Women Who Fund Forum 2017
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Women Who Fund Forum

Sponsored by Howard & Howard

This half day content-rich forum provides a unique and intimate setting where women in venture capital and private equity, as well as women business leaders will have the opportunity to network and engage.

Hosted by University of Michigan Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance / Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies

Thursday, November 2 | 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

U-M Golf Course Postma Family Clubhouse, Ann Arbor


11:00 a.m. - Registration & Networking

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. - Welcome & Keynote Address
Mary Petrovich,
Operating Executive, Carlyle Group; Chairman of the Board, Axle Tech International
Sponsored by Carlyle Group
Made possible through the Carlyle Group's
Diversity & Inclusion Council and Women’s Employee Resource Groups
Mary is an Operating Executive at Carlyle focused on U.S. buyout opporutniteis in the automotive and transportation sector. She is the former CEO of Carlyle portfolio company AxleTech International and led the sale of AxleTech to General Dynamics in 2008, where she continued to lead the business for two years. Join Mary as she tells her story of success. Not only as an industrial CEO, but also as a globally-respected private equity leader, wife and mom of two teen boys, and a nationally competitive golfer. She will talk about her lessons learned through her peers and bosses, the tradeoffs made along the way, and the rewards that made it all worth it.

12:20 p.m. - Networking Lunch

1:00-1:50 p.m. - Panel - Tech Mobility: Meeting the Needs of Alternatiave Investing
Sponsored by BDO
Auto tech startups are on pace to secure deals and funding as investors hunt for opportunities in the space. Meanwhile, with the rise of electric vehicles, automation, and alternative mobility solutions, automotive manufacturers are responding with investments and acquisitions across these fields. Learn about the challenges and opportunities within this growing industry and the markets in which investments are taking place.

Amy HaimerlAuthor, Freelance Journalist, and Adjunct Professor of Journalism, Michigan State University (Moderator)
Alisyn Malek, COO and Co-founder, May Mobility
Jessica Robinson, Director, City Solutions, Ford Smart Mobility
Trina Van Pelt, Vice President of Intel Capital, and Managing Director of AI and Automated Driving Groups
Sonali Vijayavargiya, Founder and Managing Director, Augment Ventures

1:50-2:10 p.m. - Break
Sponsored by AON

2:10-3:10 p.m. - Performing to Your Peak
Eleni Kelakos,
Public Speaking Coach & Trainer, The Eleni Group
In this interactive presentation, Eleni Kelakos with share the methodologies and stories to encourage audience members to commit to the path of presence mastery, so they can speak, lead and share their big idea with a confident, consistent presence that moves hearts, minds, and mountains.

3:10-3:30 p.m. - Mcity: Leading the Transformation to Connected and Automated Vehicles
Morton, Deputy Director, MCity, University of Michigan
Established in 2015, Mcity is the world’s first purpose-built environment for safely testing advanced mobility vehicles and technologies. Mcity also funds academic research and is working with its partners to deploy connected and automated vehicles that have the potential to dramatically improve traffic safety, reduce fuel use, and make mobility more accessible.

3:30-4:00 p.m. - Refreshments / Networking



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