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Coming Soon   •   August 2018
Here at The Hustle, we understand the power of storytelling.

And when it comes to stories, there’s one group in particular that we can’t get enough of: successful, badass women.

So, we’re gathering a bunch of inspirational women – all experts in their fields – and giving them a platform to tell their stories… stories about pivotal moments in their journey that helped them get to where they are today.

Here’s the only rule: each speaker only has 10 minutes to tell it.

In 2018, The Hustle is bringing 2X to 7 cities across the United States. Each city will feature female speakers who inspire, empower, and tell one hell of a story.

Join us, won’t you?


Our past San Francisco speakers

Erica Lockheimer
Sr. Director of Engineering, Head of LinkedIn Learning @ LinkedIn
Erica has been at LinkedIn for 7 1/2 years and is Sr. Director of Engineering heading the Growth Engineering team. She’s started the Growth Team from the ground up to now a high performing 120 person team. She’s now the head of Engineering for the LinkedIn Learning team formerly known as Lynda.com. She is also responsible for LinkedIn’s Women In Tech (WIT) initiative that is focused on empowering women in technical roles at the company. Prior to LinkedIn, she worked at Good Technology as Director of Server Engineering. In 2014 and 2015, Erica was voted the top 22 women engineers in the world by Business Insider. Erica is a San Francisco Bay Area native, has 2 kids, loves to run and is a graduate from San Jose State University with a B.S. in Computer Engineering.

Sree Menon
Head of Strategy @ Tophatter
Sree knows business growth and eCommerce. She currently heads up all things strategy at Tophatter – the discovery shopping app that is on track to achieve $350 million in sales this year – up from $160 million last. Prior to Tophatter (whose staff is over 50% female), Sree was a General Manager at eBay Motors working on a large team with only 5 females. She also previously served as E-Commerce & Online Director for Dell and an Operations Manager for GE Capital. Sree can provide perspectives from working on diverse and non-diverse teams and the transition from huge companies to a scrappier startup environment.

Edith Yeung
Partner @ 500 Startups
Selected by Inc’s Magazine as one of the Silicon Valley investors you must know, Edith Yeung is the head of 500 Startups Greater China and partner of 500 Mobile Collective Fund. She invests in mobile, AI, machine learning education and blockchain startups, including Stellar, Nebulas, Hooked – #1 reading app for millennium, DayDayCook – #1 Asian Cooking media and platform, Fleksy (acquired by Pinterest), Human (acquired by Mapbox), AISense, Penrose, Cryworks, SIlk Labs, Piper, Apptopia, Mobile Action, Andy OS, Quickly, Powercore, Pack, Ingrain, Switch, Bento, DayDayCook, Palantir, etc. You can also find some of her work on BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, CBS , NPR, TechCrunch, Next Web, Mashable, ReadWriteWeb, Fora, etc. She frequently speaks on China & Silicon Valley investment landscape.

Kamini Ramani
VP of Marketing @ Mayfield
As fangirl of entrepreneurs everywhere, Kamini delivers on the Mayfield brand promise by helping them craft memorable narratives and provides other marketing support to amplify their impact. She has spent almost 30 years in Silicon Valley working with many legendary tech founders, including Steve Jobs when he was leading NeXT. She holds a Masters in Communications from Stanford University, a Masters in English Literature from Yale University, and a Bachelors in English Literature from Bombay University.

Erin Archuleta
Awareness Initiative Leader @ Square
Owner @ ICHI
Erin Archuleta leads awareness initiatives at Square, collaborating with partners across the US to provide small business owners with access to tools that help their businesses thrive. She also owns Michelin-recommended, Zagat-rated ICHI Sushi, and is a recipient of a San Francisco Small Business Week Award (2014). She co-founded the Mission Bernal Merchants Association and collaborates on small business initiatives with the Golden Gate Restaurant Association and CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture). Erin’s business has been featured in The New York Times, Vogue, USA Today, AAA, and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Dawoon Kang
Co-Founder @ Coffee Meets Bagel
Dawoon’s work spans from strategy & business development to marketing, research and investing/finance. She started her career at Avon Products as Analyst for U.S. Strategy & Business Development in New York. After receiving her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2009, she went on to J. P. Morgan’s Global Special Opportunities Group in Hong Kong. She worked as Vice President of North Asia Investment team, which covered all investments in Korea, Taiwan, and Japan, from distressed debt to growth equity opportunities. In 2012, Dawoon co­founded Coffee Meets Bagel along with her sisters Arum and Soo. As COO & Head of Marketing, Dawoon oversees the company’s overall vision, strategy, branding, and marketing.

Tara-Nicholle Nelson
Entrepreneur in Residence @ Lightspeed Venture
Tara-Nicholle Nelson is on a mission to help 100 million people care for their souls. She is the Founder and CEO of SoulTour, a platform for upliftment and spiritual wellbeing. Tara is the author of The Transformational Consumer, an Entrepreneur in Residence for Lightspeed Venture Partners and the former chief marketer for the world’s largest health and fitness platform, MyFitnessPal.

Milena Talavera
Senior Engineering Manager, Infrastructure @ Slack
Milena is a seasoned Engineering leader most recently joining Slack to manage an Infrastructure team that is working together to push Slack to next tiers of scale. Prior to Slack she ran the Engineering team at Talkdesk that grew from 15 engineers to over 100 in 2 years. Milena has had a diverse career, making sure to challenge herself and to find learning opportunities at each, even spending 6 years working for the CIA after college. She holds an MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and BS in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT. Milena is a mom to a 7-year old son and 4-year old daughter, has run 6 marathons (including as a qualifier for 2017 Boston Marathon) and engages her creative side through painting and drawing.


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I LOVED this event! I’ve been to other similar events with successful (male or female) entrepreneurs before, but I’ve never seen so many inspiring and RELATABLE stories.
Props to Hustle for finding ladies who are making an impact but are still fairly under the radar, and giving them a platform.
The speakers were AMAZING and incredibly inspirational. I wanted more and wanted them to talk all night!


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