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Monday, February 22 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Arizona Storytellers Project: PHX Startup Week Edition LIMITED

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Join us for an hour of entrepreneurship storytelling involving massive disappointments, awkward failures and all the harrowing moments that happen on the way to following your dream. We invite you to listen to true, first-person narratives from a diverse group of business people who have been there, done that and lived to tell the story.

Jake Pfeiffer
Bigger Than US
How one founder's trip to North Korea to present on entrepreneurship prompted some big questions (i.e. Do we owe it to the world to use our talents for something Bigger Than US?), and some even bigger lessons (i.e. Yes, we do.). 

Maria Bailey Benson
I am an extroverted engineer that loves social media and analytics. My insatiable curiosity and fascination with how thing work ignited my entrepreneurial path. And, when it comes to work....well Kool Moe Dee's I Go to Work is my theme song. As a professor, STEM Advocate, author, furniture chick, and lover of beautiful things - I keep pretty busy.

Vivek Kopparthi
I am an engineer-business grad and I save babies for a living. Yes, I’m dead serious. Me and my team have developed the fastest and the most powerful treatment for infant Jaundice. What’s special about me? I am also building other startups in the healthcare field that have the potential to create a real difference to the world. I’m the guy in a business suit who is trying to clean up the room 

Moderators
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Megan Finnerty

Arizona Republic
I’ve taken notes while perched on a rodeo bull for a print story. I’ve hiked the Grand Canyon for a TV story. I’ve stalked celebs at Super Bowl parties for online stories. And I’ve come to terms with countless bad dates for the stories I tell live. I’ve spent 10 years at The Arizona Republic, azcentral.com and almost two at KPNX-TV. My “beat?” Covering social, sporting and... Read More →

Speakers
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Maria Bailey Benson

Co Founder, Smart Chicks, LLC.
I am an extroverted engineer that loves social media (and analytics). My insatiable curiosity and fascination with how things work ignited my path to serial entrepreneurship . Everyday I use my super powers to be the best at all that I do - wife, mom, professor, business owner, STEM Advocate, author, heart-health evangelist, and overall lover of beautiful things.
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Vivek Kopparthi

Co-founder & CEO, NeoLight
I am an engineer-business grad and I save babies for a living. Yes, I’m dead serious. Me and my team have developed the fastest and the most powerful treatment for infant Jaundice. What’s special about me? I am also building other startups in the healthcare field that have the potential to create a real difference to the world. I’m the guy in a business suit who is trying to clean up the room :)
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Jim Lundy

James (Jim) Lundy is founding Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Bank of Arizona and a 30+ year Arizona commercial banking veteran in Phoenix since 1984. Immediate past Chair and current board member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), Chair of the Catholic Community Foundation, Secretary of the Phoenix Civic Improvement Corporation, Lundy earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree and Juris Doctor Degree with distinction from the... Read More →
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Jacob Pfeiffer

Founder and CEO, EXP Trips
I like to build indelible user/customer experiences that provoke loyalty and craft a true brand. Speaking of craft, I like beer a lot. I also have an insane love affair with soccer, whether playing or watching, count me in. Cheesy 90's ninja movies are my jam. Last, but not least, I live for traveling and helping young people (via EXP) experience the beauty of travel.