North America

Taryn Rose

An orthopedic surgeon with an entrepreneurial flair makes fashionable and functional luxury shoes
Taryn Rose changed the footwear industry in 1998 by creating a line of luxury shoes that are as fashionable as they are functional. Her idea of being well dressed with a sense of well being touched a nerve with women from coast-to coast, creating a dedicated following for her footwear collection.

Humberto C. Antunes

Mr. Antunes twenty-plus years of experience spans the globe, beginning his career with Sandoz Pharmaceutical division (now Novartis) in the United States. In the years that followed, he accepted positions of increasing responsibility that took him and his family through the United States several times, Switzerland, Italy, Argentina, Colombia, Germany and France.

Nell Merlino

Nell Merlino is Founder, of Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence, the leading national not-for-profit provider of resources for women to grow their micro businesses into million $ enterprises. She is author of "Stepping Out of Line: Lessons for Women Who Want It Their Way in Life, in Love, and at Work," from Broadway Books.

Recently, Nell has become Chair for the Personal Data Independence Trust at Personal BlackBox, a company that unlocks the potential of personal data for members and clients by helping them protect, see, and grow its value.

Virginia Littlejohn

Ms. Littlejohn, Quantum Leaps Co-Founder and CEO, has served as the OECD's Senior Advisor for Women's Entrepreneurship since 1996.

K. Shelly Porges

K. Shelly Porges is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, a global consortium of venture funds pledged to invest in women-founded firms. She is also a Board Member of the Global Banking Alliance for Women and on the Advisory Board for Cornerstone Capital, Mindshift Capital and Different Funds. Ms. Porges also serves as an Expert on Call for Georgetown University’s Entrepreneurship Program.

Kimberlie Cerrone

Kimberlie L. Cerrone has over twenty-five years experience in structuring and executing many types of strategic alliances, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and partner, licensing, customer and vendor relationships for life science and high technology companies. She is expert in developing and executing intellectual property protection strategies and in acquiring, managing and exploiting valuable intellectual property, and technology and product rights

Elsbeth Vaino

For years, exam preparation techniques have been dominated by traditional study guides and flash cards. Former university roommates Elsbeth Vaino and Bobbi Jaimet believe that this lucrative market - worth one billion dollars a year in the US alone - has long needed an injection of fresh ideas. With this in mind, they created B.E. Innovative Group Inc., a company which helps students preparing for exams by using lively interactive games that complement traditional study methods.

Mona S. Jhaveri

Ovarian cancer is often referred to in medical circles as a 'silent killer' because it is notoriously difficult to detect. A lack of accurate screening tests or clear early symptoms mean that most women who develop the disease aren't aware of it until it's too late. The treatment will depend on the type of ovarian cancer, how far it has spread and the severity of the cancer. Most women are offered surgery to remove the cancerous tumour, followed by a course of chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Lorin Cassidy

Motor racing is one of the fastest growing sports in the world today. Whether premium tours like NASCAR and Formula 1 or more rugged ventures like dirt track, sprint cars, and super bikes, the industry is rapidly attracting new drivers and fans, many of whom are women. But the clothes available for female professionals and fans are still limited.

Una Ryan

After excelling in academia and ascending the ranks of the pharmaceuticals industry to become President and CEO of AVANT Immunotherapeutics, Dr. Una Ryan is turning her attention to water. Her latest venture, Waltham Technologies, has developed an environmentally friendly process that makes cleaning wastewater profitable. Currently in its start-up phase, the company plans to begin beta testing in 2010 and earning revenue in 2011.

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