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Karen Cahn

2017 Speaker

KAREN CAHN is the Founder & CEO of iFundWomen, a crowdfunding platform for women-led startups and small businesses. The mission of iFundWomen is to close the funding and confidence gap for female entrepreneurs by working with early stage companies on fundraising, coaching, and brand positioning to get them off the ground. Cahn is a pioneer in the digital media space, and was an early Google employee where she spent 10 years leading various monetization teams. She spent three years as general manager of AOL Original Video, where she built AOL’s female creative economy in video and as a result, launched Emmy-nominated series with Tiffany Shlain, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, iJustine, and many other female creators. Prior to AOL, Cahn spent ten years at Google and YouTube, where she held various leadership roles in video, search and display advertising. She is on the board of advisors of Girl Rising, an organization dedicated to girl’s education in developing countries. She is also on the Springboard Media Council, a highly respected group of experts across the world of digital media, content management and discovery, TV, advertising and other media verticals. Cahn earned a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, double majoring in African-American Studies and US History. @karencahn