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Venture capitalist headlines Women in Leadership workshop

March 23, 2009

Amy Millman, who launched Washington, D.C.-based Springboard Enterprises in 2001, will speak at the event, titled "Oh Great, the Woman with the Coffee is Here…and Other Boardroom Stories," at 4 p.m. March 26 at the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, Room 121.

Millman also will serve as a judge for Purdue's annual Elevator Pitch Competition, slated for 2-5 p.m. March 27 in the Burton Morgan Center, said Nathalie Duval-Couetil, director of the Purdue certificate program and associate director of the Burton Morgan Center.

To register for the Women in Leadership workshop, which is free and open to the public, go to

Springboard Enterprises' mission is to facilitate women entrepreneurs' access to the equity markets. The organization also offers educational programs and forums designed to provide women entrepreneurs with access to investors and information about sources and uses of equity capital. 

The seed was planted for Springboard Enterprises when a group of business officials sponsored a forum in 2000 to connect female entrepreneurs to venture capitalists. At the time, Millman led the National Women's Business Council, an advisory group to then-President Clinton.

During her career, Millman has worked for the American Trucking Association, Philip Morris Cos., the U.S. Department of Labor and Congressional Quarterly. She also has been an adjunct professor at George Washington University since 2001. She received her bachelor's degree in history from Carnegie-Mellon University and a master's of public affairs from GWU.

Workshop sponsors are Purdue's Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Discovery Park, the Women's Resource Office at Purdue and the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence.

The elevator pitch competition, carrying the theme, "Stand Up, Stand Out, Go Up," is open to Purdue students and faculty and entrepreneurs from Purdue Research Parks.

Millman will join fellow judges Stephen Kempf, branch manager for Otis Elevator Inc.; Byron Pipes, John Leighton Bray Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Purdue; Jeff Kirk of the Business Services and Sci-Tech Practice groups at Bose McKinney and Evans LLC; and Bruce Kidd, senior vice president at Walker Information.

Tim Peoples, director of Purdue Technology Centers for the Purdue Research Park, and Dave Kitchell, a journalism instructor at Ball State University, are assisting the elevator pitchers.

Winners in each category will receive prizes of $1,000 for first place, $500 for second and  $250 for third. Sponsors are Otis Elevator Co. and the law firm Bose McKinney and Evans.

For more information about the competition or to register, visit, or e-mail Sascha Harrell of Purdue's certificate program at

Writer: Phillip Fiorini, 765-496-3133,

Sources: Nathalie Duval-Couetil, 765-494-7068,

Sascha M. Harrell, 765-494-3805,



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