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Women entrepreneurs: the scale-up agenda

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What helps women entrepreneurs go from launching a small business to leading a $100 million or even $1 billion company?

New observations from the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program, as well as research from the Babson College Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership, provide fresh insight into what matters:

  • Engaging in a peer community
  • Being the leader your company needs now
  • Creating a purpose to focus and inspire organizations

Join successful women entrepreneurs and other experts as they discuss how community, purpose and enlightened leadership accelerate growth, while providing a fertile environment for courageous leadership, engaged stakeholders and bold action.



Dr. Lisa Williams

World of EPI, LLC

Dr. Lisa Williams is internationally recognized as an academic trailblazer, founder of a multi-million dollar company, and an award winning speaker and author. Through hard work and perseverance Dr. Lisa attained unprecedented success by becoming the first female professor to receive a multi-million dollar endowed chair, the first African American female professor to earn tenure at Penn State University, and the first African American to receive a doctorate in Logistics from the Ohio State University.

At the height of her career, Dr. Lisa did the unthinkable when she left the academic life to blaze a new trail as an entrepreneur. She founded the World of Entertainment, Publishing and Inspiration (World of EPI), LLC. EPI is the classic Cinderella story. Dr. Lisa grew the company from negative revenues into a multi-million dollar powerhouse. EPI is now a leading multi-cultural toy manufacturing and design firm with a global supply chain that crisscrosses the world from the US to China and other worldwide destinations.


Kari Warberg Block

Founder and CEO, Earth-Kind

Kari Warburg Block is the Founder and CEO of Earth-Kind. She founded Earth-Kind on the belief that household products could be as safe as they are effective, through the use of high-quality botanical formulations, new delivery systems, and consumer education.

Earth-Kind is a U.S.-based developer and manufacturer of Preventive Pest Control products to naturally get rid of mice, rats, spiders, ants, moths. Pest management professionals, government entities, and individual households alike rely on their botanical-based products to prevent millions of dollars of damage to their homes, workplaces, and recreational properties. Earth-Kind innovated the ‘pest prevention’ category as the first (and only) federal EPA-registered botanical rodent repellent for indoor use and continues working to research and provide the most effective products for preserving the good and preventing the rest.


Lisa Bair

Founder/CEO, Quantuvis LLC

Lisa B. Bair founded Quantuvis in February of 2013, while CEO of Hobart Group Holdings. After over a decade of working in the payer/pharma environment, Lisa became passionate about building technology solutions to bridge the gap between payer and pharma interactions.

Lisa founded The Hobart Group in 2003, which under her decade of leadership grew to be the largest payer agency in the United States, working with twelve of the top twenty pharma companies in the world to develop managed care strategies and communications for today’s top branded drugs. Hobart Group Holdings comprised of The Hobart Group, a NJ healthcare agency, Hobart Forte located in New York City, Hobart Core out of Chicago, and Hobart Innovations, focused on proprietary data offerings in the managed care arena.

Before founding Hobart, Lisa held various leadership positions in healthcare agencies including Grey Healthcare Group and Lowe McAdams.

Lisa began her healthcare career as a sales rep for Syntex Laboratories in both the OB/GYN and hospital sales divisions.

In 2010, Lisa was named by EY as one of the top women entrepreneurs in the US. The Hobart Group also won various awards as top women led company in New Jersey, and best places to work in New Jersey.

Lisa graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree from Bloomsburg University, where she majored in Business Administration and Marketing, with a minor in Advertising.


Dr. Susan Duffy

Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL), Babson College

Susan Duffy is the Executive Director of the Babson College Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL), where she educates, inspires and empowers women to transform their entrepreneurial potential into entrepreneurial impact. CWEL’s latest innovation is the Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab that accelerates women who are ready to think big, be bold, and launch successful companies.

Susan earned her Ph.D. from The George Washington University where she founded the Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership initiative, a program recognized as the 2006 National Model Specialty Program in Entrepreneurship Education. Before entering academia Susan was a leader in healthcare foodservice, co-owned a commercial construction company, and owned and operated Ho-Lee-Chow, a Chinese fast-food franchise. Susan is an advisor to several early stage companies and is an angel investor.

She serves on the board of the Tory Burch Foundation and on the International Council for Small Business Women’s Entrepreneurship Committee.



Kerrie D. MacPherson


Kerrie MacPherson is a senior partner in the EY Financial Services Office (FSO), New York. A seasoned professional with twenty-seven years experience, she is based in the EY Toronto and New York offices, Kerrie has developed a strong global network to ensure EY clients have access to the best people and services wherever in the world they may do business.

Kerrie is also the executive sponsor of the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ (EWW) program. This annual competition and executive leadership program identifies a select group of high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to scale — and then helps them do it. Working with women business leaders, fueling their success and accelerating the growth of their companies is one of the most rewarding aspects of Kerrie's role as a senior advisor. It enables her to apply the learnings from decades of experience with Fortune 500 companies to these exciting business ventures.

A graduate of the University of Toronto, Kerrie earned a Bachelor of Commerce specializing in Commerce and Finance. In addition, Kerrie is a Canadian Chartered Accountant (CA) and subsequent to achieving her CA designation, she earned her Master’s of Business of Administration from the University of Toronto.