Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Boss Ladies in Manufacturing – an SFMade Panel

March 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

| $10

Event Navigation

Hear how the boss ladies at Timbuk2, Fort Point Beer Company, Aplat and Tinkering Monkey have developed their business and adapted to COVID.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, join us for an interactive conversation facilitated by Janet Lees, SFMade’s Co-Founder and Chief Program Officer. We will hear how Deborah Palmer Keiser, President of Timbuk2, Dina Dobkin, Chief Brand Officer of Fort Point Beer Company, Shujan Bertrand, Owner of Aplat, and Paula Chang, Co-Founder of Tinkering Monkey, have developed and grown their manufacturing businesses, and adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Come learn about:

  • Running a production facility
  • Building and maintaining brand recognition
  • Creating a company culture
  • Finding and keeping employees
  • Maintaining innovation and creativity
  • What resiliency means in the context of the COVID-19 crisis
  • Key lessons learned


Deborah Palmer Keiser, Timbuk2

Deborah is President of Timbuk2, the iconic messenger bag manufacturer founded in San Francisco in 1989. She is responsible for leading the brand and re-positioning it for growth and expansion, and helped expand the variety of carry bags, both pre-made and made-to-order, always made with premium, durable fabrics. Deborah has wide expertise in operations and supply chain, and has held leadership positions at major retailers like Williams Sonoma and Gap Inc. / Banana Republic.

Dina Dobkin, Fort Point Beer Co

Dina is Chief Brand Officer of Fort Point Beer Company — an independent San Francisco brewery known for making unconventional, yet easy-to-enjoy beers. Entering the beer world after a decade in architecture, she has sought to challenge how independent beer is supposed to look and feel, helping to build a brand that is deliberately polished, thoughtfully designed, and unapologetically approachable. As Fort Point rapidly expands its reach and its offerings, Dina serves as the creative and strategic anchor for the company’s growth.

Shujan Bertrand, Aplat

Shujan is the founder and designer of Aplat, creating simple, functional organic cotton products for chefs, connoisseurs and farm-to-table enthusiasts. She uses the art of origami principles and the golden ratio as inspiration for Aplat’s zero waste design and manufacturing, and hopes to spread awareness of responsible design practices. Since the COVID-19 crisis, Aplat makes zero waste cotton masks, and has donated more than 30,000 of them to frontline workers. Their free, open source mask pattern has also been downloaded more than 7 million times!

Paula Chang, Tinkering Monkey

Paula is Co-Founder of Tinkering Monkey, an architectural signage studio that takes a fresh, modern approach to crafting custom signage. By combining cutting-edge technology with unique materials, they bring brands to life for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Paula’s role is to lead the company towards their vision: empowering businesses with the highest quality signage possible, while creating opportunities for a new generation of craftspeople.


Sponsored by Bank of the West.


March 24
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Category: