On April 13th, Alexa Geovanos, Brand President of Chloé Americas, joined the Women Entrepreneurs at Yale for a talk on being an entrepreneur at a luxury brand. If you missed the event, here’s a quick recap of Alexa’s top advice.

Alexa Geovanos is the Brand President of Chloé, North and South America. Over the last eight years, Alexa has overseen the growth and development of the brand for all product categories, starting as Director of Wholesale and growing that channel 4x in 4 years. As Brand President, Alexa currently manages local retail and wholesale operations, marketing and communications, store planning…

On March 18th, Rebecca Minkoff joined the Women Entrepreneurs at Yale to talk about running a major fashion brand. Rebecca is the founder of the eponymous label, host of the Super Women podcast, co-founder of the Female Founder Collective, and now author of the book Fearless, coming out in June.

ON BEING AN OVERNIGHT SUCCESS

Rebecca Minkoff has been called an overnight success because of the attention she received after Jenna Elfman wore her I Heart NY Shirt on TV, but the truth is Rebecca had already been working for two years on her business. Even after this viral moment…

On March 5th, Cami Samuels joined the Women Entrepreneurs at Yale for a conversation about her career path to becoming a biotech venture capitalist. Cami is a partner at Venrock, where focuses on healthcare with an emphasis on biotech, medical devices, and consumer health. She currently serves on the board of Iris, Ocelot, Unity (UBX), and XCaliber, and is an advisor to Mission Bay Capital. She has had the honor of working with many successful companies — most recently, one of her portfolio companies, Corvidia, sold to Novo Nordisk for $2.1 B.

ON UNCERTAINTY AND SETBACKS

Cami shared honest memories…

Anjelica Gonzalez

Anjelica Gonzalez joined the Women Entrepreneurs at Yale on February 25th to tell us about her experience starting a business, teaching at Yale, and running a lab.

FOUNDING PREMIEBREATHE

“It was a personal experience that inspired” her development of Premiebreathe, a low-cost, mobile neonatal respiratory device, or in other words, a device that helps premature newborns breathe better. Anjelica had twin boys ten years ago and, as is common with newborns, one of them had trouble breathing. Following discussions with emergency room pediatricians, she decided to develop a device that would help other babies experiencing the same types of problems…

On Wednesday, February 10th, the Women Entrepreneurs at Yale had the honor of hosting Mona Elsayed YC ’08, Head of Innovation Strategy at CHANEL. Mona’s career path offered plenty of learning moments and she shared some honest advice to today’s graduating classes.

ON GRADUATING DURING THE RECESSION

Mona graduated from Yale during the last economic recession in 2008. Drawing parallels to today’s challenging job market, she relayed the advice to recent graduates to “get creative or get humble” in the pursuit of their first step. While many of her peers took the creative route around the economic downturn by pursuing…

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Laura Melendrez SOM ’16 joined the Women Entrepreneurs at Yale on October 28th for the final installment of our virtual fall Women Innovators Breakfast Series. She told us the unexpected journey she went on to discover her passion for creating ethical clothes that support artisan women. She created Amor & Rosas, an ethical luxury brand based in Mexico City.

Laura was born in Arizona, grew up in Sinaloa, Mexico, and has lived in Mexico City since 2012. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and an MBA from the EGADE School of Business. She…

Rosalie Fish, a member of the Cowlitz Tribe, activist, and runner, had her “aha moment” when she started running with a hand-print painted across her face to draw attention to the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women. She realized that running was her platform and she could use it to draw аttention to an issue that plagues women in her community. When she painted this symbol on her face at a state track meet, the image went viral. After that, Rosalie began to dedicate each run, from the 500 meter to the 2-mile, to individual indigenous women who have…

On September 16, 2020, the WE@Yale Innovators Breakfast series kicked off its first virtual event with Ariana Day Yuen SOM ’19, founder of Forested Foods. Forested Foods is an agroforestry venture that sources, processes, and distributes indigenous, regeneratively-grown forest products (i.e. bee products, spices, herbs, gums and resins). Starting in Ethiopia, they aggregate and unlock the production potential of forest farmers typically shut out of global food supply chains. They launched with Maryiza, a line of single-origin honeys from Ethiopia’s biodiverse, ancient forests.

Ariana tuned in from Hong Kong, where she was raised, though she will soon make her way…

On November 13, 2019, Melissa Mash spoke with the WE@Yale Community

Melissa Mash is founder and CEO of Dagne Dover, a bag and accessories brand designed for humans getting the most out of life. On November 13, 2019, Mash shared her experiences of starting and running a fast-growing retail company with the WE@Yale community.

When Melissa Mash graduated from NYU, she helped manage wholesale brick and mortar for Coach. In 2008, during the economic recession, Mash was eager to find opportunities to grow her career. This desire took her to London, where she managed to land a gig leading the turn-around for the Coach’s first store in Europe. The store, which…

Bijoor spoke with the WE@Yale community on November 5, 2019

This year, Mona Bijoor published Startups and Downs: The Secrets of Resilient Entrepreneurs. In the book, Bijoor interviews successful entrepreneurs from industries ranging from beauty to health. But the lessons shared in the book come, in a large part, from Bijoor’s own experience as an entrepreneur. In 2010, Bijoor launched JOOR, an online global B2B marketplace for wholesale buying that directly connects brands and retailers. By 2016, Bijoor had gorwn the company to process over $10 billion in gross merchandise value.

On November 5th, 2019, Bijoor spoke with the WE@Yale community about her experiences as an entrepreneur and investor.

Growing…

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