It’s official: Women Who Launch was a success! Michael Kilcoyne, the panel’s MC, did a spectacular job, asking a variety of relevant questions. The panelists, Stephanie Maxwell (@gosirvo), Jenna Walker (@artifactuprising), and Amy Baglan (@meetmindful), were in kind, sharing insight and experiences from their unique perspectives.
The highlights included discussing work-life balance, or “congruence” as Jenna calls it. Each of these women have had to conquer their own challenges to achieve zen: for Stephanie, it’s the small but no less important things, like eating and exercising, that she had to learn how to put first; Jenna didn’t want to sacrifice being a mom, so even though it meant less sleep, she woke up early to get work done so she could fit in school drop-offs and pick-ups; Amy has discovered that the key to maintaining her balance is mindfulness and meditation.
When it came to handling the strong emotions that go along with the stress of founding a tech company, each woman had a different take. Stephanie sets her emotions aside with her team because that’s how she’s most effective as a manager, while Jenna does the opposite, sharing that she “threw a fit” the week before as an example, because she’s found that she’s at her best when there’s no pretense. Amy falls somewhere in the middle, but highlighted the importance of having a second opinion when emotions run high by telling the audience about an email mishap that involved a dick pic. We all got a good laugh out of that!
All in all, it was great discussion about what it means to be a female founder in the tech industry.
Holla!!! Full house at #Galvanize on Platte St for #WomenWhoLaunch session at #DENStartupWeek! #WomenInTech pic.twitter.com/vU0z4veXrO
— Sandy Amaro (@my_yachay) September 28, 2015
Serious kudos to @SteffieMaxwell @jwalkerphoto @amybaglan for a raw and dynamic #womenwholaunch conversation today. pic.twitter.com/oMJZ4U6jqh — Lizelle van Vuuren (@lizellevv) September 29, 2015
#DENStartupWeek Here at @galvanize for #WomenWhoLaunch. Love collaborating & connecting with our lady entrepreneurs. pic.twitter.com/bsPN1IyHYs — SirenVid (@SirenVid) September 28, 2015
Congruence instead of balance. As a mom this really resonates. Wise words from #womenwholaunch #DENStartUpWeek — Jeni Anderson (@jeni_a) September 28, 2015
Amazing energy in the room and such wise words from fellow women entrepreneurs. #WomenWhoLaunch #DENStartupWeek pic.twitter.com/BSinCkbdZO — Gaëlle Callnin (@cofrenchy) September 28, 2015