Meet the LADYBADASSES!
"If we leave all the activism to people who do it as a full-time job, we'll never make the collective impact we need."
Arsheen Allam is the CEO and Founder of GOLeafe, a startup company which has developed a proprietary patent-pending process for manufacturing nanocrystalline graphene and graphene oxide materials. GOLeafe's manufacturing approach is a scalable batch process, which avoids expensive equipment and harsh chemicals, which means GOLeafe’s manufacturing approach has a cost advantage and is much more eco-friendly than competing methods.
Lori Cashman is an early stage investor in ventures led by female entrepreneurs and gender-diverse teams. She brings “peripheral vision” on emerging consumer & technology trends and customer engagement practices.
Lori is a former co-founder of the private equity firm Lineage Capital. Her previous private equity experience combined with her current role as a venture capitalist ensure a well-rounded perspective on successful business models, operational and market issues and consumer trends all in the context of a company’s capital structure and value proposition.
Alex Adams is a journalist, professional dinner party host, and business owner – an exemplar of the modern young female entrepreneur, Alex mixed her creativity and business skills and created her own career. After short stints working in public relations, sales and marketing she started her first business at the age of 25.
Alex, AKA Ms. Darlinghurst, started Eat Drink Play in 2009 which is a lifestyle website dedicated to the very best things to do in Sydney. In 2016 she expanded the publication to Melbourne.
Lisa Lavin is co-founder and CEO of Anser Innovation. Lisa has over 20 years of experience in business as a senior leader and entrepreneur building new business within the healthcare, animal care, and consumer product sectors in start-up and Fortune 100 businesses. Prior to her emphasis in business, Lisa taught veterinary radiography at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and the Medical Institute of Minnesota. As an expert in this field, Lisa authored the textbook Radiography in Veterinary Technology, (2007, 2003, 1999, 1994), Elsevier Publishing.
When she was in high school, Afreen Allam, now founder and CEO of the biomedical company SiNON Therapeutics, began volunteering at the Duke Cancer Center. “I come from a typical Asian family where medical school was the only route that was an option,” Allam, 28, tells Bustle; this volunteer work was meant to help further her progress along that path. But it wasn't easy — although not because of the work itself. “The first two weeks were extremely hard," says Allam. "I wasn’t used to seeing that kind of pain and suffering.”
Joanna Kyriazakos is a #ladybadass with an ability to push people past their comfort zone and help them achieve more than they thought possible. I credit coach Joanna with encouraging me to overcome my (many physical and mental) fears so that I am now a confident stand-up paddleboarder in Sydney harbor.
Joanna is fearless! She has a love for physical challenges and for helping people of all ages find their love of the ocean through nurturing and teaching them various skills, whether it be swimming, stand up paddling or surf swimming.
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