Media Commentary and Speaking Opportunities
Lenore Kantor, President and Chief Launch Officer, is available for press interviews and industry panels on a range of topics including branding, marketing, communications, launch strategies, leadership and innovation. You can find a summary of her background here or contact us to have Lenore present at your next financial services, startup or professional industry event.

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November 1, 2017: Lenore Kantor will be speaking on a panel about the Product Development Lifecycle for the Startup Leadership Program and mentoring startup founders around their business growth and launch challenges.
November 1, 2017: Lenore Kantor will be speaking on a panel about the Product Development Lifecycle for the Startup Leadership Program and mentoring startup founders around their business growth and launch challenges.

October 22, 2018:  Lenore Kantor was quoted in The Cru, a women’s newsletter, and here about the secret to setting to goals.

“Knowing your ‘why’ matters. Are you doing something that you really care about or are you trying to please someone else or act out of some sense of what you should be doing? Your goal should be highly motivating in an inspiring way.”  Lenore Kantor, founder of Launch Warrior.

October 10, 2018:  Lenore Kantor’s article Changing The Game, about how to reposition yourself professionally when you realize it is time for a change, was published on Medium.

September 9-11, 2018: Lenore Kantor will be leading 2 workshops for Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) on Marketing’s Role in Driving Innovation at the Richmond Marketing Forum in Carlsbad, California.

September 5, 2018: Lenore Kantor was profiled in Ellevate Network‘s Member Spotlight.

August 14, 2018:  Lenore Kantor was interviewed about Leading Through Change on the PlayDa(i)te podcast with Alison LeBrun.  Lenore talks about embodied and heart-centered leadership

August 2, 2018:  Lenore Kantor joins the Social Venture Advisory Network of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, offering advice and mentoring to startup founders in the social enterprise and environmental sectors.

May 17, 2018: Lenore Kantor held mentor office hours with business founders for Galvanize members.

April 5, 2018:  Lenore Kantor was one of the judges for the Columbia Venture Competition.  Lenore was part of the initial startup review and evaluated the finalist pitches.

March 15, 2018: Lenore Kantor will be leading a Founders Leadership Roundtable for Galvanize members.

February 8, 2018: Lenore Kantor held office hours with business founders at the Columbia Startup Lab, a dedicated co-working space and incubator for Columbia University entrepreneurs.

January 16, 2018: Lenore Kantor led a group of financial technology startups and other services professionals through a Go-To-Market Planning 2018 workshop at Rise co-working space. The group participated in a series of experiential exercises and completed worksheets to develop their plans.

December 3, 2017: Lenore Kantor was interviewed as part of the CEO Series on Create Your Life, Kevin Brown’s radio show and podcast.  Check out the interview with Lenore in the radio studio for a behind the scenes look on Facebook Live here.

November 1, 2017: Lenore Kantor spoke as an industry expert on a Product Development Lifecycle panel for the Startup Leadership Program, a global training program and network to develop startup CEOs and Founders, and will be mentoring several NY Fellows on their business growth and launch challenges.  She was invited to be interviewed for a CEO Talk for the Create Your Life radio and podcast series, which will be appearing on December 3, 2017.

September 27, 2017: Lenore Kantor led a group of financial services professionals through a dynamic and experiential Leadership Launch workshop for WILD (Women in Listed Derivatives).

May 30, 2017: Lenore Kantor was interviewed for the Blockchain 360 Podcast on Launching your fintech startup. You can listen here.

March 8, 2017: Lenore Kantor will be a featured speaker at the Quantech Blockchain / Distributed Ledger Technology Conference from May 3-5 in New York City where she will be leading Launch Lab: An Innovation Bootcamp, guiding event attendees through a mini-hackathon to develop their leadership and innovation mindset.

February 22, 2017: Lenore Kantor has been invited to judge the Columbia Venture Competition, an undergraduate business plan competition sponsored by Columbia Organization of Rising Enterpreneurs (CORE) and to judge the InfluxTrust Global Hackathon (connect2effect) on March 12 in the New York City where she will be leading workshops on pitching and launching and mentoring  startups that are building businesses that support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal, 12: Responsible Consumption & Production.

January 31, 2017:  Lenore Kantor speaks about branding and stakeholder communications at the LaunchTalks Exit Strategies Founders Roundtable at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

November 15, 2016:  Lenore Kantor moderates panel on Enhancing The Customer Experience with Feedback with IdeaCoil at WeWork (Times Square)

September 13, 2016:  Lenore Kantor runs a Launch Mastermind for 6-Figures, walking a group of women senior professionals, business owners and female founders through the key elements of launching a new initiative

August 26, 2016:  Lenore Kantor partners with Body Local, a community of health, wellness and fitness professionals, to offer outsourced marketing and strategic business coaching services to members who are launching or growing their practices.  On October 1, 2016, Lenore will be leading a Branding Business Management Workshop and 3-month coaching program for the Body Local community.

May 12, 2016: Lenore Kantor discussed how to enter the US market and pitch to VCs at Success in the US: Getting investment, building business with Capital Enterprise and Pitch LDN  Lenore will be participating on a panel geared towards UK-based startups looking to build their presence in the US.

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April 27, 2016: Lenore Kantor led a fireside chat with Joanna Black, Founder of SheWorks Collective for Body Local

April 25, 2016:  Lenore Kantor will lead a pitching workshop for Women Entrepreneurs Bootcamp for Davis Wright Tremain’s one day program

April 19, 2016: Lenore Kantor will be leading an investor pitching workshop for AmCham’s Launchpad Lift Off NYC program
Amcham is an international business-to-business network geared towards Finnish and Nordic companies

March 28, 2016: Lenore Kantor was quoted on fintech innovation and blockchain by NexChange, a social network for financial services professionals

February 16, 2016: Lenore Kantor was invited by SelectUSA to moderate a panel at SXSW on international startups that have successfully entered the U.S. market on March 14, 2016. Here’s perspective from panelist Laurence Kemball-Cook, founder and CEO of cleantech company Pavegen.

February 2, 2016:  Lenore Kantor was quoted in Finextra’s article Best Execution FX: A Shifting Landscape.

“People really need to think about total cost of ownership. It’s the overall price you are getting and the cost of technology,” said Lenore Kantor, CEO of Launch Warrior, which advises startups. If a firm has 10 different platforms that are not cost effective; they need to look under the hood to get a handle on costs, said Kantor.

Pre-Trade TCA on the Frontier

While the FX market has been talking about TCA for seven years, pre-trade analysis is the new conversation, said panelists. “Now that the data is going to become better, that’s the new frontier,” said Kantor. 

January 25, 2016:  Lenore Kantor’s article on How Fintech Startups Limit Their Growth appeared on Startupbootcamp’s blog


December 21, 2015: Lenore Kantor joins Startup Bootcamp Fintech New York as a mentor
Mentors help select startups that participate in the Accelerator and advise accelerator participants throughout the program.

Markets Media GMS photo 1215December 9, 2015: Lenore Kantor spoke at MarketsMedia’s Global Markets Summit on Foreign Exchange panel
Launch Warrior was a media sponsor for the event and attended the Women In Finance luncheon and Innovation, Disruption and Legacy sessions throughout the 3 day conference.

November 18, 2015: Lenore Kantor led a pitch workshop the US Department of Commerce’s SelectUSA program.
Lenore coached Wayra Accelerator startups participating in the FinTech delegation visit at RISE.

DoC presentationOctober 28, 2015: Lenore Kantor is presenting Launch Like A Warrior at Columbia Startup Labs (CSL).
Lenore will discuss the keys to successfully launching – introducing a new product, entering a new market or targeting new customers – for Columbia University founders and startups.

October 27, 2015: Lenore Kantor presents Nail Your Pitch at In Good Company.
Lenore will help business owners embrace their brand to talk more effectively about their business and drive sales.

October 6, 2015: Launch Warrior is a partner for MarketsMedia’s FX Trading Network event, bringing together leading FX market participants to discuss market structure, regulation and trends electronic trading.

Lenore MarketsMedia eventOctober 2, 2015: Lenore Kantor will be holding office hours as a mentor for AlmaWorks, the student accelerator for Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs (CORE).

June 16, 2015 – Lenore Kantor led a Building Your Brand webinar for Columbia Business School Alumni Relations (listen to the webinar here)

April 29, 2015 – Lenore Kantor presents at icoNYC Labs
Lenore was invited to lead a branding and messaging workshop for the Fall 2015 class of the Worldwide Investor Network (WIN) Accelerant program for Israeli startups.

“Lenore’s enthusiasm and experience helped me drill down into what really matters for my business.” Karin Kloosterman, Founder of flux

April 21, 2015 – Lenore Kantor was quoted in AccessDirect, a business website
Lenore shared recommendations for how small businesses can convey a “big brand” image by having a clear story and conveying a professional image through their website and logo.

In a virtual world, even very small businesses can convey a “big brand” image, and it doesn’t have to take a lot of time, energy or money to do just that. Lenore Kantor, president and Chief Launch Officer with Launch Warrior, says there are two key things that solopreneurs and business owners can do to present a bigger presence: have a clear story and present themselves professionally.

“Develop a focused message to effectively communicate your value proposition as succinctly as possible, Kantor recommends. “The better your pitch is, the more targeted and powerful your presence can be. Sometimes less is more here.”

Next, she says: “Invest time and resources in creating a design that represents your brand. Whether that’s your logo or website, it’s worth making these look polished, because, as your storefront and window dressing, these alone can convey thoughtfulness and presence, which are hallmarks of established brands.”

April 1, 2015 – Lenore Kantor holds office hours at Work-Bench
Lenore will hold sessions to advise enterprise SaaS companies at this enterprise growth accelerator.

March 27, 2015 – Lenore Kantor presents at The Startup Institute
Lenore was invited to lead a branding and messaging workshop for the Fall 2015 class.

“Insightful. Lenore packed a ton of insight into a single one hour presentation.” S.S., Startup Institute student

March 25 – 26, 2015 – Lenore Kantor hosting LaunchTalks event, How To Enter A New Market The Right Way with The Line Btwn
The event, held at WeWork Soho West, will be followed by complimentary market entry planning sessions for select companies.

February 11, 2015 – Lenore Kantor speaks at UKTI FinTech Trade Mission
Lenore was invited to speak on a sales and marketing panel for 20 emerging financial technology startups.

February 10, 2015 – Lenore Kantor presents at WILD (Women In Listed Derivatives)
Lenore led a Professional Branding Workshop for New York members of this financial professional women’s organization.


November 7, 2014 – Lenore Kantor presents Master Class to winners of BBVA Opent Talent 2014 Startup Competition
Lenore led 3 master classes on branding, messaging and product launch as part of the NYC Crash Acceleration Week for 13 winning startups of this global competition.

“I’ve never learned so much in such a short amount of time.” Dan Rogers, Co-Founder and COO, CloudGrid
“Lenore helped to refine my pitch to make it more palatable to investors.” Hakim Karim, Director and Co-Founder, Grid Markets

October 22, 2014 – Lenore Kantor offers business strategy sessions at In Good Company
Lenore offers “Launch Pad (How To Launch Like A Warrior)“, individualized business coaching sessions for In Good Company members.

September 12, 2014 – Lenore Kantor joins Columbia Business School Entrepreneurial Sounding Board
Lenore will provide strategic guidance and mentoring to Columbia Business School students on all aspects of branding, marketing and new product launch for their startup ventures.

September 10, 2014 – Warrior Wednesdays Breakfast Forums Kick-Off
Launch Warrior organizes a series of breakfast events for business owners and entrepreneurs to come together and share insights and business challenges in an intimate forum. Topics covered include setting business priorities, managing sales, marketing and work/life balance.

July 23, 2014 – LaunchTalks: Show Me The Money – Funding Now
See the video recap of highlights from this dynamic panel about technology innovations transforming the financial markets. Knowledgeable experts provided insights about the JOBS Act ramifications, the implications of equity crowdfunding on investing and capital raising and the potential opportunities from bitcoin and other crypto-currencies.

June 25, 2014 – Lenore Kantor speaks to Columbia Business School Startup Lab
Lenore participated in a panel about Developing a Strategy for Customer Acquisition and Branding for student entrepreneurs.


October 1, 2013 – Introducing Launch Warrior
Launch Warrior, a boutique strategic marketing consulting firm will offering expertise in branding and launching new products and services to high growth companies. The firm was founded by Lenore Kantor, President and Chief Launch Officer, with over 20 years of experience as a marketing, product management and human resources executive across a wide range of financial services, technology companies and non-profit organizations. Read our blog for more about our announcement.