Adventurer, Polar Explorer and Mountain Climber Alison Levine to Keynote FinFoundHer, the Ultimate Women's Business Adventure, May 19-20, Chicago

Chicago, IL, April 10, 2018 --( Adventurer, mountain climber and polar explorer Alison Levine will kick off FinFoundHer, the ultimate women’s business adventure on May 19-20 at evolveHer in Chicago.

Author of the New York Times’ best-selling book “On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Everest and Other Extreme Environments,” Levine has scaled the Seven Summits and skied to the North and South Poles, becoming one of only 30 people in the world to complete the Adventure Grand Slam. She was team captain of the American Women’s Everest Expedition. She formed the Climb High Foundation in 2005 to improve the lives of jobless women in Africa by teaching them to be trekking guides and porters, which enables them to earn a living wage. She also is the Executive Producer of the movie, “The Glass Ceiling.”

“No one teaches leadership or embodies adventure in the way that Alison does,” said FinFoundHer co-founder Kristin Fox. “She’s been there when things ‘get real’ on the mountain and in business and her insights for getting to the summit are invaluable. It’s an extraordinary beginning to our adventure.”

FinFoundHer is two days of dual-track adventure-themed immersive workshops designed to bring women founders (pre-start-ups, start-ups and growth-focused business owners), investors and industry experts together to learn how to scale the toughest peaks and summit your dream business successfully.

Start-up entrepreneurs will trek through ideation, from concept to construct; design a path to profitability; and learn to successfully navigate the tough fundraising trails.

Veteran entrepreneurs will learn to scale faster and smarter, while keeping their eyes firmly on the summit. Scalers will focus on growth strategies, including buy, build or partner; acquiring the competition; and evaluating capital-raising needs, options and planning.

Start-ups and scalers also will explore the many facets of capital-raising, from angels to venture debt and crowdfunding to SBA loans. Workshops will teach attendees how to build the proper business ecosystem to avoid working without a net; finding your perfect pitch; and the time-honored arts of selling and negotiating.

FinFoundHer is the creation of Kristin Fox, Holly Glowaty and Kristen Thiry, three adventurous entrepreneurs and advocates for women-owned businesses.

About Us:
Kristin Fox is a serial entrepreneur, brand builder, networker and award-winning journalist. She has spent more than two decades bringing alternative investment managers and investors together to engage and educate one another, creating better informed investors on both sides of the table. Her career highlights include: President of Hedge Fund Research, Inc., where she created the firm’s signature conferences and ran the HFR Journal; Director of News & Research/Executive Editor, HedgeWorld, where Kristin ran the news, education and conference division of the industry-standard information business that was sold to Reuters in 2005. Following her tenure at Thomson Reuters, she formed FoxInspires LLC, which provides private-label educational materials and events, as well as investor and media relations for alternative investment managers and investors. Kristin also is a founding board member of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, now 100 Women in Finance.

Holly Glowaty is Co-Founder of the Chicago-based payment technology consulting firm: K+H Connection and is founding Co-Producer of Flourish: The Growth of Branded Currency Conference. Through Flourish, Holly works to gather world-class speakers and industry experts from both within the branded currency industry and the broader FinTech community, to come together to discuss the future and growth of our industry. In producing the conference, she is able to bring her knowledge of new/alternative solutions and non-traditional channels to her consulting practice at K+H Connection. K+H Connection audits merchant gift card, loyalty, promotional, stored-value and prepaid programs, in order to find new growth opportunities and technology partners for our merchant clients. Holly has spent over 12 years working with merchants to create profitable partnerships in FinTech, loyalty/rewards and Sports Marketing. She has represented major gift card portfolios for JCPenney and Staples; created numerous loyalty program partnerships and helped to develop relationships with merchants for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club and Holly is a founding member of the YMCA of Metro Chicago Associate Board, a founding Chair of FinTEx: FinTech Women, a mentor at 1871, a Member of The Gift Card Network, The Incentive Marketing Association, and The Incentive Gift Card Council.

Kristen Thiry has over a decade of payments experience working for some of the Nation’s largest financial institutions. In her 8-year tenure at Discover Financial Services, Kristen held many roles on both the card issuing side of the business as well as the Network. She managed the gift card redemption program for Discover’s $1 Billion Cashback Bonus rewards program. This included working with nearly 200 of the Nation’s largest retailers. She also managed a large portfolio of Discover Network branded prepaid programs spanning various open-loop, RAN and emerging payment technologies. While with Capital One, Kristen managed the Neiman Marcus private label credit card program. Kristen is co-founder and co-producer for the premier conference focused specifically on the Branded Currency industry, Flourish: The Growth of Branded Currency. She leverages her background and knowledge to curate the content presented at the conference. Kristen served on the Board of Directors for the Incentive Gift Card Council. As a founding member of FinTEx: FinTech Women, Kristen is dedicated to creating awareness, connections & opportunities, while amplifying the success of women changemakers in the Chicago FinTech ecosystem. She is a member of the Gift Card Network, the Incentive Marketing Association, and the Incentive Gift Card Council. Her peers in the industry look to her as a thought leader and frequent presenter at industry events. In 2017 Kristen was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the Incentive Industry by Incentive Magazine.
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