Grow Your Food-Related Business, A Panel

Think Big! Women Entrepreneurs Symposium
The Resources Panel: Use technology platforms to grow and network your food-related business.


Katie Burbank
Katie Burbank is the LA East Community Manager for She educates the public on how to effectively use Yelp as a local resource, helps business owners navigate the inner workings of “claiming” their business pages, and expands Yelp’s presence as a go-to site for the most amazing local businesses in LA. In addition to providing support to the Yelp community online, Katie also pens the Weekly Yelp (an email newsletter that features unique local hot spots), and partners with local businesses to host events for the Yelp community that encourage them to further explore their surroundings and patronize local businesses. She also gives stellar hugs.

Leila Najafi
With a passion for hosting events and bringing people together, Leila has taken the LA event scene by storm. Since joining Eventbrite, Leila has organized over 30 events and counting, from a pop-up concert at Troubadour to a tequila tasting class, all to build a community of Eventbrite users in LA. She has presented to a number of organizations including members of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to share her insight on the importance of utilizing social media and hosting events for growing small businesses. She was also invited to participate in the Docstoc video series to share tips about event planning and has also been a contributor to a number of local LA blogs.

Leila received her B.S. in Anthropology from UCLA and her MBA with a concentration in Marketing from Loyola Marymount University. When she’s not event-hopping, Leila enjoys cooking, reading, scrapbooking, pilates and exploring all the hidden treasures LA has to offer! You can follow her on Twitter @BriteLA.

Eventbrite is an online ticketing solution that enables anyone to be an event organizer by creating tools that make it easy to sell tickets to all kinds of events. With Eventbrite, organizers can create a customizable event page; spread the word with social media; collect money; and gain visbility into attendees and sales. Eventbrite is also passionate about the nonprofit community which is why we have developed Eventbrite for Causes. We provide nonprofits with an easy online solution to sell tickets to your events to raise money and make your fundraisers a huge success.