5 Talks are coming to Boston on Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. at Pivotal Labs in Cambridge. The 2016 series hosted by Lioness Magazine, in cooperation with the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Holyoke Innovation District, Northwestern Mutual and UMass Center at Springfield, provides a platform for women to share their ideas and expertise around innovation and entrepreneurship.
“Women entrepreneurs are disrupting industries and changing the entrepreneurship conversation. 5 Talks are a way to provide a platform for women entrepreneurs to share their brilliance on a larger stage,” Lioness publisher Natasha Clark said.
The purpose of 5 Talks is to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship for women across the country by providing a stage for women to share their ideas and inspiration, to reinvigorate entrepreneurs and to pioneer a safe space for women to address entrepreneurial topics that are relevant to them.
Guests pay $20, with refreshments included, to enjoy listening to 5 women in 50 minutes. The Boston 5 speakers include Lauren Metter of Metter Media, Gayle Nowak of The Story Stylist, Pamela Bardhi of Ria’s Café, Heddy Stern of Pivotal Labs and Natasha Clark of Lioness. Tickets can be purchased at 5boston.eventbrite.com. Pivotal Labs is located at 145 Broadway in Cambridge.
MEET OUR SPEAKERS
Lauren Metter, Metter Media
Metter Media LLC (mettermedia.com) is a Cambridge-based social media management company that implements community-based, localized social engagement strategies for small businesses and corporations alike. Metter Media currently manages the social media channels for 40+ businesses in Boston, NYC and Chicago.
Gayle Nowak, The Story Stylist
Gayle shows purpose-driven entrepreneurs how to get known and get clients by helping them tell their powerful personal story. Through her signature Tell to Sell Story System, she incorporates the skills she has honed in journalism, marketing, public relations and entrepreneurship over the last 20 years. A former journalist and award-winning PR executive, Gayle has profiled everyday people, Olympians and business leaders; she has placed clients on The Oprah Show, in The New York Times and other national media. Today, Gayle helps coaches, consultants and creative entrepreneurs make competitors irrelevant, attract their best clients, impact more people and make meaningful money.
Gayle lives on the North Shore of Massachusetts with her two young daughters, Hazel and Natasha, husband Greg and their cat Veronica. In her free time, she likes to run up mountains, crawl in mud under barbed-wire and eat LOTS of dark chocolate.
Pamela Bardhi, Ria’s Café
Born during the collapse of the communist party in Albania in the early 90s, Bardhi’s family fled to Rome for safety. Thanks to the wise foresight of her grandmother to enter her parents into the immigration lottery system without their knowledge, her parents received temporary visas to the United States and decided to stay. Bardhi was five years old at the time and her brother was just six months old. Her non-English speaking parents worked hard to make ends meet. Now, the age of 24, while many of her peers are settling into entry level jobs after college, she is building two budding enterprises as founder of Ria Café and Bardhi Investment Group in Boston, Mass. Pamela has been part of the Boston’s Women on Main initiative as well as the an alum of Babson College’s Women Innovation Now Lab. Pamela holds a deep passion for inspiring fellow female entrepreneurs to find their passion and create a business from it.
Heddy Stern is a Product Manager at Pivotal Labs in their growing Boston office. She works with start-ups and enterprise clients on how utilize user-research, collaboration, and prioritization techniques to improve their software development process. Before joining Pivotal, she worked with start-ups and angel investors on various products for the media, music, entertainment, and travel industries. Her first taste of Product Management was at RayV, a video streaming startup acquired by Yahoo in 2014. There, she worked with the “Netflix of Sweden” to create a mobile video app, which turned into the #2 top grossing entertainment app in Sweden. After moving to New York, she joined a group of angel investors at GIV and Silent Labs – leading their unique product development process. She took a break from Product in 2013 and joined the amazing VaynerMedia team, but returned to Product in 2014 to advocate for users and to build things people love. She’s a big fan of Kris Bryant, Scandal, and Sour Patch Kids.
At the age of eight Natasha was told it was a woman’s job to take care of the home and since then she has built a career out of telling women they can do whatever the hell they want to do. Cofounder and Publisher of Lioness, a startup and the leading digital outlet for female entrepreneurs, the former news reporter pioneered a platform to educate, elevate and support female entrepreneurs. Lioness gives women the latest news, tools and resources to launch startups and scale enterprises. Natasha is a BusinessWest “40 Under 40” award recipient, in 2011 she was voted Top Woman in Public Relations by Western Mass Women Magazine and uner her helm in 2012 Lioness was voted Most Innovative Local Business at MassLive.com’s Reader Raves awards. In 2014 she was also honored as one of the Top 10 Women in Business in the Pioneer Valley by the Women’s Business Owners Alliance. She has been a panelist on Millennials and Woman Entrepreneur discussions and a mentor at the 2014 Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco.