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WITI Boston Regional Network
Technological Entrepreneurship: Emerging Practices, Key Challenges and Future Directions

Wednesday, December 3, 2003
6:00-8:30 p.m.

Market needs and the enabling technology required to capitalize on new
opportunities has created one of the most challenging environments for
entrepreneurs. In particular, technology has forced many entrepreneurs
to assess how their firms gather, synthesize, utilize, and disseminate
information across customers, employees, and supplier networks. Because
of the rapid acceleration of technology, it is becoming more critical
that entrepreneurs have the ability to respond quickly to changes by
bringing revolutionary new ideas into their businesses and create new
patterns of entrepreneurial behavior and performance. Some of the key
questions to be discussed (can be):

• What does the entrepreneurial landscape for those involved in
technology-based organizations look like, and what are some recent trends?
• What focus does innovation take within emerging and growing technology
firms? What role does the entrepreneur play in incubating innovation?
• What factors influence the strategic growth of women-owned businesses
involved in science and technology industries?
• What is the visibility of women entrepreneurs as strategic leaders in
advancing technology and innovation?

About Our Speaker(s)

Dr. Jill Kickul is the Elizabeth J. McCandless Professor in Entrepreneurship at the Simmons School of Management. Prior to joining Simmons, she belonged to the faculty in Entrepreneurship and Management of the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University.

At Simmons, Dr. Kickul teaches courses on Entrepreneurship Strategy, Entrepreneurship and New Venture Management, Contemporary Entrepreneurial Opportunities, Management of Fast Growing Firms, Strategic Analysis for Competing Globally, and Management Strategy. She received the 2000 Management Department Teaching Innovation and Assessment Award and has also taught entrepreneurship internationally for the Helsinki School of Economics and for the International Bank of Asia (Hong Kong MBA Program).

Dr. Kickul is the Chair of the Teaching Committee of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management and was recently elected by her peers to serve as the Program Chair for the Midwest Academy of Management Conference 2005.

Within the business community, she is currently working with local and state government leaders to identify and assist women entrepreneurs and their organizations with creating and facilitating new economic growth for their communities.

Event Date and Venue

This event will be held from 6:00-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 3, 2003 at:

    Simmons College Conference Center
    300 The Fenway
    Boston, Massachusetts 02115

By Public Transportation:

MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority)
Take MBTA green line E train outbound Heath Street/Arborway to the Museum stop. Exit train. Take a right onto Louis Prang Street and walk past the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 300 The Fenway will be on left.

By Car:

From the WEST
Take Route 90 east (Massachusetts Turnpike/Mass Pike) to exit 18. Exit from left lane. Bear right. Follow signs for Cambridge. The Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel will be on your right. Turn right at 1st light onto Storrow Drive to Boston. Follow local directions below.

From the NORTH (Route I-93 or Route 1)
At the merge with Route 3 (the Southeast Expressway), take Storrow Drive exit. Follow Storrow Drive west. Follow local directions below.

Take 1A south to I-93/Sumner Tunnel/Boston. Go through Sumner Tunnel. Follow sign to I-93 north. Sign will say "93 North, Storrow Drive, Cambridge." Stay in right lane and take 2nd exit - exit 26. Sign will say "Back Bay, Storrow Drive." Stay left and follow sign for Storrow Drive west. Once on Storrow Drive, stay in center lane and proceed approximately 2 miles, then get in left lane. Follow local directions below.

Local Directions
Look for sign "Kenmore Square, Fenway, Route 1 South" and exit left, following sign for "Fenway 1 South." Do not take Kenmore Square exit. Instead, follow ramp up and exit right. Sign will say "Boylston St. Outbound, Riverway 1." You will be on Boylston Street. Stay in left lane and proceed to 1st light. Turn left onto Park Drive. Follow Park Drive to 2nd light and cross Boylston Street and Brookline Avenue. Stay left. At 3rd stoplight, bear left following "Fenway" sign. At 4th light, continue straight, crossing Brookline Avenue again. You will be on "The Fenway." Turn right onto Avenue Louis Pasteur right after Emmanuel College. Simmons’s parking lot sign is on left, about 1/2 block down.


Networking will be from 6:00-6:45 p.m., program from 6:45-8:00 p.m., and we will take questions from 8-8:30 p.m.

**Please note, space is limited to 200 so pre-registration is appreciated!


Pre-registration for this event is closed and on-site registrations will not be accepted.

About Our Sponsor(s)

This is a co-event between WITI and WEST (Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology).

Since 1899, our sponsor, Simmons College, has offered a pioneering liberal arts education for undergraduate women integrated with professional work experience. Today, Simmons encompasses the many benefits of a small university by offering renowned coeducational graduate programs in health studies, education, liberal arts, communications management, social work, and library and information science. The school also offers an MBA program designed specifically for women, and takes pride in the value it places on many of the dimensions of identity — including race, class, ethnicity, and sexual identity — which is reflected in its curriculum, affiliated organizations, and community partnerships.

Simmons consistently ranks among the nation’s top schools in the U.S. News & World Report annual survey.

Contact Us

For more info regarding registration or event details, please contact Jenny Laden ([email protected]).

For more details about pre-registration, contact Tech Support.