Teela Smith moderated a panel entitled "How Pre-Seed and Seed Founders are Approaching Business During the Pandemic" hosted by Early Growth Financial Services. Panelists included David Chan, CEO, IntelleXt, Breanna Tomasello, CEO & Founder, Luv Snacks Inc., Sven Brunner, CEO & Founder, holo|one, and Phil Wennker, Co-Founder, Mnemonic AI. Topics of discussion included questions such as how the pandemic affected business plans, business pivots, and financing.
Lindsey S. Mignano moderated a panel entitled "Evaluating 'Left Out and Left Behind': Panel discussion regarding the new report on women of color attorneys from ABA Commission on Women in the Profession" featuring panelists Bethanie Barnes of Slack Technologies, Suzette Barnes of Orrick, Chambord Benton-Hayes of Ogletree Deakins, Paulette Brown of Locke Lord, Eileen Letts of Zuber, Lawler, and del Duca, and Destiny Peery of the Red Bee Group. This panel was sponsored by the Bar Association of San Francisco Barristers Club Racial Justice Initiative, Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California, and the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.
Lindsey S. Mignano moderated a panel entitled "Avoiding Trial: Benefits of Moving for Summary Judgment & Alternative Dispute Resolution" featuring panelists Marie Jonas of Folger Levin LLP, Aaron Gothelf of American Arbitration Association, and Hon. Ethan Schulman of the San Francisco Superior Court. Panelists discussed practical skills for bringing or opposing summary judgment, delivering persuasive moving arguments during summary judgment, and resolving disputes through mediation or arbitration.
Lindsey S. Mignano moderated a virtual panel for NowCFO called "How Pre-Seed and Seed Founders are Approaching Business During the Pandemic" featuring B2C/Enterprise SaaS company founders Oscar Adelman of Remi, Peggy O'Flaherty of Mavely, and Cory Woods of Zypp. Panelists discussed how pre-seed and seed founders are managing, pivoting, and developing their products and services during the pandemic.
Lindsey S. Mignano moderated a panel for The Mediation Society on September 23, 2020. The panel was entitled "Eliminating Bias in the Legal Industry: Actions to Recruit, Retain, and Advance Minorities and Intersectional Individuals in the Legal Profession" and featurerd panelists Lien Payne, Jay Hoon Lee of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and Ammar Saheli of San Francisco State University. Panelists discussed the historical myths regarding race, gender, etc. that bar true equity; how older lawyers can bridge the gap and have cross-cultural and cross-generational conversations with younger lawyers about race, gender, and intersectionality; how people in positions of power who are more senior in their careers can mentor younger, intersectional attorneys of color; and what measures law firms and the legal industry in general can take to encourage attorneys of color and intersectional attorneys to thrive in the industry.
Lindsey S. Mignano moderated a virtual panel for FloQast regarding what companies should be considering if they’re hoping to IPO in the next 2-3 years. Panelists included Gary Klintworth (Co-Founder and Managing Director, Arc Consulting); Mike Whitmire (Co-Founder and CEO, FloQast); and Michael Tannanbaun (CFO of Brex).
Lindsey S. Mignano moderated a panel entitled "Recognizing and Dismantling Bias in Law Firms and Private Companies" with panelists Lien Payne, Basil Williams, Deputy Attorney General of the California Department of Justice, Ernest Hammond, Senior Product Counsel at Twilio, and Prerna Lal of Lal Legal. The panel is a part of the Bar Association of San Francisco Barristers Racial Justice Initiative.
Lindsey S. Mignano, Luigi Congedo of Bootstrap Labs VC, Danielle Delancey of Wilmot Ventures, Paige Cortner and Francesca Puccinelli of Carta presented a virtual panel on cap table management, valuations, and preparing for investor due diligence; what early stage VCs are looking for in 2020 and the realities of fundraising during a pandemic; and financing trends and how legal terms in financing or acquisition documents may change in the post-Covid investor-friendly environment.
Lindsey S. Mignano, Luigi Congedo of Bootstrap Labs VC, Alexa Binns of Halogen Ventures, and Matt Estes of Brex presented a Virtual Panel on "State of Funding: Perspectives on How to Approach Fundraising in 2020" regarding various fundraising topics including what early stage VCs are looking for in 2020 and the realities of fundraising during a pandemic; financing trends and how legal terms in financing, acquisition, or basic contractual documents may change in a post-Covid environment; the alternative options to VC funding; and when entrepreneurs should consider working capital, debt financing, and creative approaches to IPOs.
Lindsey S. Mignano, Maria Belyi of Pier 5 Law Offices, and Amber Bissell of Bain Mazza & Debski LLP presented on the topics of gender bias and discrimination in the practice of law, founding female-owned law firms, and business development as a female lawyer in 2020 for Attorney Action Club and San Francisco Lawyers Network.