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Women Stepping Up to Change Access to Capital

May 21, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

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For our special guest speakers on this episode, passion and capital go hand in hand.  Celebrated entrepreneurs, investors, wealth managers, spokeswomen, and humanitarians, Jesse Draper and Diane Johnston have tirelessly dedicated their careers to helping women navigate through challenges and roadblocks.  Our conversation will cover everything from accessing venture capital and creating your legacy, to harnessing the power of your network to create value, to how to find your own inner strength in these trying times.  This is one episode you will not want to miss.


With Featured Speakers


Jesse Draper
Founding Partner of Halogen Ventures

About Jesse

Jesse Draper is a mother of 2 boys, founding partner of Halogen Ventures as well as creator and host of Emmy nominated television series,The Valley Girl Show. Draper is a 4th generation venture capitalist focused on early stage investing in female founded consumer technology. Among her 55 portfolio companies, are the Skimm, Carbon38, HopSkipDrive, The Flex Company, Eloquii (recently sold to Walmart) and This is L which recently sold to P&G. She stars on SET’s television series Meet the Draper’s currently in it’s second season.

Draper was listed by Marie Claire magazine as one of the ‘50 Most Connected Women in America’. Draper has been a contributor to Marie Claire, Mashable, Forbes, and is a regular investor and tech personality on shows including TLC’s Girl Starter, The Katie Couric Show, Fox’s Good Day LA, CNBC’s Who Wants to Be the Next Millionaire Inventor? & Freeform’s Startup U.

She proudly sits on the board of directors of enterprise technology company Werk, Blue Fever, Preemadonna (creator of the Nailbot) and the non-profit board Bizworld. Draper supports the Parkinson’s Institute and is very involved with growing UCLA’s female entrepreneurship community.


Diane Johnston
Vice President, Bernstein Private Wealth Management

About Diane

Diane Johnston is a Vice President and Financial Advisor at Bernstein Private Wealth Management in the New York office. Diane’s focus is offering institutional quality wealth management to entrepreneurs, families and institutions, as well as their respective trusts, estates, foundations, endowments and pension plans. Before joining the firm in 2018, she was a director and senior investment leader at Willis Towers Watson, a global consulting firm. Prior to consulting, Diane was a director at WHV Investments, a VP at OppenheimerFunds, and a director at Fidelity Management & Research. Her 20-plus year career in capital markets also included roles in investment banking, trading and private offerings. Diane holds a BA in economics from Sewanee: The University of the South, and an Executive Certificate in business administration from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. Diane is also the President of the Exit Planning Exchange (”XPX”) Long Island chapter, a board member of UNITAS, an international humanitarian organization united to fight against human trafficking, and a member of The Knickerbocker Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is an active member of The New York Council Navy League, a civilian-led support to the sea services, and ADDAPT, a not-for-profit trade organization focused on taking the Long Island Aerospace & Defense Industry into a new era of prosperity. She also is the Herald’s 2020 Premier Business Women Award Winner for Finance. Diane and her family live in Port Washington, NY, and she enjoys her dogs, sailing, running and her rose garden on.



May 21, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
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