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Simmons Professor Teresa Nelson, Ph.D. to Participate in White House Summit on Women's Entrepreneurship

BOSTON (January 31, 2012) — Professor Teresa Nelson of Simmons College, Elizabeth J. McCandless Chair in Entrepreneurship and director of the School's Entrepreneurship Program, will speak as part of a panel moderated by U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios, at the White House Summit on Women's Entrepreneurship Feb. 3.

Developed by the White House Office for Women and Girls, under the leadership of Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the President, the panel will address "Getting Capital to Start Your Business." The day brings together representatives from government, the for-profit, and the non-profit sector in a discussion of methods and strategies to increase women's participation in entrepreneurship. Other speakers include Dina Powell of Goldman Sachs; U.S. Small Business Administration head Karen Mills; Donna James of the National Women's Business Council; Susan Sobbot, CEO American Express Open; Lisa Caputo of CitiGroup; Claire Kramer of Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Penny Abeywardena of the Clinton Global Initiative; and Debra Spar, president of Barnard College.

 "The call to understand and act on opportunities for women's full access and engagement with entrepreneurship, especially high growth entrepreneurship, in the profit and social sector is high-impact," said Professor Nelson. "Results are felt at the individual level as women create jobs and engage in national and global efforts to 'get things started.'"

The Simmons School of Management is the only business school in the world designed specifically to educate women for power and principled leadership. It is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a distinction earned by fewer than 30% of business schools in the United States and fewer than 5% worldwide. The program is ranked the No. 1 MBA in the United States with the "Greatest Opportunity for Women" by The Princeton Review, as part of its "Best 294 Business Schools" guidebook.

Founded in 1899, Simmons College is a nationally ranked university located in the heart of Boston with a history of visionary thinking and social responsibility. It offers undergraduate education for women, and renowned coeducational graduate programs in nursing and health sciences, liberal arts, library and information science, social work, as well as the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women. Follow Simmons on Twitter @SimmonsCollege and @SimmonsNews.

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