The ELSI Method™ was developed over the last two years by French skincare expert & founder, Elsa Jungman, Ph.D. & Karin Karlsson, Certified Yoga teacher. ELSI Method™ combines facial yoga techniques with breathing, yoga postures, meditation and massage exercises using the ELSI super moisturizing serum*. The ELSI Method™ skin benefits are: - Helps to release tension and relax fine lines - Tones facial muscles - Improves blood circulation to the head and scalp - Promotes a glowing complexion. You will leave with an awesome feeling in your skin and with new tips of how to de-stress in order to reveal your natural beauty. *Mini super moisturizing serum will be offered for the class About: We’re ELSI Beauty, an award winning and fast-growing SF beauty start-up that is disrupting the way we interact with our skin for optimal health and glow. A big part of our mission at ELSI is to help people relax and take care of their skin through simple but effective techniques. Why? Because we know how stressful life can be and the toll it takes on how we feel and look.
Elsa Jungman (Founder Elsi Beauty), Karin Karlsson (Certified Yoga Teacher)
8:00am - 8:45am
Networking for Introverts
Do you feel anxious at the thought of networking? Do you wish you felt more comfortable meeting new people, but feel like networking is too quick and shallow for you to do it right? Do you feel misunderstood, coming off as unfriendly without meaning to? If this sounds familiar, then I’m excited to invite you to be a part of this workshop.
The Networking for Introverts workshop has been designed to address those specific concerns and more. You’ll leave this event not only having a game plan for your future networking experiences but also feeling more confident in yourself and your ability to make meaningful connections.
In this workshop you’ll learn to:
Ease anxiety around networking
Initiate and carry on conversations
Establish rapport that is authentic to you
Present yourself in a warm and friendly way
Get the most out of networking events
Stephanie Thoma (IRL Connection Advocate)
8:00 - 8:45am
The Be•ology of Living Your Intention
Start the conference with setting an intention and learning how to realize it. This experiential workshop will help you focus on what is most important to you for the day. We will embark on an inner contemplative journey to unearth unconscious triggers waiting to throw you off your game. The session will guide you through the nuts and bolts of remaining grounded when you confront stressful moments threatening to high-jack your intention from fruition. You will discover vital self-care techniques for leveraging tough situations in your favor. The session will empower confidence as you master the real-time skill of staying embodied and move you towards successfully living your intention.
Ruchi Puri (Integrative Women's Wellness Advisor)
8:00am - 8:45am
Welcome Keynote - Be the change you want to see
Anne will kick off SERENDIPITY with a keynote "Be The Change You Want To See". We will thank our sponsors Orange SV, SMACK Health, Pacific Fertility, Chewse, Peerspace, Pendo, Hint, Equator Coffee! We will introduce you to Ellen Brook, High Five, Passion Fit, Elsi Beauty, Bebe Au Lait, From The Lobby and Mavette who will exhibit at the happy hour showcase!
Anne Cocquyt (Founder The GUILD)
9:00am - 9:15am
Emerging Tech Talks
Hear from Emerging Tech Leaders who are challenging the status quo and bringing not only new products and businesses to market but are busting out of traditional constructs, driving trends and redefining roles and opportunities for STEM talent in emerging markets and industries. Explore the tangible connection between AI and productivity. What AI can mean to our well-being and the future of intelligent systems and their complexities. Come with a curious mind and be ready to unearth the power that Emerging Technology and STEM can bring to any business. (Moderators: Robin Parisse and Nitasha Syed) >> Myth Busting ~ Julia Bossmann >> AI and Happiness ~ Alex Eremia >> STEM in Beauty ~ Veni Singh >> What is Shaping Trends and Talent? ~ Lauren Pfeifer
Tatyana Mamut (Head of Product Nextdoor), Nitasha Syd (Founder, Unboxd), Robin Parisse (Women Speak Tech), Lauren Pfeifer (VC investor | AI/ROBOTICS geek), Veni Singh (VP, Product and Engineering at Volition Beauty), Alex Eremia (Founder & Data Scientist), Julia Bossmann (Entrepreneur In Residence at Singularity University)
9:15am - 10:45am
Keynote by Tatyana Mamut "Building Products with Purpose" in the Main Room. Register to meet product leaders and designers from across the Bay Area who offer guidance towards your product goals. You’re invited to participate in speed dating-style advice sessions in various areas such as product, websites, design, and UI/UX. Come prepared with wireframes, your laptop, or roadmap and a specific question for your product advisor. Interested in being matched with product specialists at SERENDIPITY? Please register for this session upfront. What: 20 minute speed coaching sessions with 10 exceptional product leaders
Connie Kwan (Product Maestro), Janet Rye (VP of Product, Allume), Lauren Lee (Senior Director of Product Management, Care.com), Anjana Tayi (Head of Product Experience, Getaround), Tamara Khan (CEO, Kure Health), Katherine Chen (CEO & Founder, Hummings) Becky Flint (Dragonboat Inc.), Shu-Yi Zhou (Sr. Product Manager LinkedIn)
9:15am - 10:45am
Rock Your Business Model
How can you reinvent your business model? How can you turn uncertainty into opportunity? In the Rock Your Business Model workshop, we will answer these questions and more. Participants will learn new methods for problem solving and creation, and work the new tools to hone their business models and spark new ideas.
Maaike Doyer (CFO & Strategy Designer, Business Model Canvas)
9:15am - 10:30am
How to say “no”, so you can say “yes” to what matters
Learning how to say “no” is a critical work and life skill. But we are sometimes reluctant to say “no”, fearing it will have a negative impact on our relationships. In this “walking workshop experience”, Sara Holtz will provide specific advice and guide the group to discuss how to do say “no” confidently, comfortably and effectively, so that you can say “yes” to what matters most to you.
Sara Holtz (Podcast Host)
9:15am - 10:30am
Tools for Effective and Transformational Leadership
Making A Bigger Ripple - Tools for Effective and Transformational Leadership: Every word, every action, and even our very thoughts are creating ripples in our lived experience. Do you want to make a bigger ripple, and have a larger impact in the world through your work or your relationships? Are you being called to be a more effective or transformational leader? Or to inspire others to level up? Do you want to reach a wider audience, or share your self or your message in a way that can be more easily received? If so, you are heartily invited to join this experience and learn the tools to be a deeply effective and transformational leader. Here's what we'll cover: >> Creating Safe Space for Vulnerability and Connection >> Tuning In To Your Body to Flex Your Self-Awareness Muscles >> Ending Judgment and Fear by Practicing Radical Self-Acceptance >> How to Make Bigger Ripples by Super-Charging Your Self-Compassion. | This experience is for leaders of all kinds: managers, entrepreneurs, partners, founders, funders, friends, and people who like people (or want to like people more). True leadership begins with self-leadership.
Anne Klint (Energetic healer and coach)
9:15am - 10:45am
Write Your Own "User Manual" to Make Your Team Less Anxious and More Productive
The goal of a User Manual is that leaders should create a short guide to their personality, work style and, yes, even quirks, so that their team knows how to work with them effectively and with less unnecessary stress. During this Experience, we take 15-20 minutes to jot down answers to a series of questions which then build the foundation of the participant's User Manual. In a group conversation, we then discuss the different personality types present and the dos and don'ts on how to work with them. As a result, the participants not only walk away with an invaluable tool to put to use right away with their team but also learn how to best interact with different personality types to build stronger relationships and have a greater impact on others.
Ramona Shaw (Leadership and Performance Coach)
11:00am - 12:30am
Inspiring Leader Lightning Talks
Hear from inspiring leaders aligning their purpose with their work and building impactful sustainable companies. Hear Lightning Talks from Arjita Sethi, Shakeya McDow, Sonya Saveit and Komal Ahmad, followed by a conversation between some of the top entrepreneurs in the food industry discussing the future of food. Sally Rogers, Tracy Lawrence, Patta, Komal (11:50-12:30pm)
Arjita Sethi (Founder, Equally), Sonya Satveit (CEO Qanik DX), Shakeya McDow (VP Strategy, Kaiser), Komal Ahmad (Founder & CEO Copia) Conversation: Sally Rogers (Founder Parsnip), Komal Ahmad, Patta Arkaresvimun (Founder, BiteUnite), Tracy Lawrence (Founder and CEO of Chewse)
11:00am - 12:30pm
The Thought Leader Formula
Learn how to build a personal brand to help drive both business goals and career goals. This workshop will take the participants through a step by step process on identifying and understanding their own and their company's revenue streams, target market, and how their personal brand ties in with those goals. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a personal brainstorm on the basics of their own potential thought leadership platform or personal brand, how that relates to their business goals, and what steps to take after the workshop.
Robin Farmanfarmaian (Professional Speaker, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor and Author)
11:00am - 12:30am
What’s driving your search for self-improvement? Are you seeking to transition to another company with a better culture? Looking to fine-tune your startup’s mission statement and marketing strategy? Striving to find your path as a millennial thought leader? If you frequently ask yourself these type of questions, you might think you would benefit from a mentor. While that’s not a bad idea, a more targeted and result-driven approach is to get a qualified coach who can help you level up. We are offering speed coaching sessions to help women of all ages and career stages get an opportunity to “test-drive” a coach. Join us in the Coaching Lounge and meet professional coaches from around the Bay Area who offer guidance towards the goals that you’ve set for yourself… and maybe even a few you haven’t considered. You’re invited to participate in speed dating-style coaching sessions in various areas, including health, wellness, professional development, relationships, business, finance, beauty and fashion. What: 15 minute speed coaching sessions with 10 exceptional coaches - Pre-registration required.
Arjanne van der Plas, Chloe Good, Kim Nicol, Hillary Wicht, Anne Klimt, Svetlana Saitsky, Rachael O’Meara, Jessica Lustbader van der Plas, Kim Nicol, Hillary Wicht, Annelana Saitsky, Rachael O’Meara, Ramona Shaw
11:00am - 12:30pm
Heal Your Impostor Voice, Kill Your Gremlin
You know you got severe skills for your career, but inside your head lives a voice that tells you "You're Not Good Enough"..."You won't make it"...She's better than you" that's the end of it, heal your impostor's voice and learn how to embrace your Sage Voice. Join this workshop where you will do an Individual Self- Development Exercise, share with the group and make a SMART goal commitment.
Maria Bailey (Career Coach)
11:00am - 12:30am
Unleash Your Creativity and Collaborative-ness through Painting on Silk
Is your organization missing out on the benefits of a creative culture? Help build your own…as well as your company's creative, collaborative and risk-taking "muscle.” In this fun and engaging workshop, learn about yourself, build meaningful rapport with others and better activate the building blocks of innovation. Not all creativity comes from the thinking mind alone. BREAK here Grab a brush, a bottle of dye and some silk -- and let’s get adventurous. You'll experience the unique art of painting on silk while Ellen leads you through playful exercises to help move aside what might get in the way of your creativity and ability to connect more deeply to others. Bust through mind traps and loosen the grip of team or organizational silos with more ease. It’s meant to be fun, but also to take you out of your comfort zone so new possibilities can bubble up. Play with questions such as how adaptable am I? How do I deal with disruptions? Do I play it safe too often? Am I curious about people outside my team or daily routine - do I even realize they’ve got creative superpowers that could help move us forward together?” This is not an art workshop - it’s about creativity. Creativity is Power. We’ll have painting shirts and shoe covers but feel free to bring your own shirt or an extra pair of shoes!
Ellen Brook (Artist, Designer and Creativity Workshop Leader)
11:00am - 12:30pm
Lunch -- AMA Session with FemTech Founder
Sponsored by CHEWSE - The Virtual Café That Delivers Individual Meals To Your Office Made By Award-Winning Chefs. Employees Choose Their Favorite Lunch From A Curated Menu Of Delicious Options Everyday. Premium Catering Spreads. Healthy and Delicious. Always Stay Within Budget. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++AMA Ask Me Anything - Hear from FemTech Founders about the products and services they offer in sexual wellness, fertility and women’s health. Ask any questions you always wanted to ask.
THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR CHEWSE! ++++++++++++++* AMA session with * Liz - Lioness * Rebecca - Bloomi * Rachel - Pacific Fertility * Laura - Happee
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Fireside Chat - Kara and Anne
Social Responsibility — A CEOs journey on fighting for consumer rights around clean water
Kara Goldin (Founder and CEO Hint, Inc.),
12:45pm - 1:00pm
Lunch Panel: Delightful Products for Better Health
Doesn't it seem like we're always trading pleasure for the ideal healthy lifestyle? While there’s nothing wrong with trading some unhealthy habits for new ones that can nourish us and enrich our lives, we often forget how essential it is to just do things for the sheer pleasure of the experience, and how much that can actually impact our health. In this session, we’ll indulge in a conversation with leading CEO's who have created beautiful products that help us live healthier lives, without sacrificing pleasure.
In this salon you will learn from angel investors, financial experts and VCs how you can start investing in your future to align your money with your values. This session is for anybody interested in connecting with a community of women who invest in their future. It’s also a great place for entrepreneurs who want to better understand the investor mindset.
Anke Huiskes, (Aletta Angels), Trish Costello (Portfolia) , Janine Firpo (Next Wave Ventures), Lyndsey Boucherle (Better Ventures), Syl Yip (Uplift Investing)
Talk: Think Like An Investor - Ha Nguyen (Founding Partner, Spero Ventures)
2:00pm - 2:45pm
Think Like An Investor
Ha will walk you through the mindset of an investor and VC. Learn the dos and dont's when raising capital. Ha Nguyen, Founding Partner of Spero Ventures, will share best practices on raising venture capital. By understanding how VCs think, you’ll increase your chances of raising funding for your startup. The topics that Ha will cover include: >> VC fund structure & incentives >> Determining if VC is the right type of financing for your company >> When to fundraise >> Running a seed round fundraising process >> What makes a great pitch deck >> Finding investors and creating an investor list >> Getting investor introductions >> Writing a great investor blurb >> Pitching, and answering questions >> Setting valuation and negotiating terms
2:45pm - 3:30pm
Is Your Voice As Powerful As You Are?
When you walk into a room, you may look the part. Your business accomplishments may indicate that you’re an achiever. But the moment you begin to speak, your audience will be listening carefully to gauge if your voice and message is congruent with your appearance and resume. How we show up vocally leads people to definite and immediate conclusions about how we show up in the world. How we say it is far more persuasive than what we say. Your listeners decide in just seven seconds. Simply put, there is a strong relationship between verbal and non-verbal communication and the psychology of perception: who we are as individuals, our personality, our strengths, what we bring to the table and also our weaknesses are unmasked in the voice and our body language. Voice is the primary way we extend who we are out into the world. What we value, our ideas, and what we bring to the table all come through the vehicle of voice. Yet, very few know how to use the power of voice effectively. Worse, many have unconscious habits that are undermining their authority, negatively impacting the way they are being perceived and ultimately getting in the way of their success. During this hands-on experiential we will use real, current circumstances within your organization to learn the science and skills behind effective communication to advocate, influence and maximize your success.
Hillary Wicht (Executive Voice Coach)
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Piloting Your Life: Take the controls and be the pilot in your own life
Terri will share her journey as an angel investor and how her experience led to writing the book, Piloting Your Life to embolden women over the age of 40 to take the controls and be the pilots in their own lives. While her target audience for the book and her podcast of the same name is now midlife women, the message of giving yourself permission to design and live a life of your own creation resonates with women of all ages. Terri will inspire you to see opportunity in the challenges and look for ways to give yourself and other women lift where the only result can be in positive change.
Terri Mead (Author, Investor)
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Managing Humans: Essential Skills for New Managers
Managing humans is a skill that you must develop as you grow in your career! Whether you're an entrepreneur or working in a company, this engaging session will give you tools you can use immediately, plus valuable insights about your own leadership style. Feel more confident and inspired as a leader.
Kim Nicol (Mindfulness and Communication Coach)
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Push Pause: Learn to yearn and be more satisfied, for good!
In this session, Rachael will share how pausing, or intentional shifts in behavior, help to live a more satisfying and meaningful life. Learn to Yearn and understand why tapping into your yearnings can help you navigate what to do next, how to do it, and live a satisfying and meaningful life: at work or beyond! This isn't just about mindfulness or meditation, this is about being more self-aware and building your emotional intelligence to know how you feel and what your deeper desires are, or yearnings, to tap into so you can be more satisfied in everything you do. In this session you will learn: 1) Feel centered and present as you experience a brief guided pause led by Rachael (5-10minutes) in the beautiful outdoor Serendipity space 2) Be more satisfied throughout your day as you learn what yearnings are and catch your yearnings in the moment. 3) learn the neuroscience behind what's happening - experience first hand the difference between the reward center and the satisfaction center in the brain.
Rachael O'Meara (Transformation leadership and executive coach)
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Quick Pitch – Don’t be Caught Pitchless!
You might be called up on stage to pitch... You might be at a networking event... You might even strike up a convo waiting line for a coffee and realize - hey - I need to pitch! Bottom line - you never know if the next person you meet could change your startup! You want to be armed with the perfect story of your venture at any given moment. Donna Griffit, an International Corporate Storyteller with over 15 years of experience will share insider tips for getting your story straight and sounding great telling it. Time permitting – a few lucky teams will get to pitch their story and get expert feedback from Donna.
Donna Griffit (Corporate Storyteller)
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Conquering the Boardroom
In this salon we will hear from women who serve on boards and help women get on boards how you can conquer the boardroom. We will discuss what it takes, how you prepare, what a board bio looks like in order to change companies with your voice. Learn about your options (non-profit, private, public boards), what the journey looks like to get on a board, motivations for board service, how to prepare (board bio, interview prep), and what resources are out there.
Shannon Gordon (CEO theBoardlist), Julie Castro Abrams (Women Who Lead), Shannon Nash (CFO Inside Source), Lisa Violet (Board Member Girls Scouts of California)
4:00pm - 5:30pm
How to Coach Yourself Using the Tool of STORYTELLING
Expect to get your hands dirty in this workshop. We're going to use coaching tools to go deep within ourselves and get to know the various parts that drive us, and how to most powerfully create the life we want from this mindful place.
Svetlana Saitsky (Coach - This Is It)
4:00 - 5:30pm
Founder Funder Lounge
The GUILD is on a mission to connect the right women with the right resources, and as a part of that mission, we democratize access to investors by offering speed pitching sessions to connect entrepreneurs with angel investors and VCs (pre-seed round - Series B). We will have 25 investors at our third exclusive F(o)unders Lounge where attendees who apply in advance get one-on-one speed-pitching opportunities with angel investors and VCs. What: 15 minute speed pitching sessions with 25 exceptional investors
Ha Nguyen (Spero Ventures), Trish Costello (Portfolia), Lyndsey Boucherle (Better Ventures), Janine Firpo (Next Wave Ventures), Allison Steitz (BRV Ventures), Anke Huiskes (Aletta Angels) and many more
4:00 - 5:30pm
Sex, Love and Leadership
A 21st Century Workshop for success and fulfillment in the bedroom and the boardroom We are living in the most anxious of times and modern love is stirring more anxiety than ever. With less direct and unconstrained time with our fellow human beings, we get less and less competent at the vexingly complex activity of human interaction. Connecting with a beloved seems monumental and, for many, altogether out of reach. To be vulnerable with someone is what love requires but vulnerability feels like the hardest thing. Struggling with the perplexities of relationship, we often miss that what stymies us in our most intimate lives is also what stymies us in our professional lives. Get a handle on how to show up as your brightest, boldest, truest self in your most intimate encounters and you will find yourself more powerful, more comfortable and more effective in all the spheres of your life. In this highly interactive workshop, we explore the nitty gritty of what runs amok in the earliest phases of our relationships and how we can change course. Through a deep dive into the biology and psychology of love and lust, we examine how nature may lead us astray. Through an examination of our own beliefs and baggage, we uncover what keeps us from the fulfillment we long for. From there, we explore how to change the script. We help you move into the glorious wonderful space of generous fearless loving and open the path to becoming the strongest and best version of yourself.
Michèle Taipale (Catalyst, Connector, Coach)
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Join us for a Happy Hour with wine and snacks and apply the skills you learnt. Browse different product offerings from female entrepreneurs. We look forward to welcoming Ellen Brook, High Five, Passion Fit, Elsi Beauty, Bebe Au Lait, From The Lobby and Mavette at the happy hour showcase!
Ellen Brook, High Five, Passion Fit, Elsi Beauty, Bebe Au Lait, From The Lobby and Mavette