An afternoon & evening of thought leadership, workshops, & networking with & among the leading female minds & decision makers across the tech ecosystem.

Different kind of conference

This is a different kind of conference. No one ever seems to have time for anything, let alone day-long conferences. We’re not throwing this conference to make money (it’s FREE for all attendees); we’re throwing it to help connect the best of the tech ecosystem for a fun, useful and actually productive day.


You Can Expect

A curated network of your peers:

250 participants will be chosen from a highly selective application process, after which you’ll be matched with a small group of 12 peers with whom you’ll spend the afternoon.

An intimate forum for building relationships with Industry and VC leaders:

Each group will be led by a Female executive, investor or VC that will facilitate discussions and keep things interesting. And at the end of the day, your Facilitator will take your group out to dinner.

Hands on Tactical Skills:

5 workshops that focus on things that matter to your business but that you can’t just read about — things like Hiring, Culture, Selling to Fortune 500s and Negotiation — created by the experts, conducted with your peers.




October 19, 2015
335 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017

11:30 - 12:30 PM - Registration & Lunch
12:30 - 12:50 PM - Welcome Remarks | Susan Lyne & Kara Swisher
12:50 - 1:00 PM - The Magic of Working for a Startup | Marleen Vogelaar
1:00 - 1:10 PM - Speaker: Alexis Maybank
1:10 - 1:55 PM - Panel & Workshop: How to Win at Hiring the Best
1:55 - 2:15 PM - Network Break
2:15 - 2:25 PM - DO WHAT I SAY, NOT WHAT I DID: How I built a company from scratch to $11M a year then lost it all overnight. | Maren Kate Donovan
2:25 - 2:35 PM - 5 Things That Will Blow Your Mind About the Future of Women's Health | Katherine Ryder
2:35 - 3:20 PM - Panel & Workshop: User Acquistion & Growth
3:20 - 3:40 PM - Network Break
3:40 - 3:50 PM - The Trust Void: Students and Money | Kelly Peeler
3:50 - 4:00 PM - The crazy, quick, & ongoing story of WayUp | Liz Wessel
4:00 - 4:45 PM - Panel & Workshop: Fundraising for Pros
4:45 - 4:55 PM - 'Why It Matters'
4:55 - 5:40 PM - Panel & Workshop: Selling into the Fortune 500 & Working with Big Brands
5:40 - 6:00 PM - Keynote Address | Kara Swisher
6:00 PM - Wrap-Up, Event Concludes, Networking Reception & Off-Site Dinner

Speakers & Notable Participants

Master of Ceremonies

Kara Swisher

Kara Swisher
Co-Executive Editor and Co-Founder at Re/code
Marleen VogelaarMarleen Vogelaar
Founder, CEO: Ziel
CoFounder: Shapeways
Alexis MaybankAlexis Maybank
CoFounder, CEO:
Project September
CoFounder: Gilt
Katherine RyderKatherine Ryder
Founder, CEO:
Kelly PeelerKelly Peeler
Founder, CEO:
Chantel WaterburyChantel Waterbury
Founder, CEO: Chloe + Isabel
Liz WesselLiz Wessel
Co – Founder, CEO: WayUp
Susan LyneSusan Lyne
President: BBG Ventures
Maren Kate DonovanMaren Kate Donovan
Founder, CEO: Zirtual


Alexandra Wilson
Co-Founder, CEO:
Co-Founder: Gilt

Alisa VolkmanAlisa Volkman
Co-Founder: Babble
Founder, CEO: AirCloset
Tania YukiTania Yuki
Founder, CEO:
Amanda BradfordAmanda Bradford
Founder, CEO:
The League
Kathryn MinshewKathryn Minshew
Founder, CEO:
The Muse
Milena BerryMilena Berry
Co-Founder, CEO:
Power to Fly
Tammy HanTammy Han
First Round Capital
Nithya DasNithya Das
SVP, General Counsel:
Sara HoloubekSara Holoubek
Founder, CEO:
Luminary Labs
Hayley BarnaHayley Barna
Daniella YacobovskyDaniella Yacobovsky
Janet BalisJanet Balis
Advisory, Media & Entertainment Strategy Practice Leader:
EY Advisory
Caroline ArnoldCaroline Arnold
Managing Director:
Goldman Sachs
Angela CeresnieAngela Ceresnie
CFO & Co-Founder:
Orchard Platform
Tereza NemessanyiTereza Nemessanyi
Rachel WeissRachel Weiss
VP, Digital Innovation, Content & New Ventures:


Thank you to our incredible partners for making this event possible!

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GCT’s goal is to create a single point of density of the very best entrepreneurs, working on the biggest problems, by offering the best resources at the best terms — a full year, access to a tremendous community, global investors, in-house recruiters while charging no equity and taking no rent.

In our first two classes, we’ve been fortunate to receive thousands of applications, which resulted in 37 of the most impressive companies joining our community. Of these 37 companies, we’re proud that 50% of our founders are women. We’ve achieved this statistic while maintaining incredibly high standards of selectivity. The challenge GCT has put forward to build a better, more inclusive tech community in New York is resonating, it is working, and we want to continue to drive these results.

The experience of these first two classes of GCT has revealed clear and resounding insights into the needs of a female founder in New York, which informs the philosophy and format of The GCT 2X in Tech Conference:

  1. Female founders are founders. Period. Routinely qualifying such founders as “female founders” can serve to diminish or even just unnecessarily qualify the obstacles and the successes of building a world-class startup.
  1. …but female founders are female. And we want to play a role in connecting them to each other, build mechanisms to encourage more entry into the field and help create a strong and growing community.

With the 2X in Tech conference, GCT hopes to honor this duality by executing on an afternoon of programming that will provide hands-on learning, meaningful networking, and idea sharing without harping on any of the tired, often counter-productive tropes of being a woman in tech. Think of it as one of the best tech conferences you’ve ever attended… that just so happens to have men in the severe minority for a change.

To learn more about Grand Central Tech, visit our website.