Jasmin Brand, Emcee

Jasmin Brand is the CEO of Launch DFW, a Texas-based media company on a mission to increase connectivity and collaboration in the local startup and business ecosystem with the recent debut of The LaunchPad, a first of its kind community dashboard.

She is also the founder and President of DARBY JAMES, a respected agency leader in experiential marketing, events and comprehensive brand strategies for cities and startups. Original projects include Beats By Her, a digital storytelling and live music platform for independent female artists and The City Influencer, a popular blog on diversity, life and culture in Dallas/Fort Worth.

Some of Jasmin’s accolades include:

  • Minority Business Leader of the Year Award presented by the Dallas Business Journal

  • First Ever Recipient of the Young Professional Leadership ATHENA Award presented by the Dallas  Regional Chamber and KPMG

  • Techweek 100 Talent Cultivator Award

  • Best of the Best in PR/Marketing by Examiner.com

  • 10 Texas Women To Watch In Media

Tamara Payne

Featured Speaker

Tamara is the Founder and Chief Connector at Ensemble, a collaborative business community and coworking space in the Near Southside of Fort Worth. Ensemble is the first woman-owned coworking space to open in North Texas. Ensemble provides an inspiring workspace for businesses to grow, connect and collaborate while being surrounded by a community of like-minded professionals.

Tamara is also the owner of Payne Free Marketing, a marketing communications and branding practice. She's has over 20 years experience in marketing and has also worked locally in television news.

Tamara's accolades include:

  • Entrepreneur of Excellence, Supporter of Entrepreneur Award, FW INC. Magazine

  • Mentor Award, Fort Worth Business Press

  • 25 Women to Watch, Ft. Worth BBB, 2016

Carolyn Phillips

Featured Speaker

Carolyn Phillips shares her no-nonsense insights and lessons learned from building a gourmet popsicle business from scratch. Starting from a single cart she bought on Craigslist in 2015, Carolyn has grown her business to 5 mobile food units and a brick-and-mortar location in Fort Worth, TX. Honored as a Small Business of the Year Finalist for both 2018 and 2019 by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Alchemy Pops strives to make every day a Saturday by serving frozen pops that make you feel as great as they taste. Carolyn will share how entrepreneurship has both enabled her sweet dreams of success while also finding herself in some sticky messes that we can all learn from (and laugh about). Carolyn Phillips is Owner & Chief


Alchemist of Alchemy Pops, a local gourmet frozen pop company based in Fort Worth, Texas. Specializing in handcrafted frozen pops made with ingredients sourced from Texas as much as possible, Alchemy Pops is about treating yourself better and serving up sunshine and smiles to its customers.


Carolyn holds a BA in Business from Texas Christian University and holds an MA in Sustainability from Arizona State University. Alchemy Pops began as a side hustle while Carolyn worked as a non-profit fundraiser, ultimately leaving her fundraising career after 5 years to become a full-time pop-preneur. Alchemy Pops represents her endeavor to merge her non-profit experience with entrepreneurship to found a company that is both for-profit and for-purpose.

Find Alchemy Pops online at www.alchemypops.com and on social media @AlchemyPops