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Parenthood x Entrepreneurship: A Fireside on the Founder-Family Journey
October 28 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Does parenthood seem invisible in #startuplife? These entrepreneurs are changing that. Join the leaders of Glowforge, LegUp, Weekdays, and WeWork Labs for a conversation on the highs, lows, and how-to’s of the founder, funding, and family journey. We’ll discuss what it takes to balance being a parent and wearing all hats for your business (and whether balance is even possible). We’ll also celebrate the local resources and partners who are making growing your business while growing a human a little bit easier.
This event is open to all – we’re excited to offer childcare onsite, thanks to Weekdays!
Dan Shapiro, Co-Founder & CEO, Glowforge
Elizabeth Scallon, Head Of WeWork Labs, Northern CA & Northwest
Jessica Eggert, Founder & CEO, LegUp
Shauna Causey, Partner, Madrona Venture Labs
Dan Shapiro is the CEO and cofounder of Glowforge, the iconic 3D laser printer. He is also the author of Hot Seat: The Startup CEO Guidebook, published by O’Reilly. Before founding Glowforge, Dan launched the bestselling boardgame in Kickstarter history, Robot Turtles, a game that teaches programming fundamentals to preschoolers. Before his detour as a boardgame designer, Dan served as CEO of Google Comparison, Inc, a Google subsidiary. Shapiro landed at Google when they bought his previous company, comparison shopping website Sparkbuy. He has been awarded a dozen US patents, and received his B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College. Dan and his wife Leslie are the parents of incredible twin fifth-graders who teach them something new every day.
Elizabeth is an award-winning leader in the Pacific Northwest startup ecosystem, and Head of WeWork Labs Northern CA & NW. Elizabeth is a scientist, mentor, and 15 year leader in scientific and technological innovation. Known for a keen ability to locate disruptive and innovative technology, previously Elizabeth led the team at CoMotion Labs at the University of Washington coaching and growing the robust bench of NW tech and biotech startups. An out lesbian from before the L Word pilot episode, Elizabeth has a passion for spotlighting and developing outsider voices. A tendency that aided her biotech startup team at VLST (her title: Head of Ops) grow to 50 employees and $35M in funding. Despite an active travel schedule overseeing labs and showcasing Seattle talent in SF, LA, NYC and internationally, Elizabeth is a hometown hero. She grew up in Seattle, plays the connector and mentor role in building Seattle’s booming economy, and she lives on Beacon Hill with her wife and toddler. Sundays usually mean farmers markets and family brunch.
Jessica Eggert is focused on building communities and tools that increase the economic mobility of women and underestimated people. She does this as the Founder & CEO of LegUp, matching busy parents to out-of-home childcare, and as an advisor for Ethel’s Club, the first social and wellness club for people of color. Previously, Jessica was the Head of Culture & Innovation at The Riveter, and spent 9 years in HR, DEI, and internal operations working for technology companies across the U.S. and Europe. Jessica is also the mom to a 6 year old boy and a newborn baby, and speaks and writes often about being a working mother in entrepreneurship.
Shauna Causey is working on a new startup as Partner at Madrona Venture Labs. Previously, she held executive roles at Nordstrom, Comcast and Google before moving to the startup world as VP at Decide (acquired by eBay in 2013) and VP at Startup Weekend (Techstars). She currently serves on the Board of Directors of three nonprofits and is a marketing advisor to three startups, the City of Seattle, and King County on digital media and innovation initiatives. For the last five years, she’s spoken at tech, marketing, and innovation conferences and events around the world and has been interviewed by Marie Claire, Bloomberg, CBS Morning News, ABC, NBC and the New York Times.