Rockin’ Businesses with Female Founders

by SacWomenBizTech

Back Aug 23, 2018 @ 6 pm

A panel discussion with female founders who are rockin’ their businesses brought to you by SacWomenBizTech.

As women in business and tech we are bombarded with the subtle and not so subtle obstacles in the workplace. How do we make our voices heard? How do we navigate the nuances of a male-dominated industry? How do we launch and build businesses that are in alignment with our values? Most importantly, how do we support one another and help each other succeed?

Join female founders for an evening of storytelling, networking, sharing solutions and best practices supporting women in business and tech. Our panel discussion will help you move the needle forward as a woman in business and tech.

Note: We encourage the support of our male allies at our gatherings. As an advocate for empowering women in business and tech, your support is welcomed. 

The panel discussion will be moderated by Mariah Lichtenstern. Mariah is the founding director of Founder Institute Sacramento. She is also the founder of Cineshares and the co-founder of DiverseCity Ventures. At the intersection of technology, entertainment, and venture capital, Mariah Lichtenstern addresses social, economic, and environmental equity through entrepreneurship. A multi-faceted “connector,” Mariah works with amazing people she feels incredibly fortunate to know and strives to build bridges between those with privilege and those with valuable but under-utilized perspectives.

Panelists Include:

  • Venita Sivamani is the Co-Founder and CEO of

Venita Sivamani is Co-Founder and CEO of Dermveda, a health tech platform focused on skin care. From skin diseases to beauty and wellness, Dermveda brings an interdisciplinary and personalized approach to help people make the best decisions for their skin. Dermveda launched its site in 2016 and has brought together the largest integrative dermatology team in the world with content, courses, and tools like its skin type profiler and product ingredient analyzer. This year they will be hosting the country’s first Integrative Dermatology Symposium along with a public Skin Care Wellness Fair on October 20th at the Sheraton Grand Downtown ( Venita is passionate about education and empowering others to achieve their happiest, healthiest lives. A former teacher, she received her undergraduate degree and MBA from UC Davis.

  • Elizabeth Dodson is the co-founder of HomeZada

HomeZada is an online and mobile home management solution. HomeZada strives to educate and provide resources for homeowners in all areas of home management, including home inventory, home maintenance, home finances and home improvement projects. Beth has had roles in marketing, sales, partner management, business development and finance. As a cofounder or HomeZada, she manages many aspects of the company including marketing and business development. Beth grew up in Maryland where she received her MBA from Loyola University.

  • Nora J. O’Brien is the CEO of Connect Consulting Services, Inc.

Connect Consulting Services, Inc., is a national healthcare emergency management and business continuity planning firm. Nora has served as a Contributing Writer for Emergency Management Magazine and an Instructor for FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness. She has a Master’s in Public Affairs with a concentration in Disaster and Emergency Management. Ms. O’Brien also received the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) designation from the International Association of Emergency Managers and is the Immediate Past Chair of the IAEM Healthcare Caucus.


  • 6-7pm: Registration, Networking with Wine & Hors-d’oeuvres
  • 7-8:15 pm: Announcements, Introductions, Panel Discussion, Q&A
  • 8:15-9 pm: More networking, wrap up, clean up

To register, click here.