AmEx OPEN for Women: CEO BootCamp

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Currently listening to “All Fired Up” – The Saturdays (courtesy of Spotify)

Ahhh what a wonderful week!  Yesterday, I attended the CEO BootCamp sponsored by American Express OPEN at 3 WTC.

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There, I met women who founded and are leading multi-million dollar enterprises and women continuing to build their companies.

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My favorite keynote speaker was Robin Chase, co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar.  Robin is an incredible woman who exudes wisdom, enthusiasm for entrepreneurship, and immense humbleness.  She reminded us in the audience that a great business idea doesn’t necessarily have to be a novel idea – Zipcar was inspired by another car-sharing program in Germany.  Zipcar made the program better, MUCH BETTER, starting in Cambridge, Massachusetts!  When a key mentor strongly advised that Zipcar scale asap, Robin had to come to terms with the fact that she would have to devote more time to the business rather than her family, for which her young daughter at twelve years old fully supported.  Having gained her young one’s blessing, she went full force, encountering challenges but showing that luck is where preparation meets opportunity (TRUE THAT).  More about her story can be found here.

I befriended Ademipo, co-founder of FLO + THEO, hand-crafted vegan skincare that formulates simple yet effective vegan products.  FLO + THEO’s ecommerce site will be live soon :)!  Also, I became acquainted with the co-founders of EnerLeap, a patented new nano technology that significantly improves the performance of lithium ion batteries – so cool!  Oh, and ErnerLeap is a Mass Challenge finalist, whoop whoop!

Being surrounded by entrepreneurs who are truly passionate about what they’re doing and where they’re going was inspirational and pushed me even more to work harder for Blini Dom.

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