Female Founders program

Since 2014, The Montgomery Summit has hosted a unique, invitation-only event for female leaders in technology, which precedes the conference. The event is a stand-alone program that recognizes, supports, and celebrates “The Rise of the Female Entrepreneur.” More than 400 female attendees attend, including entrepreneurs, C-level executives, and partners at leading venture capital firms.

The 2017 Program explored the “tool set” required for women to become successful entrepreneurs and included sessions on personal skills development, strategy, financial literacy, and executive leadership.

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2017 Event

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
4:00pm – 6:30pm, reception to follow
Starlight Ballroom, Fairmont Miramar Hotel
400+ female founders, executives, and investors

Co-chaired by Niloo Howe, Chief Strategy Officer at RSA, and Kate Mitchell, Managing Director at Scale Venture Partners, the 2016 event was keynoted by Victoria Ransom, Founder of Wildfire, and Leen Kawas, CEO and President of M3 Biotechnology.

Programming will include panels on “The Financial Perspective of Building a Company” and “Leadership, Strategy, People: Lessons for Building a Successful Business.”

2017 Schedule

3:00pm — Doors Open
Welcome: Kate Mitchell, Co-Founder & Partner, Scale Venture Partners
Opening Remarks: Jody Miller, Co-Founder & CEO, Business Talent Group
Panel Discussion:  “The Financial Perspective of Building a Company” with Maha Ibrahim, General Partner at Canaan Partners; Kristina Shen, Vice President at Bessemer Venture Partners; Kristine M. Di Bacco, Partner at Fenwick & West; Sheila Gulati, Managing Director at Tola Capital; Moderated by Kate Mitchell, Scale Venture Partners
Keynote Interview: Lynda Weinman, Founder of Lynda.com; Interviewed by Kerry Dolan, Forbes
Panel: “Leadership, Strategy, People: Lessons for Building a Successful Business” with Sarah Nahm, Founder & CEO of Lever; Tracey DiNunzio, Founder & CEO of Tradesy; Nicole Eagan, CEO of Darktrace; Moderated by Niloo Howe, Chief Strategy Officer at RSA
Keynote Discussion: Nancy Altobello, Global Vice Chair, Talent at EY with special guests
Keynote Interview: Cindy Crawford
Closing Remarks: Event Co-Chairs, Kate Mitchell, Scale Venture Partners and Niloo Howe, RSA
6:30pm – 8:00pm  — Reception

Organization Committee


Kate Mitchell, Scale Venture Partners
Niloo Howe, RSA


Audrey Kim, Square
Dana Settle, Greycroft Partners
Heidi Roizen, DFJ
Ivka Adam, Iconery
Jennifer Yen, pur~lisse
Jesse Draper, Halogen Ventures
Jody Miller, Business Talent Group
Kara Nortman, Upfront Ventures
Karen White, Tech. Executive & Investor
Kelsey Doorey, Vow To Be Chic
Kimmy Scotti, 8VC
Kristina Shen, Bessemer Venture Partners
Lizzie Francis, Brilliant Ventures
Maha Ibrahim, Canaan Partners
Richelle Parham, Camden Partners
Sabrina Kay, Fremont Private Investments
Sarah Gibson Tuttle, Olive & June
Sheila Gulati, Tola Capital

“We got more out of this event than ever before. The entire week was really worthwhile—the events before and around. It was also a lot of fun.”

—A 2016 Summit attendee