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Wednesday, April 5 • 10:00am - 12:00pm
Mentor Sessions

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Meet one on one with experts and members of the Dallas business community! Read the member bios below and follow the link to slotted to book your session. Each mentoring session is 25 minutes - arrive on time to check in!

Chelsie Spencer | Partner | Kennedy Law
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Chelsie Spencer is a partner with Kennedy Law, LLP. Her practice model focuses on a balance of transactional and litigation work in intellectual property matters and complex commercial disputes. On the transactional side, Chelsie routinely advises clients on securing federal registrations of their trademarks and copyrights. She has secured registration of multiple federal trademarks and copyrights for her clients. Chelsie has negotiated and drafted licensing agreements for a variety of industries, including record labels, publishing companies, authors, and other content providers.  

Dayakar Puskoor | Managing Partner | Naya Ventures
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Dayakar is the Managing Partner at Naya Ventures, a 50 million USD fund that invests in early-stage Cloud, Mobile & Big Data companies.  Apart from his role at Naya Ventures, Dayakar is the Executive Chairman at Motivity Labs, GlobalOutlook and KeepTrax. He is also serves on the Board of Altia Systems, SnapOne, Zoomingo and the US India Chamber of Commerce. He is a Board Observer at Minetta Brook and an Advisory Board Member at Boxfish and Glympse.

Jennifer Trujillo |English III/Humanities Teacher | DISD
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It is my intention, and quite possibly has become my life’s work, to turn my students into global citizens.  Many of the problems we currently face in the world are due to lack of cultural tolerance and understanding.  Every summer for the past four years I have travelled abroad to both study and teach.  Each time I have brought back a wealth of information for my students.  My travels have been instrumental in implementing curriculum in my classroom.  I have studied Spanish in Cuernavaca and also travelled to Mexico City, Toluca, and Acapulco on the same trip.  I have been to Thailand, Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, and I have taught ESL in China twice in summer programs.  For each of the trips, I have been able to create an in depth unit on the culture and traditions of the people who live there.  In China, I asked my students help me to create the units in an effort to create a glimpse into real Chinese life.   Last summer I traveled to Cuba to study Hemingway and improve my Spanish speaking skills.  In July, I participated in a teacher trip to Morocco hosted by the World Affairs Council and the Moroccan government.  Both of those trips became in depth units on Cuba and Morocco for my Humanities class upon my return. 

Ron Dagdag | Lead Software Engineer | thyssenkrupp
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Michael Pratt | CEO, Co-founder | Panamplify
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Michael Pratt is the Co-founder and CEO of Panamplify, a company using artificial intelligence to automate report building for marketing agencies. Panamplify was born out of insights identified while running Extra Sauce, the digital marketing agency he founded in 2010. In a previous life, Michael ran the Media, Telecommunication and Entertainment proprietary trading desk at Goldman Sachs for 10 years before forming the statistical arbitrage hedge fund Modulus Capital in 2005. After a long career in finance, he went back to first love digital and started Extra Sauce. Along the way, Michael founded the 4,000+ member professional organization Digital Dallas after relocating from New York. He has a degree in aerospace engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and after serving in the Army Corps of Engineers he received an MBA in finance from Duke University. Michael currently resides in Dallas with his wife Erica and sons Harry and Jack.

Tisha Dodge | Attorney, Founder | Start Up Great Good
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Tisha Dodge believes an entrepreneur can make a profit and serve a greater good.  Her law firm, Dodge Legal Group, PC, is believed to be the first Social Corporate Law Firm in the State of Texas and provides legal services to start-ups, small businesses, and non-profits, empowering you with legal knowledge. When you are educated about the law, you have the ability to make sound legal decisions.

Our practice areas include: business law, employment law, intellectual property, and Internet law known as cybersquatting (domain name disputes). Tisha Dodge is able to assist you with legal advice as a lawyer and with practical advice as a fellow business owner who developed her own law firm through entrepreneurial classes and one-on-one counseling in 2006. By the end of her first year in business, she was able to double her income. She now volunteers for non-profit organizations to help other business owners to achieve the same success and to give back to the community that helped her. Since 2006 she has been regularly educating small business owners locally with informative seminars. Tisha has also been selected to assist in national conference training for small business development professionals (sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration) from across the U.S., Canada, and Latin America in 2012-2016.

Charles Read | President, CEO | GetPayroll, SIMON 
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Charles Read is an accomplished senior executive and entrepreneur with more than fifty years of financial leadership experience in a broad range of industries, as well as a licensed CPA. His extensive background stretches across accounting, tax, manufacturing, construction, information technology, marketing, transportation, logistics, human resources, wholesale distribution, insurance, credit, and more. He is a US Tax Court Non-Attorney Practitioner which enables him to represent clients in the US Tax Court without being an attorney.  

Charles is not the typical CPA. He leverages his education, experience, and hard-earned wisdom to connect with individuals at every level within an organization. With a wealth of expertise as a CEO, CFO, COO, teacher, and consultant working in domestic and international markets, Charles is able to intuitively understand what a business needs to succeed and assist with laying out a strategic roadmap to accomplish that vision.  

Business Banking and Finance Mentors

Allen McKinney | Business Relationship Manager | Chase
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Blake Bassett | Area Manager | Chase
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Les Dolberry | Business Development Director | Chase
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Wednesday April 5, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Chase Basecamp - 2nd floor 750 North St. Paul Street, Dallas, TX 75201