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What is the Women Investor Summit?

The annual Women Investor Summit is a highly interactive event in which various tiers of investors as well as investees meet to advance their respective careers by sharing experiences and getting to know one another. The Women Investor Summit is a collaboratively structured event for the venture community designed by accomplished, community leaders. Started and organized by VC Taskforce, the unique format better allows for prime networking opportunities and unparalleled learning experiences.

Who attends the Women Investor Summit?

Both female and male LPs, VCs, Angels, CEOs, executives and service providers. People interested in becoming part of the Venture Community; People who want to learn and grow within the Venture Community. People who want to expand and deepen connections within the Venture Community.


  • Aligned Partners
  • Andreessen Horowitz
  • Angels Forum
  • Berkley Angels
  • Blackstone
  • Emergence Capital
  • Gates Capital Partners
  • GE Ventures
  • Goldenseeds
  • Kauffman Fellows
  • Omidyar Network
  • Jennifer Jones and Partners
  • NY Angels
  • Portfolia
  • Pereg Ventures
  • Sarah Kunst
  • See Jane Invest
  • Plum Alley's 1000 Strong
  • ff Venture Capital


Alexandra Johnson

Alicia Robb

Alison Wagonfeld

Bonnie Crater

Christina Bechhold

Sarah Kunst

Susan Mason

Trish Costello

Sharon Vosmek

Sandhya Venkatachalam

Carol Sands

Courtney McCrea

Deborah Jackson

Jackie Magno

Jennifer Scott Fonstad

Linda Tirado

Margit Wennmachers

Patricia Nakache

Ruchita Sinha

Connie Guglielmo



September 24, 2015 | Draper University, San Mateo

LOCATION: 55 E. 3rd Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401

EMCEE: Trish Costello, Managing Director, Portfolia

OPEN MIC MAVEN: Deborah Jackson, Founder and CEO, Plum Alley



Doors Open

Opening Remarks and Conference Objectives


Investing Overview:

The Status of Women in LP, VC and Angel Investing

Alicia Robb is a senior fellow with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the principal investigator on the Kauffman Firm Survey


The Brand of YOU: How to Build your Own Distinct Brand

Margit Wennmachers, Partner, Andreessen Horowitz will be interviewed by Connie Guglielmo, Editor-in-Chief of CNET News



Fireside Chat with Jennifer Scott Fonstad, Founding Partner, Aspect Ventures and Fran Maier, Board director GE Capital Bank, former CEO of



Creating Your Own Professional Investing Practice And Ecosystem in The Investing Arena


Linda Tirado, Ph.D., Strayer Tirado Consulting, Inc.


-Alexandra Johnson, Managing Director, DFJ VTB Aurora
-Alison Wagonfeld, Operating Partner, Emergence Capital Partners
-Christina Bechhold, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Empire Angels
-Sandhya Venkatachalam, Partner, Co-Founder, Centerview Capital


Open Mic


Investing in Women CEOs


Bonnie Crater, President and CEO, Full Circle Insights


-Carol Sands, Managing Member, Angel's Forum
-Jackie Magno, Golden Seeds
-Patricia Patricia Nakache, General Partner, Trinity Ventures
-Ruchita Sinha, Director, GE Ventures
-Sharon Vosmek, CEO, Astia



Investing In Women VCs


Susan Mason, Managing Partner, Aligned Partners


- Courtney McCrea, Managing Director, Weathergage Capital
- Beto Pallares of Joseph Advisory Svcs (represents a Family Office LP)
- Seguna Malhotra, of Adams Street Partners

6:30 - 7:00

NVCA Overview

Today and Tomorrow: Diversity in VC and Startup Ecosystems

Sharon Wienbar, Venture Partner, Scale Venture Partners


Cocktail Party

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Contact Us

For additional information, please get in touch:

June Riley
CEO, VC Taskforce