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  • Tired of feeling anxious when presenting yourself or your business to clients, or when hanging around all those back-slapping extroverts at cocktail parties? If so, this workshop is for you! By joining us you’ll learn:

    • How to manage your public speaking nerves
    • How to create the right communication mindset
    • How to be authentic and likable in crowds
    • How to look like you belong in the spotlight (because you do)
    • How to tell a thoughtful and engaging story
    • How to use Improv tricks to keep conversations flowing

    About the Instructor

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    Founder, Bridesmaid for Hire | Author | Podcaster | Workshop Host & 1:1 Coach | Professional Speaker

    Jen Glantz is the Founder of Bridesmaid for Hire, along with the creator of the project Finally the Bride, the Founder of the blog The Things I Learned From, the voice of the podcast You're Not Getting Any Younger, the Founder of the coaching business Jen & Juice, and the author of the Amazon-bestselling books, "All My Friends are Engaged" and "Always a Bridesmaid for Hire."

    She's told her stories on hundreds of press outlets around the world, such as Good Morning America, CNN, and NPR, where they called her job the “weirdest of all time”. You can often find her on stages as a speaker for conferences, major companies and schools. In 2016, she received the "30 Under 30" award from her alma mater, University of Central Florida. She's a freelance writer for more than 25 different websites, including NBC, Glamour Magazine, and Forbes.

    Three things you have to know about her: she only eats pizza, her birthday is on April Fool's Day and she spent 2 years living in a new city every month. Learn more on her website: Jenglantz.com and email her to say hello: [email protected]

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  • Tired of feeling anxious when presenting yourself or your business to clients, or when hanging around all those back-slapping extroverts at cocktail parties? If so, this workshop is for you! By joining us you’ll learn:

    • How to manage your public speaking nerves
    • How to create the right communication mindset
    • How to be authentic and likable in crowds
    • How to look like you belong in the spotlight (because you do)
    • How to tell a thoughtful and engaging story
    • How to use Improv tricks to keep conversations flowing
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  • MORE THAN JUST MEMES: INVESTING TRENDS IN 2021

    • Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 05:00 PM
    • Online

    IPOs, ETFs, SPACs. Investing concepts have entered the mainstream in unprecedented ways. Google Searches for "how to invest" spiked to all-time highs in early 2021, and retail investor activity nearly doubled year over year between 2020 and 2021. With so many headlines about what's happening in the markets, this session will serve as an overview of the state of retail investing today. To what can we attribute its rise in popularity, and what's different about investing in the stock market today vs. what you might have learned in high school economics class?

    This event is for educational purposes only and is not investment advice. See Public Disclosures.

    Takeaways

    • Differences in investment styles: short-term trading vs. long-term investing, and how to think about those in the context of your own financial goals
    • Breakdown of key concepts like IPOs, ETFs, and SPACs: what they mean, and why they're getting so much attention
    • How modern retail investors are educating themselves about the market in new ways, using social media apps like Public.com

    Preparation

    Those interested in following along with the Public.com demo can download the free app here and start with a free slice of stock. US residents only, 18+. Subject to account approval.

    About Our Partners

    Public.com

     

    Public is a social investing app that makes it possible to own the companies you believe in, with any amount of money . Through an unmistakably simple experience, Public members can buy slices of stocks and ETFs, follow interest-based themes, and learn from a transparent community of subject-matter experts and friends along the way.

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  • Allyship is often cited as an integral component to increasing diversity within tech. But what does it mean to be an ally? What behaviors and actions do good allies demonstrate? During this panel discussion with senior professionals from across the tech industry, we will candidly discuss what we believe these traits and qualities are, as well as attempt to offer tangible, actionable steps that everyone can take to build more diverse and inclusive workspaces in tech.
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  • BUILDING BRAND LOYALTY WITH BEAUTY FOUNDERS

    • Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 05:00 PM
    • Online

    Ever dreamed of starting a beauty brand, or wondered ~what it takes~? Connect with founders from Instagram’s favorite beauty brands and ZitSticka as they share their origin stories, how to navigate inclusivity in 2021, challenging conventional standards of beauty, and more!

    Takeaways

    • How to start a beauty brand that meaningfully adds to an already overcrowded space
    • Understand the importance of a clear brand identity & values, and how to turn them into brand loyalty & love
    • Why conventional beauty standards must be challenged and subverted in 2021

    About the Panelists

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    Founder,
    ZitSticka

    Danny developed his passion for human biology, chemistry and psychology whilst completing his Bachelor of Science at the University of Sydney. After graduating, Danny helped scale two advertising technology companies; one in the US (Signpost) where he trained and managed the NY sales team for three years, and the second (AdRoll) in Australia, where he was the first sales hire to help penetrate/scale the region, managing the Sydney sales team for the second half of his tenure. During his time at AdRoll, Danny also helped multiple D2C brands (such as Frank Body and HiSmile) scale and grow their businesses by executing all Facebook/Instagram ad campaigns and advising on on-site optimizations/tools. Danny's entrepreneurial itch, his passion for skincare and D2C, combined with his extensive experience in ecommerce & digital advertising led him to leave his full time role to join forces with his brother-in-law (Robbie Miller) to build their own digitally native, next generation, global skincare brand. At ZitSticka™, Danny specializes in product development, supply chain management, brand development, performance & brand marketing, ecommerce planning/dev/optimization as well as global regulatory management.

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    Creator,
    Ilia Beauty

    Born in Vancouver and raised in a rural, ocean-side setting just outside the city, Sasha has always been close to nature. Her younger brother and now business partner, Zac, suffered from acute asthma and allergies as a young child. Her mother, a true pioneer in health and wellness at that time, sought out homeopathic remedies to help heal her son. This included co-founding an organic food co-op with several families in the area, as organic food did not yet exist in the grocery stores. Through trial and error, Zac was healed primarily through diet, and went on to compete in sailing in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. This was an amazing accomplishment, especially after the doctors had predicted he would never be able to play sports.

    Sasha’s interests fell into design, studying Typography in London and New York. She found herself in Los Angeles in 2006 and spent several years working as a branding executive within the fashion and beauty industries. After moving home to Vancouver for a brief sabbatical, her mother encouraged her to read the ingredient list on her favorite lip balm. Sasha was shocked to discover many of the ingredients were not safe, and it’s something she used daily. The challenge was set – re-create her favorite lip balm so that it would be safe, effective and natural. And so the story of ILIA begins.

    Sasha currently resides near ILIA’s headquarters in Laguna Beach, CA with her husband and two young daughters.

    About Our Partners

    ZitSticka

     

    ZitSticka is a tech-meets-skincare brand hinging on science and leveraging the most efficient and innovative delivery systems.

    Central to the brand's ethos is bringing transparency to the acne space—a space typically glossed over, sidestepped or approached in a clinical light. We explore the reality of having acne with equal parts sincerity and humor, while collaborating with members of the online “skin positivity” community to normalize the phenomenon that is acne. We're at once proposing that zits are an entirely normal and non-shameful phenomenon, but that we can help you fight them.

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  • RSVP Today

    Join us for this virtual event series created by NY Tech Alliance and Grasshopper Bank as we spotlight founders and leaders that are adapting their businesses to make it work during this time of so much uncertainty. We ask them to share practical knowledge, tools, and guidance that we hope will answer many of your questions and provide a bit of inspiration.

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    May 18th @ NOON ET

    This month, we will be spotlighting Jes Chosid, CEO of Reign Maker.

    Prior to founding Reign Maker, Jes Chosid (CEO) worked for Bloomberg LP working with visual information to develop data-driven products. She also worked as Creative Director to Hazen and Sawyer, the largest privately held water engineering firm in the U.S.

    Reign Maker is one of the first service firms to focus on drones being used for building and infrastructure inspection and monitoring in New York State, primarily working under government agency contracts. Jes decided to create a drone enabled water sampling system after working closely with the NYC Dept of Environmental Protection.

    Learn more about Reign Maker at http://www.goreignmaker.com/

    Catch past conversations at https://nytech.info/founderspotlights!

    Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/93955863657

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    About NY Tech Alliance:

    A member-based non-profit with a mission to foster the technology community and ecosystem in New York City, with the goal of creating a better future for all. Representation, inspiration, support, and leadership are the qualities we focus on in order to reach this goal. Connect with us today at nytech.org!

    About Grasshopper Bank:

    Grasshopper is a digital bank serving founders, their companies, and the investors supporting them across the innovation economy. We make banking simple, secure, effortless and

  • FACE IT FORWARD: CHILL OUT, NOT BURNOUT

    • Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 05:00 PM
    • Online

    If your mental health is struggling, does your skin lose out? (Spoiler: Yes! In a big way). Join millennial-loved beauty brand ZitSticka as they foster a dialogue between leading dermatologist, therapist, and self-care aficionados. They’ll unpack the relationship between acne and mental health, how to not “burn out”, approachable strategies for cultivating better self-esteem and self-worth and the importance of ~talking about your feelings~.

    Takeaways

    • Working hard, or hardly ever stopping to breathe? Challenging “burnout” culture and efficiency as a status symbol
    • Is self-care merely a buzzword, or is it a practical life tool?
    • How do stress and mental health impact your precious epidermis?

    About the Panelists

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    Founder,
    SEEN & SAFE

    Amy Lee is a lifestyle digital content creator and self-proclaimed 'trauma-informed student of life.' Her content meets at the intersection of mental wellness, social justice advocacy, and holistic healing. She is also the founder of SEEN & SAFE, a community space empowering the next generation (BIPOC/LGBTQIA+/folx with a disability, etc.) from the inside out.

    Dr. Daniel Y. Sugai, MD, FAAD Photo

    Dermatologist,
    North Pacific Dermatology

    Dr. Daniel Sugai is a board-certified dermatologist in Seattle, WA who practices medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. He received his M.D. degree at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine and went on to do his dermatology training in Harvard Medical School’s combined residency program where he trained at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital. His wife is a physician frontliner and they have two children.

    About Our Partners

    ZitSticka

     

    ZitSticka is a tech-meets-skincare brand hinging on science and leveraging the most efficient and innovative delivery systems.

    Central to the brand's ethos is bringing transparency to the acne space—a space typically glossed over, sidestepped or approached in a clinical light. We explore the reality of having acne with equal parts sincerity and humor, while collaborating with members of the online “skin positivity” community to normalize the phenomenon that is acne. We're at once proposing that zits are an entirely normal and non-shameful phenomenon, but that we can help you fight them.

     

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  • Coding for Diversity Night

    It's now widely recognized that diverse teams are smarter, make better decisions, and are able to solve problems more effectively. Yet, the tech sector still lacks diversity. 

    So how do we bridge the gap? We decided to take a step forward and promote coding skills to a more diverse range of people.

    What: The Coding for Diversity Night is a 3-hour, FREE workshop where people from diverse backgrounds can learn basic coding skills and explore what it's like to be a web developer in a safe, welcoming environment.  

    Who: We encourage people who identify with underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines to join this event. That being said, everyone with no coding experience is welcome to apply! 

    How to participate: Seats are limited. To participate, you need to send a short application on this page. In partner code, write "NY Tech" and you'll be automatically accepted :) 

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  • RSVP Today

    About This Event: 

    NY Tech Alliance will be presenting our our panel in Angel Investing.

    With participants to include founders and principals of startup companies as well as investors, and with ample time for Q&A and virtual networking, this session will be an outstanding source of practical, real-world guidance and useful contacts.  


    Host:

    Paul Ellis, Managing Partner, Paul Ellis Law Group LLC

    As Managing Partner of the 9-lawyer Paul Ellis Law Group, Paul counsels on issues including formation, early-stage financing (friends and family, angel and VC), joint venture and strategic partnering relationships, employment, equity plans, mergers and acquisitions, and, together with his colleagues, protection and licensing of intellectual property. Beyond the internet/mobile/IT industries, he has practiced in industries including telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing, banking, real estate, consumer products, and entertainment. He has represented companies ranging from startups to multinationals, as well as funds and individual and institutional investors. Paul is a board member of NY Tech Alliance and organizes its events on legal issues for startup through midsize tech companies. He holds a BA from Harvard and a JD from Georgetown.


    Panelists: 

    TBA

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  • Communicating with an AI chatbot is not the same as communicating with a human, but neither is it the same as using a search engine.

    About this event

    Communicating with an AI chatbot is not the same as communicating with a human, but neither is it the same as using a search engine - it exists in a liminal space between the two.

    We will discuss how advances in natural language understanding and conversational design can be used to create a more intelligent - and ultimately more human-like - AI chatbot experience.

    Event Schedule (EDT Time Zone):

    12:00 PM Getting settled and Zoom joining

    12:05 PM Welcome back and kickoff!

    12:10 PM Erin Toth, Product Manager and Conversational UX Developer and Jorge Marcano, Software Engineer in Data Science from Finn.ai

    12:45 PM Final Q&A and Wrap-up

     

    Speaker Bios:

    Erin Toth, Product Manager and Conversational UX Developer, Finn.ai

    Erin has a passion for creative problem solving and learning new things. She has a particular interest in building products that are accessible for a diverse group of users and their specific needs and in leveraging Conversational AI to deliver the best possible digital service.

    Jorge Marcano, Software Engineer in Data Science, Finn.ai

    Jorge is Computer Scientist born in Venezuela, specialized in Machine Learning with a Master's Degree in Big Data. He is part of the Data Science Team at Finn AI and is interested in Machine Learning, NLP/NLU as well as Data Analytics and Data Visualization.

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