Creating More Funding, Influence,
& Women-Led Companies
Women On Boards Registry
One of the key initiatives of Women Leaders of Octane is to get more women on public company boards. In an effort to form connections and relationships that would allow qualified women candidates to join boards, Women Leaders of Octane has created a registry.
Women Leaders of Octane
The purpose of Women Leaders of Octane (WLO) is to grow the strength and impact of the OC innovation ecosystem by increasing the ranks of women entrepreneurs and business leaders, access to funding, and more influence on Boards, fueled by Octane networks and resources.
Women remain underrepresented among entrepreneurs. This problem extends to the amount of funding given to women entrepreneurs and those who are elevated to the C-Suite. Women Leaders of Octane exists to advocate for women’s position in the workforce.
WLO meets virtually every quarter. Sign up below to get involved!
We are growing the innovation ecosystem by increasing women entrepreneurs & leaders’ access to funding & influence on Boards.
Delivering Measurable Results
By leveraging volunteer leadership and results-oriented strategies, we intend to make a difference and deliver measurable results. Check out the four pathways we are working on now.
More Women-Led Startups
We want to increase the number of women-owned and operated companies in SoCal by encouraging more women to take advantage of Octane’s leading Accelerator, LaunchPad SBDC.
Refer women-owned/operated companies to LaunchPad SBDC today.
We want to increase the opportunities and dollars invested in women-owned and operated companies in SoCal.
More Networking & Resources
We want to support women in their business and career development by improving access to world-class resources and power networking opportunities.
Help us succeed by sharing your expertise with our impact-driven companies.
More Women on Boards
We want to improve the diversity of and increase the influence of women on public and private boards here and across the country.
Are you looking for women for your board?
A Glimpse of Women Leaders of Octane
Women Leaders of Octane meets quarterly to check in on progress and provide updates from each initiative area.
Each meeting also features a Spotlight Thought Leader who shares their journey. View the video to hear from Betsy Berkhemer Credaire on Increasing Women on Boards.
FoundHERS is a new program designed to accelerate the growth of women-led and founded companies.
Offered by Women Leaders of Octane, FoundHERS is a cohort approach with subject matter experts in Goto-Market, IP, Marketing, pitch deck development, and investor presentation skills at NO-COST for eligible startup companies. Interested to learn more? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Women Leaders of Octane Quarterly Meeting – January 2023
RSVP Here Please join Women Leaders of Octane for our virtual quarterly meeting, Wednesday, January 18th from 12 - 1 pm PST, featuring Spotlight Thought Leader, Anastasia Williams, The A List. In addition to our thought leader, our committee chairs will share progress reports. Our Committees and Committee Chairs: Creating Women-led Businesses & LaunchPad Committee – Marinela Gombosev, SPARK Neuro Funding Committee – Delilah Panio, Toronto Stock Exchange Women on Boards Committee – Joyce Averna, JP Morgan Private Bank Resources &…Find out more »
Open House/New Year Social
Hosted in Octane's new office space! 4041 MacArthur Blvd, 1st Floor Atrium, Newport Beach, CA 92660 Co-hosted by Sustain Socal and Lincoln Property Company Register here: https://register.octaneoc.org/social2023Find out more »
FoundHERS Preview Program
FoundHERS is a new training program to serve Women-led start-ups led by Women Leaders of Octane a leading advocacy organization that provides Women Founders with access to capital, networking, and influence on Boards. Octane hosts one of the top business accelerators in the nation. Through our cohort approach, you will meet subject matter experts, develop a winning pitch deck, and hone investor presentation skills. This is a no-cost program. We are hosting a zoom event on Thursday, January 19th from 8:30 AM -…Find out more »
Next Wave Founder’s Circle January Program
Join Octane and our Next Wave Founder’s Circle for a program featuring Asante Cleveland, podcast host and former pro-football player on January 19th 5-6:30pm at LCAD Gallery. During this session, Asante will talk about his background, upbringing and how it shaped him to where he is today. He will also discuss the importance of arts, culture and diversity as it relates to sport and growth on and off the field. The program will be interactive, where we will encourage you to ask questions as…Find out more »
Aesthetics Technology Forum 2023
The 2nd Annual Aesthetics Technology Forum will be held at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. This event will bring together leading physicians, industry, and entrepreneurs to discuss groundbreaking medical aesthetic technologies as well as unmet clinical needs and new business opportunities. Join leaders in the aesthetics field to examine how they fuel innovation in the medical aesthetic industry in Southern California. Learn more here.Find out more »
Octane Webinar: Employment Law Update 2023
It is time for Octane's annual Employment Law Update. The laws on COVID in the workplace have been loosened, but the Legislature and local governments continue to enact new laws that impact most employers in other areas. One major development is a new California law requiring most employers to publish pay scales for every job posting and to file annual reports of pay data broken down by sex and ethnicity. This law goes hand in hand with other amendments that…Find out more »
Octane’s Annual Partner Summit
The Octane Team would like to invite you to our annual Partner Summit. The virtual Summit will be an opportunity share our high-impact results we have had collectively in the community, thank our current partners, and meet with business colleagues. Please be sure to register for the event to receive the log in information via email. We look forward to seeing you there! REGISTER HERE>>Find out more »
Women Leaders of Octane- April 2023 Quarterly Meeting
Register Here>> Please join Women Leaders of Octane for our virtual quarterly meeting, Wednesday, April 19th from 12:00 – 1:00 pm PST, featuring Thought Leader: Anne Mulcahy In addition to our thought leader, our committee chairs will share progress reports. Our Committees and Committee Chairs: Creating Women-led Businesses & LaunchPad Committee – Marinela Gombosev, SPARK Neuro Funding Committee – Delilah Panio, Toronto Stock Exchange Women on Boards Committee – Joyce Averna, JP Morgan Private Bank Resources & Communications – Nanneke Dinklo Plus, after the WLO…Find out more »
Partnership Pursuit Webinar (Ophthalmic Edition)
Partnership Pursuit | Ophthalmic Industry Webinar | Monday, May 1st @ 7AM PST Join Octane and the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (SoPE) on Monday, May 1st, where we will discuss the topic of physician entrepreneurship in the ophthalmic industry. We will explore how physicians can leverage their unique skills and become successful entrepreneurs or bring an idea to market. Additionally, how a physician can pursue non-clinical career paths including board and medical advisor roles. You will learn the strategies and…Find out more »
Tech Innovation Forum 2023
Tech Innovation Forum 2023 will focus on the acceleration of innovation in technology. The Forum will concentrate on topics such as the next industrial revolution- the role that Southern California is playing in both climate tech and space, and feature topics related to the investment landscape for emerging and growth companies. Learn more. Register here.Find out more »
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