Power Women in Tech: Founder/CEO Fireside Chat
Join Women Who Code Boston for a candid conversation featuring women leaders in Boston tech!
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Sandra Y. Richter is Soofa's CEO and Co-Founder. While at MIT, she worked with municipalities in South Africa, Japan, China, and Europe on smart transportation systems in collaboration with companies like Volkswagen, Lockheed Martin, and Verizon to define smart city strategies and evaluate business models. She co-founded Soofa in 2014 to deploy smart, social, and sustainable city technology in neighborhoods all around the world. She is a city dweller in Cambridge, MA.
Rica Elysee is a funded Black Women entrepreneur in tech, was a successful community organizer, marketer, and fundraising exec who had founded an influential beauty and makeup community for women of color in Boston. Rica was also helping take care of a disabled family member and she noticed how confident hair appointments made this family member feel - but it was hard to find accessible salons and to book and keep appointments. She noticed that most women in her beauty group faced similar problems - late or canceled appointments and long waits for beauty services. So she used her knowledge of the beauty industry, marketing and fundraising to try to solve the “beauty bookings” problem. Her startup, BeautyLynk (beautylynk.com) brings the beauty salon into women's homes. She is also a co-founder of #AtTheTable.
Polina Raygorodskaya (@polinatravels) is the co-founder and CEO of Wanderu, the leading bus and train travel booking platform in North America and Europe. Prior to establishing Wanderu, Polina was the founder and president of Polina Fashion, a boutique fashion, travel and luxury PR firm based in New York City.
In 2015, Inc. Magazine included Polina in their annual 30 Under 30 roundup of the best young entrepreneurs and Fortune Magazine featured her in their list of 40 Under 40 Women to Watch. In 2016, Polina was featured in Forbes’ annual 30 Under 30 list in the Consumer Tech category. In October 2017, Polina was on the cover of Inc. Magazine as one of the most innovative women entrepreneurs in America.
Polina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Babson College. In 2019, Polina received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Babson as a recognition of her commitment to solving the world’s problems through innovation and sustainable business practices.
Our panelists will share their experiences and journeys that led them to start and lead successful companies in the Boston tech industry. We will get to hear the stories and insights from where they started, how they navigated challenges, and how they got to where they are today!
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6:00 - 6:30 pm: Sign in + Mingle
6:30 - 7:30 pm: Fireside chat
7:30 - 8:00 pm: Networking
We’ll open the discussion to attendees at the end, so feel free to come with questions!
Food and beverages will be provided.
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