The Female Entrepreneur Program


The Montgomery Summit Female Founders program focuses on highlighting the rising role of female entrepreneurs and investors in technology.

This year’s program features keynote fireside chats with Shivani Siroya, Founder & CEO of Tala and Jess Mah, Founder & CEO of InDinero, as well as a panel on the lessons learned from Building Marketplaces and Scaling a Company with Joanna McFarland, Co-Founder & CEO of HopSkipDrive, Katie Warner Johnson, Co-Founder of Carbon38 and Jesse Draper, General Partner of Halogen Ventures. Sarah Shenton, Investor at Goldman Sachs and Assia Grazioli-Venier, Founding Partner of Muse Capital will discuss the investor perspective on raising capital.

2020 Program

Fairmont Miramar | Starlight Ballroom

3:00pm – 3:15pm Welcoming Comments and Introductions  

Niloo Howe, Sr. Operating Partner, Energy Impact Partners


3:15pm – 3:45pm Keynote Panel: Insights from the Other Side of the Table – Raising Capital  

Sarah Shenton, Investor, Goldman Sachs
Assia Grazioli-Venier, Founding Partner, Muse Capital
Hope Cochran, Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group _
Moderated by
Noor Sweid, General Partner, Global Ventures


3:45pm – 4:10pm Fireside Chat:Fireside Chat with Jess Mah, InDinero  

Jess Mah, Founder & CEO, inDinero
Moderated by
Shiela Gulati, Managing Director, Tola Capital


4:10pm – 4:40pm Panel: Building Marketplaces & Scaling a Company  

Shilla Kim-Parker, CEO, Thrilling
Joanna McFarland, Co-Founder & CEO, HopSkipDrive
Katie Warner Johnson, Founder & CEO, Carbon38
Pooneh Mohajer, Co-Founder & CEO, Tokidoki
Moderated by
Jesse Draper, Founding Partner, Halogen Ventures


4:40pm – 5:05pm Keynote: Fireside Chat with Shivani Siroya, Tala  

Shivani Siroya, Founder & CEO, Tala
Moderated by
Jennifer Ferro, President, KCRW


5:05pm – 5:15pm Closing Remarks Niloo Howe, Technology Executive, Entrepreneur, & Investo

2020 Program Sponsors

Rise of the Female Entrepreneur Programs from Previous Summits