Creating More Funding, Influence,
& Women-Led Companies
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.
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.
Get Involved with Women Leaders of Octane
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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 »
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 Quarterly meeting,…Find out more »
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 »
Join industry physicians and top ophthalmologists who are defining the future of the field at Octane’s Ophthalmology Technology Forum (OTF). The event is held annually in Orange County, the center for Ophthalmology in the US. We will be hosting Ophthalmology Tech Forum 2023 as a hybrid experience, which will allow our guests to attend in person or online. Learn more Register hereFind out more »
Octane’s Cardiovascular Tech Summit 2023 will synergize innovative solutions in cardiology with physicians, industry strategics, and investors convening together to advance patient care. The Summit will explore the unmet needs in cardiology, highlight current buying trends of strategics and investors, review current funding models of cardiology innovation, present innovation trends, and showcase top emerging cardiology companies to our ecosystem of strategics and investors.Find out more »
The much-anticipated High Tech Awards celebrate the top innovators, entrepreneurs, and technology leaders in Orange County. Join us for the 2023 High Tech Awards to celebrate and recognize those individuals and companies who make Orange County a center of technology and medical technology innovation.Find out more »
Octane will host our Medical Innovation Forum 2023 as an in-person experience. Join us in collaborating with industry experts, strategics, physicians, entrepreneurs, and investors who have made significant strides toward an accelerated future in the medical industry. The Forum will highlight the wide-ranging impact of the most recent medical innovations and how the industry will adapt to enhance patient care.Find out more »
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