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The Motivation: 

Tweens and Teens love their tech and social media but do they really know how to manage their online brand?  How do you get a million followers? How to link social experience from Musically to Snap?  

The Who: 


Jill and Kendall Vertes - Stars of Dance Mom's! 

In her time on Dance Moms, she has performed over 100 dances working with Abby

Lee Miller.  Kendall has appeared on the hit show Dance Moms for 6 seasons. 


Kendall just released her new song Where Would I Be Without  You with two amazing

videos (one has Mercer in it)


Kendall is excited to pursue roles in TV and film as soon as her Dancing schedule

allows  .Kendall is an Actress and Performer and recently her own YouTube channel

to highlight some of her ideas and sketches.

Check out her Youtube


Asia Monet Ray 

At only eleven years old, Asia Monet Ray is known as a true ”triple threat” - fans everywhere are falling in love with her undeniable talent and charming personality. She made her television debut at six years old when she entered the first season of Lifetime’s “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition.  She was most recently seen in the highly anticipated series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, as Sydney Simpson.  Finally, her amazing voice puts her at the top of the list of rising vocalists.  Asia Monet has earned a huge social media following with over 1.2 million followers on Instagram.

Check Asia out at http://www.iamasiamonet.com



Tina Sharkey - Every used the term "Social Media?" ..  well, you have Tina to thank! 

Hear all about the business of building your personal, social media brand.


Tina Sharkey is the Co-Founder and CEO of Brandless, a fresh approach

to consumer commerce. As an Entrepreneur, Investor and Advisor, she

has dedicated over 20 years to creating and building purposeful

communities, brands, and experiences with soul.   Tina brings incredible insight

that will help you see your brand in a whole new way. 



John Battelle is the Founder and CEO of NewCo Festivals, Inc, and Chair of sovrn Holdings, Inc. He is also a Board Director of Acxiom, Inc., a NYSE-listed public company, and a Director at Chute Inc. John maintains Searchblog, a regularly updated site, which covers the intersection of media, technology, and culture at http://battellemedia.com.


John’s honors and awards include: “Global Leader for Tomorrow” and “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland; finalist rank in the “Entrepreneur of the Year” competition by Ernst & Young




Selina Tobaccowala will lead a discussion on Creating a Market! Starting your first company


Selina is currently the CEO of a startup in beta named Gixo founded in May 2016.  Prior to Gixo, Selina was the President and CTO at SurveyMonkey for 6.5 years.  At SurveyMonkey she helped drive the growth from $25M to $200M. Previously Selina was SVP of Product and Technology at Ticketmaster’s Europe division, where she managed a 200-person Product, Technology and Operations team. Prior to that, Selina was VP of Product and Technology at Entertainment Publications, where she led the company’s online sales and technology initiatives. In 1997 Selina co-founded Evite.com. Selina sits on the Board of Directors for Redfin.  Tobaccowala holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.


Christen O'Brien joins the conversation around finance

and entrepreneurship. 


Christen is from a small town in Southern Maryland, where she was raised by a family

of entrepreneurs. After going to college in Los Angeles and to the Peace Corps in East 

Europe, she moved to Silicon Valley to join the tech revolution in the post-dotcom bust.

While she didn't realize it at the time, this opportunity put her front & center with the entrepreneurs, investors, and companies that would go on to change the world. Years later, she joined Dave McClure to co-found 500 Startups<500.co>, a seed venture fund and accelerator program with more than $150 million under management and 1,500 portfolio companies around the world. Continuing her passion for startups, she joined Silicon Valley Bank<svb.com> in 2015 where she leads pre-Series A strategic partnerships, alongside SVB's expansion into API banking. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and Great Dane, and considers herself incredibly lucky, everyday.is a rock star.. and former cofounder of 500 Startups.  Now with Silicon Valley Bank she rocks the world of finances.  Look for her to share insights on how to get funding for your idea




Caroline Ghoson- Let's start with founder + CEO of Levo.  Helping you find your path- who are you?  Social star, entrepreneur, hacker.



Speakers from IPSY, PopSugar and more incredible founders who change the world!


When and Where:

Audience:  Kids +  8-16 all inclusive 

Location: San Francisco JCC, Main theater

Date: April 29 

Time:  8:00 am registration (must register on eventbrite first).  Programming 9:00-1:00


The What:

* Learn from Social Media & Tech Celebrity Advisors (and maybe a celebrity or two) how they build their million + follower franchise, among other things.  

* Relevant stories from industry leaders that inspire and activate the next generation of entrepreneurs.   Hands on, interaction with organizations that can help make the experience real.  

* Short, fun sessions with some of the most respected, hippest and smartest peeps in the tech & media industry.

*Free for public school kids (while Mercer is looking to help girls progress in technology her conference is all inclusive)

*Parents/ guardians/ adults accompanying kids will be asked to make a small donation of $25 which will be distributed to one of Mercer's charities.  

*Close to public transportation. Lot's of buses drop right in front of the Jewish Community Center SF. 

*Free Lunch