Session: Exceptional Product Design for Non-Technies
Are you a non-technical professional looking to break into the tech scene? Do you have ideas for product design and innovation but lack confidence in bringing your concepts into reality? Rachel Benyola, a former therapist and psychology doctoral student dropout turned inventor & CEO of Kova foldable helmets will show you how innovation can come from anywhere. Learn how this Forbes 30Under30 list maker designed a revolutionary patent pending safety helmet.
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Bio: Rachel Benyola
Rachel Benyola, MBA, MS - executive coach for retail leaders for 8 years for major brands such as Hudson's Bay Company, Lord & Taylor, Saks 5th Avenue and Omega; Forbes 30 Under 30; Benyola is a gritty, relentless leader who surrounds herself with excellent advisors from such brands as United By Blue, Urban Outfitters, and Fossil; Benyola also is the customer, being a travel-obsessed bike rider herself. She is committed to her mission of making sustainable transportation the norm by making expert designed products that support an outdoor, healthy lifestyle. Rachel was named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 2018 List in Manufacturing and Industry and Young Entrepreneur of the Year from Drexel University. She also achieved first place in the Alliance of Women Entrepreneur's Pitch Competition for the entire greater Philadelphia region. Rachel was also named one of the nine innovators of the year by Smithsonian Magazine and one of Drexel University’s 40 Under 40 alumni leader's. Her company was named one of the top 10 hottest Philadelphia emerging ventures in 2017 and nominated for the Sustainable Innovation of the Year Award by SustainPHL.