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Wednesday, May 17 • 6:00pm - 7:45pm
GRIT & GRACE: Surviving & Thriving in Your Startup

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We aren’t going to sugar-coat this. Being an entrepreneur and part of a startup is a roller coaster ride with exhilarating highs and breath-taking (*occasionally terrifying) lows. It definitely isn’t for the feint of heart. 

One word keeps coming up: GRIT. You have to have it to survive. You’re going to hear a lot of no’s and hit a healthy share of roadblocks that test your creativity and resolve. That’s a given. It also prompts the question: “Does this startup life have to be SO hard?“ Where can we also find GRACE? Along with grit, thriving comes down to living in the flow, sidestepping the low-lows, finding balance where we can, and channeling our strengths to increase the odds of success. 

We are bringing together 6 powerhouse entrepreneurs from across the spectrum of startup-land to share their truth as they know it about entrepreneurship + grit + grace. 

They’ll each have 6 minutes to share a their juicy insights and story on what they have learned in the trenches. Join us to hear how they keep pushing, inventing, growing & thriving. 

Then we’ll dive into an all-hands panel with our speakers for a hearty, fast-moving Q&A round. 


6:45pm: TED-style presentations:

7:20-8pm: PANEL

avatar for Kecia Benvenuto

Kecia Benvenuto

Kecia Benvenuto is curator of contemporary art at Boulder's madelife gallery. Prior, she lead content curation and strategy in the arts, design, travel and lifestyle sectors for Facebook's award-winning mobile app Paper. She has an extensive background in artist-collaborations... Read More →
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Mandaline Godown

Principle, SHYFTco / MOXIE & STARS
Mandaline has a background in startups, culture & belonging, community building, tech and branding. She’s a people geek and has a *healthy* obsession with research & processes that help leaders create teams and cultures that are engaged, inclusive, and innovative.She heads up SHYFTco... Read More →

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Kathy Keating

CTO, Cofounder, Apostrophe
Cofounder & CTO @ ApostropheKathy has helped build several successful technology startups, founded her own technology consulting business, guided product strategy for companies, and implemented more highly complex software applications than she can count. She has a knack for building... Read More →
avatar for Julie Penner

Julie Penner

Julie is a Director at Techstars Boulder, a technology accelerator for startups. The Techstars Boulder program emphasizes agile and lean processes and emotional intelligence in addition to providing world class mentorship. Prior to Techstars, Julie was the VP of Operations for Graphicly... Read More →
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Heather Potters

Heather Callender-Potters is Co-Founder, Vice-Chairman and Chief Business Development Officer of PharmaJet, a needle-free injection technology focused on immunizations. Heather has 25 years of Private Equity fund management and international investment experience across multiple... Read More →
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Rachael Shayne

Rachael Shayne [Donaldson] is the CEO and Co-Founder of the startup Cubspot, an EdTech SaaS platform of camps, classes and tutors for kids K-12. She is a brand architect and culture strategist located in Boulder, Colorado. She has also served as Vice President of People.Culture.Brand... Read More →
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Silvia Travesani

Cofounder & Head of Growth @ BeVisibleSilvia’s career has been guided by her passion for gender equality, minorities and technology. Silvia grew up in the Argentine Patagonia and moved to Spain after college, where she lived for seven years before moving to the United States. She... Read More →

Wednesday May 17, 2017 6:00pm - 7:45pm MDT