Speakers & Facilitators
town hall: speak up
Blair Imani is a black queer American Muslim activist living in Brooklyn, NY. Blair serves as the Civic Action & Campaign Lead at DoSomething.org, the largest tech company exclusively for young people and social change. As an activist with the Black Lives Matter movement and political journalist, Imani has spoken at Yale, Harvard, and NYU and appeared on MSNBC and Fox News as a commentator.
talk: stay strong
Rachel Sklar is a writer, entrepreneur and feminist based in New York. She is the co-founder of TheLi.st, a network & media platform for awesome women, and #ChangeTheRatio, a movement to increase visibility, access and opportunity for under-represented groups (basically, to smash patriarchy). A former lawyer who writes about media, politics, culture & technology, Rachel was a founding editor at Huffington Post and Mediaite and writes, speaks and tweets widely. She is an advisor to companies including Vox Media, The Muse, Hopscotch and Bustle and non-profits She's The First and TeachAids.org. Rachel is also a lyricist in the BMI Musical Theater Workshop (and yes she has met Sondheim, but he wouldn't remember).
Random claims to fame: Her kid outed her while breastfeeding on live TV; she's written jokes for two of President Obama's WHCD speeches; for like 3 years her photo of Jon Hamm was his Wikipedia photo and though she was decisively cropped out if you looked carefully you could still see the faint frizz of her hair. Follow her rage-tweets at @rachelsklar (slightly less rage-y instas also at @rachelsklar). p.s. Call Congress at 212-224-3121.
roundtable: get promoted
Anjali Sud is CEO of Vimeo, the world’s largest ad-free online video platform dedicated to empowering creators.
Anjali previously served as General Manager and Senior Vice President of Vimeo’s core creator business, where she oversaw the growth of Vimeo’s community of over 60 million video creators, filmmakers and brands using Vimeo to upload and share their work. Prior to that Anjali led marketing at Vimeo, where she scaled revenue through customer acquisition and retention, international expansion and brand building. Before joining Vimeo, she held various positions in e-commerce and media at Amazon and Time Warner. Anjali holds a bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
roundtable: get promoted
Erin Grau is The New York Times's first Vice President of Transformation, tasked with building and optimizing systems, processes, the interaction model and culture to increase the output of high quality experiences at speed and in greater concert across the organization.
As co-chair of the Women's Network, she co-wrote the company's generous and inclusive parental leave policy, and led many other initiatives to connect and advance women at the company. Erin also created and led the digital organization's diversity & inclusion initiatives, largely focused on increasing the number of women in technology. Erin started her career as a TV news producer and was nominated for 2 Emmys before moving into digital media. After stints at NBC and News Corp, Erin joined the project management team at The Times, leading several high profile projects including the redesign of nytimes.com, the creation of paid posts and Tina Brown’s Women in the World website before being tapped to be deputy to the head of digital.
roundtable: get promoted
Named “One of the Most Powerful Women in NYC Tech” by Refinery 29, Nicole Sanchez is on a mission to ensure the brilliance and scale of tech are leveraged to solve real problems. An Investment Partner at X Factor Ventures and Co-Founder and CEO of CFSI and JP Morgan backed fintech startup, Credit Hero, Nicole is a graduate of Harvard Business School, Harvard College and a Y Combinator Fellow. She has been named A Mogul Changing The Game" by Marie Claire and has been featured in Fast Company, TechCrunch, Forbes, Essence, Elle, Ebony, and Forbes.
workshop: get paid
Ashley Louise is the Head of Business Development and Operations at Ladies Get Paid. She graduated from Cornell University in 2010 with a focus on economics, negotiation and business management, skills she took with her as a grassroots fundraiser for various civil rights and environmental non profits like the Human Rights Campaign and the Sierra Club. She then spent the next six years at various tech companies, most recently heading up business development at Vimeo. An avid pantsuit enthusiast, Ashley is extraordinarily passionate about women's rights, especially equal pay, and has been featured in publications like Forbes and Bustle.
workshop: get rich
Priya Malani is the co-founder of Stash Wealth, a modern financial firm for 20-somethings and 30-somethings who are making good money and want something to show for it. Financial planning has historically been an expensive process reserved for the wealthy, but Stash has thrown that model out the window and made it much more attainable for our generation. As a Registered Investment Advisor, Stash makes valuable financial information accessible to Millennials around the country who want to turn their income into wealth. Stash Wealth is eager to usher in a new era of what it means to be money savvy with their no-B.S. approach.
workshop: stay sane
Rebecca Kronman is a licensed social worker with a private practice in Brooklyn. She utilizes a mindfulness framework to help patients unblock ingrained thought processes and behaviors. She specializes in working with creative people and those experiencing therapy for the first time.
Claire Wasserman is the founder of Ladies Get Paid. She is also the US editor of Amaphiko, Red Bull's magazine for social impact. Claire is a frequent speaker and moderator on panels about women in the workforce, how to build community, and ways companies can create inclusive cultures that attract and retain top talent. She also hosts the podcast, Lady Talk.