Make It To Make An Impact in Retail
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Anna Couturier, Lia Diagnostics @annacouturier @meetlia
Anna Couturier Simpson is an industrial designer and strategist turned product development guru, inventor and entrepreneur. Her innovative spirit and problem/solution approach to design has resulted in the development of a myriad of products ranging from wearable tech to consumer goods and medical devices.
Jen Devor, Campus Philly
Jennifer’s passions lie at the intersection of innovation, sustainable design, and city living. Because of this, she loves her job of enticing young people to stay put in. She does this by introducing students to internships, arts & culture, volunteer opportunities, and cool city spots in hopes they stay in Philly after graduation. She also helps regional employers create their young talent pipelines and manages Campus Philly’s consulting for cities practice. Jennifer has planted her own roots in South Philly, sits on several public education-focused nonprofit boards and serves as a democratic committeeperson, an elected positions she’s held since 2014.
Jess Edelstein, PiperWai @JessEdels10 @piperwai
Philadelphia millennial Jess Edelstein created and co-founded PiperWai Natural Deodorant along with her childhood friend Sarah Ribner. United by their passion for using toxin-free products as part of an overall healthy lifestyle, the pair was desperate to use a natural deodorant that didn't, well, stink. Because PiperWai was the first of its kind in a market saturated by ineffective and irritating natural formulas, it only took a couple of years (and a stint on ABC's Shark Tank) for Jess and Sarah to grow PiperWai from a small, bootstrapped side-hustle they handcrafted at night into a multi-million dollar, award-winning, self-funded company with a team of 10 between Philly and New York. "Best of Philly" winners Jess and Sarah are also part of the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women class of 2017 and Forbes 30 under 30 class of 2018. Jess, a 2011 Pitt alum, lives in South Philadelphia with her husband Marc and their rescue mutt Velma.
Daniel Folkman, GoPuff @danielfolkman
Daniel Folkman is currently the VP of Business Development of goPuff, a convenience store delivery service delivering thousands of products- ranging from snacks, drinks, and ice cream to alcohol and home essentials- to customers directly from centrally located warehouses in 30 minutes, 24/7, for a flat $1.95 delivery fee. At goPuff, Folkman currently oversees all partnerships and strategy with a focus on generating additional revenue streams and facilitating strategic growth of the core business.
Before goPuff, Folkman ran Business Development at Sumpto, a marketing and insights platform for the college demographic. At Sumpto, he was the first hire and led user growth and partnership onboarding and execution efforts. Previously, Folkman has spent time consulting, advising, and operating startups ranging from $50k-$3mm in funding, focusing on business development, corporate strategy, and brand partnership efforts. Additionally, Folkman serves on the Young Whitman Advisory Council for the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.
Yasmine Mustafa, ROAR for Good @myasmine
Yasmine is fueled by a passion to leverage technology for good. She's the CEO of ROAR for Good, a B-corp aimed at reducing assaults against women using smart safety wearables and empathy education. She also brought Girl Develop It to Philadelphia, a non-profit aimed at lessening the gender gap in technology. In addition, she sits on the board of Coded by Kids, a non-profit that helps inner city youth learn how to code. Yasmine was selected as one of the BBC's 100 Women of 2016 as well as Upstart 100's most dynamic people shaping business. She was also recognized as one of Philadelphia Magazine’s Top 20 Best Philadelphians for her work empowering women.
Please note that you must either have a SXSW Badge or Amplify Philly Wristband to attend this event.