Brenda Lewis, is the owner of Transactions Marketing, Inc. (TMI), (www.transactionsmarketing.com), a 35-year-old project management ﬁrm focused on the launch and funding of enterprise mission critical software, systems and services. TMI has launched 20 ventures in healthcare, IT, security, telecommunications, information, ﬁnancial and location services markets. Prior to starting TMI, she spent 15 years at Exxon International, Marine Management Systems, Inc. and Pechiney Ugine Kuhlman. She graduated cum laude in Economics from Smith College and holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut. She attended Harvard Business School's Program for Management Development and earned a Certiﬁcate in Telecommunications Management from NYU. On a pro bono basis, Brenda is an organizer of 1 Million Cups Stamford, the Kauffman Foundation program for introducing ventures to the community. She is on the selection committee for the annual Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs at Smith College and instructor and judge at the CT New Venture Challenge. She also serves on the Steering Committee for Innovate Stamford, which won a $2 MM CT NEXT Innovation District grant. She was named a ﬁnalist in the Connecticut Technology Council's 2018 Women of Innovation awards.
Leanna Lawter is Associate Professor of Management in the Jack Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University. She received her tenure award and was promote in 2017. Dr. Lawter's primary areas of teaching are human resources and entrepreneurship. She has over 20 years of experience in consulting with expertise in guiding non-profits and start-ups on human resource issues including redesigning jobs, selection and on-boarding, performance management, and organizational research. Dr. Lawter has received her Ph.D. from Baruch College at the City University of New York in organizational behavior. She also has a MBA in marketing from the University of Connecticut, a MS in statistics from the University of Vermont, and a BA in math from Colgate University. Dr. Lawter is currently working on research in three key areas: how funding challenges impact female entrepreneurs; how social media impacts hiring decisions; and how organizations can promote ethic decision making among employees.
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