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GDI Careers: A Day in the Life of a Founder/Owner (5-event series)

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Price: $5.00 /per person
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Are you a budding entrepreneur, in a leadership role, or simply interested in learning from a panel of experienced startup founders and tech business owners? Join us for this edition of our five event GDI Careers speaker series “A Day in the Life”!

In our fourth event of the speaker series, hear from a panel of experienced ladies with different backgrounds and responsibilities about how they came to be a founder/owner. They will discuss their previous experience and current work, explain what their day-to-day responsibilities are like, and share advice for folks looking to follow a similar path or simply learn from it.

A $5 donation toward the Girl Develop It scholarship fund is requested to confirm your attendance.

Schedule for the evening

6:00 - 6:15 Snacks and GDI Intro

6:15 - 7:15 Panelist Perspectives

7:15 - 7:45 Moderated and Open Q&A

7:45 - 8:30 Networking

We are seeking sponsors for light snacks & refreshments at each event who will be spotlighted for their support. Get in touch with Suzie Nieman if interested in more details!

RSVP for the other panels in the series at the links below:

Wed, April 29 - Product/Project Manager (

Wed, May 6 - Developer (

Thurs, May 14 - Designer (

Tues, June 2 - Founder/Owner (RSVP HERE)

Tues, June 9 - Hiring Manager Q&A (

Some Of Our Panelists:

Morgan Berman ( is the co-Founder and CEO of MilkCrate, a Philly-based tech company that runs the digital hub for the sustainability community. She is a multidisciplinary designer with a Masters of Science in Sustainable Design from Philadelphia University. The common themes of her work are a love of community-oriented design, and promoting healthy beautiful cities.

Yasmine Mustafa ( is fueled by a passion to empower women in all areas of life, and founded the Philadelphia chapter of Girl Develop It in 2011 while running her first software company. After it was acquired, she went on a 6-month solo trek around South America that inspired her current company, ROAR for Good (, a self-defense wearable technology startup aimed at diminishing violence against women and addressing the underlying causes of the violence.

Michelle Lee ( is co-founder and CEO at Textizen, using mobile to bring government into the digital age. She was a 2012 Code for America fellow with the City of Philadelphia. Previously, she worked on Maps and Docs at Google, online trust tools at eBay, cars for baby boomers, and studied human-computer interaction at Stanford University’s Symbolic Systems Program.

Melissa Alam is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Femme & Fortune, an online magazine for ambitious women and the Founder and CEO of The Hive, Philadelphia first co-working space for women.

Tracy Levesque ( is a co-owner of YIKES, Inc. (, a Philadelphia web design and development shop located in Fishtown. She is also a WordPress instructor for Girl Develop It Philly. When not wrangling HTML and CSS, Tracy drinks coffee, rides her bike, plays drums, chases her 8 year old daughter and takes pictures of abandoned buildings (

All attendees are expected to abide by the Girl Develop It Code of Conduct (