Los Angeles Founder Day & Women in Startups

G&W gathered in LA with a passionate community of female founders, investors, partners, and allies. The day started with a Fundraising Masterclass by our very own Leslie Feinzaig, and was followed by a panel discussion on Structuring your Startup for Success: A Legal Perspective by Orrick. Founders then had the opportunity to meet 1:1 with prominent investors in the ecosystem. In the evening, we had a panel of VCs and founders who explored the role of an investor, finding the right investors, running the fundraising process, advice to founders, the current market, and more. The happy hour set the stage for meaningful conversations and lasting connections. Thank you to all who joined us to make the day so substantive and inspiring.

Featured speakers:

Leslie Feinzaig, Founder & Managing Director, Graham & Walker Venture Fund

Sarah Schaedler, Partner, and Global Co-Chair, Orrick’s Global Technology Companies Group

Caroline Cherkassky, Partner, Orrick’s Global Technology Companies Group


Anna Barber (she/her), Partner at M13

Beatriz Acevedo (she/her/ella), founder, SUMA Wealth

Clara Siegel (she / her), CEO, Dance Church

Zhenni Liu (she/her), Partner, MaC Venture Capital

Grace Kangdani, Senior Vice President, Bank of America’s Technology Industry Group (moderator)

Learn more about the speakers here


Andrew Kahn, Head of Crush Ventures

Leen Kawas, Managing General Partner, Propel Bio Partners

Naseem Sayani, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Emmeline Ventures

Odile Roujol, Founding Partner, Fab Co-Creation Studio Ventures

Rob Ryan, Relationship Capitalist/Founder, GrowthHax

Robyn Ward, CEO, FounderForward

Ban Kawas, Senior Research Scientist, Reinforcement Learning, Meta

Britt Danneman, Partner, Alpha Edison

Jocelyn Florence, Partner, Parallel Brands

Learn more about the mentors here

Thank you to the team at BioscienceLA for providing a perfect venue and for all the support behind the scenes.

Thank you to our airlines partner, Alaska Air, for enabling us to go on this roadshow!

This day would not have been possible without the generous support of our amazing partners at Orrick, Bank of America, and TriNet. Thank you.

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