U-M to Host Networking Event for Women Business Leaders, Investors


The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor will hold a conference next month designed to connect women business leaders with their counterparts in the venture capital and private equity industries. 

“This is a tremendous opportunity to bring together very recognizable women in the industry to connect with fellow female colleagues,” says David Brophy, director of the Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance at U-M, one of the groups hosting the event. “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.”

Brophy says the half-day forum includes a networking lunch, a panel discussion, and presentations. Speakers include Alicia Robb, senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation; Kathryn Moos, founder of Vrou, a company that makes flavored waters; Max Straub, CFO at Bosch; and Noel Dolan, senior manager of Whirlpool.

Topics include strategies, tools, and tactics for women to navigate a traditionally male-dominated profession, and how to position female founders in front of the appropriate investors. 

The event, also sponsored by the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at U-M, will be held Oct. 8 at the Campus Inn in Ann Arbor.