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August 30, 2000
Committee of 200 Cosponsors Women’s Conference

STANFORD BUSINESS SCHOOL — Top women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders will share insights when they convene at the Business School this winter for the 2001 Women’s Conference.

The Chicago-based Committee of 200 (C200), a group of preeminent businesswomen, is cosponsoring the event, titled “Perspectives: Views on Women in Business,” on February 3, with the School’s Alumni Office and the student group Women in Management.

Founded in 1982, the Committee of 200 added an outreach foundation in 1986 and now has more than 400 members from 70 industries. They include entrepreneurs whose companies generate an annual revenue of $15 million or greater and U.S. corporate executives managing divisions that produce more than $100 million annual revenue or international managers of divisions in excess of $30 million.

“In my eight-year association with this broadly diverse group, I have benefited from hearing how other women are dealing with business situations similar to mine,” said Nancy Mueller, a C200 organizer of the conference, founder of Nancy’s Specialty Foods, and a member of the Business School’s Advisory Council. “I have made some wonderful friends from all over the country who, like me, have precious little time for socializing with other women at the top.”

The conference will bring together Stanford MBA candidates and alumnae with other successful businesswomen to discuss such topics as women’s roles in the new economy of e-business, changing perspectives on the service industries of consulting and investment banking, planning a career for balance, support for minority women in management, and giving back to the community, Mueller said. Students cochairing the conference are Christy Thomsen, Alkha Khetan, and Christa Beckner.

Four C200 members hold MBAs from Stanford: Mary Bechmann, MBA ’85, a private investor; Deborah Coleman, MBA ’78, chairman of Merix Corp./SmartForest Ventures; Marcia Kadanoff, MBA ’85, CMO of Everypath; and Ellen Lapham, MBA ’77, president of Innovation Ventures. Six others attended Stanford executive education programs, and two other members besides Mueller sit on the School’s advisory board.

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