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Women in Entrepreneurship Institute Committee Members

Composed of leading entrepreneurs, business leaders and influencers, the committee supports the Women in Entrepreneurship Institute through funding, strategic planning, and advancing the institute's academic, research, start-up incubation and public policy initiatives.

  • Barbara Best
  • Barbara Best
  • Co-Founder, Capital Strategies Investment Group
  • "My work and life in general is focused on supporting the personal, professional and financial success of women and to help all women live more empowered and fulfilled lives."

  • JinJa Birkenbeuel
  • JinJa Birkenbeuel
  • CEO, Birk Creative | Creator & Co-host, The Honest Field Guide | Publisher, Birkdigital.com
  • "The institute is important to me because my successful career has been supported by women who speak up, speak out and speak loud by their words and deeds."

  • Carol Bramson
  • Carol Bramson
  • Founder & CEO, Side by Side
  • "The institute is important to me in its promise to provide true support, funding and guidance to women founders as they pursue areas of passion and a safe haven for ideas and meaningful assistance, providing new possibilities for the entrepreneur and a chance for her to pay it forward in the future."

  • Terri Brax
  • Terri Brax
  • Founder & CEO, TeacherCare, Inc. and Women Tech Founders
  • "I believe the research-based approach the institute is leading will make an impactful difference for female business owners. I'm honored to be a part of this dynamic board."

  • Amy Dordek Dolinsky
  • Amy Dordek Dolinsky
  • Co-Founder & Managing Director, GrowthPlay
  • "As a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of two companies in the past few years, I felt that I needed to be part of the first women entrepreneurship institute so that I could pay it forward and also help shape the institute’s mission, vision and impact."

  • Dima Elissa
  • Dima Elissa
  • CEO & Founder, VisMed3D | Co-founder, Symptomatic.io
  • "It is incumbent on each of us to inspire and ignite. We do this by sharing our journey and by showing that we can overcome adversity with grace and confidence. We can then pave the way of opportunity so that our legacy may shine on future female leaders."

  • Chantal Forster (MA '98)
  • Chantal Forster (MA '98)
  • Executive Director, Technology Affinity Group
  • "We've all seen the data: our society and economy benefit when a broad range of people is leading. We need to leverage this opportunity by equipping female entrepreneurs and evolving the innovation space."

  • Laura Gale
  • Laura Gale
  • President, Crossmedia451, Inc.
  • "I have long been interested in seeing women build businesses and become leaders. My experience taught me that the best thing a woman can do is become her own boss, and own or start a business."

  • Dima Elissa
  • Jill Hebert
  • Founder & CEO, Matrex Exhibits
  • "Women have an effective leadership style creating healthier business environments and better returns. Women need mentorship and role models more so than men and we at the institute are here to provide it."

  • Chantal Forster (MA '98)
  • Kate Kimmerle
  • President & CEO, Revolution Beauty USA
  • "It's an honor to participate as a member of the institute. I hope my story inspires others to be creative, brave and to always do what they love." 

  • Jill Hebert
  • Carolyn Leonard (BUS '64)
    CEO & Co-founder, DyMynd Angels
  • "It's vitally important to me to be a part of the ecosystem supporting female entrepreneurs and founders to have equal access to capital, mentors and education."

  • Jodi Navta
  • Jodi Navta
  • Founder, Varsity Time
  • "Being part of the institute is important to me because I want to empower students and women of all ages to be entrepreneurs. Education, support and leadership are all part of that process."

  • Carolyn Leonard
  • Diana Rodriguez
  • Partner, ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba
  • "I believe that it is necessary to close the gender gap in male-dominated industries. By leaving women out, we are excluding a generation of innovators and problem solvers who will change the world. There is nothing that women cannot achieve."

  • Shelley Rosen
  • Shelley Rosen
  • Founder, Luxe Bloom
  • "A lifetime of breaking barriers for new generations is now before us and the timing is perfect with a focus on the unique style of women entrepreneurs. As a founding board member, I hope to help make the business dreams of many young women come to fruition."

  • Robin Ross
  • Robin Ross
  • Executive Director, Doctoroff Business Leadership Program | University of Chicago Law School
  • "I believe the institute's multi-pronged and integrative approach provides much-needed research, resources and training and will empower women to tap into the capital and confidence they need to build remarkable and sustainable businesses."

  • Genevieve Thiers
  • Genevieve Thiers
  • Founder, Sittercity.com
  • Alyssa Westring
  • Alyssa Westring
  • Associate Professor of Management & Entrepreneurship | Driehaus College of Business
  • "For over a decade, I have been researching, coaching and consulting on women’s careers. By bridging research and education, I hope to help the institute develop and implement innovative, evidence-based approaches that amplify the impact of women in entrepreneurship."