Robyn Ward is CEO of FounderForward and a sought-after speaker on the topics of Leadership and Peak Performance. During her 20 years of experience working alongside founders and executives in the fast-paced startup space, Robyn became an expert in the science and psychology of high-performing leaders, teams and cultures. In 2016, she started FounderForward, a coaching, training and development company that counts many of LA’s hottest high-growth companies as clients, including Ritual, OrderMark, Avisare and Reel.
Prior to FounderForward, Robyn launched and ran the strategic investment arm of United Talent Agency. In her role as Head of New Media Ventures, she identified investment and incubation opportunities and worked closely with portfolio founders to help accelerate their growth. Before UTA, Robyn was a business development and operations executive who served on the early leadership teams of five venture-backed startups, including Docstoc (acquired by Intuit) and Verified Person (acquired by Sterling Talent Solutions).
Robyn also teaches Entrepreneurship at USC and is a champion of diversity and equality in the technology industry. She has been named a Top Woman in LA Tech by DigitalLA and a Top LA Tech Ambassador by TechWeek.
WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY:
“I was absolutely blown away by your energy, your content, your presence and your humor. I’m sure you hear this all the time, but wanted to chime in about what incredible value you’re bringing to the community.”
– Carrie Norton, Green Business Basecamp
“The feedback from Corigin Ventures founders was overwhelmingly positive: They felt that this was a relevant event with great content, new insights learned, and actionable takeaways.”
– Jackie Vouthouris, Head of Platform, Corigin Ventures
“Robyn is an entrepreneur’s best friend. Her experience working within start-ups, navigating Corporate America and Hollywood, as well as being an experienced investor, who is well respected and known within the community, makes her an asset to any organization. From fundraising to decision making to strategy to cheerleading, her inputs have shaped my company for the better. There’s no one like RW.”
– Rachel Tipograph, Founder and CEO, MikMak
“Robyn lives and breathes startup life – you won’t find a better friend, advocate, and biz dev leader who can go out there and make deals & relationships happen. Robyn can walk into any city, any room, any company and get things done.”
– Paige Craig, Venture Capitalist, Arena VC
PRESS FEATURES + MENTIONS
Huffington Post, The One Thing Every Entrepreneur Needs…
Forbes.com, 5 Creative Habits for Success
Thrive Global, 30 Tips for Thriving
Broadcast & Cable, Top 10 TV/Tech Innovators, Innovation is Key for Spec-tech-ular 10
Institutional Investor, Finance and The Feminine Mystique
Huffington Post, Perfect Your Pitch
Huffington Post, Empowering Female Entrepreneurs