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The most successful companies these days are the ones that understand how to collaborate with other like-minded businesses to leverage their talents and get ahead together. A successful partnership is part biz dev plus pure collaboration turning a deal into a mutually beneficial relationship. It's something that anyone can build, so long as they know who they are, what they have to offer, and what they'd like in return.
General Assembly & RESTART CBD are teaming up to bring some of Austin's best and brightest who are expanding their communities faster than ever thanks to brilliant, yet simple partnerships. They'll share their experience and insights on how to make collaboration fun, not daunting, with local companies and entrepreneurs who have transformed their businesses. You'll walk away learning about partnership best practices, incredibly useful tools for identifying and managing partners and more.
Regional Sales Manager,
An Austin native, Arielle LaGuette has been working in tech for nearly 8 years - but it's her background in theater and the service industry that paved the way to an unexpected career in B2B Sales. She has seen the advantages of building relationships first-hand by having experience in both transactional and consultative sales environments. Today, Arielle leads the sales team at Favor Delivery as the Regional Manager for Central Texas. Her team is entirely focused on building lasting partnerships with business owners in the restaurant industry, locally and nationally. And in 2018, somewhat unrelatedly, Arielle became a co-founder and owner of Fallout Theater, a comedy theater in downtown Austin, TX.
Shayda Torabi has been called one of the most influential Women in WordPress and now she’s one of the women leading the cannabis reformation conversation building one of Texas’ premier CBD brands. She's currently the CEO and Co-Founder of RESTART CBD, an education first CBD wellness brand. And has formerly held marketing positions at WP Engine and WebDevStudios. Additionally, she runs an Austin based travel and lifestyle account called @withshayda, which has afforded her opportunities to work with brands ranging from Texas Monthly and SoulCycle to The Westin. When she's not busy looking for the best vegan ice cream on the road, you can find her in her hometown of Austin, Texas pursuing her passions for fitness, wellness, and self care.
Director of Operations,
Kellie Miller is the Director of Operations at Packed Party, a lifestyle gifting company focused on making life a party through fun, experiential products and Instagram worthy party supplies. She has over 12 years of experience in corporate retail with previous roles with Kendra Scott, Fashion Forms, Stage Stores, and Dillard's. Experienced in Buying, Planning, Sourcing, Product Development and Merchandising, Kellie draws on her varied career to lead the Operations team at Packed Party.
Director of Operations,
ELM Restaurant Group
Born and raised in Stamford, CT, Joe moved to Austin in December 2016 after a decade in Brooklyn, N.Y. Prior to obtaining his bachelor’s in Business Admin with a focus on Philosophy from the University of Connecticut, Joe attended the University of Rhode Island where he was a member of the D1 Men’s Soccer Program. He spent his last few years in NYC with Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) before joining the ELM team.
At 16 years old, Joe got his start in an old school Italian red sauce joint. From there, he continued gaining experience as he moved from working as a server and manager in fine dining, to Regional Training & New Restaurant Openings for National Fast Casual Brands, to becoming the Director of Retail and Restaurant Operations at Union Square Events with USHG. There Joe lead a very diverse portfolio of brands and event spaces within some of New York’s finest cultural institutions such as Citi Field, The Public Theatre, JFK, The 911 Memorial & Museum and Bryant Park Winter Village.
As a practitioner in the theory of Enlightened Hospitality, Joe works tirelessly to support his Team first. Providing all the stakeholders involved at Fareground & ELM the highest level of Hospitality to allow them a great environment to succeed. The joy of making people feel something unforgettable is what inspired him to get into the hospitality profession.
Joe chose Austin due to its “progressive nature,” the food and drink scene, as well as the desire to raise his family and build community here. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Kayla, his two kids, George and Davis, and his giant mutt, Phife.
RESTART CBD is an education first CBD wellness brand. Founded in Austin, Texas by two sisters, we take the stigma out of using CBD, and created a line of products with minimal ingredients for consumers to implement into a healthy routine to provide relief from everyday ailments.
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