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Go Against the Flow is more than a documentary film, says Charu Sharma. “It’s a movement that aims to inspire women to take intelligent risks, trust their vision, and develop leadership skills.” As part of the movement, Charu has brought together the wisdom of top women entrepreneurs who are making their mark in fields ranging from medical technology to video games. They include the female cofounders of Cloudflare, Getaround, Mightybell, Kabam, Zady, ZInepak, Women Who Code, Remedy, and Rockhealth. These women range from college dropouts to Harvard MBAs to Shark Tank winners.
The women ofGo Against the Flow share their personal experiences with:
• Walking away from the well-trod path, even when it means forfeiting scholarships, tempting job offers, and the approval of friends
• Following their passions in male-dominated fields
• Knowing when the moment is right to make the plunge
• Failing and using failure as a roadway, not roadblock, to success
Importantly, Go Against the Flow is a “handbook for the next generation of entrepreneurs,” according to Sarah F. Wood, co-founder and co-CEO of Unruly. In a country where women still only earn 77% of the wages of men in identical roles and are continually underrepresented in fields such as STEM, politics, and medicine, Go Against the Flow aims to empower young women with the support of those that came before them to swim upstream and create their dream jobs. There is no better time than now for women to pave their own paths to success.
About The Moderator
Moderator | Sysamone Phaphon, Founder/CEO Groupeezz
Sysamone is a non-techie, avid women supporter, entrepreneur & blogger. She took the leap from a comfortable career in Healthcare to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams in the Tech/Startup Industry. Since taking that risk less than a year ago, she has amassed major support from women through her women’s group that coordinates various women empowered events throughout SF. She has made herself comfortable in an industry that was foreign to her a couple of years ago. She is getting ready to launch her movie app called Groupeezz. She is creating a platform for people to connect socially over the same movie interests whether it be a movie studio or an Independent/documentary film. Most importantly she wants to provide a platform in which she can create movie screening events that spark dialogue over topics that create a social impact and social good in society. Go Against The Flow’s mission touched her heart and added more fuel to her entrepreneurial soul, so she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to partner up with Charu & GATF to help them reach their goal of reaching 1million women with the documentary.
Go Against the Flow
Charu is a US-based Indian explorer, entrepreneur, and author. With 5 National Awards, expeditions to all 7 continents, over 600 stage shows, and three books in progress, this prodigy was enlisted as a "Power Woman alongside such notables as Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Gandhi, and Melinda Gates by Youth Incorporated magazine in March 2012.
Charu built two-award winning startup companies out of her dorm room before getting recruited to LinkedIn. She has since dedicated her time to bringing together audacious women entrepreneurs through her book, documentary film-Go Against The Flow and the Huffington Post interview series. Charu’s goal is to inspire more millennial women to build their own startup companies.
Tala (Formerly InVenture)
Shivani Siroya is the founder and CEO of InVenture, a mobile technology and data science company that aims to close the credit gap in emerging markets by using mobile data to overcome traditional barriers to financial access. Through its financial platform, InVenture collects thousands of data points per customer to build a real-time credit score, determine loan terms, and disburse loans in less than a minute. InVenture has disbursed millions of dollars in credit throughout East Africa and is rapidly expanding throughout Africa and Asia. InVenture was recognized by FastCompany as the #1 most innovative company in Money in 2015 and the #8 most innovative company in finance in 2016.
Shivani has a wide array of professional experiences in global health, microfinance, and investment banking. Prior to InVenture she worked at the United Nations Population Fund, helping to develop costing models throughout Africa and Asia. She also has experience in investment banking both in mergers & acquisitions at Health Net, Citigroup and Equity Research at UBS. In 2016, Siroya was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Shivani is a 2015 Senior TED Fellow, 2013 Ashoka Fellow, 2011 Echoing Green Fellow, and 2011 Unreasonable Fellow. Shivani is also on the board of Stellar, a technology company that’s enabling a public infrastructure for money. Shivani holds a M.P.H from Columbia University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.
Krisztina ‘Z’ Holly
The Art of Manufacturing and Chief Instigator, MAKE IT IN LA (an initiative of LA Mayor Garcetti)
Krisztina Holly (@krisztinaholly), known by colleagues as ‘Z’, is an MIT-trained engineer, tech entrepreneur, and pioneer. She was curator and host of the first ever TEDx and founder of two university innovation centers at MIT and USC. Z is launching MAKE IT IN LA, a new non-profit to build community and content for the entrepreneurial ecosystem in manufacturing, inspired by her work as EIR for LA Mayor Garcetti.
Z served as vice provost for innovation at USC and founding executive director of two university innovation centers--MIT Deshpande Center and USC Stevens Center–which helped launch 39 funded startups, expanded innovation ecosystems in Boston and LA, and created TEDxUSC, so far inspiring 13,000+ events globally. She has been adjunct Professor of Innovation Practice at USC and consultant, advisor, and board member to many non-profit and private sector organizations globally, including the Obama administration and World Economic Forum.
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