Day of Event Details

2013 Full Agenda and Schedule


Gangplank HQ
260 S Arizona Ave
Chandler AZ 85225
Free Parking in Garage Across Arizona Ave access behind Circle K

We all know digital media has replaced print, and it now looks as if it will eventually crowd out TV, too. But there are some problems (beyond the normal dislocations accompanying disruption).  Most disruptions mean someone new gets rich, even as old businesses are destroyed. But who is getting rich in digital media? What business models work?

And is this really the year of the woman founder? Something has changed in the way women entrepreneurs are perceived. It’s now acknowledged that women can and should be leaders. Learn who those women are, both nationally and locally, and how you can learn new leadership skills from “the opposite sex.”

Learn about these and other factors that affect your business from leaders who have been there, and are doing it now. Talk to fellow entrepreneurs about your growth problems, financing problems, and scaling problems.

Meet people you need to know.

That’s the 8th Annual Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference: one of the contributing factors to Arizona’s vibrant startup culture, now recognized by the Kauffman Foundation.

Don’t miss this year’s conference,

November 13 at Gangplank in Chandler.

It’s where Arizona Entrepreneurs gather to exchange ideas, share successes, and promote economic recovery the ‘old fashioned way’ through partnerships, innovation, and collaboration.


A Sneak Peak at  This Year’s Agenda :

Gloria Feldt is co-founder and president of Take The Lead (, to prepare, develop, inspire, and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025. The bestselling author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think about Power, she began her journey as a teen mom and high school dropout from rural Texas. People magazine called her “The Voice of Experience” when she became president and CEO of the world’s largest reproductive health and advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a position she held from 1996–2005. Her passion now is to remove the last remaining obstacle to leadership parity: women’s learned resistance to embracing their own power. so they can reach parity from the boardroom to the bedroom for good – their own and society’s.

serial entrepreneur in the tech sector, Unicorn Media founder Bill Rinehart was inspired to create the company when he recognized the difficulty publishers and broadcasters had in capitalizing on video assets delivered via IP channels. He and his team set out to create an efficient way to monetize content on any device with patented technology that enables insertion of targeted ads as well as analytics and performance management tools. The result is Unicorn Media.

Lisa Stone co-founded BlogHer, Inc. in 2005 with Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins. As CEO of the company, Lisa has charted the path from an idea for a grassroots conference to a new kind of media company reaching 92 million unique visitors monthly, that is a Top 5 lifestyle network for women 18-34 and a Top 3 food network (comScore). Lisa works across BlogHer on strategies that partner Fortune 500 brands with a new wave of content creators across premium blogs, Pinterest™, Facebook®, Twitter™ and social media , the largest U.S. events for women who blog and use social media, and an award-winning social hub at

Ben Parr is a respected technology entrepreneur, investor and journalist. He is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of #DOMINATEFUND, an early-stage venture capital firm that coaches startups on how to get attention for their products by coaching startups on press, marketing, customer and user acquisition, viral products, and how to navigate Hollywood. In addition to #DOMINATEFUND, Parr is also a Columnist & Commentator for the popular technology news site CNET, where he opines on technology and entrepreneurship.

Pat Sullivan is widely recognized as a pioneer and visionary in the high-tech industry. He is the founder and former CEO of ACT!®, the top selling contact management solution used by millions of business professionals around the world.  Following the sale of ACT! to Symantec, Mr. Sullivan founded SalesLogix in 1996 and led its successful IPO in May 1999 and ultimate sale to The Sage Group in 2001.  In 2005, Mr. Sullivan launched Jigsaw Health and published the book Wellness Piece by Piece in an effort to help the 125 million Americans suffering from chronic health conditions.

In 2006, Heidi Jannenga, a leading sports physical therapist and clinic director, was trying to find simple documentation software for her outpatient therapy clinic that was web-based, affordable, and specifically for physical therapy practices. She asked her husband Brad, a veteran software developer specializing in web-based applications, to help in her search.  When they couldn’t find an adequate solution on the market, they decided to build their own web-based physical therapy software. In 2008, the duo launched WebPT, and within three years, it grew into the leading physical therapy EMR system for rehab therapy clinics.

James Archer is the founder and CEO of Forty (, a nationally-respected experience design firm that for over a decade has helped companies get their crap together and present a unified and powerful experience for their customers and staff. He has shared his passion and expertise with clients like Microsoft, Motorola, Walmart, and Yahoo, and projects he’s worked on have appeared in U.S. News & World Report, Fast Company, Business Week, Entrepreneur, The New York Times, AdAge,, NPR, and others.

Aliza Sherman is the foremost authority on women and the Internet and on work/life technologies. Aliza is a web and social mobile pioneer whose work helped shape the early new media industry. She is an international keynote speaker, author of 10 books, and a digital marketing strategist since 1992.

Dan Gillmor, Chair of the Knight Center on Digital Media Entrepreneurship, is a serial entrepreneur and former San Jose Mercury News technology reporter  who speaks globally on Digital Media and where it is now.







Comments are closed.