Vilavanh Sanginthirath is the Founder and CEO of Innovations City and the mastermind behind the Innovations City and Empowered TV brands. Her vision lead to the innovative new platform helping Early-Stage Entrepreneurs and Business Owners by empowering the creation of a diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem. The California burrito lover and former High School Girls Head Basketball Coach is no stranger to taking risks and using her knowledge and competitive advantage to help others compete with a ‘stay local, think global’ mindset.
She has a proven track record with 15 years of experience as a high performing strategist in marketing, sales, and operations within Fortune 500 companies and industries ranging from healthcare, technology and retail.
As an ambitious and driven individual, Vilavanh grew up in an underserved and poverty community as the first-generation immigrant of refugee parents. Creating her own pathway to success, she fought every step of the way and built her career from the ground up. Now engaged in the development of cool new ventures; Vilavanh is a Strategic Advisor for startups, an advocate for women business owners, a Board Member for ARTS and Business For Good San Diego, a Public Speaker at multiple conferences and events including the U.S. News STEAM Solutions Conference, and a 2017 finalist for San Diego’s Woman of the Year.
With a book of business generating over $10 million, this visionary has a love for disruptive technologies and challenging the status quo which lead to creating new pathways for women and minorities a-like.