Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
San Francisco
San Francisco War Memorial | The Green Room
401 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco,

“EnTERPreneurs in the City” is a premier event series hosted by the University of Maryland Alumni Association that showcases, connects, and engages entrepreneurial Terps throughout the country.

Join us for a networking reception followed by an inspiring panel of University of Maryland alumni who own businesses and/or reside in San Francisco.

Panelists will share their individual path to entrepreneurship, challenges, successes and advice.


Alumni Association Members: $15
Non-members: $30

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Natalie Ross


Julie Lenzer
Associate Vice President of Innovation and Economic Development and Co-Director,
UM Ventures

Julie is charged with fostering and supporting the development that is currently underway in the UMD Research Park and Greater College Park. She will also promote and facilitate productive, university-wide collaboration to launch startup ventures based upon University intellectual property, as well as maximize synergies between UMD and the University of Maryland, Baltimore to leverage strengths of each and encourage technology commercialization.

Most recently, Julie was appointed to lead the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) within the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). In her capacity as Director of the OIE, she drove programs and policies that support innovative economic development such as innovation-based entrepreneurship and regional innovation clusters. Prior to her political appointment, Julie was the Executive Director of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE), an initiative of the Howard County Economic Development Authority focused on igniting the entrepreneurial culture and bringing together the entrepreneurial ecosystem across the state. During her short tenure, the MCE quadrupled its client base and saw the creation of new programs such as 3D Maryland, a leadership initiative connecting resources in additive manufacturing; the Conscious Venture Lab, an accelerator focused on Conscious Capitalism; and a technology transfer accelerator in partnership with Johns Hopkins Advanced Physics Lab and other leading research institutions. A serial entrepreneur, Ms. Lenzer was also the co-chair of Startup Maryland as well as co-founder and former CEO of the Path Forward Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit that helped women expand economic opportunity by starting and building growth-oriented businesses using technology transfer.


Aaron Epstein
Co-founder of Creative Market, a part-time partner at Y Combinator, and a UMD alum (’03)

Aaron co-founded Creative Market in 2012 to help independent creators around the world make a living doing what they love, and has nearly two decades of experience founding and leading startups through bootstrapping, fundraising, acquisition, spinout, and everything in between.


Amy Carr
Co-Founder PYT Beauty
Co-Founder / Entrepreneur / Mom of 3 / Runner / Optimist / Champagne Drinker / Morning routine takes 32 minutes

Amy is currently the Co-Founder of PYT Beauty™.  PYT Beauty™ is a brand of high-performance makeup products founded by Amy Carr and Mary Schulman with the promise to deliver beauty products to set you free.  Harsh Chemical Free, Allergen Free, Cruelty Free, Sticker shock free and guilt free. With rich color and long-lasting wear, our consumers care about what they are putting on their face just like they care what they put in their bodies.

Amy graduated from University of Maryland and earned her MBA from the Booth School at University of Chicago. Prior to co-founding PYT Beauty™, Amy spent a diverse 13 years in retail first at Gap Inc. where she assumed many roles including strategy, finance, consumer insights, and direct marketing. Amy then joined Sephora with a focus on CRM and personalized marketing, consumer insights and analytics.  It was there that she gained a deep understanding of how consumers think about cosmetics and what drives their purchase decisions.

Amy is a Bay Area native (although has spent 19 years outside of California).  She is happy to be back in San Francisco where she can truly live a healthy lifestyle.  She resides in the city with her husband, Brian and their three children, Annabelle, Connor and Bennett.

Georgia Murray
Founder Les Femmes Libres

Georgia moved to San Francisco in 2014 while working for one of the fast-growing e-commerce companies of its time. Subsequent roles centered on technology, including Community Strategist and Product Manager for a Palo Alto-based networking company. Georgia then re-entered the commerce world by joining Kit and Ace, a direct-to-consumer apparel company created by the Founders of Lululemon. She then obtained a degree in Merchandise Product Development before ultimately starting Les Femmes Libres, an apparel company focused on timeless pieces, ethically produced in the US.

Ori Zohar
Co-Founder Burlap & Barrel

Ori Zohar is an Israeli-born, Baltimore-raised entrepreneur and the co-founder of Burlap & Barrel, the first comprehensive single origin spice company in the United States. Burlap & Barrel is working directly with farmers to build a transparent, equitable global supply chain. The company has been featured in the New York Times, Epicurious and Popular Mechanics as well as in the kitchens of Michelin-starred restaurants including Eleven Madison Park and Momofuku Ko. Burlap & Barrel is Ori's 2nd food startup with co-founder Ethan Frish - they started an activist ice cream cart called Guerrilla Ice Cream in 2010.

Prior to Burlap & Barrel, Ori was the co-founder of Sindeo, a venture-backed startup that raised $32m and provided mortgages in 12 states. Ori took the startup from idea through acquisition and was a core driver of strategy, culture, and marketing. Ori started his career in advertising, working with Intel, MasterCard, Unilever, ExxonMobil, and Intel to better understand their customer’s motivations and how to engage with them.

Ticket refunds are not available for this event. However, as a special benefit, Alumni Association members may receive a refund up to 10 days prior to the event date.