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Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting entrepreneurs globally in partnership with Google for Startups.

The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs build their businesses, connect with strategic partners, and secure funding.

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Karen Clark Cole: CEO Co-Founder of Blink, Founder of Girls Can Do, and Possibil

THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-san-diego-presents-karen-clark-cole-ceo-co-founder-of-blink-founder-of-girls-can-do-and-possibility-thinker/ Join us for an in-depth Fireside Chat with Karen Clark Cole, CEO & Co-Founder of Blink UX. Karen is primarily focused on Blink’s culture, employees, communicating the company vision, and setting the company’s growth strategy. She is also the Chief Operations Officer (COO). Karen began her career studying Fine Arts in Vancouver, BC at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design. She holds a degree in Art History & Visual Arts from the University of Victoria and is a graduate of the Information Technology & Multimedia program from Capilano University, Vancouver. Karen also started a Ph.D. program in Values-Driven Leadership at the Benedictine University in 2015. Through her work at Blink, Karen was a winner of the 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year award and she was a finalist for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award in 2015. In 2016, Blink was listed on Forbes Magazine's Best 25 Small Companies in America list and has won the Puget Sound Business Journal's Washington's Fastest-Growing Private Companies award in 2015 and 2012, Seattle Business Magazine's Tech Impact Silver Award in 2015, The Women President's Organization's 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Led Companies Worldwide award in 2014, and was listed on Inc. Magazine's Top 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies in America list in 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012. Karen is an active member and speaker for the International Leadership Association (ILA)(ILA), an active member in the Small Giants Community, and a board member for the World Trade Center. Karen is currently the Executive Director and President of the Board for the non-profit organization she founded in early 2014, Girls Can Do. Girls Can Do is an event series for girls with the mission to inspire a generation of Possibility Thinkers and ignite a vision for Equal Opportunity. Karen currently writes a column for Forbes.com on the Entrepreneurs Channel and has been written about in Inc. Magazine, Puget Sound Business Journal, Geekwire Magazine, Seattle Business Magazine, Center for Values-Driven Leadership, St. Margaret's School, Chapter Be, LTD Daily, and The Pacific Institute. Karen was born and raised in Victoria, Canada, and she loves to ski, run, garden, kiteboard, and hang out with her amazing daughter. Agenda 5:30 PM: Networking/ Ice Breaker Exercises Fun activity/game/exercise for folks to get to know each other and not be the typical networking blah blah blah... 7:00 PM: Introduction to Startup Grind Programming & Announcements Introduction & Announcements by Luis Martinez, MSOL Director Startup Grind San Diego 7:15 PM: Fireside Chat with Karen Clark Cole, CEO & Co-Founder of Blink UX Research & Design One on One Fireside Chat with Karen Clark Cole, CEO & Co-Founder of Blink UX. 8:00 PM: Q & A Session and More Networking Please Bring Questions & NETWORK SOME MORE!!! --- Speaker KAREN CLARK COLE - Blink UX (CEO & Co-Founder) Karen Clark Cole is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-Founder of Blink UX. Karen is primarily focused on Blink's growth, strategic planning, and culture. Karen began her career studying Fine Arts in Vancouver, BC at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design. She holds a degree in Art History & Visual Arts from the University of Victoria. Hosted By Luis Martinez, San Diego Director A first generation Afro-Latino from Honduras and raised in Brooklyn, New York. A Former Pro Basketball Player and U.S. Navy Veteran. Currently, Luis is the Founder/CEO of "We Tha Plug", an organization that advocates tech and innovation entrepreneurship in Black & Latino communities across the United States and across the world. "We Tha Plug" provides an ecosystem that gives founders access to startup fundamental education, mentorship, programming, and funding. “We Tha Plug” overall mission is to raise the awareness of innovation in Black and Latino communities in technology and create an ecosystem for entrepreneurs from grassroots to professional levels. --- Global Partner Google for Startups (https://startup.google.com) Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products. Partners Blink UX Research & Design (https://blinkux.com/) Inspired design, informed by people. Blink is a UX research and design firm that works with great companies to create meaningful digital products, brands, and experiences. With studios in Austin, Boston, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle, Blink brings two decades of experience using an evidence-driven design process to projects for clients such as Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, and NASA. We Tha Plug (https://www.wethaplug.com) Our overall mission is to raise the awareness of innovation in Black and Latino communities in technology and innovation. To create an ecosystem for entrepreneurs from grassroots to professional levels. We have over 100 Black & Latino Founders in our organization across the U.S. and abroad. We want to provide an ecosystem that gives founders access to startup fundamental education, advice, mentorship, programming, and funding. Startup San Diego (https://startupsd.org/) Startup San Diego, a California non profit 501(c)(3) entity is a local, grass roots, volunteer-based group of entrepreneurs, mentors and investors who have created a simple platform to grow the greater San Diego startup community. San Diego Tech Hub (https://www.sandiegotechhub.com) San Diego Tech Hub represents a movement aimed at changing the perception of the San Diego tech ecosystem. Our focus is to be a conduit for change connecting businesses, organizations, and individuals, leveraging their resources and talents to build a stronger San Diego tech community through collaboration. Ivy Street CoWorking (https://info.ivystreet.co) Coworking in South Park! We are a community driven workspace for those looking to break away from their home office, work, remotely, or anyone looking for a cozy productive space. Collective Impact Center (https://www.collectiveimpactcenter.com) The Collective Impact Center is a community and coworking center for social entrepreneurs, nonprofit professionals, and artists. By providing subsidized rent to members who elect to share their knowledge and skills with the community, we help all our members amplify their individual and collective impact. --- Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 500 cities and 125+ countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit StartupGrind.com (https://www.startupgrind.com/) or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind (https://twitter.com/StartupGrind). --- THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW https://www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-san-diego-presents-karen-clark-cole-ceo-co-founder-of-blink-founder-of-girls-can-do-and-possibility-thinker/

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