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Agenda Schedule - April 20, 2015

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April 20, 2015
08:30 AM
to
09:00 AM


 

 

Check In and Registration for LGBT Start-Up Forum Morning Sessions
For everyone registered for this event, you'll have a badge ready for you in the Microsoft lobby. All Access pass holders will have their badges ready for pickup here as well. Be sure to arrive on time so that you don't miss the program starting promptly at 9 am.

Please note there is no coffee or lunch provided for these sessions.

 

09:00 AM
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11:15 AM


 

Jenn T. Grace - Professional Lesbian
Jenn T. Grace

CEO
Professional Lesbian

 

LGBT Entrepreneurs and Laying the Marketing Foundation for Your Business
As an LGBT entrepreneur you will face adversity your straight counterparts will not. This session will lay the foundation of the history of LGBT people in business and advertising, while providing real life suggestions for how you can leverage your unique LGBT identity in your marketing. Discover how to move past the belief that the LGBT community is monolithic and shift your focus toward how you can uniquely market to individual subsegments of the community. You'll learn why an integrated and inclusive marketing approach that is authentic to you, is your best marketing asset. You'll also learn strategic ways to grow your start-up through strategic delegation and leveraging technology resources.

Additional Speakers for this Presentation
Diane Conklin - Complete Marketing Systems
Diane Conklin

Complete Marketing Systems
Sarah Prager - Quist
Sarah Prager

Quist
 

11:15 AM
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12:00 PM


 

Billy Kolber - ManAboutWorld
Billy Kolber

Co-Founder
ManAboutWorld

 

Make The Freelance Economy Work for You
Technology has changed the way all businesses find employees and contractors, and put a global talent pool at every entrepreneur’s fingertips. But finding, training and motivating freelancers from all over the world without face time has challenges. Billy Kolber, founder of ManAboutWorld Magazine, will share his experiences with contracting small jobs in Pakistan, the Philippines, Israel, Great Britain, France and northern Virginia. This fast-paced session is packed with practical tips you can use to make the freelance economy work for you.

Takeaways:
  - Attendees will learn about oDesk, Fiverr, and 99 Designs: How they’re different, and which kinds of
     freelancers and jobs you’ll find in each.
  - Finding the right candidates is a job itself. I present three strategies for narrowing — or expanding —
     the field.
  - Avoiding the pitfalls: How to protect your data, your timetable, your budget, your reputation and
     your sanity.

 

12:30 PM
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12:45 PM


 

 

Check In and Registration for Entrepreneur Day Afternoon Conference Sessions
For everyone registered for this event, you'll have a badge ready for you in the Microsoft lobby. All Access pass holders will have their badges ready for pickup here as well. Be sure to arrive on time so that you don't miss the program starting promptly at 12:45 pm

Please note there is no coffee or lunch provided for these sessions.

 

12:45 PM
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01:00 PM


 

Jonathan Lovitz - StartOut
Jonathan Lovitz

Director of Communications & Operations
StartOut

 

StartOut Welcome, Overview, and Programming Intro
The first national network of LGBT entrepreneurs is here to help you accelerate your ideas. We’re StartOut, a national nonprofit with a network 12,000 strong — and growing. Through programming focused on education, inspiration, mentorship, networking, and access to capital, we are here to ensure that being out and being a successful entrepreneur is never mutually exclusive. Connect with your community and experience 60+ events each year in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago and Austin. Visit StartOut, sign up for our, newsletter, and accelerate your entrepreneurial goals! Join the LGBT startup network StartOut.org.

 

01:00 PM
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02:00 PM


 

Jennifer Brown - Jennifer Brown Consulting
Jennifer Brown

CEO and Founder
Jennifer Brown Consulting

 

Opening Keynote + Q&A: Jennifer Brown
Jennifer Brown is a passionate advocate and social entrepreneur committed to guiding leaders and organizations to create healthier workplace cultures that resonate with current and incoming leaders. With two Master’s degrees – in Vocal Performance and Organizational Development – and experience in non-profit management and marketing, Jennifer founded JBC in 2006, and she and her team have since facilitated and coached hundreds of leaders and their teams all over the world on critical issues of strategy, leadership and integrity. Her focus today is on continuing to build JBC’s “triple bottom line” as a company, identifying emerging workplace trends and building more enlightened organizations with her clients. Her areas of expertise include catalyzing diversity to drive innovation and business results, ERG/Affinity Group development, growing leaders in the new global, generationally-diverse and technology-connected workplace ecosystems, and aligning corporate strategy with individual, team, and societal values.

 

02:00 PM
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03:30 PM


 

Jonathan Lovitz - StartOut
Jonathan Lovitz

Director of Communications & Operations
StartOut

 

Mini-Demo Day [4-5 pitches] + Investor Panel
StartOut is delighted to present a sample of our Meet the Angels and Demo Day programs, part of our Access to Capital series. Our panel of active investors will share the realities, from their perspective, of investing in early stage companies.

The panel will take questions directly from the audience during the event, and also encourages questions to be submitted in advance on Twitter.

After the panel, we will present our highly popular “pitch practice” competition where a select few entrepreneurs will get the opportunity to practice their business pitches in front of the countdown clock, with the opportunity to win a private feedback session from the panelist[s). Interested in pitching? Email us at info@StartOut.org

Additional Speakers for this Presentation
Tiffany Roesler - IsPossible in Tech
Tiffany Roesler

Founder
IsPossible in Tech
Paul Grossinger - Gaingels
Paul Grossinger

Entrepreneur, Angel Investor and Adviser, Early-Stage VC
Gaingels

 

03:45 PM
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04:15 PM


 

 

Speed Networking
Networking can be intimidating when you’re in a room full of strangers and don’t necessarily know the right people to approach. The last thing you want is to end up in a 45-minute conversation with someone while there are others in the same room you could be meeting.

We invite you to join other LGBT entrepreneurs, techies, investors and professionals in a facilitated networking program, allowing you to maximize your time by making connections quickly. This is a perfect opportunity to build your network within a community that share a passion for entrepreneurship.

Be sure to bring your business cards, and come ready to network with some amazing and accomplished professionals.

 

04:30 PM
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05:00 PM


 

John Livesay - Selling Secrets for Funding
John Livesay

Funding Strategist for Tech CEOs seeking VC investment
Selling Secrets for Funding

 

How to avoid the 3 most common mistakes CEOs make getting funding
The exclusive and proven technique of the 3 C’s shows how to get funding fast. It explains to CEO’s the mistakes to avoid when seeking funding to grow their business as well as how to attract advertisers to drive revenue.

Takeaways: Mistakes to avoid so you get investors to say YES

Logical Confidence
There is no Logical Confidence [certainty grounded in wisdom] in what the offering is and what makes it unique. Preparation is key to building confidence to present with passion and conviction. You also have to be completely prepared to answer questions about why you and why now.

Right Brain Connection
There is no Right Brain Connection with the investors. People buy emotionally and back it up with logic. If you don’t have stories that are memorable and engaging, then nobody will invest.

Strategic Commitment
There is no Strategic Commitment with the most common mistake being not asking for the money! You need a conversion strategy that is logical and compelling.

Value to Audience:
The audience will learn how to sell themselves and their companies more confidently. There will be exercises that teach the 5 key traits to convey when selling that they can start to apply immediately. [Integrity, Passion, Experience, Vision, Empathy] They will learn how to craft a storytelling “elevator pitch” in a way that is memorable, emotionally engaging and creates a desire to learn more. Finally, they will learn new skills to get the right people to say yes faster.

 

05:00 PM
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07:00 PM


 

 

Mixer/Reception at Microsoft
For everyone registered and attending the events of the day, we're having our first LGBT Week NYC mixer/reception here in the upstairs lobby, just outside of the meeting room the presentations will be taking place in.

Wine/Beer complimentary, along with water and soft drinks

All Access pass holders will have their badges ready for pickup in the downstairs lobby starting at 5 pm.