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Glendale Tech on Tap Presents Women in Entrepreneurship: A Community Effort

Post Date:07/19/2019 3:12 PM

Post Date:
For Immediate Release
July 17, 2019

Media Contact:
Jennifer Hiramoto, Deputy Director of Economic Development

Glendale Tech on Tap Presents
Women in Entrepreneurship: A Community Effort

GLENDALE, CA: Join Glendale Tech on Tap at 5pm on July 24 at Glendale's newest co-working space, Industrious, as four women share their personal stories of how their community has influenced their path in entrepreneurship and how they have paid it forward in return. Topics discussed will include:  

  • Supporting underserved entrepreneurs with access to loans and education
  • Importance of local businesses in their communities
  • Community Support
  • State of Entrepreneurship in LA
  • Access to resources to get your business going
  • Social Impact Grants
  • Mentorship Programs
  • Challenges & obstacles that smaller scale businesses face

Beverages for this event are sponsored by ShopSK, and event attendees will receive 7 days of complimentary co-working space at Industrious Glendale.


Marsha Olson, Found/LA

Marsha began her career at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she helped manage a portfolio of grants focused on changing the way the world talks about Global Health and Development issues. She has built Social Impact programs in the startup space, and she has worked in Communication and Media Strategy, building out a division of business for Wolf Kasteler PR that focused solely on social impact. She is currently head of Wurwand Foundation and its key initiative to support local entrepreneurs, called FOUND/LA.

Dani Solorio, Compton Health Bar

Dani Solorio is the founder of Compton Health Bar, a health and wellness store in the city of Compton, CA, on a mission to bring health to the hood. Originally from Zacápu, Michoacán, Mexico, Dani arrived in the US at age 6, and grew up in Lynwood, CA. She began her entrepreneurial journey at a young age, primarily because as an undocumented high school student, college was not an option. Working in warehouses and restaurants, Dani saved enough to open her first business at the age of 21 – a tiny video store in Compton, CA. Although Dani loved movies, her true passion has always been natural medicine, opening her first health store in 2012. As a Certified Integrative Nutrition Coach, Dani coaches clients locally and around the country for 6 month programs. Zoe Saldana's media company, Bese, made a mini-documentary about Dani and her health mission. Jane Wurwand, founder of Dermalogica and FOUND/LA, selected Dani and Compton Health Bar as recipients for FOUND/LA's California State University of Northridge's Business Honors Consulting Program. Dani was also the recipient of the 2019 Rising Star Award, an honor given to her by the National Latina Business Women's Association at the 2019 Latinas in Business Awards. Dani loves to speak about herbs, superfoods, and wellness and has been a featured speaker on the topics of entrepreneurship and holistic healing on podcasts, at business events, and at local schools and institutions.

Helen Leung, Director of LA Mas

Helen is a Los Angeles native raised in the Frogtown neighborhood by a working class, first generation Chinese family. Growing up in an immigrant community, she deeply identifies with the rich diversity that makes Los Angeles so unique. With mentorship from local leaders, Helen became the first person in her family to go to college. After nearly a decade on the East Coast, Helen is honored to be back in her hometown investing the privilege of her education and work experience back into neighborhoods like the one where she grew up. Helen joined LA-Más because of her passion to explore strategies that minimize displacement pressures that come with gentrification. Helen provides leadership at LA-Más by ensuring all projects are grounded in local need and systemic change. She holds a master's degree in public policy and urban planning from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania.


Ani Torosyan, CEO of DishDivvy

With a background in engineering and over 18 years of experience in product management, branding, marketing, digital technologies, and user experience/design, Ani brings a great deal of strategic execution and technological know-how to DishDivvy.  Her passion for creating and launching brands, coupled with her entrepreneurial spirit, drives her to create an exceptionally positive experience for each and every DishDivvy customer and cook.  Being a busy working mom to 2 young girls, Ani understands the problem we are trying to solve, and focuses on creating solutions that effectively address our users' pain points.  In her spare time (if you can call it that ha!), Ani enjoys running, kickboxing, and all things active with her family.  Ani holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

EVENT DETAILS: This event will be held at Industrious Glendale at 500 N. Brand Blvd., 20th Floor. This event is free of charge. Networking will start at 5 PM, panel starts at 5:45 PM, with an audience Q & A at 6:45 PM. Light happy hour snacks will be provided.

PARKING: Free 90 minute parking is available at Orange Street Parking Structure at 222 N. Orange St., Glendale CA 91203 OR

ACCESSIBILITY: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, assistive listening devices are available upon request. Requests must be submitted 72 hours in advance. Please contact (818) 548-2005 to submit a request.

ABOUT TECH ON TAP: Glendale Tech on Tap is a monthly meet-up created to strengthen the ecosystem of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in Glendale. Raise a glass to tech every fourth Wednesday of the month in Downtown Glendale.


Glendale, known as the “Jewel City,” is one of the largest cities in Los Angeles County. With a population of over 200,000, Glendale is a thriving cosmopolitan city that is rich in history, culturally diverse, and offers limitless opportunities. It is the home to a vibrant business community, with major companies in technology, healthcare, entertainment, manufacturing, retail, and banking.
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