Women in Business: Female Entrepreneurs Share their Success Stories, Trials and Tribulations

May 27, 2021

Join us for a live panel discussion with four women who started successful businesses!

We'll discuss how they took the initial leap, what they wish they knew before they started, and how they've navigated through a global pandemic. 

Meet the Panelists:


Erin Bradley
Founder & CEO of ZYIA Active

A big part of why Erin created ZYIA is that she wanted to create something that would get women out there together to become healthier, more active and to feel more purpose in life.

Erin realized that one of the best ways to stay energized and positive was to get outside with her friends and do something active or adventurous, or preferably both. It led to wanting to be more active with her family. It helped her be more productive in other areas of life as well and found herself becoming closer to being her best self. Being active and getting outside helped her family get away from electronics and distractions.

As Erin became more active she found myself, like a lot of girls, loving to be in clothes that were meant for an active lifestyle. She found that she didn’t always love the choices of activewear. That’s where the idea of Zyia started. Erin thought that it would be amazing to have a company that listened to its customers to try and get the fit, quality and style that they wanted. She wanted to create a company that cared as much about its customer’s success as its own. 


Betty Ma
Co-Founder & Principal of Pacific Starr Group LLC

Pacific Starr Group (“PSG”) is a privately held real estate investment company which acquires, creates value and disposes of commercial real estate properties for its own account. It also provides advisory and consulting services to third parties. It has been in business for approximately 25 years.

Betty has raised substantial private equity capital from both domestic and international sources. She also assists in underwriting acquisitions, obtaining acquisition financing and closing refinancing. She participates in asset management and directs the daily operations of the firm and manages investor, banking and lender relations. Betty is a Chinese American citizen. She immigrated to the U.S. from Hong Kong. She is the first person in her family to receive a formal college education as well as attend graduate school. She is a strong believer in the value of the entrepreneurial spirit, the American dream, and the power to make things happen with focused intention, commitment and practical application.


Rani Powers, Ph.D.
Founder & CEO of Pluto Biosciences

Dr. Rani Powers is the Founder and CEO of Pluto Biosciences, the cloud-based biological data platform that empowers life sciences researchers to make and share high-quality discoveries faster than ever before. Dedicated to accelerating life-changing scientific discoveries so they can reach the people who need them the most, Rani has led 9+ successful product launches at life sciences/software startups and published novel scientific findings in academic labs including the Wyss Institute at Harvard University. With Pluto, she hopes to make biological data analysis more widely accessible to research labs across the globe.


Jen Robin
Founder & CEO of Life in Jeneral

Jen has always loved organizing and creating systems.  As a celebrity executive assistant, she mastered the art of to-do lists, time management and efficient systems.  Coordinating more than 7 full home moves, as well as planning and managing the personal life of a very busy celebrity, Jen naturally developed and implemented systems to make each move run more smoothly than the last. 

In the process, she learned that it was more than organizing…it’s about transforming lives for the better.  After realizing the impact her systems had on an individual’s life, she was motivated to spread her knowledge and apply her systematic and soulful approach to clearing the stress and clutter from people’s lives.

Life in Jeneral was born in 2014 to fulfill this mission, and it’s been Jen’s dream job ever since.  She teaches her clients and followers that life is more than all the things we collect, store and pack away.  It’s about simplifying your stuff, keeping and organizing only the things you love, and living the best version of your life.   

The exhales of relief and huge smiles she gets to see daily is her reward because she knows she’s had a positive impact on someone’s life.  That’s why Life in Jeneral exists, and that’s how Jen and her team create joy.



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