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Apr 04, 2024

Founder Soft Skills: Managing Stakeholders

Founder Soft Skills: Managing Stakeholders
Founder Soft Skills: Managing Stakeholders

Explore 'The 9 Essential Conversations' for startup success with Annie Garofalo. Learn to build trust, manage conflicts, and more!

You may have heard that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it also takes a village to raise a startup. But what happens when conflicts arise among your stakeholders? In this session, Confidante founder and Harvard College alum Annie Garofalo ’15 will focus on “The 9 Essential Conversations” for high-performing pre-seed through Series A teams. She will share tips on how to build trust, manage existing conflict, make shared decisions, and communicate differences of opinion, all of which are critical to building a healthy, long-term founding team.


Annie Garofalo (Harvard BA ’15, Stanford MBA/MA Sociology ’21) is the founder of Confidante, the first relationship building practice designed to de-risk founding teams by proactively addressing the co-founder conflicts that kill 65% of startups. Additionally, she brings a decade of prior experience as an investor, C-suite executive, team coach, and growth strategy consultant.


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