The narrative of women in entrepreneurship is shifting in the Bay Area. Norcal Columbia Alumni would like to add to the conversation by featuring incredible women who have worked to start their own companies. From non-profit initiatives, to sold startups, the women on this panel will share their business success, funding strategy and how to navigate the world of entrepreneurship. Salesforce is a partner for this event.
6:30 - 7:00 pm - Networking
7:00 - 8:00 pm - Moderated panel discussion
8:00 - 8:30 - Q&A from the audience
8:30 - 8:45 - Closing Remarks
Meredith Finn (CBS, '12) is a Director for Salesforce Ventures focused on leading strategic investments in enterprise SaaS companies that complement Salesforce’s ecosystem. Meredith has led over 35 strategic investments on behalf of Salesforce including Twilio, Anaplan, Optimizely, Pendo, Cogito, CloudCraze, and Workfit.
Before joining Salesforce Ventures, Meredith worked in finance at Twitter and Google, and as a technology and media investment banker at Evercore Partners and Citigroup. Her experience includes venture investing, buy-side and sell-side M&A, LBO, IPO, and strategic corporate finance and advisory roles. Meredith has an AB in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA with Honors from Columbia Business School.
Jessica Tsoong (SEAS, '08) earned her B.S. at Columbia Engineering and her Masters at Stanford University. She was the Cofounder of WiFiSLAM, a startup developing indoor positioning technology and location-based services. WiFiSLAM was acquired by Apple in 2013, where Jessica joined the iOS Location team and then moved to Apple's Corp Dev team doing M&A integration. Jessica is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Relay Ventures, and also serves on Columbia Engineering's Entrepreneurship Advisory Board.
Stephanie McLean (GSAPP, '11) grew up in Jamaica and moved to the States when she was seventeen. She earned a masters degree from Columbia University, went on to law school and then traveled the world. Stephanie is now the Founder of Trendy Treat, an online clothing site that carries ethical fashion from all over the world.
Megan O'Grady Greene (CC, '01) is a theologian-social scientist-wellness practitioner-artist and entrepreneur. Before beginning college, she spent seven years working with environmental non-profits: producing Earth Day events, affiliated lecture series, lobbying, and other dynamic awareness-raising initiatives. During that same time, she began studying nutrition and ‘food medicine’, and bodywork and somatic healing. Returning to academics, she completed her undergraduate studies at Columbia University (School of General Studies, B.A. Religion, ‘01), and received a Master’s degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science (Social Psychology Institute, M.Sc. Social & Public Communication, ‘05). While living in London, she cut her teeth as a strategist in commercial advertising, then returned to social awareness-related ventures, including a UN-affiliated charity, and consulting for sustainability practices in the food industry. Significantly, while still in the UK, a naturopath convinced her to stop eating sugar… Years later, Megan started making chocolate as an art project, and also out of necessity: she was craving a new creative expression, while her palate was craving a certain sugar-free, yet decadent raw chocolate she had yet to find in the market place. That art project has morphed into a business, intrinsically influenced by the vocational callings that preceded it.