Courageous Collaboration | Anthony Franco

Courageous Collaboration

Anthony Franco
Founder & CEO, M.C. Squares


Anthony Franco is the founder of M.C. Squares. M.C. Squares was conceived out of the lessons learned while running brainstorming workshops within Fortune 100 conference rooms. M.C. Squares is leader in Whiteboarding tools that facilitate face-to-face learning and collaboration.


COLLABORATION IS THE MASTER KEY TO INNOVATION

The Long-term Value of Outsourcing as a Strategy | Melissa Smith

The Long-Term Value of Outsourcing as a Strategy

Melissa Smith
Founder & CEO
Association of Virtual Assistants


Melissa Smith is the Founder & CEO of the Association of Virtual Assistants and The PVA, a firm that matches clients with the right virtual assistants. She is also the best-selling author of two books, Hire The Right Virtual Assistant and Become a Successful Virtual Assistant. Additionally, Melissa also mentors for Remote-how Academy, the first global, online education and individual certification program.

Drawing from her experience while working on five different continents Melissa truly understands how to operate a successful virtual business.

Melissa has been quoted by ABC News, Forbes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S. News & World Report. Most recently Melissa was named a trailblazing female entrepreneur to watch in 2021.


The mission of the Association of Virtual Assistants is to be the most trusted source of information in the VA industry. We promote a high standard of excellence within our Association, which not only benefits current and future virtual assistants but those we serve - the client.

The AVA solves your hiring problem! No matter what your need, we have the right virtual assistants that meet your hiring needs. The AVA was not only founded for virtual assistants, but also founded to support the clients we serve as well because we can’t have a business without your business. Hire an industry-leading virtual assistant and don’t waste your time with a VA who doesn’t meet your standards.

Collaborative Spaces as Vibrant Communities | Rebecca Pan

Collaborative Spaces as Vibrant Communities

Rebecca Pan
Founder & CEO, Trellis Workspace


Rebecca Pan is the founder & CEO of Trellis, an innovative and pioneering workspace environment and experience.


Trellis is San Francisco’s newest workspace, where ideas flourish
Whether you’re a founder, freelancer, or running a team, Trellis has flexible options to foster your productivity and help you excel!

With six bookable meeting rooms (sanitized between uses, of course), your remote team can connect in-person as needed without the expense or complexity of an office.

Trellis helps you rest your mind for optimal productivity by way of artisanal coffee, fresh-baked pastries, and adult beverages. Our expert baristas craft alluring Equator coffee and espresso drinks with perfectly poured latte art, all while knowing your name and “regular” order. In the afternoons, our bartenders can pour you some of the best wine and craft beers in the city.

If you are looking for a beautiful, flexible space to power out work for a day, or a new longterm HQ for your startup, Trellis has 24/7 options for private offices, dedicated desks, and open seating.

To keep you and the community safe, Trellis has over 30 health measures in place, including daily Health Check monitoring and touchless temperature taking, nanocrystal self-sanitizing wraps on high-touch surfaces, extensive air filtration, and touchless entry and transactions.

Sustainable Philanthropy | Marissa Fayer

Sustainable Philanthropy

Marissa Fayer
Founder & CEO, HERhealthEQ


Marissa Fayer is the founder & CEO of HERhealthEQ. 20-year Life Science and Business executive building companies into world-class organizations. Champion of women’s health equity around the world. 


EQuipment for EQuity.

HERHealthEQ's vision is to reduce female mortality in developing nations by providing access to medical device equipment, creating an equitable standard of care. Women are the cornerstone of the family unit. When a woman becomes ill and does not receive the care she needs, the entire family unit is at greater risk of financial distress and poor health.

We focus on providing equipment involved in the treatment of the top non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that impact the developing world which include cancers affecting women, maternal health issues, diabetes, and heart disease.

Medical Care Access for Everyone: Healthcare the Way it Should Be

Medical Care Access for Everyone:
Healthcare the Way it Should Be

Ilya Abyzov
co-founder, Forward


In this session, Forward Co-Founder and early Uber employee Ilya Abyzov will speak about the power of disruption to dramatically improve industries such as healthcare.  He will illustrate how innovative business models have already upended other industries - sharing several anecdotes from his Uber experience – and will reveal the potential to create a new healthcare model combining nutrition, lifestyle and medical care to offer the doctor’s office of the future, today.  Attendees will understand how doctor-led programs focused on identifying issues from the top preventable diseases, like cancer and heart disease can help patients stay healthy for the long-term.  They will also learn how are the use of developing technologies, such as biometrics and AI, are being used in medicine to create greater efficiencies.

Ilya Abyzov is co-founder of Forward, an entirely new healthcare system empowering doctors to monitor and guide long-term health. He started Forward after almost four years at Uber where he was an early employee and the first general manager for San Francisco and the Northwest U.S. Prior to Uber, he held positions at Zynga, HBK Capital Management and Morgan Stanley. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A from Stanford University.


A world where everyone has access to the best medical care available

Forward Health is an entirely new healthcare system empowering doctors
with technology and data to monitor and guide health outcomes.

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