The Rise of the Female Entrepreneur: Jess Lee, Polyvore, Keynotes Montgomery Summit’s Inaugural Female Founders Event

February 9, 2015

This year the Montgomery Summit will be hosting, “The Rise of the Female Entrepreneur” presented by ADP, to highlight the accomplishments of women in the entrepreneurial, investment and technology sectors on the afternoon of Monday, March 9th on the eve of the Montgomery Summit. This event is a follow up to a very successful reception in 2014 for “Female Founders” at the 2014 Montgomery Summit.

The community of women within The Montgomery Summit is broad, encompassing determined and committed executives who are not defined by gender, but by their unfaltering efforts to contribute to and grow their industries. “The Rise of the Female Entrepreneur” will be celebrating their shared passion by bringing together thinkers, leaders and dreamers and recognizing their unrelenting impact on their respective industries.

We are thrilled to announce Jess Lee, Co-Founder & CEO of Polyvore, as our opening keynote for this event. As one of our Summit’s youngest CEOs, we are excited for Lee to share her personal and professional journey in becoming a dynamic entrepreneur and rising female role model. Jess Lee will be interviewed by CNN’s Cristina Alesci as part of CNN’s global coverage of the Montgomery Summit.

The event’s programming also includes a panel of presenting CEO’s on “The Rise of Millennials”; the emerging generation of female entrepreneurs in this evolving technological landscape. The panel will be comprised of three founders including Shrada Agarwal (ContextMedia), Kyla Brennan (Hello Society) and Kelsey Dorey (VowtobeChic), and moderated by Dean Judy Olian of the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

“The Rise of the Female Entrepreneur” is an invitation-only event and will be held at 4:00 pm on Monday, March 9th, 2015, at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica, California. The presenting sponsor is for the Female Founders event is ADP. Additional sponsors include City National Bank, KPMG, March Capital Partners and the Pritzker Group. The Montgomery Summit is presented by Macquarie Capital. To request an invitation to the “The Rise of the Female Entrepreneur”, please contact Jane Chynoweth at