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monthly program: more than coffee with mentor session

coffee + mentors

our monthly “more than coffee with mentor session” is an opportunity for entrepreneurs in the lcoal community to share useful resources and work through challenges of running a business together.  bonus: you can sit down and spend 30-minutes with a mentor to walk through the challenges you’re facing in your business or idea and obtain valuable information from our mentors that can help you as you grow, develop and scale your business.  our program runs once a month from 8:30a – 10:00a. coffee (and tea!) is on us!  please RSVP FOR COFFEE AND register in advance to meet with a SELECTED mentor (details below).

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PROGRAM DATES

wed | 8:30am – 10:00am

Wed 2 /26
Wed 3 /25
Wed 4 /22
Wed 5 /20
Wed 6 /24
Wed 7 /15
Wed 8 /26
Wed 9 /23
Wed 10 /28
Wed 11 /18
Wed 12 /16

LOCATION

DISTRICT HALL

75 Northern Avenue

Boston, MA 02210

mentor TOPICs

Ideation & ValidatioN

Product DesigN

Customer Development

Marketing

Company & Team Formation

Strategy and FinancE

Funding Options

Pitching / Storytelling

mental health + wellness

general business 

 mentor registration process

 

WE OFFER 30-minute mentor sessions with

our mentors from 8:30a-10:00a

 

free program

LIMITED SPACE. first come basis.

 

 

our mentors

Tara Atwood

Tara Atwood

Senior Program Manager, Venture Cafè and Entrepreneur

Tara Atwood is a Serial Entrepreneur and currently the Senior Entrepreneur Program Manager at Venture Cafè.  She is the Founder of Tara Atwood Wellness (Mindfulness + Meditation) and co-founder of organic skincare and cosmetic brand, Amber Blue Skincare.  In addition, Tara has over a decade of experience working for Fortune 500 companies and startups, including 8-years at Time Warner and Time Warner Cable in New York City where she helped deliver business strategy and financial news to the media and financial community through strategic communication.  She has been a participant in start-up incubators, accelerators, hack-a-thons, and pitch events and is part of the team that organizes Pitch Competitions in Boston.  Tara works 1×1 with entrepreneurs to help tailor their pitch and prepare them for investor pitches and pitch competitions.  She has her Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Entrepreneurship, Management, and Sustainability from Baruch College in New York City.

Mentor Expertise Topics:

IDEATION & VALIDATION
PRODUCT DESIGN
CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT
MARKETING
PITCHING / STORYTELLING
MENTAL HEALTH + WELLNESS
GENERAL BUSINESS

Margaret Coughlin

Margaret Coughlin

CMO/Executive Leader/Board Advisor/Strategist/Speaker/Change Maker

Margaret Coughlin has held C suite positions in national and international organizations focusing on marketing strategy, brand positioning, marketing metrics, customer insight, business development, customer experience, and management. Particular emphasis is on double bottom-line products and companies that ‘do good and do well.’

Experience includes: Chief Marketing Officer at global enterprises leading market strategy based on quantitative analysis and customer insight. President and COO of 3 marketing consulting firms-Intelligent Marketing Solutions, Pamet River Partners and Cone/Coughlin Communications. Senior Management positions at BBDO Advertising, Hill Holiday Advertising, and Procter & Gamble.

Client expertise in: Health care-Boston Children’s Hospital, Glaxo Smith Kline, Mount Sinai Health System

Consumer goods and services including: Procter and Gamble, Gillette, Hasbro, MCI, Ocean Spray, Schaefer Pens

Retail including: TJ Maxx, Papa Ginos, Filenes, Talbotts

Philanthropy including: GlobalGiving, Susan G Komen, Accion USA, WGBH

Financial Services including: Credit Suisse, Fidelity, US Trust, SBLI Life Insurance

Telecom including: MCI, BT, One Communications, Veridium, NEXL Systems

Specialties: Brand strategy, market positioning, competitive differentiation, marketing communications planning and execution, digital marketing strategy, direct marketing, customer loyalty, customer demand, lead generation. Professional services firm management and operations, client management, client development, business development

Mentor Expertise Topics:

GENERAL BUSINESS
IDEATION & VALIDATION
PRODUCT DESIGN
CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT
MARKETING
COMPANY & TEAM FORMATION
STRATEGY AND FINANCE
FUNDING OPTIONS
PITCHING / STORYTELLING

be part of our eco-system

want more?

join our community, be a mentor, host a workshop

 

join our community

Introduce yourself to us and join our entrepreneur community! Knowing more about you, your business and needs allows us to grow the innovation community, foster creativity and collaborate. 

APPLY TO BE A MENTOR

Mentors are critical to the success of entrepreneurs. Mentors share with mentee information about his or her own career path, as well as provide guidance, motivation, emotional support, and role modeling. A mentor may help with exploring business ideas, setting goals, developing contacts, and identifying resources. We have an application process and interview process for potential mentor acceptance into our Mentor Program.

Host a Workshop

Throughout the year we host a blend of our own curated content as well as community-sourced content. Please complete this form if you are interested in proposing a workshop for our community.