Public speaking and storytelling can have extremely powerful business outcomes. Between maximizing speaking and media opportunities, meeting new investors, partners, and hires, learning how to do it well will always be beneficial. Pam, Lauren and Elizabeth, public speaking pros, will cover:
- How to cut through the noise
- Best practices on finding the right opportunities
- Learning how to be comfortable and prepared in front of a crowd
- What the future of events looks like
- Why diverse representation is a must
Co-founder + General Partner
Pam Kostka is the CEO of All Raise, a startup nonprofit on a mission to accelerate the success of female founders and funders to build a more prosperous, equitable future. Pam is a seasoned CEO with over 25 years of experience as a startup operator. Her specialties are defining go-to-market strategies and implementing operational processes that allow startups to effectively scale to successful exits. Most recently, she was CEO of Loop, a local community mobile app. Previously, she served as CEO of Bluebox Security, interim CEO and CMO at VirtuOz, SVP of Marketing and Sales for Sabrix, and CEO and Co-founder of Visiline, Inc. She has also held executive and senior marketing roles at software companies such as Arena Solutions, Connect, and Extensity.
Pam earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, summa cum laude, from College of the Holy Cross, and her MBA from Harvard Business School. A lifelong cyclist, runner, and outdoor adventure seeker, she enjoys Bay Area trails with her husband, Yuri, and daughter, Rae.
Elizabeth Yin is a co-founder and General Partner at Hustle Fund, a pre-seed fund for software entrepreneurs. Previously, Elizabeth was a partner at 500 Startups where she invested in seed stage companies and ran the Mountain View accelerator. In a prior life, Elizabeth co-founded and ran an adtech company called LaunchBit (acq 2014). Elizabeth has a BSEE from Stanford and an MBA from MIT Sloan.
Lauren Maillian is a change agent committed to diversity, innovation and inclusion. She is the CEO of digitalundivided, the social startup that leverages data and advocacy to catalyze economic growth and success for Black and Latinx women entrepreneurs. She is also the Founder and CEO of LMB Group, a strategic marketing and brand advisory company driving consumer connection and innovation. A pioneer in the tech space, Lauren was the first Black woman to start an early-stage venture capital fund, as a founding partner and managing director at Gen Y Capital Partners. She serves as an advisor to Pipeline Angels and she is the founder of Straight Up and Successful, a personal and professional development community. She wrote the best-selling memoir, The Path Redefined: Getting To the Top On Your Own Terms.
Events Lead + Community Manager