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Fireside Chat with Ryan Carpenter and Janis Machala: The Role of Leadership and Culture in a Successful Startup


Janis Machala is an experienced coach, corporate executive, community leader, and member of multiple boards. She is one of the top go-to resources for entrepreneurs starting new ventures and executives looking to accelerate their growth. She brings strategic insight, collaborative leadership, creativity, and people-connectedness to her many pursuits. Janis has a large referral network of trusted resources for executive connections, funding, partnerships, job candidates, and specialty services. Janis’ career highlights include:

  • Paladin Partners: CEO and Founder
  • Bellevue College: Executive Dean, Corporate and Continuing Education
  • University of Washington: Director, LaunchPad Services
  • Pinnacle Publishing: Chief Executive Officer
  • Microsoft Corporation: Group Marketing Manager
  • Sun Microsystems: Market Segment Manager; Head of Technology Evangelism

Janis is an ICF accredited Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, and Certified Positive Intelligence Coach. She holds an MBA with a concentration in marketing from the University of Iowa. She received her BA with a double major in psychology and English from Augustana College.

Ryan Carpenter (He/Him)
Carpenter Wellington PLLC, Managing Attorney | Founding Member

Ryan is the Managing Attorney and Founding member of Carpenter Wellington, a startup and technology law firm, with offices in Austin, Seattle, and Portland, utilizing years of experience as corporate counsel and General Counsel across multiple industries, advising and partnering with notable startups, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists, through each stage of a company’s growth, and establishing close long term partnership over the arc of a startup’s journey, advising on the formation of companies, equity structures, negotiations with investors, intellectual property rights, right through to scaling of operations and business, striving toward success.

Join this Fireside Chat with Ryan Carpenter and Janis Machala on ‘The Role of Leadership and Culture in a Successful Startup,” including useful discussions including who should be on the bus together on the journey, what should equity split look like, why does value and culture matter, and why being a CEO in one of the founders matter. Ryan and Janis will also hold a Q&A with attendees.