The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business will host its debut Women Who Fund conference, seeking to connect women business leaders with women in venture capital and private equity. The conference, set for Oct. 8 in the Regency Room on campus, will kick off with a keynote address from Alicia Robb, senior follow, Kauffman Foundation and visiting scholar, UC Berkeley.
The Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in conjunction with the University of Michigan’s Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance today announced it will host its first-ever Women Who Fund conference. Taking place Thursday, October 8 in the Regency Room at the Campus Inn located at 615 E. Huron Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., the half-day forum, which includes a “marketplace” roundtable networking lunch, is designed to connect women-owned business leaders with women in the venture capital and private equity industry to further their access and availability to capital.
The event is aligned with Ross’ broader mission of increasing awareness among students about careers for women in finance and business by increasing access to those career paths through mentorships, coursework, action-based learning projects, professional development workshops and co-curricular programming.
The program will kick off with a keynote address from Alicia Robb, senior fellow, Kauffman Foundation and visiting scholar, UC Berkeley. Robb will share her assessment of the current state of private equity and provide recommendations for improving access to capital, how women can better navigate the investment landscape and how the community can impact changing the landscape to better support women. Robb received her MS and PhD in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is an accomplished author on a variety of entrepreneurial topics, particularly issues surrounding women and minorities in business.
Additional presentations include a panel discussion led by female leaders on ways to position female founders in front of the appropriate investors as they work to grow their pipeline, as well as a session outlining the broad range of strategies, tools and tactics for women to keep in mind as they navigate a traditionally male-dominated profession. Other confirmed speakers include:
Kathryn Moos, Founder, Vrou
Beth Paretta, Team Principal, Grace Autosport
Mary Kramer, Publisher, Crain’s Detroit Business
Max Straub, CFO, Robert Bosch
Noel Dolan, Open Innovation & New Business Development, Senior Manager, Whirlpool
“This is a tremendous opportunity to bring together very recognizable women in the industry to connect with fellow female colleagues,” said David Brophy, director of the Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance. “We have come a long way in the past few decades and to engage so many smart, talented and dynamic women all in one place makes it very valuable. The event is also a unique forum for our female students at Ross interested in the venture capital and private equity industry to meet and network with some of the best minds in the industry.”
For more information or to register to attend the event, please visit: http://www.bus.umich.edu/Conferences/Women-Who-Fund/ViewConference.aspx
About the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
The Institute and its Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance bring together a potent mix of knowledge, experience and opportunities from the front lines of entrepreneurship and alternative investments. The student learning experience is further enhanced through internships, entrepreneurial clubs and events that serve to provide viable networks and engage the business community. The School’s three student-led investment funds, with over $6.5M under management, immerse students in the business assessment and investment process. Founding Board Members include Samuel Zell, Chairman of Equity Group Investments and Eugene Applebaum, Founder of Arbor Drugs, Inc. For more information, visit the Institute at www.zli.bus.umich.edu.
About Michigan Ross
The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a vibrant and distinctive learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today’s dynamic global economy. The Ross mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society.
Ross is consistently ranked among the world’s leading business schools. Academic degree programs include the BBA, MBA, Part-time MBA (Evening and Weekend formats), Executive MBA, Global MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Management, and PhD. In addition, the school delivers open-enrollment and custom executive education programs targeting general management, leadership development, and strategic human resource management.
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