CWE Board of Directors

The volunteer Board of Directors, Emeritus Board, and Advisory Boards are a diverse group of leaders from New England who bring a variety of expertise to CWE and are committed to helping women prosper through entrepreneurship and business.

 

 

Karen Copenhaver

Karen is a partner in Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP’s Business & Technology Group. Her practice focuses on technology transfer and licensing of intellectual property, particularly in the areas of software licensing and open source business models. Karen is the Director of Intellectual Property Strategy for the Linux Foundation, a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux, and serves as an advisor to Black Duck Software, Inc., where she was instrumental in establishing automated methods of software compliance management as an industry best practice. 

Before joining Black Duck, Karen was a partner in the Patent and Intellectual Property Group of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault LLP. She began her legal career at IBM Corporation. She was previously a Partner at Brown & Bain LLP in Phoenix, AZ and Palo Alto, CA. Karen is a frequent speaker on issues relating to technology licensing and open source software. Over the past year she has presented at more than 20 national and international events related to licensing of intellectual property and the adoption and management of open source software. Karen Copenhaver is listed in The International Who's Who of Internet & e-Commerce Lawyers, Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer. She was also named in The Legal 500 for technology transactions. Ms. Copenhaver is only the 5th lawyer ever to receive Mass High Tech's prestigious “Mass High Tech All-Stars Award,” which honors the thought leaders and innovators throughout the New England technology sector. She has been chosen by Intellectual Asset Management magazine as one of the world’s top IP strategists in their feature “IAM 250 — A Guide to the World’s Leading IP Strategists.”

Why CWE?

CWE empowers women to envision, set and achieve their goals by providing the information, skills and support network necessary for women in business to succeed. It has been established time and time again in a wide variety of venues - in large corporations, on trading floors, in developing countries - that the full participation of women in economic matters is a key factor in long term growth. It is my great pleasure to work with CWE’s clients and stakeholders to enable all of us – including women - to reach our full potential.

Susan Rittscher, President and CEO of the Center for Women & Enterprise joined the organization in 2008 to continue her life's work of creating possibilities, connecting communities, and impacting lives through service. She has over 36 years of non-profit experience and 23 years of experience as a CEO of small and large not for profits. Most recently, Susan was the director of Leadership and Volunteer Development for the YMCA of the USA, with responsibility for educating and training the executive and volunteer leaders of the nation’s 2,600 YMCAs. Susan was formerly the President and CEO of the Greater Providence and Broward YMCA’s, where she served for 17 years. She is a catalytic leader with strong skills in developing others, creating growth in the organizations she leads, and collaborating with others to provide innovative service.

Susan has held other key leadership and officer roles, having served on the boards of the YMCA Retirement Fund, Y- Mutual Insurance Company, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, the United Way, Leadership Rhode Island, Leadership Broward, the Junior League, and the University Club. She has been appointed by the Governor of Rhode Island to serve as a Commodore for the State.

Susan has received many honors including being named by the Boston Business Journal as  a Legacy Award winner  for Lifetime Achievement, the Boston Herald as a “Woman to Watch”, and an “Up and Comer of the Year” by South Florida Magazine and Price Waterhouse. While at YMCA of the USA she was appointed as an international delegate at the Japan/USA Management Seminar and the YMCA World Alliance in South Africa.

Why CWE?

The mission of CWE is very powerful and relevant.  Economic empowerment, self sufficiency and equity for women are very important to create a better community, and social justice.  With women still making only 77% of what men make, I wanted to work for an organization to create programs that level the playing field and support women in achieving these goals. I felt called to serve this amazing organization to work with others to achieve this.

Maria Abernethy

Maria is a Director at Deloitte Services LP and has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience with a wide array of companies – from Internet upstarts to telecommunications providers to financial services firms and investment houses. She is highly experienced in anticipating shifting customer needs and market conditions, building brands and identifying promising new service opportunities.

She currently leads marketing for Deloitte Tax LLP nationally, responsible for driving eminence, brand and relationships.  Prior to this role, Maria lead marketing efforts for Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP,  where she developed a distinctive brand within a highly fragmented market, create a marketing strategy that helped drive year-over-year, double digit growth and for two consecutive years her team was the Diamond Award recipient from ITSMA for “Driving Business Through Thoughtware” in their annual Marketing Excellence awards program.

Previously, she served four years as vice president of sales and marketing for a leading national telecommunications provider. Prior to that, she worked as director of corporate communications for an online supermarket. Maria, who holds a B.S.B.A. in marketing from Suffolk University, began her career in marketing, rising through the ranks of a major investment house in various capacities.  In addition to serving on the CWE board and actively participating in the nationally recognized Women’s Initiative for Deloitte, Maria has also served on a number of committees for the Legal Marketing Association, judged the American Marketing Association’s Houston offices Marketer of the Year Award, and presented on the topic “Carrying on the Client Conversation” for the Professional Services Forum

 

Why CWE?

Ms. Abernethy supports CWE because she believes that every woman should have the opportunity to be economically self-sufficient; and she believes in the empowerment, freedom of choice, and opportunities this self sufficiency provides to not only the individual but to her family as well. Strong independent women create strong families, communities and businesses. Growing up she was surrounded by independent, supportive, self-sufficient women who instilled in her this ideal.  She now strives to “pay-it-forward” by supporting other women in pursuit of their dreams and living life to their full potential.

 

 

Amy Acampora is a Senior Vice President at RBS Citizens where she is the Sr. Head of Business Delivery for the Finance, Corporate Strategy and Commercial Banking businesses. Amy joined Citizens Financial Group in 2011 as Head of Business Delivery for the Consumer Finance Division, Commercial Markets and Global Banking Markets businesses. In 2012, she moved to Sr. Head of Business Delivery for the Consumer and Commercial Banking Divisions subsequently moving to her current role.

Prior to joining RBS Citizens, Amy had over 15 years of management consulting experience working across multiple disciplines - strategic sourcing, re-engineering, revenue enhancement and merger integration, and across multiple industries - financial services, telecom, retail and real estate. Prior to her management consulting career, Amy was a practicing architect serving financial institutions, retail, hotel and hospital clients in New York City.

Amy holds a BA from Wesleyan University, an MArch (Master of Architecture) from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She is a New York State licensed architect.

Why CWE?

Throughout history, roughly fifty percent of the world’s population has been underappreciated – the female half. I use the term “underappreciated” out of kindness, but it is more than that – in many it was wasted, suppressed, thwarted, etc. Women suffered as did the whole economy. For me, serving CWE is very personal. In the 1940’s, my grandmother was a “Rosie the Riveter” working to support the war and her family. When the war ended, she went back to being a homemaker. Her daughters, my mother and her sisters, worked in traditional low wage “female” jobs which stifled their opportunity and economic stability.  It is from this history, that I know that economic success is freedom. CWE is providing the foundation and support so that women can establish their economic freedom and I am proud to be a part of it.

 

Joel Adler

Joel Adler is the CFO of WobbleWorks, Inc., inventor of the world’s first 3D pen that allows users to create objects in plastic and composite materials as easily as drawing or painting.  For over 18 years prior to WobbleWorks he was responsible for strategy development and project management used in improving the financial, operational and IT performance of corporate accounting and finance departments of both public and private companies.  Joel started his career at Coopers & Lybrand where he received his CPA. He has 30 years of experience in various corporate accounting and finance positions with public and private companies.  Joel has an M.B.A. from Boston University's Graduate School of Management and his B.S. and M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Why CWE?

My training in finance and accounting has given me the foundation and confidence to tackle many issues in both the business world and my personal life. CWE provides the optimal opportunity to utilize my expertise to give back to others by providing them the skills to achieve the same level of self-satisfaction and fulfillment of their own goals. I am proud to serve on a board with people that I respect and admire and have similar goals in addressing needs of the community.

Elizabeth Ames

Elizabeth Ames’ career includes accomplishments in a broad cross-section of both non-profit/social enterprise and for-profit spheres. Her particular expertise is in international and economic development. Elizabeth served in the Massachusetts State Cabinet and on the Governor’s Senior Staff in the Cellucci and Swift Administrations. In these roles she wore two hats. She ran multiple state agencies offering assistance and enhanced access to capital availability to businesses throughout the state and she was also responsible for policy development and implementation in promoting job creation and long-term economic growth.

Before government, Elizabeth was a principal of a venture capital firm in Moscow, did pioneering work in earliest post-soviet Ukraine launching the Peace Corps and privatizing large state-owned enterprises, and spent six years as an executive in the specialty store retailing industry in the United States. 

Elizabeth is passionate about the social enterprise arena, where she now works on issues surrounding small business development, women’s access to capital, and entrepreneurship in all forms. She is a past director of numerous private, non-profit, public, and quasi-public boards and authorities. In addition to CWE she also serves as a Director of the award-winning opera company Opera Boston.

Elizabeth earned her B.A. from Yale, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Why CWE?

I work for CWE because I believe deeply in our mission, we have always had great management, and our Board is second to none. I know in my heart we are truly worth as big a commitment as I can give. Growing up in girls’ schools and with parents who taught me that I needed to be independent for life, I learned early how critical business skills and understanding money and capital are. It is just not an even playing field unless women can access these skills. What CWE provides its clients is tools to build and transform their lives. How inspiring is it to see women doing that?

Roz Daum was a partner of the Boston law firm, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP, until her retirement in 2007.  During her legal career, she served as general outside counsel to entrepreneurial businesses and provided counsel to venture capital firms and search funds.  She has focused her non-legal endeavors on the economic well-being of women and to that end, she is an executive in residence at the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial  Leadership at Babson College and served as a director of the Center for Women’s Business Research.

Roz has always been interested in teaching and has mentored women MBA students at Babson, was a guest lecturer at the Harvard Business School and the Harvard-MIT Joint Program on Health Sciences and Technology.  She also taught for the American Management Association and the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education-Practicing Law Institute.

Roz has a BA from Radcliffe College and a JD from Harvard Law School.  She and her husband Andy Nichols live in Winchester.

Why CWE?

This is my second stint at CWE, having been a Board member for many years and having served  as Chairman of the Board of Directors for five years.  My affection and affiliation with CWE derives from the excellence of its programs, the competence of its staff and volunteers and the results it achieves.  We know that families thrive when they achieve economic security.  I am proud of the work that CWE does to help assure and promote that economic success.

 

Janet Dunlap spent 13 years in private law practice at Goodwin Procter in Boston and was a partner in the Technology Companies practice area, where she counseled entrepreneurs and the venture capital firms that invest in emerging companies. While at Goodwin, she established the firm’s pro bono relationship with CWE, creating an on-site internship program to support CWE’s clients. 

She left for the business world in 2006 to join Monotype Imaging, a publicly-traded international software company based in Woburn, MA that is a leading provider of typefaces, technology and expertise for creative applications and consumer devices.  Janet is Vice President and General Counsel and manages all legal functions, including merger and acquisition activities, and was named a Mass Lawyers Weekly Top Woman in the Law in 2010.  She also serves as a volunteer mediator in the Dedham District Court.

Janet has a B.A. in Economics from Franklin and Marshall College and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. She and her husband Tom have two teenagers and live in a 235 year old house in Sharon.

Why CWE?

My involvement with CWE began on the training side and expanded to include legal support, both individually and through Goodwin Procter’s intern program, for CWE’s clients.  The organization is unique in its mission and I’ve always been happy to be one of the many who share their expertise with the talented, driven women who turn to CWE for support.  I always tell my children that hard work isn’t enough and you need to know the rules of the game you’re playing.  I recognize and am grateful for the opportunities and advantages I’ve had in my education and work experiences and am thrilled to continue my involvement with CWE to help as many women as possible discover what they’re capable of accomplishing.

Ellen Hoffman

Ellen is the former President of Devonshire Custom Publishing, a Fidelity Capital company. Prior to that she was Senior Vice President of Fidelity Investments, holding various positions in marketing, strategic planning, systems planning and business management. Ellen also held brand management positions at Lotus Development Corporation, where she was in charge of Lotus 1-2-3, and The Gillette Company, where she marketed various personal care product lines.

Ellen has served on several boards including Harvard Student Agencies, Inc., Let’s Go Inc., The Center for Women & Enterprise, the Wellesley Centers for Women and the Wellesley College Business Leadership Council. She is also an Overseer of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem and is a past board member and Treasurer of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB from Wellesley College where she majored in Mathematics.

Why CWE?

Having had a successful career in business, with the advantages of a first rate MBA and all the connections and credibility that brought me, I was drawn to the idea of helping women who were less fortunate, but who had the guts and determination to want to start their own business. This was something I never wanted to do myself, but I really admired others who did. I also knew that for many CWE clients, necessity as much as a desire to work for themselves makes them consider entrepreneurship. When I retired, I thought I might be able to use some of my skills to help these women.

I am as drawn to the importance of helping women get off welfare by starting a home-based business as I am by helping women with established businesses raise money from angel investors or venture capital. I like that CWE addresses programs and services to this entire spectrum of women, with the focus on teaching them and helping them to find all kinds of resources, including each other through their networking programs. So the mission excites me; and the successful delivery of that mission to our clients sustains my interest and support. And for those clients who find they aren’t ready to start a business, CWE educates them on personal finance, to put them in a stronger financial position. We don’t give any handouts. But if someone really wants to succeed, CWE will do everything it can to help that person to help herself.

Susan Keller

Susan Keller founded Entrepreneurial Executives, LLC to bring her more than 25 years of business counseling experience as both a lawyer and business advisor to entrepreneurs and business owners.  Through her company,  Susan provides executive level business expertise to entrepreneurs and hands on managerial and operational guidance to facilitate company growth. Susan Keller has been advising businesses and their owners from startups to publicly traded companies through her professional and community activities. Susan counsels entrepreneurs and business owners on how to properly structure a new entity, manage the daily corporate governance issues and advises senior management on their strategies and transactions.   

While a partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP (now Locke Lord), Susan focused her practice in the areas of corporate counseling and business transactions. As an attorney, Susan's clients included large, established corporate clients; both privately held and publicly traded, as well as start-ups in various sectors. Susan created the Women's Business Collaborative at Edwards Wildman. This group was designed to facilitate business generation opportunities for female business owners and female decision makers. Through Susan's work in the angel and venture capital community, where she advised investors on the structuring of their investments and the management of their portfolio companies, she saw a need for an organization to support women in the venture capital and private equity space and co-founded the Women's Association of Venture & Equity.

Susan also has extensive experience in the area of corporate finance, including private equity financing, senior and subordinated debt financing representing both lender and investor and company and borrower. Susan is a leading expert in all areas of precious metals consignment financing and representation of companies in the jewelry industry.

Susan spends considerable time counseling business owners and entrepreneurs. She has acted as a mentor for various incubators as well as coach and mentor for business plan competitions.  In 2015, she ran the SBA’s InnovateHer Business Plan competition for Rhode Island. Susan is on the Board of Directors of the Center for Women & Enterprise in Boston and on the Advisory Board of CWE's Providence office, is the facilitator of the Rhode Island and Boston 1 chapters of the Women Presidents' Organization, and is on the Board of Directors of DesignXRI. In 2013, Susan received the Woman in Excellence award from the Women's Center of Rhode Island for her business advice and guidance to women. In 2011, she was recognized as one of the 100 most successful women entrepreneurs by the Smart Girls Way 100 x 100 project and received the Advancing Women Excellence in Business Award from Leading Women of Southeastern New England. Also in 2011, Big Sisters of Rhode Island honored Susan as one the "Magical Circle of Women" for her accomplishments as a business leader and for her commitment to volunteerism. In 2009, Susan received the Business Women Award- Mentor to Women Business Owners from the Providence Business News. Susan is an alumna of Leadership Rhode Island.

Why CWE?

Because I am a supporter of helping women succeed and believe that women need extra support and resources to truly succeed. Even before CWE existed in Rhode Island, I was part of a group of women who informally decided to work with women entrepreneurs. CWE now is the outlet that allows me to continue to work with and advise women on business related issues. CWE provides high caliber, friendly assistance in a professional business setting. Women entrepreneurs grow and thrive when they take advantage of the CWE experience. Not only do I enjoy the board experience but I give back by teaching classes to CWE clients, empowering them with knowledge that allows them to succeed.

Pamela F. Lenehan

Pam Lenehan spent 21 years on Wall Street and was a managing director in Investment Banking at Credit Suisse First Boston, where she did mergers and acquisitions and equity and debt financing for public and private technology companies. She went to the corporate side where she was SVP Corporate Development and Treasurer of Oak Industries which was sold to Corning, and then became CFO of a high-tech start-up.

She is on the board of directors of three publicly-traded companies Monotype Imaging, Civitas Solutions, and American Superconductor. Pam is the author of the up-coming book, “My Mother, My Mentor: What Grown Children of Working Mothers Want You to Know.”

Pam has a BA in Mathematical Economics and MA in Economics from Brown University. She and her husband Dr. Lawrence F. Geuss have four grown children and live in Needham.

Why CWE?

I came in as a coach on the venture side and was immediately impressed by the professionalism of the staff and the leadership team. CWE is very serious about its mission to provide women with all the skills necessary to be successful in starting and growing a business. I especially appreciate CWE’s focus on business planning and financial competence, two areas I believe are critically important to achieving long term goals. As a single parent for more than a decade, I also relate to the struggle so many of CWE’s clients have to make a better life for their families. I feel it is a privilege to be associated with the organization. 

Sandy Lish

Sandy Lish, principal and co-founder, The Castle Group, is responsible for the PR and events firm’s business development and strategic management, with particular emphasis on PR division clients. Sandy works with her teams to provide service and results for both privately held and publicly traded clients. She also counsels clients on crisis and transition communications, and media- and presentation-trains senior executives.

Sandy has received the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce 2011 Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurship, WBENC Women’s Business Enterprise Star award, and CWE Emerging Business Star award. She has been named a Top 10 PR Specialist by Women’s Business six times, and a Boston Business Journal 40 Under 40,” and has led Castle to win the BBJ “Best Places to Work” award twice. Under Sandy’s leadership, Castle teams have won numerous PR and business awards. Sandy regularly shares her expertise with the media and frequently presents to professional, academic and non-profit audiences.

Sandy chairs the Massachusetts March of Dimes board, and serves on the boards of the Center for Women and Enterprise and Green Education Foundation. She also co-chairs the WGBH Corporate Executive Council, and serves on the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Advisory Network. A former director of the Progressive Business Leaders Network and Public Relations Society of America, she now serves on the Public Relations Global Network, an exclusive international organization of 40 independent PR firms. She lives in Walpole with her husband, two children and Wheaten Terrier.

Why CWE?

By owning a women-owned business, I understand of the needs, challenges and opportunities facing women entrepreneurs. CWE addresses them on so many levels, it would be hypocritical NOT to support CWE’s important mission! By supporting CWE, I can help others start and grow businesses; for many women, entrepreneurship is the only road to economic independence. As a value add, through the many touchpoints CWE offers, I can help my clients make valuable connections. Since my first involvement with CWE, 14 years ago, I have been blown away by the expert and committed staff and volunteers. I’m proud to share their mission.

Susan Loconto Penta

Susan Loconto Penta is a Cofounder and Managing Partner at MIDIOR Consulting, a management consulting and technology services firm. With 25 years of experience as a management consultant, entrepreneur, senior executive and engineer, Susan is able to achieve dramatic results for her global clients by leveraging the disciplines of product development and product management to improve their financial performance.

Susan has authored numerous articles on product development, entrepreneurship and innovation. Susan is an Adjunct Faculty member of Northeastern University’s College of Business and the University’s Executive Education program where she teaches courses in entrepreneurship and new product development. Susan has received multiple awards including the “40 under 40” award by the Boston Business Journal and the Ichabod Washburn Young Alumni Award for Professional Achievement from WPI.

Susan has a long history as an entrepreneur, founding and leading two technology start-ups and has extensive experience in non-profit organizations, with a particular focus on education and entrepreneurship for disadvantaged populations and has chaired several boards. She is chair of the Center for Women & Enterprise Board of Directors and Executive Committee and an ex-officio member of all of the committees and task forces.

Susan holds a BSEE degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from The CASS Business School in London, England. An aspiring chef, Susan lives in Belmont, MA with her husband and two teenage daughters.

Why CWE?

Because growing up, I had great role models and fans in my parents and while at that time they could not “buy” me an education, a career, or my financial independence, they encouraged me to follow my passion, and assured me that I could achieve my goals. They gave me the confidence and emotional support structure to take the necessary risks and do it for myself. CWE provides this same backdrop for women who may not have enough support or advantage to achieve their financial independence and for me, the best way to say thanks is to give back.

 
Pam Salkovitz is an experienced CEO who has led global companies and world-class brands.  She is currently an Independent Advisor with special interests in retailing, B2B, and B2C.  Her expertise in business strategy and innovation, Omni-channel operations, turnarounds, and licensing were honed over 25 years with companies such as Stride Rite, Nine West, and Jones New York.  She is recognized for leading organizations through change and for her ability to build highly productive teams.  She has spent several years working with start-ups in the consumer products space that allows her to utilize her vast marketing skills and her keen understanding of consumer behavior. She additionally works with entrepreneurs by serving as a mentor at Mass Challenge and Harvard ilab.

Pam has been active on various for-profit and non-profit boards including McCubbin Hosiery, Viabella, KaBoom!, K.I.D.S. (kids in distressed situations) and the Girl Scouts of Massachusetts where she was honored as a “Leading Woman” in 2007 and in 2014 served as interim CEO. She is a founding team member of “Shoes on Sale”, an annual industry breast cancer fundraiser that has continued to thrive since its first event in 1994. 

Ms. Salkovitz holds an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and is a graduate of University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she received a BBA in marketing. Raised in Marblehead, Ms. Salkovitz now resides in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

Why CWE

Being involved with CWE fuels my passion for helping women in business. They are committed to supporting people in achieving their goals and dreams and empowering them to become financially independent. The exemplary programs, staff, partners and volunteers make CWE a truly special organization that builds stronger women, families and communities. And the success of those who they have helped to reach their full potential is what makes the work so rewarding.

Chris Sheehan

Chris is the Senior Director, Delivery at Applause a company that  provides app quality tools & services to launch web, mobile & wearable apps. Prior to Applause, he served as Chief Operating Officer at TrueLens, an innovative customer intelligence company based in Boston.   Chris also served as Managing Director at CommonAngels an early stage venture fund and well-known angel group.  There he led investments in Carbonite (IPO: CARB), Blaze Software (acquired by Akami),  Insightix (acquired by McAfee), Crashlytics (acquired by Twitter) OwnerIQ, Linkable Networks, Offerpop, Practically Green, Xconomy, Yieldbot, Kibits, docTrackr, SocMetrics, ownCloud, Promoboxx, Powerhouse Dynamics and Disruptor Beam.   
 
Previously, Chris was a venture partner at Industry Ventures where he was actively involved in the acquisition and management of secondary venture investment portfolios.  Prior to Industry Ventures, Chris was a Director of Corporate Development for BEA Systems, a leading enterprise software company with over $1B in sales. Prior to BEA, Chris led the private equity practice for the startup research firm, Stax Inc. Chris also spent six years with the top ranked investment bank in Australia and co-founded an investment firm, Northstate Partners.  He started his career as an equity analyst.

In addition to serving on the board for the Center for Women & Enterprise, Chris is a mentor at TechStars. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Queensland, Australia.

Why CWE?

I volunteer at CWE because I believe the organization fulfills a very important social mission. CWE improves the livelihood of women by teaching about something that is fundamental to our community and economy - how to start and grow businesses.

 

 

Doug Shaw was CEO and President of Monotype from 2007 to 2015. Monotype is the world’s largest provider of typefaces, and related technologies and expertise. Doug took the company public in 2007 and closed out 2015 with a market cap of $1 billion. Doug retired from Monotype on January 1, 2016, remains on the Board of Directors, and is teaching a course at Boston College on entrepreneurial management.

In 1986, Doug co-founded the Monotype division of Compugraphic and held various senior positions in business planning, marketing and sales. He was instrumental in constructing the business model, the diversification strategy and in the acquisition of a dozen companies. He was the driving force behind the management lead divestiture and partnering with TA Associates, a Boston-based private equity firm. Doug has over 30 years of experience in the software distribution business having developed both the e-commerce and OEM channels.

Prior to Monotype, Doug worked for the Bank of Boston as a Vice president in their Automated Services group. He holds a B.S. from Boston College and an M.B.A. from Babson College. A life long Bostonian, Doug and his wife live in the Back Bay with their four kids nearby.

Why CWE?

I’ve always enjoyed mentoring entrepreneurs as they pursue new opportunities. CWE’s focus on helping people to start and grow their businesses was a natural fit for me. CWE is a first class organization, comprised of smart and passionate individuals, who want to make a difference…and they do!

 

 

Cindy is Managing Director of Lighthouse Financial Advisors LLC.  She has spent over 25 years helping companies establish a strong foundation for growth and international expansion, including experience in equity and debt financing, mergers and acquisitions, Sarbanes remediation, and other complex financial situations.  Over the past 17 years, Cindy has been Chief Financial Officer at multiple venture capital backed companies including Frictionless (sold to SAP), TurnTo Networks, GoodData, Offerpop, and Black Duck Software.  In addition, she has been CFO at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay.   Earlier in her career, Cindy spent nine years at Pricewaterhouse Coopers where she received her CPA.  She earned her MBA from the Simmons School of Management and her BA from Lawrence University.

In addition to serving on the board of directors and finance committee of CWE, Cindy is an audit committee and council member of Indian Hill Music. Cindy and her husband live outside Boston and have three children.

Why CWE?

As I have worked with early stage venture backed companies, I have seen the potential that can be achieved if women have the support, education, and mentoring. I had these in developing my own career and am honored to assist others through CWE.  Helping women to grow and develop, and become self-sustaining in whatever role they find themselves is essential.   We can positively impact individuals, families, and communities by enabling women to attain economic success.

Jacqueline (Gonzalez) Taylor currently serves as VP & Counsel at State Street Corporation. 

Prior to joining State Street, Jacqueline served Associate Counsel at EMC Corporation supporting corporate indirect procurement, Senior Counsel at Staples, Inc., supporting technology and privacy, was the Attorney Project Manager of The Belin Economic Project of The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, provided services to Parexel, Inc. and CSC Consulting, Inc. on a contract basis, was Assistant General Counsel at Genuity Inc., and was with the firms of Lucash, Gesmer & Updegrove, LLP and Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP. She is a fluent Spanish speaker. Jacqueline earned her law degree from Suffolk University Law School, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts.

In addition to serving on the Board for the Center for Women & Enterprise, she is affiliated with various professional organizations, including the Association of Corporate Counsel, Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, and International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Why CWE?
I admire CWE’s commitment to help women become economically self-sufficient through education, training and technical assistance. I believe that once women become economically self-sufficient, they are able to improve their lives, the lives of their families and their communities. I would like to help CWE further its mission and expand its programs.

Deb Thomas is a corporate lawyer by training and has had various volunteer roles at CWE since 2008, including volunteer coordinator and WBENC committee member.  For the last 4 years, she has also served on the Board of Trustees of Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School in Beverly, Massachusetts.  As a member of the executive committee and then as Chair, she helped guide the school through a merger, sale of one campus and a head of school search.  She has served on the Board of Supporting Highly Allergic Resilient Kids, Inc. (SHARK), a non-profit that provides resources to support highly allergic children, their families and educators.  In 2012 she received the Volunteer of the Year award from CWE and in 2011 she received an Unsung Heroine award from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.

Deb was formerly Staff Counsel at IBM Lotus, where she specialized in strategic agreements, mergers and acquisitions, technology licensing and competitive marketing.  Prior to IBM, Deb was an associate at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP, where she focused on private and public equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital fund formation and SEC reporting.  She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and New York University School of Law.

Why CWE? 

I was first introduced to CWE in 2002 when my law firm created an externship with CWE.  For five months I met with CWE clients every day, and I was amazed by their energy, creativity and determination.  They had innovative ideas for products and services, but desperately needed business skills and advice in a supportive atmosphere.  Each one was sincerely appreciative of the help she received from CWE.  I grew to care deeply about those clients and CWE’s mission.  By helping these women achieve their potential, we are helping them create better lives for themselves and their families, we are supporting their neighborhoods and neighbors with local businesses and jobs, and we are creating role models to inspire the next generation.

Lisa Wood has spent over 30 years as a lawyer handling complex business litigation, principally in the areas of securities fraud, accountants liability and antitrust.  She is a partner at Foley Hoag LLP, chair of its Litigation Department, and a member of several of its governance committees.   

In addition to her active client practice and firm leadership responsibilities, Lisa has devoted her volunteer life to protecting the legal rights of the economically disadvantaged.  She served on the board of the Volunteer Lawyers Project, the Massachusetts recipient of federal funds from the Legal Services Corporation for over twenty years, including three as its Chair.  She was appointed by The Supreme Judicial Court to serve on the Massachusetts IOLTA Commission, and served for nine years, including four as Chair.  In 2015 she completed a five  year term on the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense, including three years as its Chair.  In April 2014, the ABA awarded Lisa the John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award.  

Lisa received an A.B. in Philosophy from Kenyon College, and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.  Lisa and her husband, Peter Michelson, live in Medfield and have two grown daughters.

Why CWE?

I got involved with CWE initially as a funder, and was immediately drawn to its mission of helping women combat poverty by starting and growing businesses.  I am also excited by the inclusiveness of CWE’s programming which seeks to serve all women, no matter what their socioeconomic status.  I am looking forward to helping CWE continue to provide economic opportunity to women and their families.

Connie Wright runs LAMP! a Leadership and Mentoring Program at Stanford University and is President of Charles River CFO, a women-owned professional services firm that provides technical accounting to companies for strategic transactions and operational outsourced accounting for start-ups and emerging companies. Connie also mentors women executives and entrepreneurs and speaks on the opportunities of gender diversity.  Connie is an expert in accounting process improvement, and assists firms in mergers and acquisitions and going public.  

Connie began her career as a CPA with Deloitte & Touche and became a senior manager of its audit practice, working with clients in the United States and Germany. While at Deloitte & Touche, she was instrumental in establishing The Resources Connection, a professional services firm. In 1998 she established the firm’s Boston office and serving as the managing director, built its New England practice to more than $10 million in annual sales.

In addition to the board of directors for Center for Women and Enterprise, Connie is on the boards of directors of the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corp and the Boston YWCA. Connie is chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Mentor Program task force. She is a graduate of Stanford University.

Why CWE?

Economic independence and financial literacy for women is one of the few places where the concept of trickle down economics works. Helping women become successful entrepreneurs is such a wonderful way for me to give back, and create a lasting impact not only on individual women – but all the lives that they in turn touch.

CWE Emeritus Board

  • Gail Long, Co-Chair, CWE Emeritus Board, Formerly of Getzler Henrich and Associates
  • William Schawbel, Co-Chair, CWE Emeritus Board, Founder and CEO, The Schawbel Corporation
  • Michele Courton Brown, Chief Operating Officer, The Efficacy Institute
  • Karen Cartotto
  • Teresa I. Cavanagh, Executive Director, Global Banking Alliance for Women
  • Paula E. Chauncey, Managing Partner, Etre LLC
  • Lorrayne “Dina” Chu
  • Roslyn G. Daum, Retired Partner, Choate, Hall & Stewart
  • Vicki Donlan, Business and Health Coach
  • John Doyle, Operations Manager, UPS Northeast Atlantic Division 
  • Amy Aldrich Geogan, Chief Credit Officer, South Shore Bank
  • Susan C. Hammond, Principal and Founder, scHammond Advisors
  • Joanne Jaxtimer, Senior Vice President and Director of Pubblic Affairs, BNY Mellon
  • Carrie Johnson, Small Business Advisor
  • Dewitt Jones, Executive Vice President, Managed Assets President, and Solar Energy Advantage President, Boston Community Capital
  • Jim Matheson, President & CEO, Oasys Water, Inc.
  • Kate Murtagh, Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer, Harvard Management Company
  • Jill C. Preotle, Director, Retroficiency, Inc.
  • Victoria Sassine, Lecturer, Babson College
  • Andrea Silbert, President, The EOS Foundation
  • Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO, Practically Green
  • Toni G. Wolfman, Women's Leadership Institute Executive in Residence, Bentley University

CWE Eastern Massachusetts - Advisory Board

  • Megan Costello, Executive Director, Office of Women's Advancement, Boston City Hall
  • Joanna Damp, Vice President, Senior Channel Marketing Manager, State Street Global Advisors
  • Carolyn Jones, Publisher, Boston Business Journal
  • Julie Levin, Julie Levin Coaching and Consulting
  • Zenobia Moochhala, Co-founder, Care.com
  • Laila Partridge, CEO, WegoWise
  • Andrea Piatt, Ph.D., Principal and Founder, Commonwealth Psychology Associates
  • Ann Raider, CEO, Raider Consulting
  • Jackie Shoback, Executive Vice President and Client Development Officer, Boston Private Bank
  • Stephanie Pare Sullivan, General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer, Charlesbank

CWE Central Massachusetts - Advisory Board

  • Ingrid Adade, AVP, Financial Education, Leominster Credit Union
  • Joel Adler, CFO, WobbleWorks, Inc.
  • Ann Barry, Director, Risk Management, Jupiter Networks, Inc.
  • Susan Johnson, Vice President, Middlesex Savings Bank
  • Marianne Lancaster, President, Lancaster Packaging
  • Diane Marguerite, Sr. Director Lab Operations, Dell
  • Susan Loconto Penta, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, MIDIOR Consulting
  • Lisa Spector, AVP, Director of Category Management
  • Liora K. Stone, President, Precision Engineering, Inc.
  • Francisco Torres, Economic Development Director, Town of Westborough

CWE New Hampshire - Advisory Board

  • Lyn Alleborn, Talent Acquisition Manager & Certified Diversity Recruiter, The Prudential Insurance Company of America
  • Lisa Butler, Lisa Butler Product & Market Development
  • Gemma Dreher, VP & General Counsel, Velcro Group Corp.
  • Jen Dufresne, Owner/Managing Partner, 110 Technology, LLC
  • Emily Erskine, ART Payroll
  • Nancy Langrall, Langrall Strategies
  • Amy Madeira, District HR Ops Manager, UPS Northeast District
  • Judith Maloy, CEO, Polaris Direct
  • Lisa Masiello, President and Founder, TECHmarc Labs, Inc.

CWE Rhode Island - Advisory Board

  • Jennifer Cookke, Chair, CWE Rhode Island Center Advisory Board, President, Owner, FH French, Co. Inc.
  • Amy Acampora
  • Jen Dutra, Director of Enterprise Accounts, UPS
  • Robin Dziuba, Senior Vice President, Merrill Lynch
  • Martha Conn Hultzman, CPA, CGMA, Director, Citrin Cooperman
  • Susan Keller Esq., Founder, Entrepreneurial Executives, LLC
  • Joel E. Legon
  • Charles Newton
  • Elizabeth H. Roberts, State of RI Director of Health & Human Services
  • Linda Valentini, Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Coastway Community Bank