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Women Who Fund Forum

This half day content-rich forum provides a unique and intimate setting where women in venture capital and private equity, as well as women business leaders, will have the opportunity to network and engage.

Hosted by University of Michigan Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance / Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies

Thursday, September 29 | 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Graduate Hotel, Ann Arbor


11:00 a.m. – Registration & Networking

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Welcome & Keynote Address
Margaret Gibson P.C., Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
The percentage of women in top jobs within venture capital and private equity firms is increasing, but remains low. Sticking with a career in this space can be tough. Learn about some of the most challenging aspects in this space as it pertains to women and how women leaders can help to change the culture of their organizations and shape industries.

12:15 p.m. – Networking Lunch

1:00 p.m. – Michigan Venture Capital Association Diversity Study
Maureen Miller Brosnan, Executive Director

1:10-2:00 p.m. – Finance 101: From Venture Capital to Private Equity
These dynamic, entrepreneurial, female business leaders will share their insights on building strategic relationships, attracting funding and positioning high-potential emerging companies for long-term growth. They also will also share how they are opening up new entrepreneurial and investment career pathways for the next generation of women.

Carol Clark
Managing Director, Healthcare Technology Capital Partners
Ellen Clark, Managing Director, Greenwich Capital Group
Jan Garfinkle, Founder & Managing Director, Arboretum Ventures
Wendy Jarchow, Chief Investment Officer, River SAAS Capital (moderator)
Heather Madland, Vice President, Business Development, Huron Capital Partners
Mary PetrovichOperating Executive, The Carlyle Group; Chairman of the Board, Axle Tech International

2:00-2:20 p.m. – Break

2:20 p.m. – Using Your Voice to Boost Credibility
Marlena Reigh
International Voice Image Specialist

2:30-3:00 p.m.  – The CEO of You: Elevating Your Brand
Elizabeth Parkinson
Executive Director for Marketing, University of Michigan
Pursuing a career as a woman in a male-dominated profession takes stamina and an unwavering focus on outperforming the competition and delivering superlative results. During this presentation, our presenter will drill down on the tools and tactics that women need to elevate their brand and enhance their competitive advantage in order to gain a foothold and succeed in predominantly male-oriented business cultures.

3:00-3:30 p.m. – Digital & You
Mary Hinesly
Professor of Business Communications, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
What are the new rules of business for the digital era? Which companies will survive and which will go by the wayside? Will my company survive?  Will I survive and thrive? Learn what digital can mean for you.

3:30-4:00 p.m. – Refreshments / Networking