Speakers

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SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER

Mayor Jim Kenney

Tech innovation and entrepreneurship is key to economic growth in Philly. The City of Philadelphia also understands the importance of representation in this vision for the future.


Aniyia L. Williams | @operaqueenie Founder & CEO, Tinsel | Code2040 EIR 2016 Aniyia Williams founded Tinsel with the inspiration to create an audio accessory that doubles as a beautiful piece of jewelry. Aniyia has a unique background in music and tech, with experience as a singer and marketer. Alongside building Tinsel, she serves as Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) with CODE2040 and Google for Entrepreneurs.

Aniyia L. Williams | @operaqueenie

Founder & CEO, Tinsel | Code2040 EIR 2016

Aniyia Williams founded Tinsel with the inspiration to create an audio accessory that doubles as a beautiful piece of jewelry. Aniyia has a unique background in music and tech, with experience as a singer and marketer. Alongside building Tinsel, she serves as Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) with CODE2040 and Google for Entrepreneurs.

Arlan Hamilton | @arlanwashere Founder & Managing Partner, Backstage Capital Arlan is an emerging venture capital fund manager, and tour manager to Atlantic Records recording artist Janine & The Mixtape. Having founded and published the internationally distributed indie magazine INTERLUDE, and toured extensively as a live music production professional, she enters the venture investing world from an unconventional path.

Arlan Hamilton | @arlanwashere

Founder & Managing Partner, Backstage Capital

Arlan is an emerging venture capital fund manager, and tour manager to Atlantic Records recording artist Janine & The Mixtape. Having founded and published the internationally distributed indie magazine INTERLUDE, and toured extensively as a live music production professional, she enters the venture investing world from an unconventional path.

Danielle Leslie | @danielleleslie

Founder, Course Alchemy

Danielle is the Founder of Course Alchemy where she helps startup founders create & launch online courses. Previously, she worked as a course launch strategist at Udemy where she helped influencers including Guy Kawasaki earn millions of dollars by monetizing their expertise through online courses. She has created courses with over 50k people enrolled around the world. She currently supports startups and personal brands with product launches and growth consulting.

 
Deldelp Medina | @deldelp Director, Residency Program, Code2040 Deldelp Medina is a Latina technologist who has worked in the Bay Area as a DBA, Project Manager and Program Manager. She is a leader in the movement to diversify technology founders and workers to represent the U.S changing demographics. In 2011, Medina co-founded Avion Ventures, the only Latina-focused accelerator for mobile platforms in the U.S.

Deldelp Medina | @deldelp

Director, Residency Program, Code2040

Deldelp Medina is a Latina technologist who has worked in the Bay Area as a DBA, Project Manager and Program Manager. She is a leader in the movement to diversify technology founders and workers to represent the U.S changing demographics. In 2011, Medina co-founded Avion Ventures, the only Latina-focused accelerator for mobile platforms in the U.S.

Kelly Shapiro | @kelshap Founder & CEO | The Law Offices of Kelly D. Shapiro Attorney Kelly Shapiro represents world famous entertainers, writers, public speakers, non-profits, athletes, startups, and entrepreneurs in Philadelphia, New York City, and Los Angeles. Attorney Shapiro received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, and B.A. from the University of Southern California.

Kelly Shapiro | @kelshap

Founder & CEO | The Law Offices of Kelly D. Shapiro

Attorney Kelly Shapiro represents world famous entertainers, writers, public speakers, non-profits, athletes, startups, and entrepreneurs in Philadelphia, New York City, and Los Angeles. Attorney Shapiro received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, and B.A. from the University of Southern California.

Kevin Williams Founder & President, The Sales Sector Kevin leads teams in sales strategy and execution. He brings many years of experience working in sales and business development with a wide array of companies, including retailers Staples and CompUSA, as well as tech companies Tinsel, Voxer, Siteworx and Cognis IT. Kevin brings expertise in sales strategy and analysis, market profiling, relationship management and sales training.

Kevin Williams

Founder & President, The Sales Sector

Kevin leads teams in sales strategy and execution. He brings many years of experience working in sales and business development with a wide array of companies, including retailers Staples and CompUSA, as well as tech companies Tinsel, Voxer, Siteworx and Cognis IT. Kevin brings expertise in sales strategy and analysis, market profiling, relationship management and sales training.

 
Melanie Araujo | @melarauj0 Creative Director & Founder, Front & Center Melanie is a Visual and Interaction Designer in San Francisco, CA passionate about mission driven companies in the personal care, health and education spaces. She has worked, collaborated and learned from some amazing design leaders, teams, and companies, like John Maeda, eero, Honor, CODE2040, Telenav and more. When not designing, you can find her working on Front & Center where she mentors design students and advocates for inclusion in tech.

Melanie Araujo | @melarauj0

Creative Director & Founder, Front & Center

Melanie is a Visual and Interaction Designer in San Francisco, CA passionate about mission driven companies in the personal care, health and education spaces. She has worked, collaborated and learned from some amazing design leaders, teams, and companies, like John Maeda, eero, Honor, CODE2040, Telenav and more. When not designing, you can find her working on Front & Center where she mentors design students and advocates for inclusion in tech.

Ramona Ortega | @ramona_ortega CEO & Founder, My Money My Future Ramona Miranda Ortega is the founder and CEO of Mi Dinero Mi Futuro [My Money My Future], a  financial-tech company that empowers Latinas to manage their money with confidence. She is also the VP of Strategic Partnerships for the Latino Startup Alliance, which creates culturally relevant financial content that connects them to curated financial products.

Ramona Ortega | @ramona_ortega

CEO & Founder, My Money My Future

Ramona Miranda Ortega is the founder and CEO of Mi Dinero Mi Futuro [My Money My Future], a  financial-tech company that empowers Latinas to manage their money with confidence. She is also the VP of Strategic Partnerships for the Latino Startup Alliance, which creates culturally relevant financial content that connects them to curated financial products.

Tara Reed | @tarareed_ Founder & CEO, Apps Without Code | Code2040 EIR 2016 Tara Reed is a non-technical entrepreneur who creates software startups without using code. Before launching her business, Tara’s experience included running marketing initiatives for Google, Foursquare, and Microsoft. She isn’t an engineer or developer but she built her first app in 2014 in just a few months, without writing a single line of code. A couple of years, thousands of dollars in revenue, and a TED talk later, Tara realized that other non-technical entrepreneurs wanted to be able to do the same, so she began teaching them how to build apps without code. 

Tara Reed | @tarareed_

Founder & CEO, Apps Without Code | Code2040 EIR 2016

Tara Reed is a non-technical entrepreneur who creates software startups without using code. Before launching her business, Tara’s experience included running marketing initiatives for Google, Foursquare, and Microsoft. She isn’t an engineer or developer but she built her first app in 2014 in just a few months, without writing a single line of code. A couple of years, thousands of dollars in revenue, and a TED talk later, Tara realized that other non-technical entrepreneurs wanted to be able to do the same, so she began teaching them how to build apps without code.