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Broads Circle's Women of Silicon Beach

From Vision to Success: The powerful role that women are playing in L.A.'s startup scene

Join us on May 22nd to learn how our panelists translated their vision to get their companies off the ground and expand on their initial success, and how they approached capital raising to finance their various stages of growth.

Women of Silicon Beach

Friday, April 19th 2013 at 1pm

This is an online event.

LIVE global broadcast via - Click the microphone and/or join us via Google Hangout. Listener participation, dial (215) 347-6138.

DARYA ALLEN-ATTAR Founder, Broads Circle Financial Advisor

Darya founded Broads Circle in 2008 with the goal of creating an exclusive network of senior

businesswomen in the Los Angeles area. Broads Circle focuses on MONEY and POWER for women. A "Broad" in our circle is a dynamic, smart, successful woman responsible for driving revenue and growing capital. Our events provide a venue for making high quality revenue connections and are focused on taking women to the next and highest level in business to assume leadership positions. We draw from a wide range of industries, and in fact make a point of holding events which highlight women who lead in all the industries that are well represented in Los Angeles and Orange County.

With over 20 years of experience in financial services, Darya's forte is strategic wealth management for families and foundations. She is a CPA and Personal Financial Specialist (PFS), and obtained her MBA from Fordham University. Darya has taught as an adjunct professor of Finance at New York University and has authored many financial planning articles. Darya is married with three children, lives in Pacific Palisades, CA, and currently serves on the Boards of the Westside YMCA Los Angeles and Mann Healthcare Partners. Darya is also the co-president of the Los Angeles Chapter of Advisors in Philanthropy (LA AiP).

DEBORAH BENTON President and COO, Nasty Gal

Deborah serves as president and Chief Operating Officer of Nasty Gal, an online new & vintage clothing website recently recognized as 2012's fastest-growing retail company according to Inc. 5000. Inc. 5000 also recognized Nasty Gal as the fastest growing company in Los Angeles, mainly due to its tremendous 10,000% growth from 2008 - 2012. Prior to Nasty Gal, Benton served as Chief Operating Officer for ShoeDazzle, where she was responsible for developing and executing the operational strategy for the company. Deborah Benton earned a B.A. in Health Sciences and Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada.

THERESE TUCKER CEO and founder, BlackLine Systems

Formerly CTO of Sungard Treasury Systems, Therese has successfully grown her company into a multi- national SaaS provider that has achieved numerous awards for growth and innovation, most recently recognized by Software Magazine for the second year in a row as one of the largest and 'best performing' software and service providers in the world. Previously, Therese served as Chief Technology Officer of SunGard Treasury Systems, where she created an XML standard for treasury and met with Treasurers of Fortune 100 companies to communicate corporate vision as it pertained to the use of technology. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from University of Illinois.

COURTNEY NICHOLS GOULD Co-Founder and Co-CEO, SmartyPants Vitamins

Courtney has worked in, around and with startups almost her entire career. Having most recently served as COO of Clear, the fast pass for airport security, from its inception through its successful launch and beyond, she previously served as interim CEO of, president of and still serves as an advisor, investor and board member for various stage start-ups such as,, and Re:Char. As co-founder and Co-CEO, Courtney uses her experience in building companies from the ground up to identify the best partners, distributors, advisors and talent to make the company and its products examples of businesses that win with heart and soul intact.

DANA SETTLE Partner, Greycroft Partners

Dana Settle is a Founding Partner with Greycroft LLC, and she heads the firm’s west coast office out of Los Angeles. Prior to Greycroft, Dana spent several years as a venture capitalist and advisor to startup companies in the Bay Area, including six years at Mayfield, where she focused on early stage companies in the mobile communications and consumer Internet markets. Dana holds a BA in Finance and International Studies from the University of Washington and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

APRIL SPENCER Tax Partner, Media & Entertainment, Ernst & Young, LLP Director, Entrepreneur Of The Year and Entrepreneurial Winning Women programs

April Spencer is a tax Partner serving the media & entertainment industry in Greater Los Angeles. She has more than 19 years of experience providing corporate tax accounting and tax planning services to private and public companies in the distribution, professional services and media & entertainment industries. April is the Director of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year and Entrepreneurial Winning Women programs for the Greater Los Angeles area. She is also the West region community engagement champion for the firm. April has a bachelor’s degree in business economics with an emphasis in accounting from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in business taxation from the University of Southern California.

JULIE MacMEDAN Vice President of Investor Relations, Demand Media, Inc.

Julie MacMedan is a senior executive with more than 20 years of experience in strategic financial and communications roles. Ms. MacMedan joined leading content and social media company Demand Media in May 2011 after nearly nine years at interactive entertainment company, THQ Inc., where she was vice president of investor relations and corporate communications. Ms. MacMedan earned an MBA from George Mason University, and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Richmond, where she graduated magna cum laude. She is currently president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute and was nominated for “Best Investor Relations Officer – Small Cap” by the 2011 IR Magazine Awards.


Broads Circle is a Los Angeles-based executive level women's networking group with a focus on MONEY and POWER for WOMEN. A "Broad" in our circle is a dynamic, smart, successful woman responsible for driving revenue and growing capital. We talk exclusively about issues related to Money and Power for women. We bring accomplished, successful women to our audience for discussion of topics that can enhance a woman's capital position and ability to increase revenue in her business. We stay away from issues of life balance and the traditional working woman topics that are much discussed in other venues. We like to have hard-hitting, frank and direct dialogue at our events and tell it to women like it is.