Dinner Conversation with the CEO and COO of Surprise Ride (as seen on Shark Tank): Donna Khalife (HBS) and Rosy Khalife
Donna Khalife is a Lebanese-American entrepreneur and author. In 2013, she founded Surprise Ride with her sister Rosy Khalife. The duo appeared on ABC's hit shows Shark Tank and Beyond the Tank, earning them an investment from well-known venture capitalist Kevin O'Leary.
They will describe their entrepreneurial journey, detailing their experiences going on Shark Tank, The View, and QVC, and having Shark Tank's celebrity investor Kevin O'Leary on their team. In this dinner conversation, they will also describe being inventors and authors of kid products in the digital age; the rollercoaster of launching a company in the consumer space; and their decision to take the start-up leap after growing up as war refugees.
Biographies of Donna and Rosy Khalife
Donna Khalife is founder and CEO of Surprise Ride, a company that develops and delivers activity kits to homes around the country to give kids a break from technology. The company has brought 50+ products to market. Donna has appeared on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank, The View, QVC, The New York Times, Forbes, People, Fox Business, and Star Magazine, among others. Prior to Surprise Ride, Donna's career spanned both the business and creative worlds. After leaving a career on Wall Street in J.P. Morgan's Mergers and Acquisitions Group, Donna completed her MBA at Harvard and bought a one-way ticket to Hollywood where she studied and pursued her passion for acting. Donna is also author of "The Best Book on Investment Banking Careers".
Rosy Khalife is founder and COO of Surprise Ride, a company that develops and delivers activity kits to homes around the country to give kids a break from technology. The company has brought 50+ products to market. Rosy has appeared on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank, The View, QVC, The New York Times, Forbes, People, Fox Business, and Star Magazine, among others. Rosy studied Marketing at Providence College and was the first student in the history of the school to join a top tech accelerator program and launch what is now a multi-million dollar company while finishing her undergraduate studies. She is a 40 under 40 honoree.
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Wednesday, November 14th
Harvard Club members and their guests: $45/person
Ticket includes full dinner, drinks, and talk
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- Baked Chicken served with a light sherry and sun-dried tomato cream sauce
- Blackened Salmon
- Roasted Broccoli
- Bread pudding and chocolate sauce
- Sliced fruit