Fundraising: Julia Pimsleur
Julia Pimsleur is the CEO and Founder of Little Pim, the leading system for introducing young children to a second language. Little Pim has won 25 awards and features the proprietary Entertainment Immersion Method®. Julia Pimsleur grew up in the language teaching business; she is the daughter of language teaching pioneer, Dr. Paul Pimsleur, as well as an award-winning filmmaker and mother of two. She has raised over $4.5M in Angel and Venture funding and $20M in philanthropic dollars and blogs for Forbes.com about entrepreneurship.
Prior to founding Little Pim, Julia was the co-founder and CEO of a film production company which produced independent documentaries sold to HBO, Cinemax Reellife and PBS. Julia has a background in fundraising as well as filmmaking, and drove $20M in contributions to international human rights organizations, including Echoing Green, CPJ and Witness. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of Global Language Project, a nonprofit which brings free foreign language instruction to kids in disadvantaged public schools, and as Communications Chair of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). Julia earned her B.A. from Yale University, an M.F.A from the French National Film School in Paris and attended Harvard’s Executive Education Program. Julia speaks French, Italian, some Spanish and lives in New York City with her husband and their two energetic young boys, 4 and 8.
Public Speaking: Bill Smartt
Bill Smartt is the president of Smartt Talk Inc., and has led communication workshops and individual coaching sessions at General Assembly, Brooklyn Brainery, American Express, The Maestro Project at Sunshine Suites, Little Pim, Method, Planned Parenthood, Credit Suisse, Arc90, and Kindling Inc. He has experience in account management, software sales, project portfolio management, financial controlling, and as a software product specialist. Bill brings 20 years of experience to his role as communications coach having worked as a performer, teacher, writer and producer in San Francisco, Seattle and New York. Bill has a BA and MFA in Acting, and was an adjunct professor at Queens College from 2004 – 2009.