A few months ago, a trio of local founders – Bonnie Powers of Poet and/the Bench, Kasia Stiggelbout of In Flow and Kristina Rudzinskaya of Etalon hosted Founder Stories Volume 1, an event for female entrepreneurs and a unique opportunity to get inspired by stories of resilience, innovation, hard truths and deep connections. The event was a huge success and featured panelists Lily Kanter, AveryLily, Serena & Lily; Christin Powell, Kinship; Keira Kotler, Everviolet; and Justine Kahn, Botnia

On Thursday March 7th at the Mill Valley Community Center (180 Camino Alto), the group reconnects for ‘Scale Your Story: Branding, Marketing, & Growth,’ which organizers call “an empowering evening at the Mill Valley Community Center, graciously sponsored by the City of Mill Valley, to celebrate and elevate women’s narratives in business. This event is tailored for those ready to amplify their brand, refine their marketing strategies, and accelerate their growth.”

The event kicks off with networking from 5:30-6pm, followed from 6-7:15pm with a special panel of experts, including Mira Fertility CMO Katherine Sakovich – building from the ground up, marketing strategy, analytics, and more

​- Noise 13 Creative Agency founder, Dava Guthmiller – “telling an effective story”, identifying your audience, appropriate targeting, and more; Venture builder and GTM expert, Tamara Jones – “growth without social”, partnerships, GTM strategy, and more; Go-to-Market expert at Kleiner Perkins (VC arm behind Loom, Figma, & more), Suzanne Holloway covers marketing strategy, measuring success, and more ​+ additional marketing experts coming.

From 7:15pm-8:30pm, there will be breakout sessions where attendees can connect with the panelists and delve deeper into specific areas of interest. The evening will continue with more networking opportunities, ensuring you make the most out of your connections!

​Community Sponsors include the ​City of Mill Valley that allows allows the group to gather without a waitlist; ​Assembly Wealth for providing space for their first gathering and continuing to support the Female Founder Stories initiative. Assembly Wealth is a proud member of the Mill Valley and Marin County community, providing personalized wealth management for financial clarity, peace of mind, and well-being. For more information on Assembly Wealth and our community events, let’s assemble at www.letsassemble.com

​Chef Debb Michail of Tavus Foods will be serving little bites of bold, fresh, and delectable Persian food with her signature dips. ​Anne-Frans Van Vliet is bringing tastings of her Lil Bitty Nuts gourmet nut mixes. ​Christine Peck, Founder of St. Hildie’s will be bringing the magic with their buzzy, good-for-you botanical spiked tonics 🎉

​International Women’s Day – The event coincides with International Women’s Day on March 8! In celebration, host Bonnie Powers of Poet and/the Bench and co-creator of the “I Married Me” self-love kit, is donating an affirmation card for each attendee.

​This is a free event, with RSVP requested, for those who identify as female. Please feel free to share and invite other female entrepreneurs! Bring business cards and collateral for the community table.


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