On September 7, the TechWomen Emerging Leaders were greeted at salesforce.com where they engaged in workshops and dialogue by Beth Kanter and Sepideh Nasiri.
Sepideh, Director of All Things Offline at Women 2.0, addressed the 2012 cohort with a motivational speech regarding how she embarked on her entrepreneurial journey as a young adult. She began her career as a Managing Editor of a Los Angeles Global magazine. Today, she advises early stage startups and is an avid technology enthusiast. “I wrote Oprah and asked her to be my mentor,” said Sepideh as she recounted how difficult it was to secure an influential mentor during her youth. Sepideh went on to speak regarding the 2010 launch of her first app, The Date Server Platinum in 2010. At the end of her talk she extended an invitation to the TechWomen to participate in Founder Friday, a Women 2.0 event to promote the creation of new networks among aspiring entrepreneurs, current entrepreneurs and investors in innovative cities globally. Heather Ramsey, Director, Strategic Partnerships at Institute of International Education, was a featured speaker at the event.
Following Sepideh, Beth Kanter, author of Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media, one of the longest running and most popular blogs for nonprofits, led a workshop. Beth addressed many common concerns and questions shared globally regarding privacy, safety, connectivity and networking. The 2012 TechWomen engaged in conversations regarding how they started social movements through social media and what they do to safeguard their information. Beth is the co-author of the book titled The Networked Nonprofit, with Allison Fine, published in 2010. Beth has over 30 years working in the nonprofit sector in technology, training, capacity building, evaluation, fundraising, and marketing. Her second book, Measuring the Networked Nonprofit, with Co-Author K.D. Paine, will be published next month.
Beth extended an invitation to the TechWomen to continue to keep in contact with her. The women gladly accepted.