Monthly Startup Lunch: Keys to Success For Women In Technology

All are invited as we’re bringing together women from differing backgrounds and levels in their entrepreneurial endeavors and careers to discuss the current landscape in technology. Join Modev at the DC Offices of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice for the July Monthly Startup Lunch! 

July's topic, “Keys To Success For Women In Technology” is geared toward female business leaders who are effecting change through innovation, running their own companies and using technologies to help break down stereotypes and overcome challenges. 

This empowering panel discussion will challenge the room to create new possibilities and leave attendees with a modern outlook on women and startups, changing careers and connections. 

The event is limited so please RSVP early and be sure to update your RSVP if you end up not being able to make it so that another person has the opportunity.


Dondi Saunders, Entrepreneur &  Client Services Executive, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice

Dondi Saunders focuses on connecting Womble Carlyle’s clients and prospective clients with the firm’s established networks in the NoVA and the DC Metro middle market and growth sectors, particularly those in the technology and government contract sectors where the firm is already a leading provider. In her entrepreneurial endeavors she was the CEO of a consultancy that served clients to position them as leaders in industry by developing creative brand strategies, marketing plans and related collateral.


April Young, Managing Director at Hercules Technology Growth Capital

April Young is a Managing Director at Hercules, and is responsible for developing the Company's venture loan portfolio in the MidAtlantic and Southeast United States. She is a seasoned executive with more than 16 years of experience in sourcing and providing growth capital loans to venture-backed technology and life science companies. 

Maci Peterson, Brand Manager Marriott International, Co-Founder & CEO, On Second Thought

Maci Peterson is an experienced marketing professional and entrepreneur.  As a marketing professional, Maci is a brand manager for Marriott International. In this role she manages the development and marketing of the company's first mobile game, Xplor. As an entrepreneur, Maci won 1st place the Startup Oasis Pitch Competition at South by Southwest for her mobile app On Second Thought, the first messaging application to allow users to undo or edit text messages before they are delivered to the recipient's phone.

Mary Beth Haggerty, Independent Product Development Executive

Mary Beth Haggerty is a proven leader with a track record of managing ambitious portfolios and developing innovative products. She provides strategy, acquisition, development and marketing expertise to companies from start-up to Fortune 100. Her strong technical and creative background with experience navigating changes in business dynamics and customer taste has led her to a responsibilityof budgets over 50M and managing large teams.


11:30am- Networking and Lunch

Noon-12:50pm - Introductions, Panel & Q & A

1pm -  More Networking and Adjourn

Special thanks to our wonderful sponsors, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice!

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  • Tushar P.

    Wonderful and very insightful!

    July 10

  • Drew

    I had to run back to work but it was wonderful to meet everyone and thank you so much to the speakers for an uplifting and insightful talk. Hope to see you all at a future event!

    July 10

  • 'Boomie' O.

    Sorry to miss this one. :-/

    July 9

    • Jan

      Boomie, sad to miss you but happy that you will be at the Amazon event on Saturday! Meet Boomie and myself on Saturday at the Amazon Fire Phone and TV Workshop- Register Here-­

      1 · July 9

    • 'Boomie' O.

      See you Saturday. :-)

      July 9

  • Sharda

    Dear wonderful & dynamic sisterhood circle,
    I am so excited to see you all to learn something new in my career transition period. I am so proud to be to get an opportunity to participate in this event. My purpose is to learn and develop networking to enhance my energy level during this frustration & upside down period of my life.
    Love you all!

    1 · July 9

    • Jan

      Sharda, we are glad to have you! See you at the lunch tomorrow.

      July 9

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