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MADE IN HOUSTON: GAME CHANGERS IN THE STARTUP SCENE
December 10, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pmFREE
About This Event
Join us for an evening with some of Houston’s legendary Innovators & creators and find out how to make it in Houston. Each speaker will share their tips and tricks on how to create a unique product, service or brand that’s pushing the boundaries while sharing their journey.
- Check-in & Networking 6:30 – 7:00 pm
- Panel 7:00 – 7:45 pm
- Q&A 7:45 – 8:15 pm
- Networking 8:15 – 9:00 pm
Come along, learn how the world of innovators and entrepreneurship collide and be inspired by all of the great things happening right here in Houston.
About the Speakers
President and CEO ,
General Partner & Co-Founder,
The Artemis Fund
Leslie, a dedicated angel investor, is General Partner & Co-Founder of The Artemis Fund, the first female founded, female focused VC fund based in Houston. The Artemis Fund was founded on the principal that investing in women will drive greater returns for its Limited Partners. Artemis portfolio companies are tech-enabled seed and series A stage companies with (a) stellar management teams, (b) traction (ie revenue or a concrete pipeline), (c) customers who are passionate about the products and services, (d) a clear path to high growth/scalability, and (e) a solution to a real world problem.
Leslie’s experience as an angel investor in over 45 companies, as an LP in six other VC funds, and as a member of the Investment Committee for one of those funds, led her to establish her own fund with her two partners — Stephanie Campbell and Diana Murakhovskaya. Together, the trio brings a cross generational perspective, diverse backgrounds (MBA, JD and engineer/wall street trader) and a huge network for deal sourcing and vetting companies.
In addition, Leslie is a board member of the Houston Angel Network (most active in the US), an Investment Committee member of Blue Ivy Ventures, a board member and advisory board member of early stage companies, and a frequent speaker on Venture Capital financing, diversity in the startup community, unconscious bias in corporations, boards, hiring and venture capital, and on angel investing. She is also and a member of the Advisory Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).
Leslie practiced corporate law both in large law firms and in-house (as a general counsel) for over 25 years. Prior to founding The Artemis Fund, Leslie spent three years recruiting C-suite legal executives as a member of Major, Lindsey & Africa (“MLA”), the nation’s leading executive legal search firm. She also worked with the Board & Corporate Governance practice of MLA’s sister company, Allegis Partners, to assist with identifying and placing top talent for boards.
Reda is a practicing attorney and military families advocate based in Houston, Texas. She serves as in-house counsel for a large shipping and logistics company. Reda is also the Founder and CEO of GotSpot, a digital marketplace connecting small enterprises with micro-term commercial space rentals. Reda serves on the Boards of Leadership Houston, Texas Lyceum, League of Women Voters Houston, Sketch City, and Military Family Advisory Network.
Reda graduated from the University of California Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law, earning her Juris Doctor as well as a Certification of Specialization in Environmental Law. Reda also recently completed an MBA in Sustainable Business with a dual concentration in sustainable urban development, and environmental law and policy. Reda is a member of Leadership Houston Class XXIX, and a graduate of the Houston Young Lawyer’s Association Leadership Academy. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Leadership Houston, the Texas Lyceum, and Sketch City.
A proud Army wife, Reda is a founding member of the Military Spouse JD Network. Reda is also a co-founder of the Keep Your Promise Alliance, and was named 2014 Armed Forces Insurance Army Spouse of the Year for her advocacy on behalf of military families and veterans. She currently serves as the Houston Steering Committee Member for the Texas Veteran Spouse Network.
Reda is active in the Houston community. She serves as VP of Civic Engagement for the League of Women Voters of the Houston Area. She was a finalist for Houston Business Journal’s 2016 Best Corporate Counsel Up-and-Comer Award, and was also named one of HBJ’s 40 under 40 for 2014. In 2013, the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources honored Reda with the Distinguished Environmental Advocate Award for her contributions to environmental law and her community. The National Association of Professional Women named Reda a Professional Woman of the Year for 2011/2012.