Founder & Managing Partner, REV
Alma Derricks is an accomplished marketing executive and brand strategist with over 20 years of experience building inventive new businesses at the edges of established media, entertainment and consumer products companies. She has launched content networks for internationally acclaimed franchises including Star Trek and Dilbert; advised executives at NBCU, Verizon, Redbox, Blue Man Group, and Southwest Airlines; and held senior management positions at HBO, Paramount, Deloitte Consulting, and Cirque du Soleil. Derricks holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Georgetown University
GRACE A. KANGDANI
Senior Vice President, Sr. Relationship Manager Team Leader Business Banking LA Metro, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Grace Kangdani is the Senior Relationship Manager Team Leader in the LA Metro Business Banking team. Kangdani works with emerging and growth companies in the Greater Los Angeles area in a number of industry verticals, including consumer products, food, and technology/media. She is also a mentor for teammates across the company, through Business Banking – Diversity & Inclusion Council, Business Banking – Leadership Council, the Asian Leadership Network, and LEAD for Women.
Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, Green Hasson Janks
Serving as Chief Marketing and Strategy officer at Green Hasson Janks, Mari-Anne Kehler is a high impact leader who successfully expands business through action, using core skills of teaming, coaching, strategy development, program execution, measurement and innovation. She utilizes an integrated client-centric and industry approach, with experience in professional services, finance, consumer business, entertainment and media.
Chief Financial Officer, Tender Greens
Lina O’Connor is the Chief Financial Officer at Tender Greens. She joined the restaurant company in 2012 with a mandate to develop the company’s finance and accounting infrastructure. She began working with the Tender Greens team in 2011 during which time the company has grown from four to 27 locations. Most recently the company opened its first New York restaurant with plans to expand across the eastern seaboard and beyond. She played an instrumental role in negotiating the partnership with Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group and has raised several rounds of equity and debt in her time at Tender Greens.
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Founder & President, ADR Services
Lucie Barron is the Founder and President of ADR Services, Inc., the second-largest dispute resolution provider firm in California. Hailing from Australia, Barron studied psychology in Adelaide before going on to obtain her Masters in Psychology at the University of Sydney. After working as a psychologist for several years, she earned an MBA from McGill University in Montreal. Opening its doors in 1994, her company started as a single subleased office space with access to a pair of conference rooms. ADR Services now operates in seven offices across the state, with over 135 conference rooms and 130 retired judges and attorneys.
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