Free and open to public!

This event is first-come, first served. Please arrive early to guarantee a seat in our theater.

Building a business but feeling like the only woman in the room? Looking for a space to celebrate your accomplishments and contributions? Needing to hear from other ladies crushing it on the daily?––

––Women Owning It is a celebration of women in media and tech killin’ it in their fields and owning their space in the industry.

For our fourth event in this series, space is the integral word for us. We’re inviting founders of spaces dedicated to providing community, opportunity or otherwise equaling the playing field for women in the industry to talk about how and why they’ve built their businesses.

With the terrain of media and tech industries in constant flux and ebbs and flows of self-worth alongside that, this panel of five women of color business owners will remind us how to build community alongside business. We’ll interrogate how to find that holistic balance with an eye toward the tumultuous times and the terrain of business development. Our hope is that attendees leave this evening session reinvigorated and feel empowered to build their businesses, brands and billable hours. 

Event Schedule

6:30 to 7:00 PM –– Registration and Networking Reception 

7:00 to 8:15 PM –– Panel and Q&A 

8:15 to 9:00 PM –– Happy Hour with the Panelists



Yuki Kotani:

Yuki is the co-founder of Balloon Stories ("Balloon"), a next-gen collaborative social media platform with a mission to give users control over who they create stories with and who sees their content.  Yuki and fellow co-founder JJ Sandgreen developed the idea and launched the app in 2016 in an effort to address the clutter and noise often associated with social media platforms.  In addition to Balloon, Yuki focuses her time on what inspired her to initially launch the app – a passion for business, innovation and technology.  She previously co-founded Harboring Hearts, a non-profit organization with a mission to provide critical financial and emotional support to heart patients and their families and continues to be an advocate for heart health policies in NYC. Yuki holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and a MBA from the University of North Carolina – Kenan-Flagler Business School.


Balloon Stories ("Balloon") is a next-gen collaborative social media platform with a mission to give users control over who they create stories with and who sees their content.   Social media was never built for people to collaborate with each other.  Currently, everyone has their own personal profile – their stage and microphone – and it has created the cluttered social media ecosystem.  So, we built the most collaborative and organized social media platform so people can create stories together around a shared theme or interest. 


Krystal Scott: 

Krystal is a creative, an introvert and an advocate. In her twenties, she became the director of policy and advocacy at a nonprofit in Manhattan, which made her the only Black woman in management (and the only Black woman in most rooms). Her experience as “the only one” at work, coupled with her desire to meet other creative + entrepreneurial women, inspired her to leave her career in public health to launch The Well.

Krystal lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter. She writes an email devotional for entrepreneurs, and she obsessively follows the ups and downs of direct-to-consumer startups. 


Minda Harts

Minda is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.  She is the founder of The Memo LLC, a career development company for women of color. In 2018, she was named one of 25 Emerging Innovators by American Express. And her book The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table comes out August 2019 with Hachette Book Group.