Lauren Maillian is a serial entrepreneur. She is currently the Founder and CEO of Luxury Market Branding, a strategic marketing and branding company, and is a Founding Partner at Gen Y Capital Partners, an early stage venture firm focused on investments in mobile and consumer facing technology enabled companies. Lauren founded an award-winning and nationally recognized wine brand at 19 years old, making her the youngest self-made winery owner in the country. She served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Lauren often speaks about entrepreneurship, female leadership, marketing, branding, business development, and early stage venture at various conferences. She has spoken at prestigious institutions including Harvard, Columbia University, and Cornell. She is a large supporter of entrepreneurship and judges the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s business plan competition, as well as the incoming classes of Start Up Chile, a program in support of entrepreneurship sponsored by the Chilean Government. Lauren is actively involved in several startups as an advisor and is a mentor to the Pipeline Fellowship, as well as the Women Innovate Mobile Accelerator. Lauren’s work has been featured in national media outlets including Forbes, American Express OPEN Forum, UPTOWN Magazine, Business Insider, and Fast Company. In 2011, Lauren was recognized at the White House by the Kauffman Foundation and received an Empact100 Award. Lauren holds a BS in International Trade and Marketing (magna cum laude) from the Fashion Institute of Technology.