The representation of women in entrepreneurship is growing rapidly both locally and nationally. The Wisconsin School of Business, the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship and the Small Business Development Center provide a platform to help inspire, educate and assist women interested in entrepreneurship at the UW and in the community. Many alumnae of our programs have gone on to launch startups and numerous women on our faculty, staff and advisory boards provide opportunities and support through a variety of our programs. Promoting female and minority representation in entrepreneurship is one of our core objectives.

Featured below are some of the female instructors, mentors, and staff involved in entrepreneurship at the Wisconsin School of Business along with a few examples of startups founded by women.

WSB Faculty/ Instructors
WSB Staff

WSB Faculty/ Instructors

Florence HonoreFlorence HonoreAssistant Professor, Management and Human ResourcesWisconsin School of Business
Sarah MartySarah MartyLecturer, Division of Continuing StudiesWisconsin School of Business
SaradaSaradaAssistant Professor, Management and Human ResourcesWisconsin School of Business


Heather FergusonHeather FergusonProgram Manager, Small Business Development CenterWisconsin School of Business
Laura FrancisLaura FrancisBiographyChief Financial OfficerSI-Bone
Rena GelmanRena GelmanBusiness Consultant, Small Business Development CenterWisconsin School of Business
Erica GruenErica GruenBiographyPresidentQuantum Media
Anne InmanAnne InmanBusiness ConsultantWisconsin School of Business
Kay PlantesKay PlantesBiographyFounder/PrincipalPlantes Company
Toni SikesToni SikesBiographyCEOCODAworx
Michelle Somes-BooherMichelle Somes-BooherDirector, Small Business Development CenterWisconsin School of Business
Becky SplittBecky SplittBiographyConsultantAmerican Family Ventures
Melissa TurczynMelissa TurczynBiographyPartner/Co-Chair, Venture BestMichael Best & Friedrich
Reena VokunReena VokounBiographyFounder and CEOPassion Fit
Amy ZimmermanAmy ZimmermanBusiness Consultant, Small Business Development CenterWisconsin School of Business

WSB Staff

Lisa CollinsLisa CollinsAssociate Director, Weinert Center for EntrepreneurshipWisconsin School of Business
Sari JudgeSari JudgeProgram Coordinator, StartUp Learning CommunityWisconsin School of Business


Mary CarbineMary CarbineSenior Administrative Program SpecialistDiscovery to Product
Laura HeislerLaura HeislerDirector of Programming, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)Wisconsin School of Business
Jen KobyleckyJen KobyleckyUniversity Relations SpecialistDiscovery to Product
Katie RiceKatie RiceVenture Analyst, Talent Recruitment & Community ManagerWisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Some Startup Companies Founded by UW Women

American Skillet Company website logo blu Diagnostics - empowering women with data website logo Campo Alpaca website logo
Carex Consulting Group website logo Curate Solutions website logo Dock Technologies website logo
Doyenne Group - be audacious website logo Errand Solutions - luv your life website logo FeLion Studios website logo
Laquerus website logo Lease Crunch website logo Mercis - bar, bistro, lounge website logo
Passion Fit - pursue your passions, be fit and the rest will follow website logo Short Stack Eatery website logo Valenza Chocolatier website logo