Entrepreneur Success Stories: Turning Inspiration into Action
Date: 2 April 2014
Time: 9:30am – 11:00am
Event: Panel Discussion / Speed Networking Event
Location: The University Club, 1 West 54th Street NYC
Dress Code: Business Casual
Price: $65 Early Bird Discount / $95 per ticket
ADDITIONAL 15% OFF WITH CODE: EVE
The most successful people know a thing or two about how difficult it is to get to where they are. They know how to bring amazing ideas to life, face difficulties, overcome failures, and how important it is to trust along the way. Join Project Eve and a panel of industry experts as we address such crucial topics as 1) coming up with the idea 2) assembling a team 3) dealing with failure and 4) maintaining work-life balance.
The following 30-45 minutes will be reserved for speed networking which is a meeting format designed to accelerate business contacts; generally with a bell. Primarily, the practice involves multiple people that gather in a single space in order to exchange information. Participants greet each other in a series of brief exchanges during a set period of time. During an interaction, attendees share their professional backgrounds and business goals. Networkers are generally seeking exposure to new markets and/or to expand their business contacts.
Moderator – Meridith Dennes, Co-Founder and CEO, Project Eve
Meridith Dennes is a co-founder and the CEO of Project Eve. Prior to starting Eve, Meridith spent almost 15 years working in investment banking originating and structuring strategic funding solutions for corporations and banks. She began her career at Spy Magazine and in business development at Marvel Comics. Meridith brings her unique brand of creative talent and multiple years of professional business influences to the Project Eve creative and business strategy. Meridith holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. A native New Yorker, she currently lives on the Upper East Side with her husband and two daughters.
Joanna Stone Herman, Co-Founder and CEO, Librify, Inc.
Joanna is Co-Founder and CEO of Librify, Inc., a shared reading and eBook retail and subscription platform targeting book clubs. Prior to founding Librify, Joanna was Managing Director at the investment bank DeSilva+Phillips where she ran the firm’s Education and Book Publishing practice area. She has worked in publishing and digital media for over 15 years and has served in executive roles at Reed Elsevier, Thomson Reuters, Dow Jones, Time Warner and Accenture’s Publishing Practice. Joanna is an investor and advisor/board member of several technology information/digital media start-ups including City Maps, Thuzio, Axial Markets, and Matterhorn. Her writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Newsweek, People Magazine and The New York Daily News. She is on the Advisory Board for Book Expo America and Vice-Chairman of the Business Advisory Council for ProPublica, a non-profit investigative journalism organization. Joanna has a BS and Masters from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Wandy Yeap Hoh, Co-Founder MeeGenius
Wandy Yeap Hoh co-founded MeeGenius in 2009 with a vision to make reading more interactive and engaging through technology. As a parent, she did not see a product on the market that was suitable to meet her children’s need for a tool that made reading fun, on devices they already loved to use. This market gap inspired her to create MeeGenius. With 15 years of experience as an executive with Credit Suisse First Boston and Pomona Capital, Wandy left the business world in 2007 to pursue her entrepreneurial passion. Wandy is also an active philanthropist; she is on the Friends Committee of Baby Buggy charity, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing New York City’s families in need with essential equipment, clothing, and products for their infants and young children. She holds a BA cum laude in Business Economics from UCLA and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She is fluent in Chinese and resides in New York City with her husband and three young daughters.