The Tools of Effective Leadership – A Panel Presentation on Feb 23rd

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in Blog

How to Spend Less Time on Paperwork, & More Time Developing Your Brand’s Creative Vision

Join Us on February 23, 2016 at 6:30pm at Fashion Incubator SF

Entrepreneurs are often feeling overwhelmed as they try to become the experts of every subject matter field affecting their business. When creating an apparel company, it can be hard to focus on the more creative brand building aspects if you’re bogged down by business logistics. We want to put you in touch with services providers who can streamline your business, take care of the research stress, and the daily paperwork tasks.

We’ve put together a panel of companies that help solve some of the most common challenges apparel companies face with the logistics of growth. How do you hire your first employees, manage your inventory across several online retail platforms, keep track of your income and expenses, and limit risks of opening a physical store? This panel has your answers, and the tools to assist you.

Aside from having the tools to help, these panel members have been in your shoes too. They know what its like to be entrepreneurs and leaders. We’ll ask them to share secrets of effective time-management and task delegation.

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The Fashion Incubator at Macy’s has generously offered to host this event. For access to the building, please come to 50 O’Farrell St, San Francisco. It is within the menswear building of Macy’s (not the large one with the Cheesecake Factory). Event will take place on February 23, 2016 at 6:30pm.

$20 General Admission – $25 at the Door
*Free for PWSF Members and for current or former FiSF designers in residence.


These are the panelists & the companies they lead:

Darren CarterDarren Carter, Senior Finance Consultant, inDinero

Darren is a Senior Finance Consultant at inDinero. When he isn’t helping startups, entrepreneurs and business-owners turn their accounting/taxes from a headache into a walk in the park, you will usually find him rock climbing or dangling from a cliff in the mountains around California.

inDinero is a full-service accounting and tax firm for startups and small businesses. Using a combination of our cloud-based software along with a full team of accountants and CPAs, we handle the most tedious tasks of your business operations–your accounting and taxes. Built by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, our software+service solution maintains your books, builds your most important financial statements, automates invoicing and bill pay, and turns your finances into insights that power your business. You can visit the inDinero website at and follow them on Twitter at @indinero.


Jake Gasaway HeadshotJake Gasaway, Co-Founder, VP of Platform, Stitch Labs
Jake is a co-founder and VP of Platform at Stitch Labs. He spent the early part of his career with major manufacturing companies, Philip Morris U.S.A and the Campbell Soup Company. It was there he learned the importance of leveraging software to drive efficiencies into product-based businesses. Stitch Labs has allowed him to take those learnings and bring them to the small and medium business space. When he’s not in the Lab, you’ll find him spending time with his wife and son or hacking up a golf course.

Stitch is an online inventory control solution that simplifies multichannel retail business. It automatically syncs inventory, orders, and sales across channels, which provides retailers a holistic understanding of their operations. With Stitch, retailers save time, make better decisions, and grow their businesses. Stitch integrates with top sales channels such as Amazon, eBay, Etsy, Shopify, WooCommerce and Square, as well as add-ons including Quickbooks, Xero, and ShipStation. To learn more, visit or reach out to our team at or on Twitter at @StitchLabs.


Jeff HarzardJeff Hazard, VP of Sales, Zenefits
Jeff Hazard serves as Vice President of Sales at Zenefits, where he’s grown the San Francisco Sales team by 150% and boosted revenue by 300% in the last year. Prior to that, Jeff was at ADP, where he was Divisional Vice President of Sales. In his 16 year tenure at ADP, Jeff bridged the gap between product and sales by serving as a dedicated liaison between the two groups, enhancing communication and cross-functional collaboration. Jeff also acted as an executive sponsor for ADP’s Women in Sales Leadership group. He’s a Bay Area native and currently resides in Alamo.

Zenefits is the leading cloud HR automation platform. Our mission: to make it effortless to manage your business and employees. Zenefits connects with (or helps you set up) your payroll, benefits, and other HR systems, so you can manage all your HR online, in one beautiful dashboard. After that, Zenefits doesn’t just get rid of paperwork; it gets rid of the work itself through HR automation. What used to take weeks — checking compliance boxes, updating payroll, on-boarding new hires, enrolling in health insurance — Zenefits now automatically handles for you and your employees. Zenefits does this all for free, without any contracts or disruptive switching of legacy systems, for over 10,000 small-and medium-sized businesses across the United States. Zenefits was co-founded by Parker Conrad and Laks Srini. For more information, visit or follow Zenefits on Twitter: @Zenefits.


Nipul-2Nipul Patel, Co-Founder & COO of Townsquared
Nipul is a supporter and advocate of the culture and economic opportunity small businesses bring to local communities. He was born into a family sustained by not only its small-business ownership, but the communities that supported them. He spent seven years at CEB consulting on risk management strategy, product development, operational efficiency, and financial growth for businesses globally. After launching CEB’s Asia Pacific business, he returned to the states to found Townsquared. He proudly calls San Francisco home and actively volunteers at the Renaissance Center for Entrepreneurship and various other non-profits supporting small businesses.

Townsquared is the online network for small businesses. It is the only online community where only verified small business owners and staff share advice and resources with their business neighbors. Townsquared’s online communities are small and private, comprised exclusively of businesses that operate near one another. Businesses communicate on everything from hiring, marketing, loans, grants, accounting and insurance, to crime, permits, technology and working with local legislators. When businesses connect to share knowledge and resources, they strengthen themselves as well as their local economy. Townsquared is online at and you can connect with them on Twitter at @Townsqd.

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