Women in Growth Investing and High Growth Entrepreneurship

A panel w/ Adrianna Ma, Lisa Skeete-Tatum, and Stephanie Tilenius; Moderated by Melissa Krinzman

Women comprise approximately 20% of angel investors.  A 2011 study of top VC firms indicated that approximately 8% of investment professionals are female. Recognizing this disparity, organizations like 37 Angels, Topstone Angels and the Pipeline Fellowship are organized to reduce the gender disparity in growth capital investors. On the entrepreneur side, female owned companies account for only 16% of entrepreneurs seeking angel investment. In addition, while technology firms grab the majority of venture capital investment year after year, only 12% of computer science graduates are women. A panel of top female investors and entrepreneurs discusses investing and the realities of women in the world of growth investing and high-growth entrepreneurship.

Adrianna Ma Adrianna Ma is a managing director of General Atlantic LLC and leads the firm's Business Services sector. She works closely with growth companies that provide information and technology-enabled services to enterprises as well as companies that provide disruptive, specialized services in select industry verticals, including energy and agriculture, manufacturing, and retail. Adrianna led General Atlantic's investments in Gavilon Energy, LLC, CLEAResult Consulting, Inc., and C&J Energy Services, Inc., where she serves as director. She also serves as a director of Tory Burch LLC. Prior to joining General Atlantic in 2005, she was an investment banker in Morgan Stanley's Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructuring Department. Previously, she was a project manager at the Network Server Division of Hewlett-Packard Company. Adrianna is involved with a number of other educational and not-for-profit organizations. She has served on the MIT Educational Council since 2000; is a member of the 2012 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy. She received both her BS in electrical engineering and sciences, and ME in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a member of the 2012 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute - See more at: http://www.aspeninstitute.org/leadership-programs/henry-crown-fellowship...

Lisa Skeete-Tatum Lisa Skeete-Tatum is a General Partner of a new impact venture capital fund based in Princeton, NJ. Previously, Lisa was a General Partner for over a decade with Cardinal Partners, an early stage health care venture capital firm, where she focused on investments in healthcare technology and devices. Lisa worked for Procter & Gamble in various global and functional roles including Product Development, Purchasing, and Product Supply. She also worked at GE Capital and was a Managing Director at Circle of Beauty, a health and beauty joint venture start-up funded by Sears. In addition, Lisa founded her own consulting firm specializing in strategic operational development for medium-sized consumer products companies. Lisa is on the board of trustees for Cornell University, the board of the Princeton Healthcare System Foundation, and she is president of the Harvard Business School Alumni Board. She is a former founding board member of the Center for Venture Education and is on the executive committee for The Fund for Women and Girls. Lisa is a member of the Kauffman Fellows Class 4 and a member of the Committee of 200. Lisa received her B.S. in chemical engineering from Cornell University and her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She is a member of the 2012 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute. - See more at: http://www.aspeninstitute.org/leadership-programs/henry-crown-fellowship...

Stephanie Tilenius Stephanie Tilenius is currently Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.  From 2010- to 2012 she served as Vice President of Global Commerce and Payments at Google, including product search, payments, and products like Google Offers and Google Wallet. Prior to joining Google, she was at eBay for nine years, most recently as Senior Vice President of eBay North America and Global Product. As General Manager and Vice President of PayPal Merchant Services, Stephanie built PayPal's platform on the web from the ground up to be used on 50 percent of websites today and into a multi-billion business. She also ran eBay Motors and eBay Asia Pacific and Latin America. Previously, Stephanie was a co-founder of PlanetRx.com and worked at Intel, AOL, Firefly and Alex Brown. Stephanie is on the board of IronPlanet.com and Chair of the CA Harvard Business School Research Center. She holds a BA and MA from Brandeis University, as well as an MBA from Harvard. She is a member of the 2012 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute. - See more at: http://www.aspeninstitute.org/leadership-programs/henry-crown-fellowship...

Melissa Krinzman Melissa Krinzman is the Founder and Managing Director of Venture Architects LLC (www.venturearchitects.com), a business planning firm based in New York City and Miami that positions early and growth stage companies for success in the capital-raising process. Services range from concept vetting to business planning, funding, and operations. Since 1998, Venture Architects has worked with more than 800 companies that have raised over $1 billion in investment capital. Previously, Melissa served as President of Tyber USA, the US subsidiary of a European fabric manufacturer and fashion company. She has also held initial growth management positions at three national nonprofit organizations including Do Something, The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, and The Points of Light Foundation. 


Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm


Student Center Complex - New Student Activity Center
1330 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, Florida 33146