Thursday May 9th - 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
21c Main Gallery Stage

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Join us for a casual happy hour conversation with 4 incredible women founders. Hear their stories on how they overcame obstacles on their way to success. Be prepared to relax, laugh and be inspired!

Speaker(s):

Angie Bastian

Angie Bastian took a kernel of an idea and popped it into one of the fastest growing brands of natural popcorn, Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP. It was Angie’s desire to make food that she felt good about feeding her kids and to create a brand that respects consumers. What began as her kid’s college fund nest egg has grown into a beloved, empowered and spirited brand.

Angie was awarded Pioneer in Food, United Nations Women’s Entrepreneurship Day #WEDO2017. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, quoted in Forbes Magazine and appeared on the Martha Stewart Show.

Alanna Cotton

Over her 23+ year career, Alanna has gained a reputation as a change agent and innovative business leader. In Samsung, Alanna leads a cross-functional team of product, channel, & marketing professionals to drive continued growth and innovation for multi-billion dollar categories. At Fortune 50 leaders Procter and Gamble and PepsiCo, she held a number of executive positions including Vice President of Brands and Head of Sales and Business Development. Her leadership of large Field Organizations, National Sales teams, and Marketing teams has led to her General Management approach and the delivery of stellar performance repeatedly. In 2016, Alanna was named to Dealerscope’s Most Powerful Women in Consumer Technology list due to her leadership in the field. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from Stanford University.

Kari Warberg Block

Kari Warberg Block, an unlikely disruptor, challenged an industry that by its very nature is toxic. As the Founder & CEO of EarthKind, Kari discovered that 98% of pest control solutions sold were poison & kill methods – so she set out to invent a better solution: plant-based pest control powered by nature. Kari was the first to develop, manufacture, and commercialize poison-free rodent and insect repellents for farm and home use, with a mission to build a purpose led company to create change through business.
Kari was selected as an Ernst & Young “Entrepreneurial Winning Women,” and has gone from being a part of her local homemakers club to advising the SBA, Congress and the White House on policy that impacts women in business. She has been featured in CNBC, the New York Times, Huffington Post and Forbes.

Geena Davis

Academy Award winner Geena Davis, one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, is recognized for her tireless advocacy of gender equality in media nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She is the Founder and Chair of the non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which is successfully influencing film and television content creators to dramatically increase the percentages of female characters — and reduce gender stereotyping — in media targeting children 11 and under.

In 2015, Davis launched the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF), an unprecedented initiative in support of women and diversity in the entertainment industry and serves as it’s Co-Founder and Chair. BFF provides a platform to significantly boost the commercial value of content produced and starring minorities and women. This initiative is the only film festival to provide guaranteed theatrical, television, digital and home entertainment distribution for the winners.

In 2012, Davis was appointed Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT for the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU). She is an official partner of UN Women, working toward their goal of promoting gender equality and empowering women worldwide. Davis is also the Chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women.

As an actor, Davis has appeared in several roles that have become cultural landmarks. Earning the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Drama, Davis broke ground in her portrayal of the first female President of the United States in ABC’s hit show “Commander in Chief.”

In 1989, Davis received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Lawrence Kasdan’s The Accidental Tourist. She was again nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her performance as Thelma in Ridley Scott’s Thelma and Louise. Davis went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her work in A League of Their Own. Other credits include iconic films such as Tootsie, The Fly, Beetlejuice, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and Stuart Little.

Few have achieved such remarkable success in as many different fields as Davis has: she is not only an award winning actor, but a world-class athlete (at one time the nation’s 13th-ranked archer, and a semi-finalist in the Olympic Trials), and a member of the genius society Mensa. Davis holds honorary degrees from Boston University, Bates College and New England College.

Jackie Heinricher

As founder and president of Booshoot Technology, Jackie Heinricher built a company that leads the world in the development of a new plant micropropagation science, resulting in innovative forestry, ag and pulp invention. Like many successful start-ups, Booshoot has its roots in humble beginnings. Ms.
Heinricher launched the company in 1998 out of her garage, then grew it into a multimillion- dollar biotechnology firm with emphasis on sustainable and environmentally beneficial non- GMO technologies. Today, in addition to managing Booshoot, Ms. Heinricher spearheads visionary intellectual property development. She has authored numerous patents and articles for peer-reviewed journals, and she has been featured in the Seattle Times, New York Times, NPR, Reader’s Digest and beyond.
Ms. Heinricher is also a visionary on the racetrack. She began racing sports cars in 2010 and became the first female driver in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo of North America series in 2017. She owns eight podium finishes across multiple series, including the Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites, Jim Russell F3, BMW Pro5, World FIA Rally, Ferrari IMSA FIA and Formula 3. Ms. Heinricher launched Heinricher Racing in 2013 and formed a partnership with Caterpillar in 2018 to bring the first full-season all-female team to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. ExxonMobil joined the team as a partner in 2019.

Jackie Heinricher

As founder and president of Booshoot Technology, Jackie Heinricher built a company that leads the world in the development of a new plant micropropagation science, resulting in innovative forestry, ag and pulp invention. Like many successful start-ups, Booshoot has its roots in humble beginnings. Ms.
Heinricher launched the company in 1998 out of her garage, then grew it into a multimillion- dollar biotechnology firm with emphasis on sustainable and environmentally beneficial non- GMO technologies. Today, in addition to managing Booshoot, Ms. Heinricher spearheads visionary intellectual property development. She has authored numerous patents and articles for peer-reviewed journals, and she has been featured in the Seattle Times, New York Times, NPR, Reader’s Digest and beyond.
Ms. Heinricher is also a visionary on the racetrack. She began racing sports cars in 2010 and became the first female driver in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo of North America series in 2017. She owns eight podium finishes across multiple series, including the Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites, Jim Russell F3, BMW Pro5, World FIA Rally, Ferrari IMSA FIA and Formula 3. Ms. Heinricher launched Heinricher Racing in 2013 and formed a partnership with Caterpillar in 2018 to bring the first full-season all-female team to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. ExxonMobil joined the team as a partner in 2019.

Geena Davis

Academy Award winner Geena Davis, one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, is recognized for her tireless advocacy of gender equality in media nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She is the Founder and Chair of the non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which is successfully influencing film and television content creators to dramatically increase the percentages of female characters — and reduce gender stereotyping — in media targeting children 11 and under.

In 2015, Davis launched the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF), an unprecedented initiative in support of women and diversity in the entertainment industry and serves as it’s Co-Founder and Chair. BFF provides a platform to significantly boost the commercial value of content produced and starring minorities and women. This initiative is the only film festival to provide guaranteed theatrical, television, digital and home entertainment distribution for the winners.

In 2012, Davis was appointed Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT for the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU). She is an official partner of UN Women, working toward their goal of promoting gender equality and empowering women worldwide. Davis is also the Chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women.

As an actor, Davis has appeared in several roles that have become cultural landmarks. Earning the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Drama, Davis broke ground in her portrayal of the first female President of the United States in ABC’s hit show “Commander in Chief.”

In 1989, Davis received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Lawrence Kasdan’s The Accidental Tourist. She was again nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her performance as Thelma in Ridley Scott’s Thelma and Louise. Davis went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her work in A League of Their Own. Other credits include iconic films such as Tootsie, The Fly, Beetlejuice, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and Stuart Little.

Few have achieved such remarkable success in as many different fields as Davis has: she is not only an award winning actor, but a world-class athlete (at one time the nation’s 13th-ranked archer, and a semi-finalist in the Olympic Trials), and a member of the genius society Mensa. Davis holds honorary degrees from Boston University, Bates College and New England College.