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Entrepreneurship – Lessons Learned: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Wednesday, October 05, 2011, 6:30 PM until 9:00 PM
Gleacher Center Room 100
450 Cityfront Plaza
Chicago, IL  
Anna Behrman
Professional Development event
Registration is required before Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Payment In Advance Only

UCWBG and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship present:

Entrepreneurship - Lessons Learned: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Join us for an engaging evening and vibrant panel discussion with several of Chicago’s top women entrepreneurs and a leading venture capitalist dedicated to funding early stage, high-growth companies in the Midwest. In this joint event with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship, gain important perspective on careers in entrepreneurship, invaluable advice, and “Lessons Learned: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” from these powerhouse women entrepreneurs.



Our moderator will be Ellen Rudnick, '73, Executive Director of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship.



   6:30 - 7:00 pm
  Registration & Networking Reception
   7:00 - 8:30 pm   Program
   8:30 - 9:00 pm   Networking Reception



   $35  UCWBG members
   $50  non-members
   $35  Booth students

       Includes hors d'ouevre buffet and cash bar


Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship

UCWBG is pleased to partner with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship for this event.

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship at Chicago Booth advances the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation. The center supports entrepreneurial learning and collaboration through its cutting-edge curriculum, innovative hands-on learning experiences, leading faculty research, conferences, mentorship, and community and global outreach programs.


Entrepreneurship is the second-largest concentration at Chicago Booth and, with an impressive growing network of entrepreneurial students and alumni, the Polsky Center is dedicated to developing entrepreneurial leaders who add value to the global economy.


About the Panelists


Alison Chung, '86, Founder & President, TeamWerks
Alison Chung is the founder and President of TeamWerks, a Chicago-based full-service technology consulting firm with a growing specialty practice in computer forensics. She is active in many professional and community associations and is committed to promoting educational and cultural growth. She sits on Mayor Daley’s Council of Technology Advisors, and was invited by President G. W. Bush to participate in the 'Women Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century' initiative. In 2004, she was selected to advise the National Economic Council's initiative on Entrepreneurship. She has a BA from Wellesley, an MA from Stanford University, and an MBA from Chicago Booth.



Karen Gruber, '08, Founder & Owner, The Perfect Dinner
After more than 20 years in marketing and advertising at global agencies including Ogilvy & Mather and BBDO, as well as run her own consulting firm, Karen Gruber followed an entrepreneurial calling and founded The Perfect Dinner. TPD delivers fresh made, family-friendly dinners to the home. The company placed second in the 2007 Edward L. Kaplan, ’71 New Venture Challenge at Chicago Booth and was a finalist in the 2008 Midwest Venture Summit. She received a BA from Indiana University and an MBA from Chicago Booth.



Katrina Markoff, Founder & Owner, Vosges Haut-Chocolat
After Katrina Markoff received a Le Grand Diplome in Cuisine and Pastry at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, she traveled around the world to study food. This experience inspired her to found Vosges Haut-Chocolat in 1998. Always on the cutting edge, Markoff developed her avant-garde chocolate business using creative marketing techniques and establishing unique partnerships. She has received numerous accolades, including Entrepreneur Magazine and OPEN American Express Woman of the Year in 2008; Food & Wine Top 35 Culinary Artists in 2004; and was on the Inc. Magazine 500 list of Fastest Growing Companies from 2004 to 2006.



Laura Pearl, '88, Managing Director, Ceres Venture Fund
Laura Pearl has over 20 years of private equity investing experience, and currently works at Ceres Venture Fund, an established Chicago-based venture capital fund dedicated to funding high-growth companies in the Midwest in their early stages of growth. Pearl regularly lectures on private equity and entrepreneurial finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and is a board member for the Illinois Venture Capital Association. She graduated from the University of Illinois and received an MBA from Chicago Booth.



Moderator: Ellen Rudnick, '73, Executive Director, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship; Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship
Prior to joining the Chicago Booth faculty, Ellen A. Rudnick spent 25 years in business management and entrepreneurial activities, primarily in the health care and information services industries, which included roles as president and CEO of Healthcare Knowledge Resources and corporate vice president of Baxter Healthcare Corporation. Rudnick now leads the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship, where she works with the many start-ups that emerge from the university. She has won numerous leadership awards and serves on several corporate boards including Liberty Mutual, First Midwest Bank, and HMS Holdings. She holds a bachelor's degree from Vassar College and an MBA from Chicago Booth.


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