Isabel Draves is the founder of Leaders in Software and Art (LISA), a community of people who think and create at the intersection of art and technology. LISA produces a monthly salon/speaker series and annual conference and has showcased well over 200 software and electronic artists, curators, makers and inventors. The LISA Tech Artists Bureau has grown organically out of this community as people worldwide who wish to meet LISA's fascinating community have approached us for advice and network expansion. In this capacity, LISA has teamed up with Art Silicon Valley/Art San Francisco, the Coral Springs Museum of Art, IMC Lab and Gallery, the 4 A's Creative Technology conference, and the Big Screen Plaza at the Eventi Hotel in NYC.
In addition to running LISA, Isabel is a strategic Internet consultant to startups, midsize and large companies. She has worked in management, marketing and operations at Sunny Bates Associates, Gartner's Research Board, Bertelsmann Arvato, Linden Lab (Second Life Virtual World), Teach for America and dozens of start-ups. Isabel also assists investors with pipeline development and due diligence for start-up tech investments in the B2C and B2B space. Prior to starting LISA in 2009, for many years she organized Salontrepreneur, a popular monthly NYC-based dinner conversation for tech entrepreneurs.
Isabel is the founder and former CEO of SmartGirl.com, the first social media website for teenage girls, where she was at the helm from 1996 through 2001. Isabel has a BA in Literature from Harvard and a MA in Communications, Computing and Technology from Columbia University.
Draves is also the creator and director of The Creative Tech Week, a crowdsourced festival created to showcase the cutting-edge research, art, media, and community initiatives being generated in the field of creative technology.