Young movers and shakers congregate in Philly for Under 30 Summit

 Kegan Schouwenburg, co-founder of SOLS, takes part in a panel moderated by Denise Restauri, CEO of GirlQuake, at Forbes '30 Under 30' Summit.(Todd Bookman/WHYY)

Kegan Schouwenburg, co-founder of SOLS, takes part in a panel moderated by Denise Restauri, CEO of GirlQuake, at Forbes '30 Under 30' Summit.(Todd Bookman/WHYY)

The second annual Forbes Under 30 Summit is under way in Philadelphia, drawing entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders from across the country.

The event started Sunday evening with a food festival highlighting young chefs, and it will end with a concert headlined by Hanson Tuesday. In between, more than 1,600 attendees will take in motivational speeches, breakout sessions and a pub crawl.

Notable guests include the country’s youngest female billionaire, Elizabeth Holmes; Olympic snowboarder Shaun White; and Sean Rad, the founder of Tinder.

During a breakout session Monday, investor and author Sarah Kunst offered advice for women-led companies.

“OK, so you are either going to be seen as a little bit too nice, or you are going to be seen as a bitch, right, because you are a woman, and there’s only two ways women can be,” said Kunst. “So, you know, that doesn’t matter as much if you also have your PhD or your patent or your Forbes ’30 Under 30,’ or whatever it is, to point to as unimpeachably good, and worth whatever it is that you are trying to get.”

Other panels tackle the tension occasionally found between co-founders (sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer is on hand to give advice), along with a look behind the scenes at the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s World Cup victory.

The Forbes Under 30 event wraps up Wednesday with a day of service at local schools.

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