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What does it take to move a Start Up into a thriving company? What are the obstacles to overcome being an under 30 woman CEO?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

What does it take to move a Start Up into a thriving company? What are the obstacles to overcome being an under 30 woman CEO?

Come hear Allison Lami Sawyer tell us how she got past her entrepreneurship professor telling her "You know you aren't good enough, right? You need to get a real CEO." Two years later, with $2.4 million in projected revenue from military and industrial contracts, she is proving him wrong. With a master's degree in nanoscale physics, come hear her journey from student to CEO.

We congratulate Allison for winning the Wall Street Journal startup of the year for 2013!

About Our Speaker(s)

Allison Lami Sawyer is the CEO and co-founder of Rebellion Photonics, an advanced optics company spun out of Rice University in 2009. Rebellion Photonics is commercializing their unique snap-shot hyperspectral imaging technology that is used for chemical imaging video cameras for industries such as safety, defense, and biological research. In 2012, the company launched its Gas Cloud Imaging camera for continuous monitoring of dangerous gas leaks for the oil and gas industry. The unique Gas Cloud Imaging camera images gas leaks in real-time so that leaks can be fixed more quickly while at the same time dramatically reducing false alarms caused by traditional point detectors.

Event Date and Venue

This event will be held from 6:00-8:30 on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at:

    Whitaker IT
    10375 Richmond Ave- downstairs training room
    Houston, Texas 77042

Parking and Building Entrance: For access to the meeting location, please park in the South Garage and enter at the South Entrance door.


6pm-6:30pm Networking and light bites
6:30pm-8:00pm Speaker and Q&A
8:00pm-8:30pm Networking

Register Now Space is limited; we encourage pre-registration to guarantee admission.

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About Our Sponsor(s)

Whitaker IT is one of the nation’s most respected names in professional recruiting. Their national staffing company provides the highest quality contract and direct-hire staffing solutions for a wide variety of enterprises and organizations. They provide staffing solutions for key positions that require premium credentials and where demand is high.

Since 1983, they’ve forged a unique reputation for quality and service by searching for the most qualified candidates for each position. Their proprietary methodology includes deep research, extensive networking for candidate sourcing, in-depth prescreening and reference checking. They have found this approach equally effective in matching candidates with clients for direct-hire or contract positions. The end results are long-standing relationships with the best people and the best companies in their three areas of focus, and quality, cost-effective staffing solutions for all our national candidates and clients


Pre-Registration fees are as follows:

  • $15.00 for WITI members
  • $25.00 for non-members
Please plan to pay in advance. We accept checks and credit cards.

Pre-Registration Deadline

All registrations must be received by Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Refund Policy

Please check your calendars carefully, as we will be unable to issue refunds. If you are unable to attend, we encourage you to find a substitute to take your place. If you do wish to substitute, please email Tech Support.

Contact Us

For more info regarding registration or event details, please contact Christine Williams ([email protected]).

For more details about pre-registration, contact Tech Support.