Benjamin Hoyt has more than 15 years of experience designing and producing interactive entertainment software. His work includes games and experiences based on global brands/IP, such as Marvel, Star Trek, Def Jam, The Witcher, American Girl, Top Gun, and more. He has produced games on two different generations of consoles, PC, and mobile, as well as location-based experiences, such as the Above and Beyond exhibition, sponsored by Boeing, at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and the Marvel Experience hyper-reality theme park. Most recently, he produced several AR mobile applications for Crayola and has been particularly focused on location-based VR. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Pomona College, in Claremont, California. For more information about him, see www.linkedin.com/in/bhoyt47.
Throughout her career, Vanessa Dewey has been passionate with three things: cultures, connections, and communities. She continually looks both outward and inward to foster inspiration, forge creative communities and encourage risk-taking, curiosity and bold action. Her non-linear career has take her from branding and packaging then to her HR during her time at Mattel, and now to Adobe where she continues to foster her passions, now, globally.
When accomplished business owners begin to wonder, “what else? what’s next?” — they call New York-based reinvention strategist, Carolyn Herfurth.
Having played a hand in hundreds of reinventions (both big and small) with service-based entrepreneurs, Carolyn is that needle-in-a-haystack thought partner who insists that “nobody puts Baby in a corner” when it comes to living up to your greatest vision. So she swoops in (minus Swayze’s abs) to get your ass on the dance floor where you belong — by linking your universe of past experiences with a custom strategy to create more meaning and more money.
Alongside her work with a handful of private strategy clients, Carolyn has a blast hosting her Burn The Bullsh*t podcast to talk about the messy bits we face as business owners. And to quench her party-throwing thirst, she loves hosting live retreats for small groups of select, handpicked women to breathe new perspective, energy and life into their businesses.
Listen to Season One of Burn The Bullsh*t :: Fire Up Your Business at burnthebullshitpodcast.com
Heidi Craun is the Director of Platform at Hyde Park Angels, where she oversees and strategizes the organization's investor memberships, community partnerships, portfolio company support, communications across all channels, and community engagement.
A proven entrepreneur, Heidi was previously the VP of Customer Experience at FarmLogs, where she developed and scaled the company’s customer support, success, and education functions. Before joining FarmLogs, Heidi helped manage East Coast rider- and driver-side community operations at Uber, developed and scaled the mobile technical support team at Expedia, created the initial customer-facing documentation and style at Duo Security, and wrote customer documentation for Arbor Networks.
Outside of work, Heidi is the co-founder and President of Intermitten, a Midwest entrepreneur event series that provides a platform for people of varying talents and backgrounds to explore and celebrate community, diversity, and creative collaboration. Intermitten’s mission is to unite the Midwest tech community, thoughtfully nurture its development, and highlight it as a hub of and destination for entrepreneurial thought leadership.
Jason is the founder of the FinTech Forge, a managed service provider helping financial institutions transform in the era of digital disruption, and co-host of Breaking Banks, the world’s largest fintech podcast. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of FinTEx, a non-profit growing the FinTech cluster across the Midwest, and Currency, a FinTech Center of Excellence in partnership with the University of Chicago, Northwestern and DePaul University. Jason is a frequent speaker on financial innovation, regulation, compliance as competitive advantage, the importance of diversity and the potential for technology to drive financial inclusion. He is on the FinTech advisory boards for the City of Chicago, the AARP, the Center for Financial Services Innovation Lab, and the SXSW Accelerator.
Jason stumbled into financial services in the early 90’s as a manufacturing engineer for Deluxe Corporation. Since leaving paper checks for the digital world, he’s been an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and head of innovation for a public company. In 2008, he co-founded PerkStreet Financial, one of the first challenger banks, helping pave the way for new partnerships between traditional financial service firms and startups.
Jason and his wife are active angel investors in companies that include mobile savings, B2B payments, international payments, investment management, fraud detection, analytics and back office tools.
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Jason is the co-founder and Chairman of FinTEx, a non-profit growing the FinTech cluster across the Midwest, and Currency, a FinTech Center of Excellence in partnership with the University of Chicago, Northwestern and DePaul University. Jason is also on the board of FinTech Women, a FinTEx initiative to bridge the gender gap in financial services. Jason is a frequent speaker on financial innovation, regulation, compliance as competitive advantage, the importance of diversity and the potential for technology to drive financial inclusion. He is on the FinTech advisory boards for the City of Chicago, the AARP, the Center for Financial Services Innovation Lab, and the SXSW Accelerator.
Jason and his wife are active angel investors. They have two investment criteria that is different from most other investors: 1. The world would be a less good place if the company’s product didn’t exist 2. Diversity on the senior management team. While their portfolio is heavy with FinTech companies such as mobile savings, payments, investment management, analytics and back office tools, they also have invested in things like bike sharing and technology for senior health.
Elizabeth Jutte Kill is an entrepreneur committed to seeing her company, team and clients thrive.
Elizabeth has transformed an underperforming business by recognizing a need for her specialized skills. Through her committed and experienced work process, she has reduced manufacturing scrap by 52%. By implementing traction, she has been able to create clarity amongst the organization as a whole and develop an improved workflow, centered around promoting open and productive communication throughout the team. This has ultimately led to an environment that fosters visibility and accountability in living out the business’s core values. Within a year’s time, creating processes and procedures turned the company into a cash positive business.
For the past 9 years, Elizabeth has led Auld Technologies, a company that has a rich 100 year history in designing and manufacturing domed emblems, labels and badges for Fortune 500 companies dating back to the Ford Model T. Reaching KPIs, solving problems and building a team that exceeds customer expectations are a driving motivational force for Elizabeth. She has worked as a Tier 1 with General Motors and with FCA Honda.
As an entrepreneur since the age of 12 Desiree has always been the founder/owner of her own businesses. Such as the Marina Mermaid, A Models Media, Lookin’ Good productions and Celebrity Auctions to only name a few. After leading a successful career in real estate since 1989 as a broker, investor and creator of a seminar series entitled “From Babies & Bills to Riches in Real Estate”, Desiree, a divorced mom of two sons saw that very capable, intelligent women were letting outside forces stand in their way of making and pursuing their investment choices.
Jon is founder and president of Pushkin Public Relations. His candid, proactive approach to public relations has made him one of Denver’s most widely respected PR practitioners.
He has designed and implemented dozens of successful integrated strategic communications programs for healthcare and nonprofit clients including: Be Stroke Smart, a National Stroke Association national public awareness campaign; Checkoff Colorado, a groundbreaking, collaborative, statewide public awareness campaign for the charitable funds on Colorado’s tax checkoff program; Immunize Colorado’s Kids, a research driven bilingual campaign to improve Colorado’s rate of childhood vaccinations; and Beat the Bug, a flu shot public awareness program. He also provides crisis communications management and training for Cheyenne Frontier Days, Denver PrideFest and many other clients.
Prior to beginning his career in public relations, Jon performed at concerts, folk festivals and workshops across the country as a professional musician and promoted concerts for the legendary Denver Folklore Center.
Chris is the founder of Empowered Achievers, a career coaching and development company focused on helping driven professional women craft careers that they love. Originally coming from the corporate advertising industry where she worked on clients like Google, YouTube, & Expedia, she traded in the agency life for the world of talent development & culture. She transformed her own career into something she loved, and is passionate about getting rid of the "Sunday Scaries" for each one of her clients, too.
Chris works with individuals and companies alike, through both her custom coaching program as well as corporate trainings. She is a thought-leader, with articles in Thrive Global and features on sites such as Business News Daily and HelloGiggles.
Amy Reichlin (amyreichlin.com) is a certified leadership coach, facilitator, trainer, and strategist with 28 years of experience in a wide range of settings (technology, consumer products, healthcare, advertising, finance, and education). Amy has earned an MBA (Kellogg), Masters in Psychology (Naropa University), a Coaching Certificate (ChoicePoint), Mindfulness Certificate (Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute) and is certified in the Leadership Circle Profile 360 Assessment Tool. She is an avid mentor at several startup accelerators, most actively Techstars and Mergelane, and serves on the board of the YWCA, She is a prolific public speaker, most recently at Tech Garden, the Women In Technology Annual Conference, Boulder Techstars Demo Day, Boulder Startup Week, and Denver Startup Week. Amy delights in combining her understanding of business, neuroscience, and human behavior with her insuppressible optimism, creativity, and love of people to create rich, enjoyable learning experiences that stick. The combination of eclectic experience and passion enable her to create relevant and enjoyable programs that enable transformation beyond her clients expectations.