founded Twitter's Women in Engineering group and is an advisor to Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization focused on inspiring young girls to pursue and stay in engineering fields. Sara also advises and angel invests in startups in San Francisco, New York City, and Toronto. Sara holds a degree in Software Engineering and Cognitive Science from the University of Waterloo.


Lynzie Riebling


VP, Audience Insights & Strategy @ REVOLT | @hilynzie

With a diverse background in insights, strategy and emerging trends Lynzie prides herself on keeping her finger on the pulse of culture in order to always keep REVOLT ahead of the curve. Specializing in qualitative research methods she spends her days tracking shifts in the Gen Z & Millennial mindsets, uncovering audience desires for new forms of content and mapping out the ever-evolving consumption landscape. Prior to joining REVOLT Lynzie was uncovering unique fan insights for Ticketmaster/Live Nation & even further back working agency-side in NYC on brands such as Viacom, Nike, Heineken, Google/YouTube, IKEA, NBCU and the list goes on. Her work mantra is “Behind every great brand, there are even greater insights that got them there!”

it’s personal and it’s business



Music Artist | @mereba

[mer-ee-buh] noun: mereba | person | oracle 1. Artist 2. Singer 3. Rapper 4. Songwriter 5. Producer 6. Musician 7. Guitarist 8. Actor 9.

Rolling Stoner Mereba is a multifaceted artist with the life story of a rolling stone. Her unique blend of r&b, folk, and hip hop makes space for a new voice found in this wise young storyteller.


Jane Shin

Writer, Creative Producer + Creator of “Progression” Podcast | @janeshin

Jane Shin is a writer and creative producer in music, building relationships with artists and creators through her experiences working at places like SoundCloud, Spotify and Amazon Music. She is also creator and host of Progression, a podcast centered on mental health, personal development, and spirituality through conversations with artists and more.


Vida Vazquez

Visual Artist, Designer, Educator | @vidavazquezstudio

Vida is a jewelry designer and visual artist based in Oakland. Her practice explores themes of femininity, spirituality and joy, and she views adornment as a mode of identifying oneself and an act of self-empowerment. Her painting practice, which is both figurative and abstract, informs her jewelry practice and vice versa, in playful exploration of color palettes and silhouettes. Her affinity for all things tropical is apparent in her bold colors and organic shapes.


RL Esterline

Artist / Active Voice | @rachellenaesterline

Her images are a full access pass into feminine power. She collaborates with female sex workers from all walks of life and she is in constant dialogue with them. They’re not just subjects of my photography — they’re her community. Their strength through vulnerability is her passion. They grow and change together through established trust, and that’s what she wants for all women everywhere.

When she first started shooting clubs in San Francisco, she had no idea it would unfold like it has. For many, sex work is tied to all sorts of perceptual challenges, and she had to confront hers right away. This dynamically shifted the way she looks at herself and her own body, not just the women she celebrates on camera. Together they are rewriting a story about strength and grace. They’re not an invisible revolution, they’re forming a powerful new visual language that demolishes shame.




Stand-Up Comedian & Co-Host @ It's A Look Podcast | @yesfredia

Fredia is a stand-up comedian and co-host of the It's A Look podcast. Using comedic storytelling as her framework, Fredia works to illustrate the nuances of what it means to be a young millennial woman of color. Fredia’s expertise lies in laughter and she uses her jokes as the platter to serve the heavier topics we're all afraid to taste.

Headshot by @brettaworldpeace