The Best of Women Entrepreneurs

March 19th, 2010

This week on Business Matters we’re looking back at some of our favorite interviews from our Women Entrepreneurs series.

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Margaret Heffernan
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Margaret Heffernan is an entrepreneur, Chief Executive and author. She was born in Texas, raised in Holland and educated at Cambridge University. In 2004, Margaret published “The Naked Truth: A Working Woman’s Manifesto about Business and What Really Matters” and in 2007 she brought out “How She Does It: How Female Entrepreneurs are Changing the Rules for Business Success“.  She is Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Simmons College in Boston and Executive in Residence at Babson College. She sits on the Council of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in the UK as well as one the boards of several private companies. Margaret blogs for the Huffington Post and writes for Fast Company, Real Business, MORE, and other magazines around the world.

Jody Weiss
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Jody Weiss is a former sports agent who has decided to dedicate her life to promoting peace in the world. She took some of her righteous anger from a first marriage, a politically divided nation, and a violent world and decided that she wanted to take Madison avenue dollars to teach about real collaborative giving. To raise awareness about real urgent human rights issues affecting women that in all parts of the world, she founded Peacekeepers, a socially conscious cosmetics company.

Deb Parsons
Co-Director, Investor’s Circle
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Deb is Co-Director of Investors’ Circle, a group made up of angel investors, professional venture capitalists, foundations, family offices and others who are using private capital to promote the transition to a sustainable economy. Prior to joining IC, Deb served as a member of SJF Ventures and Good Capital. For the past two years she was Vice President at Good Capital, where she managed the fund’s operational aspects, investor relations, and deployment of capital. Deb was formerly an associate at SJF Ventures, a community development fund focusing on cleantech and the LOHAS sector. Before that, she spent six years in business development, marketing, and partner management at WGGH, Intuit, and North Face.

Simone Brummelhuis
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Simone Brummelhuis is the founder and CEO of The NextWomen, the First Women’s Internet Business Magazine and Community. She worked for 10 years as a successful lawyer before becoming an entrepreneur by setting up her own B2B publishing company Brummsbooks. Thereafter, as co-owner and managing director IENS, she developed this start-up into the number one user-generated-content database publisher of restaurant guides in The Netherlands. With the Europeanmuseumguide.com, she intends to do the same. She is in the jury of the Accenture Media Innovation Awards 2008, she presents the internet program SHE (interviews with business women) on Blueshotstv, she is on the UK Advisory Board of Astia.org, supporting women led high-growth companies. She sits on the NCL Committee, and is a frequent speaker through Women.Inc and TheNextSpeaker.

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