New York City’s First All Female Festival – The Other Festival Launches on June 11th‏

On June 11th, New York City will host its very first annual The Other Festival at Spring Studios. Featuring an all female line-up, The Other Festival provides a space and platform for all women to listen, learn and share their experiences on what it means to face and overcome challenges in the modern working world, how they re-wrote the rules of a successful business, put new systems in place and continue to push boundaries for future generations.

“I’m proud that New York City will serve as the launching ground for The Other Festival,” said Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen. “Women in business are the backbone of our economy. We want to make New York City a place to celebrate and support women. Through The Other Festival we are giving the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders the tools they need to succeed.”

The Other Festival will bring together some of the most respected female entrepreneurs, influencers, trailblazers and philanthropists from the music, fashion, film, art, food, design and technology worlds. Participants will be providing workshops, panels, performances and mentoring for this special one-day only event.

The day – which will be split into three parts – will begin with talks, workshops and demos on everything from design and branding to social media, each providing attendees with the tools and inspiration to help turn their own ideas into action.

Successful self-made business owners and personalities such as Rosario Dawson (actress, activist, entrepreneur), Melissa Ben Ishay (founder of Baked By Melissa), Reshma Saujani (founder of Girls Who Code), Stephanie Mark (founder of The Coveteur), Naomi Campbell (model, actress, entrepreneur), and Lauren Maillian (Host on Oxygen’s “Quit Your Day Job”) will be offering insight and advice. For a full list of announced participants, see below.

Festival-goers will also have the opportunity to shop from the exhibitors and meet the founders and business owners via the SMART SHOP Village, a marketplace for female creators and business owners.

Finally, the day will wrap with special performances and talks from artists Justine Skye, Natalia Clavier (Thievery Corporation) Brooke Candy, Yuna, Chelsea Layland, and many more who will also be speaking about their experiences in the music industry.

General admission tickets start at $75 and can be purchased online at

The Other Festival is spearheaded by Dee Poku, founder of the influential women’s leadership program WIE Network, which aims to empower women in the work force.

Jojo Abbott

Mad Satta

Grace Weber



Natalia Clavier

The Pink Slips


Justine Skye

Vashtie – DJ Set

Effie Liu

Anna Wise

Chelsea Leyland – Q&A


Sophie Beem


Suzi Analogue

Eden xo


Brooke Candy




Opening Session – Yoga & Mindfulness

with Elena Brower

12:00PM – 12:30PM
The Icon Interview
Naomi Campbell

12:30PM  – 12:30PM
A Business Match Made In Heaven:
Finding Your Dream Investor
Fran Hauser (Partner, Rothenberg Ventures), Lauren Mailian (Host, Quit Your Day Job – On Oxygen), Moderator – Alisa Volkmar (Entrepreneur)

1:00PM – 1:25PM
The Big Business of Blogs
Karen Robinowitz (Co-founder, Digital Brand Architects)

1:30PM – 1:55PM
Behind The Seams: Leading Designers Discuss Their Process (sponsored by CFDA)
Aurora James (Founder, Brother Vellies), Brett Heyman (Founder, Edie Parker). Moderator – Selby Drummond (Accessories Director, Vogue)

2:00PM – 2:25PM
In Conversation
Lindsey Stirling (Musician, YouTube star)

2:30PM – 3:25PM
Sustainable Success: Looking Good While Doing Good
Pamela Love (Jewelry Designer) Moderator – Daniella Kallmeyer (Designer)

3:30PM – 3:55PM
In Conversation
Genial Bekele (Activist, Filmmaker). Moderator – Karen Wong (Deputy Director, New Museum)

4:00PM – 4:25PM
The Way Forward
Rosario Dawson (Actress, Activist, Entrepreneur), Abrima Erwiah (Founder, Studio 189)

4:40PM – 4:55PM

12:35PM – 1:00PM
The Storytellers: Making Content That Matters
Rebecca Odes (Co-founder, Wifey TV)

1:05PM – 1:30PM
From Foodies To Entrepreneur
Jeni Britton (Founder, Splendid Ice Cream), Melissa Ben Ishay (Founder, Baked By Melissa), Sarah Simmons (Executive Chef/Owner, Birds & Bubbles)

1:35PM – 2:00PM
Making It In The Music Business
Chaka Pilgrim (President, Roc Nation), Moderator – Jasmine Soleno

2:05PM – 2:30PM
Then vs. Now – A Conversation
Cynthia Rowley (Designer) and daughter Kit Keenan (Student)

2:35PM – 3:00PM
From Artist To Brand: Balancing Business and Creative
Marissa Webb (Designer)

3:05PM – 3:30PM
Your Style – Your Personal Brand
Melissa Battifarano (Designer Director, Rihanna’s Fenty Corp.), Stephanie Mark (Co-founder, The Coveteur). Moderator – Stylecaster

3:35PM – 4:00PM
Breaking The Mold: Disrupters Who Found A New Way
Molly Guy (Founder, Stone Fox Bride), Yasmin Green (Principal, Google Ideas). Moderator – Mary HK Choi

4:00PM – 4:10PM
Using Your Creative Voice
Nadia Lopez (Educator)

4:10PM – 4:35PM
Social Media As Business (Sponsored By Galore)

1:00PM – 1:25PM
Business Speed Dating

2:00PM – 2:25PM
Photography Master Class

2:30PM – 2:55PM
Focus: Your 3 Step Plan To Building A Business

3:00PM – 3:25PM
Bragging Rights: How To Sell Yourself

3:30PM – 3:55PM
Social Media Master Class
Boss Base

4:00PM – 4:25PM
Business Speed Dating

4:30PM – 4:55PM
Building A Website With Confidence

5:00PM – 5:25PM
Fundraising Master Class

For more information and updates on The Other Festival visit, and follow The Other Festival on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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