By A. Lauren Abele (COO, Pipeline Fellowship) Editor's note: The Pipeline Fellowship hosts a 2011 Boston Pipeline Fellowship Conference on angel investing in Boston on Friday, December 2, 2011. Women 2.0 members receive 50% off tickets with discount code "women2". For more info and to register, click here.
The Pipeline Fellowship, which trains women philanthropists to become angel investors, has announced its inaugural Boston class.
The 2011 Boston Pipeline Fellowship Conference features a series of educational presentations and engaging panel discussions on the angel investing process. Regina Pisa, the Chair and Managing Partner of Goodwin Procter LLP, will provide lunch remarks.
Aspiring angels, current investors, and entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend.
We have been warmly welcomed by the Boston startup community and we’re excited to work closely with local industry experts, change agents, and thought leaders during the next six months as we train our first Boston class. Be on the lookout for these ten women: our inaugural Boston Pipeline Fellows will undoubtedly help shape the face of impact investing in the Boston community.
Announcing The 2011 Boston Pipeline Fellows
Maureen Bouchard is the Chief Compliance Officer of The 1911 Trust Company LLC. She has a background in the financial services industry as a former Series 7 licensed financial adviser and as a former CPA working with Deloitte & Touche in Boston. Maureen has served in the CFO and Controller position for several startups in the Boston area and participated in the successful IPO of a startup in 1998. She has taught accounting and investing classes for the RISE department of Rivier College and the Center for Women and Business in Boston. Maureen currently serves as a director of the Memorial Drive Investment Fund of Boston. She holds a BA in Business from the University of Maine Orono.
Katherine Collins is the Founder and CEO of Honeybee Capital, an investment research firm focused on sustainable investment issues. She is an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and has held numerous volunteer positions with Wellesley College. Katherine holds a BA in Economics and Japanese from Wellesley College and an MTS from Harvard Divinity School.
Nancy Cremins is a litigator and employment lawyer with the law firm Gesmer Updegrove LLP, where she works with entrepreneurs and startups. Nancy currently serves as President of the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts, an organization committed to achieving the full and equal participation of women in the legal profession and in a just society. She is a wife and a mom to two children, ages 3 and 1. Nancy holds a BS in Biology from Boston College and received her JD from Northeastern University School of Law.
Susan G. Duffy, PhD is the Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Leadership (CWL) at Babson College, a collaborative living laboratory of research, education, and practice that advances women as entrepreneurial leaders of economic and social impact everywhere. Before joining Babson, Susan launched the undergraduate program in entrepreneurship at Simmons College, where she was named the 2011 “Professor of the Year.” Currently she serves on the board of directors of the International Council for Small Business, the Center for Women’s Business Research, and Venturing Out, a Massachusetts nonprofit that teaches entrepreneurship to incarcerated and court-involved adults and high-risk youth. Susan earned her PhD from The George Washington University (GWU) in Management and Organization, a Master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Science from Pennsylvania State University.
Linda Moraski is the President and CEO of PeopleSERVE, a technology services and staffing firm based in Chestnut Hill. She is a board member of Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE), a member of Women’s Presidents Organization and is active in several charitable organizations, including The Children’s Trust Fund, Crittenton Women’s Union, Cape Ann Food Pantry, and Girls on the Run. Linda received her MBA from Northeastern University.
Mary-Helen Nsangou is the Executive Director of the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation. Her community development background integrates private sector investment with social outcomes in affordable housing, individual asset growth, and small business development. Mary-Helen completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School and is pursuing her MBA at Bentley University. Mary-Helen holds a BA in Ethics from Wesleyan University.
Linda Pizzuti Henry recently created and co-produced an Emmy nominated television show for a regional sports network, which was then picked up by the MLB Network and will air in spring 2012. She is working on additional shows that tell inspirational stories about people who work hard and give back to the community. Linda is a passionate community activist, serving as a director of the Red Sox Foundation, the Liverpool Football Club Foundation, Boston Public Market, and the John W. Henry Family Foundation, which supports many charitable organizations throughout Boston, New England, and Florida. She also serves on an MIT Visiting Committee. Linda has been involved in real estate development and investment for over ten years specializing in energy efficient buildings. She received her BS from Babson College and her Master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Camille Preston, PhD, PCC is the Founder and CEO of AIM Leadership, a coaching and training company focused on improving individual, team, and organizational effectiveness by developing leadership capabilities from the inside out. She is also an author whose works include Virtual Effectiveness, The Science of Complexification, Random Acts of Appreciation, Virtual Influence, The Art of Optimization, Authentic Encounters, and Virtual Authenticity. She serves as an adviser, guest speaker, and mentor for Compass Partners, a nonprofit collegiate organization that helps develop responsible entrepreneurs. Camille holds a BA from Williams College and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Virginia.
Padmaja Raman was born and brought up in the southern Indian city of Bangalore. She currently focuses on taking care of her two young children. Padmaja previously worked at Environmental Futures, a boutique consulting firm affiliated with Citizens Energy, where she focused on marketing new environmentally-safe products. She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and a Master’s degree in Cross-Cultural Education from Lesley University.
Janet Simpson Benvenuti is the Founder and CEO of Circle of Life Partners, a firm that helps families successfully support aging parents and maintain their financial health. This follows a career as a scientist, pharmaceutical executive, and management consultant. Janet also serves on several nonprofit boards including the Marino Center for Integrative Health; the Women’s Health Advocates, Brigham & Women’s Hospital; and, the Nashoba Brooks School. Janet holds an MS in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Editor's note: Got a question for our guest blogger? Leave a message in the comments below. About the guest blogger: A. Lauren Abele is COO of Pipeline Fellowship, a program aiming to diversify the investor pool and connect women social entrepreneurs with investors who get them. Lauren holds a BA in English Literature and Environmental Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and an MPA in Economic Development and Comparative and International Affairs from Indiana University’s School for Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). Follow her on Twitter at @laurenabele.