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THE TEAM

Leadership Team / Editorial Board

LEADERSHIP

Lauren Somer

Publishing Partner


LEADERSHIP

Sue Rooney

Publisher, Global Village Publishing Inc.

LEADERSHIP

Tarja Stephens

Co-Founder MISSION IMPACT

LEADERSHIP

Janna Salokangas

Co-Founder MISSION IMPACT

EDITORIAL BOARD

Tommaso Di Bartolo

Board Member

EDITORIAL BOARD

Anne-Marie Enns

Board Member

EDITORIAL BOARD

Olayinka Odeniran

Board Member

EDITORIAL BOARD

Elizabeth Irizarry

Board Member

Editorial Board

The Women of the Future editorial board has been established to ensure that this initiative is an honest reflection of the women leading the change in the Metaverse & Web 3, showcasing the key voices leading the charge in this fast paced environment. The boards mandate is to ensure that the pre-identified criteria for inclusion are met and that the project delivers the right content and editorial.

Lauren Somer

Head of Marketing Aggreko Africa & Co-publisher Women of the Future book.Born in Brussels, traveled and lived the world. Proud mother of one son. Her drive is to make processes better, empowering in the largest sense of the word and making the world a better place through innovation. She has always worked in multi-sectoral traditional corporate environments however wants to be an enabler in the transition and mass adoption of the Metaverse and Web3. Her motto: Bye bye: Thinking out of the box! Hello: let’s Eliminate the box

Sue Rooney

Sue is the COO of Global Village Publishing Inc, a global publishing company focussing on innovation for good across the globe. With extensive experience in advertising, communications, media, and publishing Sue is now focussing on highlighting the incredible achievements women are making in tech and specifically the Metaverse and Web3. With a firm belief that communication can change the world, Sue is an active committee member in the upcoming SBCC Summit in Morocco addressing critical issues facing the world.

Tarja Stephens

Tarja is the Co-Founder of MISSION IMPACT, a media brand, and Mission Impact (MI), a private membership network focused on accelerating women’s impact by utilizing web3 education, immersive environments, and emerging technologies.

Tarja is listed as one of the top women voices leading the web3 and metaverse space and is an avid connector of conscious individuals and brands wanting to enter the space. Tarja is the Miami Chapter President of the Global VR/AR Association which brings together over 60K brilliant minds and 4000 businesses across the globe fostering collaboration on immersive technologies. For over a decade, Tarja was a C-level Business Development executive who now finds her passion in serving as an impact strategy advisor on several women-led Web3 communities and initiatives. She is a board member of Impact Mission Miami, which focuses on raising awareness of B-corps and UN SDGs in the South Florida region.

Janna Salokangas

Janna is an entrepreneur and power connector working on missions bigger than herself. As a co-founder of MISSION IMPACT, she is focused on accelerating women’s impact by utilizing web3 platforms, immersive environments, and emerging technologies.

With her vast network, Janna is considered a top connector in the Web3 space, bridging the gap with the real world. She is a Chapter President of VR/AR Finland.

Extra: Janna is also co-founder of Finnish Flow, leading the Finnish business community’s participation in the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting week held in Davos, Switzerland. She is a co-creator of the The Future of Cities programming in Davos that is a series of events inviting Davos participants and stakeholders into a collaboration to envision better and more sustainable urban life and cities together.

Tommaso Di Bartolo

Serial Entrepreneur and Startup Investor, Author, Advisor, and Faculty at the University of California Berkeley, Tommaso has built four tech startups from scratch and has two exits under his belt. Tommaso is passionate about sharing his lessons learned from nearly two decades of entrepreneurial tech expertise as a frequent global keynote speaker and as an advisor to some of Silicon Valley’s most renowned startup accelerators such as Google Launchpad, Draper University, and The Alchemist.

Anne-Marie Enns

Anne-Marie Enns is an award-winning event producer that specializes in virtual, hybrid and live events in the immersive tech space.

She is the Founder and Executive Producer at Pulledin Productions, a full-service event production company that specializes in virtual and online events, live productions, strategic partnerships, partner activations, logistics, and sponsorship.

She is currently the Executive Producer of the Immerse Global Summit and the Director of Events for the VR/AR Association and Real Estate Tech Association. Her events bring together leaders in the immersive space speaking on topics such as virtual and augmented reality, the metaverse, blockchain, NFT’s, AI, medical advancements, education, and enterprise. Pulledin specializes in relationships by recruiting sponsors, planning unique partner activations, booking exhibitors, planning all speaker and event logistics, and doing the stage/live/virtual production and marketing.

Anne-Marie also serves as the Co-Chair of the VRARA Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility Committee and is committed to working with incredible women on mentorship, job opportunities, speaking opportunities, best practices and to drive change in the VR/AR/MR and immersive tech industry.

Olayinka Odeniran

Elizabeth Irizarry

Elizabeth Irizarry is a community manager/leader, strategist, podcaster, and Web3 enthusiast. She is the Founder and Co-Host of the Infinite Attraction Podcast, a Miami-based podcast amplifying the MiamiTech ecosystem to a global audience by spotlighting local entrepreneurs. Elizabeth strongly believes there are significant opportunities in Web3, and is motivated to raise awareness of the positive impact NFTs, Blockchain, and the Metaverse can have on our society. She is determined to broaden the participation and influence of women in the Tech and Web3 community.

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