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WITI Boston Regional Network
Women Leaders in Venture Capital -- Sponsored By: Simmons College, School of Management

Monday, January 9, 2006
6:00 p.m - 8:30 p.m.

WITI is proud to feature what has become a stellar annual program. Since its introduction in 2003, this program has garnered press and polularity.

These women in venture capital are making great strides in the VC industry and paving the way for those coming along in business today.

Don't miss this opportunity to get the inside scoop on what's going on with Women in Venture Capital, what's it REALLY like to work in the field, what are the trends and what kinds opportunities are out there.

WITI Boston presents a panel of distinguished leading women, representing different sectors of the venture community, to discuss thier perspectives, experiences and successes in venture capital.

About Our Speaker(s)

Dr. Jill Kickul
Elizabeth J. McCandless Professor of Entreprenuership
Simmons School of Management

Prior to joining Simmons, Jill belonged to the faculty in Entrepreneurship and Management of the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University. Jill 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.

Dr. Kickul has taught entrepreneurship internationally for the Helsinki School of Economics (Management of Fast Growing Firms, Global Entrepreneurship) and for the International Bank of Asia (Hong Kong MBA Program.

Her research interests include entrepreneurial intentions and behavior, strategic and innovation processes in start-up ventures, and, most recently, women in entrepreneurship. She was awarded the 2001 Cason Hall & Company Publishers Best Paper Award (Title: “Psychological Contracts in the 21st Century: An Examination of What Employees Value Most and How Well Organizations are Responding to These Expectations”).

Dr. Kickul’s work with Professors Deborah Marlino and Fiona Wilson won the Best Entrepreneurship Education Paper Award at the 2004 United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference. Their paper, “Our Entrepreneurial Future: Examining the Diverse Attitudes and Motivations of Teens Across Gender and Ethnic Identity,” drew on the findings of the The Committee of 200 and Simmons School of Management’s national study “Teen Girls on Business: Are They Being Empowered?”

Within the business community, she is currently working with local and state government leaders in identifying and assisting women entrepreneurs and their organizations create and facilitate new economic growth for their communities.

Jill L. Frankle, Associate,
joined TD Capital Ventures in March 2002. She has over 13 years of private equity, technology research and operating experience. Prior to joining TD Capital Ventures, Jill was the Director of E-Commerce at Gómez, Inc., a privately held Internet startup. Prior to joining Gómez in 1999, she was the Program Manager of International Data Corporation's Internet and E-Commerce Strategies research team. With over five years as a leading industry analyst, Jill consulted to technology vendors and startups and was frequently called upon for her expertise by media outlets such as CNN, ABC World News Tonight, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and The Boston Globe. Prior to joining International Data Corporation, Jill held a financial analyst position at Golub Associates Incorporated, a private equity investment firm in New York.

Jill received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Michigan. Jill is a member of TIE-Boston, the Women's Venture Capital Network (WVCN), and the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge.

Marcia Hooper
with over nineteen years investing in early-stage technology-based enterprises, is a partner with Castile Ventures. A talented advisor and board member with a deep understanding of how to create and operate rapidly growing enterprises, Marcia has an investment focus on enterprise software and IT infrastructure businesses, and currently serves on the boards of ASPEED Software, Optiant, and SilverStorm Technologies.

Marcia's extensive venture capital career spans periods with Advent International and Ampersand/Paine Webber. She also was a senior advisor to R.R. Donnelley & Sons for their corporate venturing activities. Ms. Hooper has served on the boards of many public and private technology-based companies including Captivate Network, Entigo, Interleaf, Lionbridge Technologies, MarketSoft, PaySys International, Wang Global and WorldGate Communications. She currently serves on the board of PolyMedica. Before entering the venture community, she held marketing and systems engineering positions with IBM.

Marcia has served on the Venture Center Advisory Committee for the Center for Women's Enterprise, and as a judge for a number of Lemelson-MIT prizes and Harvard Business School's business plan competitions. She currently serves on the start-up committee of the MIT Enterprise Forum and previously served on the Forum's Executive Committee.

Marcia holds a BS in Chemistry from Brown, an MA in Chemistry from Columbia University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Margaret H. Lawrence
is a Partner at Pilot House Ventures, focusing on investing in early-stage technology companies in the New England area. She is actively involved with several portfolio companies including, SupplyScape, nTAG, and Camiant. Prior to joining Pilot House Ventures, Margaret's experience includes working at Chestnut Partners, a Boston-based merchant banking/venture capital firm that invests in and provides financial advisory work to technology start-up companies and at Verizon Wireless in product management. Previously, she worked at Lehman Brothers focusing on mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance transactions primarily for industrial companies. Margaret earned a BA in Economics from Williams College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Event Date and Venue

This event will be held from 6:00 p.m - 8:30 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2006 at:

    Simmons College
    Linda K. Paresky Conference Center, 300 The Fenway
    Boston, Massachusetts 02115

6:00 PM - 6:45 PM: Registration, Networking, Beverages & Hors d'Oeuvres
6:45 PM - 7:00 PM: Announcements & Introductions
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM: Panel Discussion
8:15 PM - 8:30 PM: Q& A
8:30 PM - Adjournment


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

About Our Sponsor(s)

Simmons College, School of Management
The School of Management prepares women who are critical thinkers and change agents to lead and manage effectively and ethically in a world that deserves no less.

Purpose With Passion:
A leading center for innovative teaching, research and discourse on women, leadership and management, the School of Management (SOM) offers a demanding management education to women MBA and undergraduate students. SOM is also a leading-edge provider of executive education, consulting services, and applied research to senior management in business, government, and the nonprofit sector.

The School of Management has an entrepreneurial, collaborative learning environment for women who want to accomplish something meaningful for their organizations, communities, and themselves. SOM is for women of purpose who intend to use their leadership skills to make a lasting difference in the world.

Simmons College
School of Management
409 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5898

Tel: 617-521-3800
Fax: 617-521-3880
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: http://www.simmons.edu/som/

Contact Us

For more info regarding registration or event details, please contact Jo-An Thomas, WITI New England Regional Vice President ([email protected]).

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