Ivy Society San Francisco: McIntire Women's Alumni Event: The Founders Panel: How I Started

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

WeWork Jackson Square, 655 Montgomery St., San Francisco, CA 94111

The McIntire Ivy Society of the Bay Area invites women alumni and friends to join us for "The Founders Panel: How I Started"

Space is limited.
A $15 registration fee includes hors d'oeuvres and beverages.

Special thanks to WeWork for providing space for this event.

Join McIntire's Ivy Society, our women's alumni group, for an evening of informal networking with other women alumni and friends and hear from several impressive entrepreneurs who once called Charlottesville home. Coming from a range of backgrounds, our panelists will share how they built their start-ups from the ground up, and how they've found success. There will be time for mingling over drinks and hors d'oeuvres both before and after the panel. The panel discussion will begin at 7 p.m.
Christina Bryant (A&S '06), Founder and CEO, St. Frank
Christina's background is in art (The Museum of Modern Art, NY) and international development (Partners in Health, Rwanda). She started St. Frank in 2013 to offer a premium home brand built for the sophisticated millennial consumer through a collection of products handmade by artisans around the world working in traditional crafts. Christina earned a B.A. in Art History from UVA in 2006, an M.A. in Education from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2011. 
Kathryn Fritts (McIntire '08), Founder and CEO, Underclub
Katie started her career in investment banking in New York but always knew she had an entrepreneurial bug to build a company of her own. After moving to the Bay Area to pursue her M.B.A. at Berkeley Haas, Katie focused her learning on entrepreneurial and women's studies, and founded Underclub, with the belief that women deserve to feel their most confident selves every day. She is passionate about empowering women and building a sustainable venture.

Joanna Riley (A&S '04), Co-Founder and CEO, Censia
Joanna is an entrepreneur, advocate, and mentor in technology, and is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Censia. Joanna has a highly experienced background in building and scaling companies, which she attributes to her deep passion for people and building technologies that allow people to be their best selves. She brings her wide knowledge of the industry to better transform the way enterprise companies hire talent. Prior to Censia, Joanna was the Co-Founder and CEO of 1-Page, an SaaS solutions provider in the talent acquisition sector. In 2014, she led 1-Page to a successful IPO, and onto the S&P/ASX 300  by 2016. In 2017, Joanna was named one of the 100 highest-ranking women in tech globally, and in 2016 was recognized with Most Powerful and Influential Women and Power '30 Under 30' awards.

Leah Sparks (Darden '01), Founder and CEO, Wildflower Health
Leah was inspired to co-found Wildflower Health in 2012 while starting a family of her own and seeing firsthand the gaps in health care for consumers. Leah has spent more than a decade in the health care industry, with a focus on health care strategy, business development, and sales/marketing leadership. She started her career in health care at McKesson Corporation, where she held a variety of leadership roles, including spearheading the company's entry into the oncology market. She left McKesson to lead business development at a personalized medicine start-up that was successfully acquired by Medco a few years after she joined the company.

Rebecca Weeks Watson (McIntire '01), Founder, The Reveal Co.
Rebecca has 14 years of experience launching and scaling digital media and marketing businesses. Currently she is the Founder and Producer of The Reveal Co., an inspirational video series for business executives. She previously was on the founding teams of several digital marketing, social media, and online dating businesses, and she holds two U.S. patents.

Event coordinator: 
Mandi Crisp, Director of Special Events, mandicrisp@virginia.edu
Intended Audiences: 
Alumni and Friends