Samantha Cabrera
May 14 · 2 min read

On June 2nd, Mavatar CEO and co-founder Susan Akbarpour leads the discussion on Women Leading Disruption at the Iranian American Women Foundation’s Women’s Leadership Conference in San Francisco.

Women are now better poised than ever to lead technical disruption due to a convergence of alternative funding mechanisms to the traditional VC process and a slew of female-oriented industries in need of disruption. This is not just a matter of equality, but tremendous economic opportunity. In this talk, the panelists will discuss: Alternative funding sources suited for women like Crowdsourcing and ICOs Sectors driven by women like fashion, retail, consumer products and personal health that are ripe for technological disruption How female entrepreneurs can better lead companies focused on complex platforms State Bill-826 (“SB-826”) making California corporations put a representative number of women on their boards.

Susan moderates the panel which includes Pegah Embrahimi, Afsaneh Naimollah and Sara Azadi. Ebrahimi currently serves as the COO of Cisco Collaboration. Previously, she held several positions at Morgan Stanley including COO of Global Technology Banking. Naimollah is a serial entrepreneur and currently serves as Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Plug and Play Health, a healthcare accelerator. Azadi is managing partner of Azadi and Co. and boasts an expansive background in marketing, including 5+ years at Edelman.

It’s an all-star panel to discuss Women Leading Disruption as this group has experience in entrepreneurship, building teams and exercising smart strategy in shifting arenas like global banking, omnichannel and influencer marketing.

Susan also is one the judges in Pitch session where Iranian American female founders with companies at pre-Series B financing, pitch their companies to a group of highly respected Silicon Valley investors, get feedback to perfect their pitch and create an opportunity for potential investment follow-ups. Judges will vote and top three companies will be announced during closing session to an audience of investors, influences, and potential customers.

To register visit IAWF.

Early bird pricing ends on April 20th and ticket prices will increase to $225.00 per ticket.

Date: June 2, 2019

Start Time:9:00 am
End Time:5:00 pm

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