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Access Portland – Check Out the Lineup

Heading to Access Portland this year? Here are the VIPs that will move your business forward. Meet the Investors: Matt Abrams – Seven Peaks Ventures: Matt is a General Partner at Seven Peaks Ventures. His primary focus is Enterprise Data Analytics and Machine Intelligence. He also focuses heavily on AR/VR, Security, and Quantum technologies and […] [...]




We’re All In This Together: Why I Support FFA

The Female Founders Alliance didn’t exist when I started Simplicity Consulting in 2006. When I stepped away from a successful, 14-year career in corporate America, some people thought I was crazy. I wasn’t sure if I’d be successful out on my own, but I knew that I needed something different. I had a track record […] [...]




Meet the VIPs Attending Access Seattle

If you’re attending Access Seattle this year, you’ll get the chance to meet people that can move your business forward. Here’s a list of our Access Seattle VIPs. Meet Investors: Dennis Joyce – Angel Investor: Dennis is an early-stage investor and Real Estate Portfolio Manager specializing in early-stage investing, and Angel and Pre-Seed syndication. He […] [...]




Female Founder Feature – Inger McDowell-Hartye

Inger McDowell-Hartye is the founder and creator of With Love, From PDX and With Love, From Reno, two companies built on creating local gift collections and meaningful relationships. Inger launched With Love, from PDX in 2015 and was able to combine her passion for community and locally-made goods into a successful company, despite the many […] [...]




Investors, Innovators, Influencers: Dr. Freada Kapor – Kapor Capital

Freada Kapor is a longtime investor and advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion. The Kapor Center, which she founded, invites us to understand the specific needs that different groups of women, trans and non-binary individuals face and to challenge solutions that only benefit the most privileged among us. It’s a lofty and difficult goal, but […] [...]




Female Founder Feature: Heidi Metz – IMANI

Heidi Metz is the founder and CEO of IMANI, a platform enabling banking for the unbanked through a safe, inexpensive, cloud based mobile payment system. She has an MBA in International Marketing and Finance, and has 13 years of experience in global senior leadership roles. Connect with Heidi on LinkedIn. Tell us about your company. […] [...]




Champion Awards: Nominations now open!

It might seem obvious now, but back when I first came up with the idea for the Champion Awards in mid-2017 — the “Oscars™ of women’s allyship” — the whole thing was honestly preposterous. FFA was tiny. We had $0. Nobody beyond a few founders in Seattle and my personal network had any idea who […] [...]




Investors, Innovators, Influencers: Dennis Joyce – Angel Investor

Dennis Joyce is an early-stage investor with over 15 years of experience. He has been a key ally and close friend of FFA. Tell us about the professional journey that took you where you are today. What major lessons did you learn along the way? I started my career as a real estate manager, developer […] [...]