February 11th, 2014 Women Entrepreneurs Disrupting Technology in Action


On Tuesday, the 11th of February 2014, OLC attended “Disruptive Technology in Action.” Hosted by the Financial Women’s Association (FWA), the event was held at AlleyNYC’s offices located at 500 Seventh Avenue on the 17th Floor in New York City, featuring a panel of pioneering female entrepreneurs such as Alexa Von Tobel, CEO of LearnVest.com, Sonia Ahuja, EVP of BrightScope, and Josefina Jervis, CEO and Founder of OpenDoctors. The panel and Q&A was moderated and steered by Sharon Lewis, Executive Council of AARPNY, Co-Chair and FWA Membership Committee.

First to kick-off the panel discussion this evening was Alexa Von Tobel, CEO of LearnVest.com. Just back from a book tour, LearnVest offers makes financial services and advice “available to the masses” as a consumer product. When asked how she prioritizes her day, Alexa states, “Cut out thinking about the friction.” To learn more about LearnVest, visit their website at www.learnvest.com.


Josefina Jervis, CEO of OpenDoctors.com likens her service platform to online scheduling for health services. OpenDr 24/7 focused on mammograms as their starting point, and identifies the key being “about learning how to use technology to make my life easier.” To learn more, visit openDoctors 24/7 at www.opendr.com.


The last to share was Sonia Ahuja, EVP of BrightScope, a web-based software utilizing data to deliver financial information. Feedback from the audience included remarks on striking work-life balance to which Sonia stated, “It’s important to find a balance that works for you. I have a six year old and she’s very integrated in my life.”  For more information, visit their website at www.brightscope.com

Previous event’s recap: dd: Outpost, Digital Dumbo Host Talk on How Various Industries use Big Data