GTTM Spotlight Series

Innovation and the Art of Charting Your Own Course

Mini-hackathon and pitch session

When: June 23; 2-4 p.m.

Where: Nashville Tech Council, 500 Interstate Blvd S Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37210

Who: Girls age 10 and up and their caregivers


Just 6% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women and fewer than 17% are executives. You’re never too young to start your own business and change this ratio!


Join us June 23 when mother-daughter entrepreneur team Kerry Schrader and Ashlee Ammons of the app Mixtroz will guide girls and caregivers through the process of brainstorming, ideation and pitching an idea to a crowd.

As we walk through how an idea comes to fruition, girls will learn to unleash their creativity and develop their entrepreneurial passion as they forge their own path. This event is co-hosted with the Nashville Tech Council.

The women of Mixtroz guiding a class of girls in a brainstorming session.

What you’ll learn and do


Entrepreneurs solve the challenges of day-to-day life, whether they’re big or small. So we encourage girls to come this event with a problem from your daily life that you want to solve.

We’ll take the challenges everyone brings and work together to figure out how to create products or services to solve them, with guidance from Kerry and Ashlee. Then we’ll break up into small teams to build out the solutions further. Each group will develop a 3-minute pitch to give to future investors, and we’ll close the event by pitching our ideas live!

Meet Kerry and Ashlee of Mixtroz


Kerry Schrader and Ashlee Ammons are a dynamic mother/daughter duo who created Mixtroz, an app that helps make meeting people at networking events easier.

They’ve been blazing trails in the male-dominated startup space and most recently won $100,000 in the Rise of the Rest Tour, a venture capital program that invests in the most promising companies located outside of Silicon Valley.

Though they don’t have formal tech backgrounds, the two women have tons of real-world experience. Ashlee was LeBron James’ first intern, as well as an events producer for big names such as Jay-Z, Coca-Cola, Leonardo DiCaprio and Oprah Winfrey. Her mom, Kerry, has an equally impressive resume, working more than 25 years for major companies that include Ford and Sears Holding Corporation.