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Briogeo Founder Nancy Twine and Zola Founder Shan-Lyn Ma

Founding Stories – DISTINCTION: Succeeding in a Competitive Industry at the 2018 Tom Tom Founders Festival

Friday April 13th, 2018 | The Paramount Theater

Hear how these entrepreneurs grew their ventures to scale, and what happened when they got there.


Moderator: Ambassador Mark Brzezinski, Managing Director, Makena

Sponsors: UVA McIntire School of Commerce Galant Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship | Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Briogeo CEO Nancy Twine 

By the time Nancy Twine reached her 30th birthday, she had left a successful career as an executive at Goldman Sachs, launched her own plant-powered beauty line, and become the youngest African-American woman to launch a line for Sephora.


Zola Founder Shan Lyn Ma

Shan-Lyn Ma makes fairy tales come to life at Zola, the fastest-growing wedding planning and registry company in NY. Through compassion and resilience, she has harnessed mobile platforms for easier access, and overhauling the market strategy for “the Big Day.”