Women Taking the Lead: Launching a Company During the Pandemic - SOLD OUT
Despite today’s economic challenges, entrepreneurs are still finding ways to successfully launch new companies.
Come hear from Lindsay Chambers, Founder of GOJAI, and its COO, Barbara Chung, AB ’97, for a lively discussion moderated by David Tsai, AB ’97, Board Member of the Harvard Club of San Francisco.
- How to successfully grow a small company in challenging times
- Driving forward when your passion and purpose collide
- Addressing the market needs and finding your niche
- Finding ways your company can contribute during the pandemic
GOJAI is making organic, caffeinated sparkling water and has been featured on regional ABC and Fox morning news shows, the Lifetime Channel morning show, E! Online News, and Outside Magazine Online among other outlets.
Wednesday May 20, 2020
5:00pm – 6:00pm PT
Free to attend
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Event Organizer: David Tsai, Board Member Harvard Club of San Francisco
About the speakers:
GOJAI Founder & CEO, Lindsay Chambers’ love of nature inspired her to move to a farm in one of the world’s premier growing areas: Ojai, California. Here, the perfect blend of rich soil, California sunshine and high standards yield fruit that’s in high demand. Lindsay’s other great love? Her family. So when her mom was diagnosed with cancer, she took time off to be by her side. While undergoing chemotherapy, her mom decided to give up her daily traditional diet caffeinated soda routine, but she couldn’t find a simple, healthy caffeinated alternative on the market. Energy drinks had too much caffeine and unnecessary additives. And like many people, she liked the simplicity of sparkling water. Lindsay’s passion and purpose collided. She knew she had to create a healthier alternative to diet caffeinated soda. Something simple. Something clean. Something that would replace the diet soda in her family’s fridge. Tirelessly working and reworking recipes, that something became GOJAI, a different kind of caffeinated sparkling beverage. A labor of love.
Prior to GOJAI, Lindsay was a nationally recognized interior designer and custom home developer and received numerous awards and accolades, including being called one of “today’s most talented designers” by USA Today and considered part of the “new guard” of designers by Luxe Magazine for 2019. Her design work has been featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Luxe Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the New York Times and she’s also appeared on HGTV. Chambers graduated with a B.A. from Wake Forest University and a M.A. from Stanford University. She received Wake Forest’s Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award in 2017 and currently serves on their Board of Trustees.
GOJAI's COO Barbara Chung has led strategic and operational initiatives in the beverage industry for 15 years. Before joining GOJAI, Barbara served as Director of Financial Planning & Analysis for FIJI Water, JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, and Landmark Vineyards. She drove strategic growth by guiding initiatives such as acquisitions, product innovation, and route-to-market changes. Prior to this, Barbara oversaw post-merger integration of JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery into the FIJI Water Group and guided strategic planning for the newly acquired winery. In the first year after acquisition, JUSTIN sales increased 16% and EBITDA doubled, while winemaking capacity tripled and vineyard holdings grew from 63 acres to over 1,000 acres. Barbara holds an A.B. in English & American Literature and Language from Harvard in 1997, and an M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson School of Management.
David Tsai is a law partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s San Francisco office. His legal practice focuses on intellectual property and litigation. David works with clients of all sizes from Fortune 50 corporations to startups. David moved to the San Francisco Bay Area after graduating from Harvard College in 1997. Prior to becoming a lawyer, David worked at internet and biotech startups in product management. David currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Club of San Francisco and Lambda Legal. He also is a trustee of the University of California, Riverside Foundation, and a past president of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area and Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association.