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Heather Hamilton is founder and CEO of Zoe Organics, which is a family friendly line of skincare products with a special emphasis on caring for moms and babies. From the purest organic ingredients (nearly every product in the range is 100% organic!) to their fair trade practices, Zoe Organics is all about living conscientiously. When Heather became a mom, she looked high and low for products that were truly natural and organic, safe enough for her new family. She came up short and started making her own products in her northern California kitchen. Her products were first sold in boutiques in Northern California, and can now be found nationwide at Target.  Through the journey of going from kitchen to mass, Heather has learned valuable insights that she enjoys sharing with other like-minded entrepreneurs. 

 

Christina Daves is the President and CEO of both CastMedic Designs, which designs and manufacturers award-winning fashion accessories for medical boots and PR for Anyone®, a resource to help business owners easily and effectively gain media exposure. She is the bestselling author of PR for Anyone™ 100+ Affordable Ways to Easily Create Buzz for Your Business and was named Steve Harvey’s Top Inventor on his syndicated television program. You can learn more about her businesses at www.prforanyone.com and www.HealinStyle.com
 

 

An impact angel investor and entrepreneur, Jenn Viane Riese invests in early stage, for-profit social enterprise companies.  She is especially passionate about women in investing and giving female social entrepreneurs access to capital.  Jenn recently launched a Rodan and Fields business as a “fun side gig” because she saw a great business opportunity for residual income and way to create long term funding for additional angel investments…she also likes to be so incredibly busy that her head spins.  When she’s not slinging skincare or looking for her next investment, she can be found with her team at Modern Humanity Consulting working with social entrepreneurs to help them build their businesses.  A mediocre cook and terrible housekeeper, Jenn has managed to keep her three kids and husband, their loyal dog Princess Buster Posey, their 14 chickens and 2 ducks alive on their organic egg farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains. 

Dawn Brolin is a Certified Public Accountant, an Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and Managing Member of Powerful Accounting, LLC – a nationally recognized accounting, tax and QuickBooks Consulting firm. She discovered the importance of the relationship between good accounting records, good business processes and running a successful business through her own experience as a business owner and now strives to “leave people better than she found them”. Working with, but not limited to, small to medium sized businesses including, contractors, non-profits, retailers and service providers, Dawn provides accounting, write-up, reporting, offsite CFO resources, tax return preparation and audit support services.   www.powerfulaccounting.com

One of my core value beliefs is to leave people better than I found them. When I come across people while in the business world who are “out for themselves”, “out to only make money”, or simply don’t treat people with mutual respect, I intentionally separate myself from them. I’ve worked hard to get here so I might as well share!
— Dawn Brolin

Mike Katz is VP of Sales at The Stable, a retail sales agency that represents the most innovative and disruptive consumer product brands across retail, licensing and creative partnerships. Mike has 13+ years of merchandising experience with Target Corporation including his most recent role as Senior Buyer in Entertainment. The Stable works with product storytellers and visionaries who are looking to change the retail landscape and deliver a completely new experience to the consumer. www.thestable.com 

 

Anbinh Phan founded Aloetree, an eco-friendly kids apparel and home decor brand with the mission to combat child trafficking. Aloetree Kids is Washington DC's first Benefit Corporation. 

Upon visiting Southeast Asia in 2009, Anbinh was alarmed to learn that stateless, ethnic minority children in Cambodia were among the most highly at-risk and vulnerable to trafficking into brothels. Sometimes children’s families desperately sold them.  After returning to Cambodia in 2012, Anbinh discovered that there that funding for programs to help minority children had declined.

As a solution, Anbinh sought to tap into the growing movement of conscious consumerism. In the past, she had shopped for baby shower gifts as well as birthday presents, and she felt that, just like herself, if people were given the opportunity to purchase outstanding products that would support human rights, they would! Specifically, through a business of her own, consumer’s purchases would support efforts for trafficking prevention, education and community empowerment.

Thus, a vision was born. In 2013, Anbinh launched Aloetree in order to build a certified organic, fairly made kids brand that empowered kids and families to make purchases that would help kids in need. 

Anbinh graduated with a law degree from Georgetown University. She earned an MPA at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in 2004, and a BA in philosophy, politics, and economics from Pomona College in 2001.

 

After 20 years in Fortune 50 retail and consumer marketing, Carly Broderick believes small brands wield tremendous power. She started Brodstone Consulting to unlock and increase this power by growing sales and consumer engagement across retail channels. In working with multiple toy companies, a category killer retailer, and a consumer entertainment company, Carly brings a proven methodology and a creative yet practical approach to her clients.

Carly enjoyed a decade at Target, where she led $1B+ businesses across toys, sporting goods, skincare and pharmacy. She is known for growing new ideas into sales-generating strategies and sustainable businesses. While at Target, she launched the naturals skincare category, led the transformation of the in-store beauty experience, re-vamped the toy inventory model (and along the way, moved the industry to new practices) and was a key member of the executive team that created and launched an industry-leading omnichannel inventory model to maximize inventory investments while increasing sales across channels.

Prior to Target, Carly created consumer products strategies for Universal Studios’ entertainment properties such as Curious George, The Fast and the Furious and The Cat in the Hat. She began her career creating and executing experiential marketing events for entertainment, fashion and corporate clients at Merv Griffin Productions.
Carly holds a BA from Syracuse University and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. To learn more, you can find her at www.brodstoneconsulting.com. 


Mentors

As an attorney and business leader, Eric Lee Anderson assists companies in overcoming the challenges they face today in sourcing, international sales, and legal compliance within the consumer packaged goods and manufacturing industries. With his mixture of legal and business perspectives, the entrepreneurial-minded Anderson is experienced in guiding companies through novel business challenges while managing risk and liability. Eric is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law, where he was an editor on the Colorado Journal of Environmental Law and Policy. He is admitted to practice in California and Colorado.

Alex Kehaya is an entrepreneur, educator and product launch expert. He works with startups, corporate product teams, and accelerators to develop and launch new products and services. Alex’s mission is to affect positive change in the world through entrepreneurship and education. His skills range from Ruby on Rails, SaaS sales, online marketing, web development, entrepreneurship, and more.