Featured Session: Alexis Ohanian, Lissie Garvin, Maya Penn, & Rostam Reifschneider

Mar 13, 2023

10:00am – 11:00am CT

Alexis Ohanian is a tech founder and venture capitalist. He's written a national bestselling book, Without Their Permission, and co-founded Reddit, one of the largest websites in the U.S. currently valued at more than $10B. In 2020 he founded Seven Seven Six, a new firm built like a technology company that deploys venture capital with over $769M assets under management. In 2022 he launched the 776 Foundation to support marginalized individuals and announced a $20M commitment to climate action through his new 776 Fellowship Program. Ohanian is also an advocate for paid family leave and the lead founding investor of the NWSL’s Angel City Football Club.
Lissie Garvin is the Program Director for the 776 Foundation and Fellowship Program. The Foundation was started in March 2022 by Seven Seven Six (“776”) and Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian with a mission to fund problem-solvers combatting inequity worldwide. Its first commitment is $20M toward climate change issues through the new 776 Fellowship Program - a two-year program for young people who want to build a better future. Garvin most recently served as Seven Seven Six’s Founding Chief of Staff working directly with Ohanian, where she managed the firm’s external and internal communications practices, social media strategy and founder relations as a trusted advisor. Prior to 776, Lissie served as Chief of Staff to Ohanian at both Reddit and Initialized Capital. Garvin resides in Austin, TX.
Maya Penn is a 22 year old award-winning activist, eco-entrepreneur, and animator. Maya founded sustainable fashion brand Maya’s Ideas at just eight years old, and has been working in sustainability and climate justice for 14 years. She is a three-time TED Talks speaker, Simon & Schuster author, awarded by President Obama, Oprah, and more. Maya’s first short film “ASALI: Power of the Pollinators,” with executive producer Viola Davis, will be released in April 2023.
Rostam Reifschneider is the co-founder and CTO of Hydrova Inc, a company developing circular economy and decarbonization solutions for the aluminum industry. Hydrova’s proprietary technology recovers aluminum, salt, and oxide products from aluminum dross while generating hydrogen for clean energy use. Reifschneider is a 776 Foundation Climate Fellow and a graduate of MIT’s Mechanical Engineering School.

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Lissie Garvin

776 Foundation

Alexis Ohanian

Seven Seven Six

Maya Penn

Upenndo! Productions


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