The Riveter Presents
Venture Forward: A Founder and Funder Series
The Riveter: Capitol Hill
1517 12th Avenue Suite 101
Seattle, WA 98122

The Riveter x Christina Vuleta present Venture Forward, a venturing salon focused on helping entrepreneurs move forward in their business ventures. Join us for an evening of collaborative wisdom with featured advisors and connecting with women who are a step or two ahead of you can accelerate your progress and offer the support you need. 


6:00 - 6:30pm: Meet & Greet
6:30 - 7:15pm: Panel moderated by Christina Vuleta 
7:15 - 7:30pm: Audience Q&A 
7:30-8:30pm: Mentorship-based networking 

Featured Founders
Tina Tran Neville - Lana 
Laura Clise - Intentionalist 
Sage Quiamno - Future for Us 

Featured Funders/Advisory Council 
Julie Sandler 
Sally Bergesen  
Martina Welkhoff 

About Christina Vuleta 
Christina Vuleta runs Break The Future, a consultancy focused on brand and product strategy that positions companies for growth. As part of this, she leads Venturing Salons, a conversation series designed to help women founders move their ventures forward. She’s also an advisor to Worth Media. Previously she was the VP, Women’s Digital Network at Forbes Media, where she relaunched the women's channel as a business-first platform for entrepreneurial women. The channel achieved strong YOY growth and built a thriving community through events, partnerships and annual summits such as “Closing the Investing Gap”.

Christina has 20+ years of experience ranging from product development to brand activation. Prior to Forbes, she built her own strategy consultancy while running 40:20 Vision, a resource for women to facilitate wisdom exchange and the 40 Women to Watch Over 40 list. She began her career at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising and went on to work at Faith Popcorn’s Brain Reserve, KBP+S, Fahrenheit 212 and The Futures Company. She’s an advisor to fine jewelry e-commerce platform, MEMO, and, a full-stack podcast production platform and is a mentor for Backstage Capital.

About Tina Tran Neville
As a high school teacher and first generation college student, Tina Tran Neville witnessed an urgent need for additional quality test preparation and college advising services. In 2010, Tina launched Transcend Academy to create educational content that improves diverse students' opportunities for college admissions in Washington DC. In 2018, the company was awarded the Best Education Company in Washington DC. In 2019, from Seattle Tina launched Lana Learn, an education technology company that connects Native English speaking teachers to the 2 billion people learning English globally. She was also named one of Puget Sound Business Journal's 40 Under 40 business leaders. Prior to education, Tina was a U.S. Diplomat with the U.S. Department of State. She has lived in Vietnam, Mexico, Honduras, Thailand, Pakistan, and Iraq. She is now based in Seattle with her husband and two young children. 

About Laura Clise
Laura Clise is committed to human connection that bridges differences and builds community. A corporate intrapreneur turned social entrepreneur, she has a passion for instigating impact at the intersection of business and society. She is the founder and CEO of Intentionalist, an online platform and guide that connects consumers to local businesses and the diverse people behind them. Prior to Intentionalist, she held a variety of corporate roles leading sustainability, corporate responsibility, supplier diversity, and external communications. Laura is an Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow and alumna of Carleton College and the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She serves on the board of directors for IslandWood and Athlete Ally, and can sing and/or order chocolate ice cream in Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese, Cambodian, Hebrew, and Turkish. 

About Sage Ke’alohilani Quiamno
Sage Ke’alohilani Quiamno is the co-founder of Future for Us, a platform dedicated to advancing womxn of color at work through community, culture and career development. She is a passionate pay equity advocate and diversity, equity and inclusion champion and thriving community architect. Learn more about Future for Us at Sage has been mentioned in Forbes and The Seattle Times and has spoken at the high profile events such as SXSW and the Women’s March. She also has spoken at large corporations like Microsoft and Starbucks and tech startups like Dropbox, PayScale and more. Her drive and enthusiasm to fight for pay equity and women’s advocacy, especially for womxn of color, has launched her to the forefront of the womxn’s rights movement and continues to champion for womxn’s advocacy in the workplace. Follow her on Twitter at @sagequiamno. 

About Julie Sandler 
Julie Sandler is a Managing Director at Pioneer Square Labs (PSL), a Seattle-based venture capital fund and startup studio. She runs the organization’s VC fund, PSL Ventures. Julie is an adjunct professor at the UW Foster School of Business and a board director of the Washington Roundtable and Washington State Opportunity Scholarship. She launched the Seattle Entrepreneurial Women’s Network, and was a partner at Madrona Venture Group after her tenure at Amazon Kindle, TeachStreet, and Accenture. She has served on the boards of privately held companies and several industry associations and advisory boards. Julie was also one of 60 Americans selected as a Presidential Leadership Scholar in 2016 by the Clinton Foundation, LBJ Foundation, and the two Bush Presidential Centers. She was voted Geekwire’s 2014 “Geek of the Year” for her work supporting women innovators, and was recently voted Geekwire’s 2018 “Hire of the Year” for joining PSL. She is a regular conference speaker and appears on CNBC, Bloomberg, and at WE Day. 

About Sally Bergesen
Sally Bergesen is the Founder and CEO of Oiselle, a Seattle-based women's athletic apparel company. Oiselle is a true balance of commerce and community. In addition to making a full line of premium apparel for the woman athlete, from sport-life to lifestyle, Oiselle is also a national running team of 4000+ members. The company and its community are committed to furthering feminist ideals through sports. More info at

About Martina Welkhoff 
Martina Welkhoff is a Founding Partner at the WXR Fund, a venture fund focused on women-led spatial computing companies. Prior to starting WXR, Martina founded Zealyst, a corporate gaming platform whose customers included Amazon, eBay, P&G, and Expedia. After exiting Zealyst, Martina founded ConveneVR, a social VR production company. She is on the advisory board of the Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking at the University of Washington and serves on the Washington Technology Industry Association XR Innovation Council. Martina was awarded a Lumiere Award for Distinguished Leadership from the Advanced Imaging Society in 2018 for her work on the WXR Fund. Previously, Martina was the President of Seattle Women in Tech, served on the board of Seattle Angel, and was a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. 

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