After eight years in the web industry, it wasn’t long before Helen Zhu decided to branch out on her own. A Berkeley Graduate with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Helen partnered with then roommate Corinne Chan to launch Chictopia in April of 2008. Seeking to spearhead a project that would keep their interest, the three settled on fashion; an industry that, in Helen’s words, “lacked innovation.”
Helen now enjoys doing what she loves in San Francisco, a city she calls home. While she may have gotten a perfect math score on her SATs, Helen isn’t just brains. She also has quite a knack for Salsa and Swing dancing, even belonging to a Swing dance group with husband Ricky. When she isn’t dancing, doing math, or building the Chictopia brand, you can find her watching Gossip Girl and scouring the web for more style photos of Blair Waldorf.
Sascha Lewis is the CEO and co-founder of online publisher and media agency Flavorpill Media. Sascha has been included in Silicon Alley’s Top 100 list by Business Insider and sits on the board of The Lineage Project, a nonprofit that uses yoga and meditation techniques to help break the cycle of poverty and disenfranchisement in urban youth. Meanwhile, the New York Times has heralded Flavorpill’s editorial authority as “the equivalent of a papal blessing.” When not running Flavorpill Media, find him on the dance floor or in the yoga studio.
Danielle Meder is an international fashion artist, speaker and writer specializing in live runway sketching, designer paper dolls, and trend theory. She writes and illustrates a regular column for Canadian national newspaper The Globe and Mail, and is currently working on a book for New York based publisher Quarto to be released in 2016. Her work has been featured by Women’s Wear Daily, The New York Times, and FLARE Magazine. Clients include Holt Renfrew, The Hudson’s Bay Company, Bloomingdale’s, and New York Media.
Dorian Benkoil Founder
Dorian Benkoil is an accomplished media and technology executive, lecturer and columnist, and co-founder of Teeming Media, a Digital Media Management consultancy. An award-winning journalist, Dorian frequently writes, teaches and speaks publicly on cutting edge media and technology issues. Dorian was a foreign correspondent and reporter at Newsweek, The Associated Press, ABC News and ABCNews.com.