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Jason Feifer, Editor-in-Chief, Entrepreneur

Jason Feifer is the editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur magazine. He was previously an editor at Fast Company, Men's Health, Maxim, and Boston, and has written about business and technology for the Washington Post, Slate, New York, and others. He also hosts the podcast Pessimists Archive, about the history of unfounded fears of technology. Jason lives in Brooklyn, and is on Twitter at @heyfeifer.

Watch Jason on the 'D2C Disrupters: Understanding the Modern Consumer' panel.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar, Galit Laibow, Greg Fleishman, Co-Founders, FoodStirs

Galit Laibow, Greg Fleishman and Sarah Michelle Gellar, parents and longtime friends, were touched by the unbeatable way baking helped them connect with their kids. Amazed at the absence of options to make it more natural and accessible, they made their own. They still try everything in their own kitchens and keep us searching for ever more inventive ways to bring baking back and make it better, with people and planet equally in mind.

Watch the FoodStirs team on the 'Founder Stories: Making It Big' panel.

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Alli Webb, Founder, Drybar

Alli is the founder of Drybar and a lifelong blowdry maven. Before becoming a full-time mom to Grant and Kit, Alli had a career in public relations, working with clients such as Faith Hill, Paul McCartney and Keith Urban. She’s a professional hairstylist, trained by Toni & Guy, and spent several years working under the late, great John Sahag in NYC. In 2008, she began a side business called Straight-at-Home, which provided in-home blowouts on a referral basis in LA. When her business and popularity quickly outgrew her one-woman show, she decided to expand and start Drybar. Alli’s achievements include a 2014 CEW Achiever Award, Fortune’s “40 under 40,” Marie Claire’s “16 Most Fascinating Women,” Cosmopolitan’s “2013 Power List” and Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.”

Watch Alli on the 'Founder Stories: Making It Big' panel.

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melisse gelula, co-founder & Chief Content Officer, well+good

Melisse is responsible for spearheading Well+Good’s best-in-class content and mission. She oversees the two-time Webby Award winning team of wellness journalists and content experts. Melisse is a nationally recognized expert on wellness, natural beauty, and digital media, and has been featured as an industry expert on CBS This Morning,, the New York Times, and more. Prior to Well+Good, Melisse was Editor In Chief of

Watch Melisse on the 'Fireside Chat: Female Founded' panel.

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jason wachob, founder & ceo, mindbodygreen

Jason is the founder and CEO of mindbodygreen and the author of WellthHe has been featured in the New York Times, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, and Vogue, and has a B.A. in history from Columbia University, where he played varsity basketball for four years.

Watch Jason on the 'Building in Wellness: Marketing a Mission-Focused Brand' panel.

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meg storm, beauty assistant editor, town & country

As one half of the beauty team at Town&Country, Meg covers beauty, health, wellness, weddings, travel, and more for the magazine and website. Prior to her time at Town&Country, she worked as an assistant editor covering news and politics at TheBlaze. She studied journalism and politics at NYU.

Watch Meghan on the 'Beauty and Business: Thriving in a Changing Consumer Climate' panel.

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faith xue, editorial director, byrdie

Faith is the editorial director at beauty website, part of Clique (one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in 2017). Since she was hired in 2014, the site has experienced over 500% growth and grown to a team of six editors. Her digital beauty career has spanned from working with Fortune 500 companies such as L’Oréal to breakthrough beauty pioneers such as Michelle Phan. In 2017, she launched’s dedicated wellness vertical, THE/THIRTY, which offers a fresh, new voice in the growing health and wellness sphere. 

Watch Faith on the 'Founder Stories: Making It Big' panel.

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raj punjabi, wellness editor, tonic

Raj is the wellness editor at Tonic, VICE's health vertical, where she helps dole out "good advice for bad kids." She shares Tonic's aim to foster honest and informed discussion about what actually matters to people like her (especially pieces about race, mental health, sex, and weed). Raj has over a decade of writing and reporting experience—eight as an entertainment journalist, where she crept into the psyches of rappers and laid their business bare (Plies actually wanted to be an interior decorator). Her byline has also appeared in the Atlantic, the New York Daily News, the Village Voice, Playboy, VIBE, and the India Abroad.

Watch Raj on the 'Don't Tell Me To Eat Clean: What Millennials Think About Health' panel.

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Sheikha Fatima Al-Sabah, Sheikha Fatima Al Sabah, Co-Founder, Prismologie 

Sheikha Fatima Alsabah is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Prismologie. She is a member of the ruling family of Kuwait, which is why she caries the title of Sheikha. Sheikha Fatima has loved colours from a very young age, colouring books were her favorite pass time as a child, so the idea of colours making you feel good started from a very young age. She is very passionate about caring for the environment and animals which is why she ensured that all Prismologie products are never tested on animals and that all of Prismologie's packaging ethically sourced, and recyclable or reusable.

Watch Sheikha Fatima on the 'Building in Wellness: Marketing a Mission-Focused Brand' panel.

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August Vega, Founder, MALK

Born with a severe dairy allergy, founder August Vega spent most of her lifetime struggling to find foods that wouldn’t make her sick. Years later, when her son was born with the same allergy, that condition motivated her mission: create a better dairy alternative. She is Mom. Innovator. Purpose-driven entrepreneur. For August, these roles have always been deeply connected, each supporting and inspiring the other. When she decided her family deserved a better milk alternative—then, she reasoned—doesn’t every family deserve a better milk alternative? And why stop at better, when it could be the best? This led the clean tech industry pro and clean food advocate to turn her delectable, filler-free homemade almond milk into MALK Organics: the only nationally available brand on the market made with six certified organic ingredients or less, cold-pressed to retain maximum freshness and nutrients. Of course, just like any mom on a mission, August’s work is never done; she continues to create new and delicious ways for MALK lovers everywhere to enjoy it.

Watch August on the 'Fireside Chat: Working Women' panel.

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Courtney Nichols Gould, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, SmartyPants Vitamins

Courtney Nichols Gould is the Co-Founder/Co-CEO of SmartyPants Vitamins, the leading maker of premium vitamins with a commitment to bring more health to more people every day. Since launching in 2010, SmartyPants has led the industry in making ingredient choices focused on quality and transparency and wrapping them in a delicious gummy. The company's products are top ranked on Amazon and sold everywhere from Whole Foods and Target to Costco and beyond. Previously the founding COO of FlyClear, and a senior executive at tech/media companies, Courtney is obsessed with making a real thing to help real people in the real world, and she is honored to have the chance to do just that.

Watch Courtney on the 'Building in Wellness: Marketing a Mission-Focused Brand' panel.

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David Simnick, Co-Founder & CEO, Soapbox

David Simnick is the CEO and Co-Founder of SoapBox, a company with a mission to empower consumers to change the world through everyday, quality purchases. SoapBox sells a full range of personal care products each with a mission to provide soap to those in need with every purchase. SoapBox is now sold nationwide in Target, Rite Aid, ShopRite, Giant, Winn-Dixie, Stop & Shops, and select Walgreens, Walmarts, Vitamin Shoppes, H-E-B's, and various other stores across the United States and beyond.

Watch David on the 'Building in Wellness: Marketing a Mission-Focused Brand' panel.

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Jeremy Triefenbach, Co-Founder & CFO, Stage 1 Financial

Jeremy Triefenbach is a finance & accounting professional with over 15 years of experience in corporate, consulting and military organizations. My first introduction into the world of Accounting and Finance began during a 4 year tour in the Navy. This experience instilled in me discipline and organization. Through the course of my career I have lived in 2 countries, 4 states and 7 cities allowing myself and family to view the world through a fresh pair of eyes and helping us to understand and see the potential in diversity of ideas. My primary objective is to focus on young fast growing companies, and more importantly their owners. Helping to make individuals successful in achieving their dreams is the founding principal on which Stage 1 Financial was created.

Watch Jeremy on the 'Investing in the Future of Consumerism' panel.

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Marius Morariu, Co-Founder & President, Tracie Martyn

Marius is the co-founder and president of Tracie Martyn, a wellness & lifestyle brand that pioneered holistic yet effective spa treatments, and an eco-luxe, all-natural skincare line. Marius was an early activist of petrochemical-free skincare and his creations are adored by icons including Kate Winslet, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Yolanda Hadid, and Naomi Campbell. As the son of doctors, Marius was focused like his parents on heath, but decided to prioritize Wellness and Preventative Medicine, graduating with a degree in nutrition. The study and research of natural plant extracts and nutraceuticals helps guide his scientific approach when creating the best quality and most effective natural products both topical and ingestibles, full of potent vitamins, enzymes and phytonutrients. Marius has grown the multi-million dollar Tracie Martyn brand without capital infusion since 1998, developed the skincare formulas, launched a nutraceutical, co-developed two beauty devices, and invented several skincare patents. He believes in whole-brain functioning (as opposed to only left or right brain), meditates and embraces new technologies both in wellness and the digital space.

Watch Marius on the 'Founder Stories: Building from the Ground Up' panel.

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omri yoffe, Co-Founder & CEO, vi

Omri Yoffe is the co-founder and CEO of LifeBEAM, a leader in AI wearable innovations that has developed technology for NASA and the Air Force. He and his team are also the brains behind Vi, the world’s first AI personal trainer. Omri is a former Air Force pilot and founder of Clear Cut and C4 companies. In parallel to his business activity, Omri founded "OFEK" - a non-profit organization that integrates young people from low economic status into the workforce environment. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and Singularity University GSP program.

Watch Omri on the 'D2C Disrupters: Understanding the Modern Consumer' panel.

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Kurt Seidensticker, Founder & CEO, Vital Proteins

Kurt Seidensticker is the founder and CEO of Vital Proteins, a company that builds the future of wellness with their collagen products. Kurt provides strategic leadership to the organization across marketing, sales, product development, quality assurance, financial, operations and manufacturing.

Watch Kurt on the 'Founder Stories: Making It Big' panel.

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Catherine Moellering, general Merchandising Manager of Beauty, Anthropologie

Catherine is the General Merchandising Manager of Beauty at Anthropologie.

Watch Catherine on the 'Beauty and Business: Thriving in a Changing Consumer Climate' panel.

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Yosef Martin, CEO, BoxyCharm

Yosef Martin was born in Israel on October 5th, 1977. He moved to Florida at the age of 24 as an International College student. He enrolled for classes at Broward Community College. Yosef quickly realized that he was not going to be able to pay for tuition. In 2003, while pursuing his Bachelor’s in Business Degree at Florida International University he founded Merchandize Liquidators, LLC. He started the business with only $375, he relied on search engines to expand and build his business. In a very short amount of time he was running a $10-million-dollar business.

Watch Yosef on the 'Beauty and Business: Thriving in a Changing Consumer Climate' panel.

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Craig elbert, co-founder & ceo, care/of

Craig is the CEO and Co-founder of Care/of, a direct-to-consumer wellness brand that launched in 2016. Prior to founding Care/of, Craig led marketing at Bonobos, where he helped grow the company from 10 employees to over 250. Craig has an MBA from Wharton, where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar, and a BA from Dartmouth College. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

Watch Craig on the 'D2C Disrupters: Understanding the Modern Consumer' panel.

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Jesse Stanley, Vice President, CW Hemp

Jesse Stanley is the Vice-President of CW Hemp, a leading global social enterprise company that creates plant-based health and wellness solutions. Jesse and his six brothers are pioneers in non-psychoactive cannabis industry and achieved international recognition for developing proprietary hemp genetics with low Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and high Cannabidiol (CBD) content, which became known as Charlotte’s Web. To further CW Hemp’s mission to improve the quality for others, the brothers also support the non-profit, Realm of Caring, to advance cannabinoid science and research and also, to assist those in need of cannabinoid therapies. In his free time, Jesse likes to travel, ride motorcycles, and spend time with his family.

Watch Jesse on the 'Building in Wellness: Marketing a Mission-Focused Brand' panel.

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Cyrus Schwartz, Founder & CEO, Dora's NatURALS

Cyrus Schwartz joined the family business, NY-based, Elmhurst Dairy, at the age of 23. Drawing on his lifelong interest and passion for healthy eating and fitness, Cyrus steered the company into organic milk by starting Juniper Valley Farms in 1995. After building the Juniper brand, he subsequently sold it to Horizon Organic Dairy. Cyrus then founded Dora’s Naturals, which is regarded as the premiere perishable beverage distributor in the nation. Cyrus also heads up Mountainside Farms, a specialty dairy and perishable beverage manufacturing company with a facility in Upstate NY. In addition, he founded and currently operates a number of natural food brands, including Evolve kefir, Zen non-dairy puddings and Sap on Tap maple waters. With Cyrus’ deep engagement in such varied sectors of the natural food and beverage industries, he gets a look at emerging brands much earlier than most. Cyrus was recognized as one of the beverage industry’s key influencers when he was named to Bevnet’s “2015 A-To-Z of Power”.

Watch Cyrus on the 'The Recipe for Growth: Scaling Your Food Business' panel.

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Tom Donigan, Founding Partner, Field Trip Jerky

Tom is a former lawyer who focuses on marketing and brand development to ensure that Field Trip customers become Field Trip fans. He keeps his eye out for potential partnerships with brands that align with Field Trip’s aspirational mission. Tom was the brains behind Field Trip’s re-brand in 2016—an upgrade that took the visual brand language and the packaging to the next level. When he’s not working, Tom enjoys rock climbing, trail running, hiking and BBQing—he loves slow cooking pork shoulder on his smoker.

Watch Tom on the 'Don't Tell Me To Eat Clean: What Millennials Think About Health' panel.

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craig kostelic,chief business officer, the lifestyle collection - architectural digest, bon appetit, conde nast traveler, epicurious, self

Craig Kostelic was named chief business officer of The Lifestyle Collection. In this role, he oversees all sales operations, marketing services, brand development and revenue for Bon Appetit, Epicurious, Architectural Digest, Conde Nast Traveler and SELF.  In addition, Kostelic works directly with clients, as well as colleagues on the industry team to bring innovative solutions to market and grow the heritage of each brand. 

Watch Craig on the 'The Recipe for Growth: Scaling Your Food Business' panel.

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Jason Cohen, Founder, Halen Brands

In January 2015, Jason co-founded Halen Brands, Inc., which quickly funded Chef’s Cut Real Jerky in March 2015. Halen Brands then purchased Rex’s Outrageous Road Crew Crunch in September 2015 and most recently parterned with Core Hydration in June 2016. Jason has also invested, raised capital, and previously or currently holds Board Member positions for various companies, mostly in the consumer products space including : Dippin’ Chips and Mrs. Thinster’s, Voli Vodka, Pearl Media, and two apparel companies - Trukfit and Asphalt Yacht Club.

Watch Jason on the 'Investing in the Future of Consumerism' panel.

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Amanda Shapiro, Editor, healthyish

Amanda Shapiro is the editor of Healthyish, a new site from Bon Appétit that covers wellness through the lens of food. Before that, she was a freelance journalist covering gender, wellness, and health for publications like Vice, BuzzFeed, and the Oxford American. Born in San Francisco, home to the best farmers’ markets, she was raised in New Haven, home to the best pizza. Her favorite superfood is salmon, and she goes to Italy for the vegetables...and the wine.

Watch Amanda on the 'Fireside Chat: Foodstirs' panel.

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romitha mally, Managing Director, Consumer & Retail Group, jp morgan

Romitha Mally joined J.P. Morgan’s Consumer & Retail Group in 2013 and has over 21 years of investment banking and research experience. Prior to transitioning to Consumer / Retail Investment Banking, Mrs. Mally spent 9 years as an equity research analyst covering Consumer companies. Mrs. Mally holds a Bachelor of Science from London School of Economics and an MBA from University of Chicago.

Watch Romitha on the 'Investing in the Future of Consumerism' panel.

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Lauren maillian, Founder & CEO, lmb group

Lauren Maillian is the Founder and CEO of LMB Group, a strategic marketing and advisory company; was a Founding Partner at Gen Y Capital Partners, an early stage venture firm focused on investments in mobile and consumer facing technology enabled companies; and is the author of the instant bestselling business memoir, The Path Redefined: Getting To the Top On Your Own Terms. Most recently, Lauren has brought her trademark personality and passion for innovation-through-entrepreneurship to television as the Master Marketer and co-star of the startup focused docu-series, Quit Your Day Job, on Oxygen (NBCU). At age 19, Lauren cofounded a boutique winery that quickly became an internationally recognized award-winning wine brand, making her the youngest self-made winery owner in the country. She served as the Chief Operating Officer of the company from inception through the brand’s acquisition in 2011.

Watch Lauren on the 'Fireside Chat: Boss Ladies' panel.

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Denise Woodard, Founder & CEO, Partake Foods

Denise Woodard was inspired to launch Partake Foods in June 2016 after struggling to find healthy, convenient and allergy-friendly meals and snacks for her daughter, Vivienne, who suffers from several food allergies. Partake Foods has been featured by People, Reader’s Digest, and Babble. Denise was a member of the 2017 Cohort of Project Entrepreneur, as well as the Google for Entrepreneurs Exchange Black Founders program. Prior to launching Partake Foods, Denise spent the past 12 years in consumer packaged goods at various Fortune 100 companies. Most recently, she held the title of Director, National Sales in Coca-Cola’s Venturing & Emerging Brands division. Denise holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and an MBA from Arizona State University. She lives in Jersey City, NJ with her husband, Jeremy, and their 2 year old daughter, Vivienne.

Watch Denise on the 'Don't Tell Me To Eat Clean: What Millennials Think About Health' panel.

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byron ling, principal, primary venture partners

Byron focuses his investing activities on consumer web and next generation commerce platforms. Byron was previously at Gilt Groupe, joining as an early marketer, and later leading the company’s corporate development efforts. He launched the company’s CRM marketing efforts, while working closely with the product team to build out the first loyalty platform. He later led the company’s corporate development efforts, including the sale of Jetsetter to TripAdvisor, debt/equity fundraising, and launching the company’s third-party distribution business. Prior to Gilt Groupe, Byron worked in investment banking at Sagent Advisors, focusing on food, drug and specialty retail M&A.

Watch Byron on the 'Investing in the Future of Consumerism' panel.

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christina pennybacker, senior buyer of food, qvc

I began my career at QVC in 2004 as an intern.  Over the years, I have taken on various roles of increased responsibility within the Merchandising organization and I have spent the past 7 years leading the Food & Cookbook business. I onboard over 100 new vendors per year, bringing our customers stories and flavors from all over the country.

Watch Christina on the 'The Recipe for Growth: Scaling Your Food Business' panel.

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Danielle duboise, co-founder, sakara

Danielle is a New York City-based entrepreneur and co-founder of Sakara Life, an organic, plant-based meal delivery program that sources fresh, nutrient-dense ingredients to help clients achieve transformative, healing and lasting results. Danielle’s work with Sakara has been featured in the NY Times, Refinery29, Vogue, GLAMOUR, and Sakara Life has been named the #1 Organic Meal Delivery Service by Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP. Danielle and Whitney were named to Forbes 30 Under 30 for 2016.

Watch Danielle on the 'D2C Disrupters: Understanding the Modern Consumer' panel.

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whitney tingle, co-founder, sakara

Whitney is a wellness entrepreneur, healthy living expert and co-founder of Sakara Life, an organic, plant-based meal delivery program that sources fresh, nutrient-dense ingredients to help clients achieve transformative, healing and lasting results. Whitney and Danielle were named to Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2016 and have been featured in press ranging from Vogue to the New York Times. Sakara Life was also named the #1 Meal Delivery Service in NYC by Gwyneth Paltrow on GOOP.

Watch Whitney on the 'Don't Tell Me To Eat Clean: What Millennials Think About Health' panel.

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marc farrell, Vice President, US Retail Lobby & e-Commerce, starbucks

Marc Farrell is the youngest member of the Starbucks executive team, having joined the company in 2016 as the VP of E-commerce for Starbucks and Teavana, before transitioning to a leadership role in the US Retail business, where he is charged with developing and implementing a new vision for the future of retail in our physical stores. A graduate of MIT and the University of Cambridge, Marc began his career in consulting at Bain & Company, followed by a stint in private equity, before attending Harvard Business School.

Watch Marc on the 'Fireside Chat: Startup to Starbucks' panel.

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Eric Carl, Enterprise Wellness Strategy Lead, Target

Eric Carl is helping the retail giant democratize wellness by helping families live healthier lives. In this role he is responsible for developing the merchandising strategy, identifying new and emerging brands and trends, and leading differentiated platforms and partnerships that help drive both business and social impact. In his 12 years at Target, Eric has worked across a variety of roles within the merchandising organization but has found that he is most passionate about the work in his current role as he is able to leverage his experience and skill set to help drive positive change in helping to scale up better for your businesses.

Watch Eric on the 'The Recipe for Growth: Scaling Your Food Business' panel.

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anjula acharia, partner, trinity ventures

I have a long history of counseling entrepreneurs, working with them to create brands that will shape our lives and helping them connect to a broad network that I’ve cultivated across tech, entertainment and celebrities. As part of my job at Trinity, I help our portfolio companies become truly global brands as well as work to further Trinity’s campaign for greater diversity in tech.

Watch Anjula on the 'Investing in the Future of Consumerism' panel.

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Divya gugnani, Founder & CEO, wander beauty

Divya Gugnani brings 17+ years of investment and entrepreneurial experience to her role as Co-founder of Wander Beauty, a brand focused on multitasking makeup essentials created with global inspiration. Prior to that, she co-founded Send the Trend, an e-commerce site focused on personalized fashion and beauty, and sold it to QVC, where she focused on digital innovation. She is a serial entrepreneur and has co-founded multiple companies. Divya started her business career in Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs and then moved on to private equity and venture capital at Investcorp International and FirstMark Capital. Divya is a self-proclaimed startup junkie, a food and fashion lover, as well as a beauty experimenter. She has appeared regularly on several shows on CNBC, NBC and MSNBC. She has also been featured in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, BusinessWeek, TIME Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Deal, and Crain’s, among several other publications.

Watch Divya on the 'Fireside Chat: Working Women' panel.

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elly truesdell, Global Director Local Brands Product Innovation & Development, whole foods

As Global Coordinator of Local Brands, Product Innovation & Development, Elly Truesdell leads strategic partnerships for local purchasing programs across the company. Truesdell offers expertise in brand development, food trends and product innovation, grown from nine years of leadership in purchasing and marketing at Whole Foods Market. Truesdell made her mark by identifying and launching local products across categories, overseeing the Northeast’s grocery program and cultivating emerging suppliers to national distribution. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Studies from the University of Virginia, and prior to her work with Whole Foods, Truesdell volunteered on an organic vegetable farm and with the Food Justice organization, Just Food. She acts as FOOD-X Mentor, FoodBytes advisor, and sits on the Board of Brooklyn Foodworks.

Watch Elly on the 'The Recipe for Growth: Scaling Your Food Business' panel.

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