We’re devoting an entire house to women’s health. Even better, we’re breaking that house down into topics specific to a women’s health cycle. We’re welcoming the ladies and men with careers in FemTech to share the latest technologies and research from fertility to pregnancy, from breastfeeding to menopause and anything in between. You’ll walk away not only with a list of valuable apps, websites, contacts,  insights and aha moments but with a plan to take care of your, your children’s and your family health.



Hosted by Nicole Dahlstrom, founder of FemTech Collective and Nimisha Gandhi, Founder of Moon Cycle Nutrition

Nicole has been providing marketing and project management services to non profits for the past six years. Passionate about women's health and FemTech, she decided to leverage her network of established female health companies, industry professionals, and leaders in the women's health space to develop a network of support for founders of female health focused tech startups called FemTech Collective. Their mission is to shape the future of healthcare through technology that meets the needs of women. Nicole is also the San Francisco Bay Area Ambassador for Women of Wearables, a global organization of 10,000 + Women in Tech supporters with a mission to inspire, connect and support women in Wearable Tech, Fashion Tech, IoT, Health Tech, VR, AR and all in between

Nimisha is a certified holistic nutritionist, certified Ayurvedic counselor, certified Yoga Nidra teacher, and a former tech founder of a women's gaming company. She holds a B.S. in Psychobiology from UCLA and has years of additional education in clinical research, human biology, gut microbiome, and environmental health. Nimisha serves as an advisor for Anchor Meditation Studio, FemTech Collective, and Integrated Medicine Initiative For Teens. She also advises wellness providers and companies on how to build a holistic, forward-thinking brand and service. Nimisha is a connector and collaborator. She gives workshops, talks, classes and webinars regularly. In her private practice, Moon Cycle Nutrition, Nimisha works with teenage girls, fertility, prenatal and postpartum woman, and those with chronic gastrointestinal conditions. Her work weaves ancient wisdom with modern medicine and it's highly individualized to meet the needs of her clients. Nimish's work is research-based, intuitive, and from the soul.

Listen to Nicole in conversation with Nimisha on the SERENDIPITY podcast:


SESSION 1: Self-Care for Busy Founders and Professionals

October 26th, 9:30am

Workshop: Transform Your Self-Care Routine into a Ritual

Carving out time from a busy schedule to take care of yourself can sometimes feel like another task on the to do list. Something that is meant to be enjoyable can be spoiled by a feeling of obligation. The secret to enjoying self-care is through a shift in mindset.


In this experiential workshop, we will discuss the five dimensions of self-care: physical, mental, spiritual, emotional and social. We will learn how we can bring purpose and presence into our self-care and create nourishing rituals that make us feel good from the inside, out. Attendees will develop their own rituals with the help of actionable tips, like activating the senses with alluring aromas. After we’ve awakened our senses, Rupa Health will lead us through an acupuncture demonstration and we’ll end the session with a short meditation.


Facilitator: Rachel Gadiel, Bloom Rituals

We don’t believe self-care should be routine or something you check off your to-do list… But rather a sacred ritual, nourishing mind, body and spirit, so you can be in bloom!

Laura Kyriazis

Laura advises and represents startups and emerging growth in raising money, on legal strategy, general corporate legal matters, licensing of intellectual property, and international relations. Named superior service provider to Clear Ventures, she represents three early seed companies in their portfolio and other early seeds in IoT, BlockChain, ecommerce, etc. As an experienced board member, she served on the Board of startups and one publicly traded technology company (FRONTEO AND UBIC on the Tokyo Stock Exchange) and is current Founder Advisor for music technology, fin-tech and BlockChain companies. 

Ann Garnier

Ann is a seasoned healthcare leader, helping to create, launch, and scale innovative tech companies and products that have improved patient outcomes and access to care. At Lisa Health, Ann is leading a team fusing technology and behavioral science to improve the wellbeing of midlife women. She is passionate about women's health and advancing research to reduce the serious and costly health risks that women face as they age. Before Lisa Health, Ann was Chief Operating Officer at CarePayment, a leader in patient engagement. She also held senior leadership roles at several ground-breaking companies, including RelayHealth (McKesson) and Paradigm Health (Alere). During this period, Ann developed several market leading products for women and children's health.


Additionally, she has spent the past 15 years as a volunteer mentor to parenting teen girls. Ann has advised many healthcare technology and services companies from early stage to high growth on fundraising, strategy, product innovation, marketing, and customer success. She knows intimately the challenges companies face at every stage of their evolution from the initial idea to scaling for rapid growth. Ann excels at building market-leading companies using technology to tackle big healthcare problems, particularly for complex, underserved, and vulnerable populations.

Allison Marshall

Professionally, Allison works at a digital health start-up in data analytics, leveraging her 10+ years in the biopharma industry. Outside of work, she balances her life as a ‘corporate yogi’ teaching yoga in the Bay Area, and as a director for a national non-profit organization. Her passion for health, wellness, and self-care blossomed out of a deep desire to find harmony in her own life and help others do the same. She utilizes tools from yoga, mindfulness, and Ayurveda to infuse her practice and teachings. Allison holds a BA in Biology from Wellesley College and an MBA from MIT Sloan.

Dr. Hemalee Patel

Dr. Patel is board certified in Internal medicine currently practicing as a hospitalist in San Francisco, California. She is on staff at Stanford University Hospital & Clinics, where she was previously a clinical instructor, and also practices as an outpatient wellness physician at Crossover Health-Facebook Headquarters. Known as a leader in the lifestyle medicine movement, Dr. Patel is a frequent speaker on topics related to empowering and educating individuals using the latest advances in health and wellness to prevent and control the development of chronic diseases and achieve balanced lifestyles. She also speaks about how lifestyle approaches can optimize energy levels and productivity. Dr. Patel has served on the board of the Physician Wellness Committee at Stanford, has given many lectures on the importance of provider self-care, and has conducted research surrounding provider burnout and achieving resilience. Her passion for physician wellness led her to develop curricula and workshops for medical students and residents on the topic of provider well-being, including navigating life after medical training and sustaining longevity in the field of medicine. Utilizing her background in economics and interests in creativity and healthcare innovation, Dr. Patel acts as a medical advisor for health tech startup companies and venture capitalist firms in Silicon Valley.

Jennie Yang

Jennie Yang is a strategic and operational consulting leader with nearly 10 years of experience designing business strategies and driving organizational transformations for Fortune 500 companies, startups, and health systems. Currently, she is Director of Customer Success at 15Five, a continuous performance management company on a mission to create the spaces where people become their greatest selves. Her specialties included business strategy development and execution, customer success, account management, change management, business operations, and cross-functional collaboration. Jennie is also a leadership coach and facilitator who helps unlock the potential of individuals, teams, and organizations. Certified as a Master Practitioner of Transformational Neuro-Linguistic Programming (tNLP), Jennie runs her own coaching business (https://www.jenniemaeyang.com/) to serve women who have a wholehearted desire to experience a life well lived. By integrating meditation, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and tNLP, she helps her clients shift their inner experience and discover their joy of being.

Rachel Gadiel

Rachel Gadiel is a wellness expert and the founder of Bloom Rituals - a company dedicated to shining a light on mental health being an essential part of our happiness and well-being, and bringing the magic back into daily self-care practices. After a decade in the corporate world of advertising and marketing, Rachel found herself burned out and wildly out of alignment with what brought her joy and purpose. A shift in gears led to following her natural passion for health and wellness where she became a certified Health Coach, a trained Life Coach and a certified 200RYT yoga teacher. Her mission is focused on empowering busy women, burned out from the stress of modern life, to take better care of themselves with nourishing self-care rituals so they can bloom to their best self.

Tara Viswanathan

Tara (B.S. Wharton & M.S. Stanford) spent the last 10 years obsessed with studying how people can make better health related decisions. From working hands on with chronically ill patients to becoming a certified nutrition counselor to designing Stanford research experiments on the mind-body connection - she’s developed deep experience across the health space throughout her career. Now, Tara is founder & CEO of Rupa Health, an integrative health tech company that helps patients access top alternative healthcare providers in their area. (P.S. Rumor has it, they’re hiring :wink:) Tara's also an aspiring instagram comedian.

SESSION 2: Out with Family Planning In with Future Planning

October 26th, 2:00pm


Listen to Nicole in conversation with Nimisha on the SERENDIPITY podcast:


Workshop: Future Planning

While many of us are aware of “family planning” and the idea of planning your life around having a family, future planning refers to the idea that understanding your body and your fertility much earlier on can empower women to make decisions for their future with that knowledge in mind.


In this workshop, attendees will learn about the innovative new products and services available for future planning from leading startups in the female health space. We’ll talk about new technologies for fertility tracking and fertility solutions, as well as pregnancy and nursing care. Attendees will have the chance to interact with the products and leave with new tools for understanding their body and their options.

Nimisha Gandhi

Nimisha is a certified holistic nutritionist, certified Ayurvedic counselor, certified Yoga Nidra teacher, and a former tech founder of a women's gaming company. She holds a B.S. in Psychobiology from UCLA and has years of additional education in clinical research, human biology, gut microbiome, and environmental health. Nimisha serves as an advisor for Anchor Meditation Studio, FemTech Collective, and Integrated Medicine Initiative For Teens. She also advises wellness providers and companies on how to build a holistic, forward-thinking brand and service. Nimisha is a connector and collaborator. She gives workshops, talks, classes and webinars regularly. In her private practice, Moon Cycle Nutrition, Nimisha works with teenage girls, fertility, prenatal and postpartum woman, and those with chronic gastrointestinal conditions. Her work weaves ancient wisdom with modern medicine and it's highly individualized to meet the needs of her clients. Nimish's work is research-based, intuitive, and from the soul.

Anke Huiskes

We’re a mission-driven startup in California with one common goal: to transform the pumping experience for women everywhere.
We’re inspired by their stories and committed to helping them balance motherhood and womanhood in the modern world. Because in our do-it-all culture, women need a breast pump that can keep up.
That’s why we created Willow, and we’re here to help.

Sharee Gibson

Sharee Gibson is the Global Director of Marketing for the direct-to consumer business at Ava, a medical technology company dedicated to bringing innovation to women's reproductive health. Sharee joined Ava in May 2016 to prepare the digital marketing strategy for the launch of the company's first-ever product, the Ava bracelet. The Ava bracelet uses sensor technology combined with clinically tested data science to precisely detect a woman's entire fertile window in real time. Ava has resulted in over 10,000 pregnancies and helped women around the world to gain insights into their cycle and health.

Ali El Idrissi

Ali is the Founder and CEO of UpChoose, a mission-driven company that activates consumers’ role in building a sustainable future. UpChoose designs and offers products and services that radically simplify consumption while helping people transition to a more sustainable lifestyle. 


Prior to launching UpChoose, he was a founding member and VP of J.P. Morgan Sustainable Investments where he helped develop investment structures like the Global Health Investment Fund (GHIF), the Dementia Discovery Fund (DDF) and NatureVest. Ali is an advisor the UK Government on impact investing and sustainability.

SESSION 3: Public Health 2.0

October 27th, 9:30am

Workshop: #HealthEquity

VCs are turning to opportunities at the intersection of public health and technology to address complex public health challenges. Venture capital funding for public health tech has the potential to leverage public health strengths (integrated, systems-level approaches based on evidence) as well as the strengths of technology (aptitude in driving integration and scalability) to prevent disease onset and protect the health of our communities. This session (1) outlines trends driving the convergence of public health and venture capital to foster greater public health innovation; (2) debunks significant myths and misconceptions about private markets, commercialization and venture capital; (3) highlights public health tech companies opportunities that are venture-backable to increase venture capital investment in public health tech.

Jessica Da Massa

Jessica DaMassa has emerged as the it girl of health tech interviewing. She brings an enthusiastic, fun, yet inquisitive style to her interviewing and hosting of conferences, interviews, and videos. But don't be fooled, there's a ton of knowledge, and plenty of tough questions under that charming style and infectious energy. She's the girl to know to know who's who and what's what in health tech having racked up more than 500 interviews in just the past three years. Jessica's current project, "WTF Health - What's the Future, Health?" is an interview series taking her around the world to 17 different health tech conferences in 11 different countries to continue her quest of asking everyone everywhere about the future of health and WTF is wrong with it right now. She is also the host of health tech's best two-minute Q&A news series, "Health in 2 Point 0" which airs on The Health Care Blog and features Health 2.0 co-founder, Matthew Holt, with editorial commentary and analysis on the latest stories shaping the health tech market. To start binge-watching her interviews, begin at www.wtf.health or follow her on Twitter @jessdamassa.

Zoya Khan

Zoya began her journey into the world of health technology at Northwestern University, where she studied Neuroscience with a concentration in artificial intelligence and film. She then joined a digital health startup in Dubai, where she worked to deploy a subspecialty radiology training program to Ethiopia in collaboration with John Hopkins University School of Medicine. Zoya's team won a finalist position at Accenture's HealthTech Challenge in Singapore for being the first B2B Telehealth platform in the Middle East. She now works with Matthew Holt at SMACK.health where her main focus is to grow and advise early-stage health tech startups. Recently, she was promoted to Editor-In-Chief of the infamous The Health Care Blog, where she seeks to bring a variety of voices in the health tech world forward.

Stephanie Robertson

Stephanie is the Senior Director, Scientific Innovation, Consumer at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, California. In this role, she will be responsible for identifying, nurturing and onboarding technical and strategic value assets in the Western part of North America for the Consumer sector as well as Cross-Sector opportunities.

Lisa Molinaro

Lisa Molinaro oversees the Tara Health Foundation's $10M social venture portfolio focused on closing equity gaps for women and girls. Prior to joining Tara Health, Lisa worked in private equity strategy consulting at Parthenon-EY. She also spent four years at The Aspen Institute, where she advised foundations and nonprofits on their policy advocacy strategies. Lisa has designed and implemented social initiatives for leading companies, including Walmart, Cummins and Genentech. She is the founder of fem-ex, a community-based organization that empowers women and girls. Lisa has a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Marlene Beggelman

Marlene Beggelman, M.D. Founded Enhanced Medical Decisions, Inc. and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Beggelman has innovated healthcare technologies for over 25 years. Having led numerous companies from inception through launch, Dr. Beggelman has invented ways to directly address many difficult issues confronting the quality of healthcare in the U.S. via technology. Dr. Beggelman and her team are focusing their efforts on DoubleCheckMD.com. Dr. Beggelman is an Internist with an MD degree from Harvard Medical School, a Degree in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a Degree in Physics from the University of Massachusetts.

SESSION 4: FemTech:The Innovative Products and Services Shaping the Future of Female Health

October 27th, 2:00pm


Workshop: FemTech Collective Hackathon

This session will be focused on creating better products and services for female health and how we can support startups as they innovate. The goal is to engage founders, funders, business support professionals, media, and consumers in a conversation about overcoming the unique challenges FemTech founders face. This interactive workshop will be a mini hackathon designed to identify ways to overcome barriers to innovation in the female health space creatively. No technical skills required!


Facilitator: Nora Scully, Scully Spark

Stephanie Alys

Stephanie is a co-founder and Chief Pleasure Officer (CPO) for British lifestyle brand, MysteryVibe. The company develops highly personalised, luxury pleasure products through user-driven design and cutting-edge technology. 


As CPO, Stephanie focuses on encouraging dialogue as part of the company’s long-term vision to change perceptions around pleasure in a positive, empowering way. She believes that pleasure is a natural part of the human experience and is fundamental to our happiness. 


Recognised as a thought leader in sextech, she has been featured in publications such as the BBC, Times, Guardian, CNBC and TechCrunch. She regularly appears on international stages across Europe and Asia. 

Stephanie was awarded the Veuve Clicquot New Generation award in 2018. She was also chosen as 35 under 35 by Management Today in 2017.

Rebecca Story

Rebecca is a passionate women's health advocate with more than a decade of experience leading clinical and regulatory teams in the Bay Area. In 2016, Rebecca was inspired to make a conscious lifestyle change to live and eat as organic, plant-based and non-toxic as possible after caring for her mom with cancer. She also shifted her focus to intimate care products to understand the impact of the heavily unregulated market. She was shocked to discover that up to 98% of intimate care products contain toxic ingredients. This inspired her to create The Bloomi, the first e-marketplace that provides a full spectrum of healthy intimate care products for hygiene, menstrual cycle and sexual wellness needs. All items are screened in-house are and 100% non-toxic. The mission of the company is to inspire women to the CEO of their body. Rebecca graduated from UC Berkeley with a major she created, Women's Health & Sexuality, and holds a Master's in Sexuality Studies.

Shubhra Jain

Dr. Shubhra Jain leads healthcare investments at Cota Capital. Dr. Jain is a Physician by background, has her Masters in Engineering from Stanford with a major in Biodesign and her MBA from the Wharton School of Business. Prior to Cota, Dr. Jain was Associate Director of Commercial Strategy and Corporate Development at Natera where she focused on Biopharma Partnerships, the diligence of potential acquisitions, market research and competitive positioning. Prior to Natera, she led Product management for Acute care suite of products at Pieces Technologies where she led product development and launch of SaaS risk surveillance and prediction solutions for clinical outcomes and published peer-reviewed research on the subject. Prior to Pieces, Dr. Jain served as a consultant and an advisor to several health tech startups and Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Jain is passionate about applications of technology in healthcare, entrepreneurship, startups and social causes - empowerment of women, access to quality healthcare and education. She also manages a non-profit that runs two secondary level schools and two hospitals in rural India.

Andrea Barrica

Andrea Barrica is CEO/co-founder of O.school, an online shame-free platform for pleasure education, powered by live-streaming and chat. Previously, Andrea co-founded YC-backed accounting and tax platform, inDinero.com, where she led sales and operations. She also served as a venture partner and entrepreneur-in-residence at 500 Startups, one of the world's most active, global seed funds.

Lauren Weiniger

Lauren is the Co-founder of SAFE which has created the easiest way to get tested for STDs and verify the health status of prospective partners. SAFE has direct partnerships with over 80% of testing facilities in the US, allowing data to be imported directly from labs and providers. Lauren's background is in Marketing and she has an MBA from the University of Oxford.

Meghan Conroy

Meghan has has questioned for years why, in the most connected era in history, access to health care is still one of our biggest challenges. In 2012, she embarked on a journey to answer that challenge with CAPTUREPROOF. CAPTUREPROOF is the HIPAA-compliant app to capture, compare and share medical photos and video asynchronously to enable doctor-to-doctor and doctor-to-patient visual communication. Meghan's journey to bring CAPTUREPROOF from concept to vision was a passion project, fusing her love of photography and her desire to help improve patients' health. After earning a bachelor's degree in physiology, Meghan started her career as a pharmaceutical rep at Abbott Laboratories and Johnson & Johnson. She launched 14 products into the medical market, always ranking within the top of the company's sales force. After many successful years in pharma, Meghan moved to Paris to pursue a graduate degree in photography. She managed photography for clinical trials across Europe, where the need for CAPTUREPROOF became obvious, and a new dream and "CAPTUREPROOF Inc. " was born.

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