Tuesday, November 15
Dr. Eve Hall, president and chief executive officer of the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, will speak Nov. 15 at the second annual Wisconsin W·O·M·E·N reception in Madison.
The reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at M3 Insurance, 828 John Nolen Drive. It precedes the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, which starts the following morning at Madison’s Monona Terrace Convention Center.
With a background in education, business, community action and government, Hall has expanded the membership of the Milwaukee-based AACC from 175 to more than 250 members since becoming president and CEO in 2012. Under her leadership, the AACC has created a revolving loan fund for small businesses, is working with partners to launch a food and beverage incubator, and is working with others to better leverage mass transit to connect people with jobs.
Hall, who holds degrees from Florida A&M University, UW-Milwaukee and Cardinal Stritch University, will discuss the work of the AACC and the challenges and opportunities facing women executives. Hall will also discuss her perceptions of the progress of women and minorities as business owners in Wisconsin, and what needs to happen in the state’s largest cities to provide opportunity for all.
Hall was appointed in 2004 to serve on the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. She also serves on the Governor’s Task Force on Minority Unemployment. She was recognized by the Milwaukee Business Journal as a “Woman of Influence in 2014 and one of “16 Business Executives to Watch in 2016.” In 2015, she was recognized as “Woman Executive of the Year” by Biz Times for her work in reviving the chamber.
In addition, Hall is co-founder of the African American Women’s Project Fund, created in 1999 to provide funding to organizations supporting the well-being of women and girls, and has raised more than $200,000.
Hosted by the Wisconsin Technology Council, the Wisconsin W·O·M·E·N reception highlights the role women are playing in the state’s entrepreneurial economy. The acronym stands for women, opportunity, mentors, entrepreneurs and networking. The event is open to men and women; for more information and to register visit http://www.cvent.com/d/5fqnpx/1Q
Wednesday, November 16
Lynn Allen-Hoffmann received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. She was a Damon-Runyon Walter-Winchell Postdoctoral Fellow at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School where she studied human keratinocyte growth and differentiation.
She is a tenured, full professor in the Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Surgery at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Allen-Hoffman is internationally recognized for her innovative research and clinical development of human skin replacements including the world’s first genetically-enhanced human skin replacements. The NIKS cells, discovered in her laboratory, are a consistent source of genetically uniform, non-tumorigenic, pathogen free human keratinocytes amenable to genetic manipulation.
As a result of the discovery in her laboratory, she founded Stratatech Corporation to deliver cell-based therapies to patients with complex skin loss. She is the first woman at the University of Wisconsin to start a biotechnology company. Stratatech Corporation was acquired by Mallinckrodt Specialty Pharmaceuticals on August 31, 2016.