October 24, 2019 | 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.


U-M Golf Course Clubhouse, Ann Arbor MI

5th Annual Women Who Fund Forum

Mary Tolan of Chicago Pacific Founders to Headline WWF 2019! Mary Tolan is the Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner of Chicago Pacific Founders, a leading healthcare private equity firm in Chicago. Previously, she was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of R1 RCM, Inc. (Accretive Health), which she took public in 2010 with an initial market cap of $1.2 billion. Tolan opens this year’s forum with an inside perspective on the important role of breadth of diversity and innovation in private equity that differentiates top performing firms, and will share her path to success.  More than 150 women in alternative investments will gather to share industry experiences, identify leads for sourcing capital and network!

The program includes lunch and features a panel on “The Rise of Investors Supporting Health Innovation.” The forum closes with a fireside chat with Mina Sooch, CEO & Co-founder of Ocuphire Pharma. Sooch has over 23 years experiences as a CEO, Entrepreneur, VC and strategist including two successful IPOs – most recent is Gemphire Therapeutics. Please join us for our 5th annual event!

Presented by ACG Detroit Women’s Forum and University of Michigan Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance, Ross School of Business

Advisory Committee: Ann Brophy, LLR Partners; Gina Staudacher, Howard & Howard; Kim Mattes, AON; Heather Madland, Huron Capital; Sharon Kimble, ACG Detroit; Mary Nickson, University of Michigan;  Kim VanCleef, DuckerFrontier; Sonali Vijayavargiya, Augment Ventures; Emily Bertsche Murto, SCG Equity


11:00 AM Welcome to the 2019 Women Who Fund Forum 
Registration & Networking
11:30 AM Keynote Address
Mary Tolan, Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner, Chicago Pacific Founders
Welcome and Keynote Introduction: Regina Staudacher, Howard & Howard Attorneys
Sponsored by Howard & Howard
12:20 PM Networking  Lunch
Sponsored by BDO
1:00 PM Panel: The Rise of Investors Supporting Health Innovation
Mary Jo Gorman,
MD, MBA, CEO, Healthy Bytes; Board of Directors, Curavi Health
Sarah Hirsch, VP Operations, Shore Capital Partners
Rajesh Kothari,
Managing Director, Cascade Partners (Moderator/Panelist)
Tim Petersen, Managing Partner, Arboretum Ventures
Scott Lancaster, MD, Clinical Director, Spectrum Health Ventures
1:50 PM Networking Break
Sponsored by Plante Moran
2:20 PM Fireside Chat
Mina Sooch, CEO & Co-founder, Ocuphire Pharma
Michelle Larkin, MSE, Director of Commercialization Programs, U-M Medical School (Facilitator)
 3:00 PM Refreshments / Networking
Sponsored by Aon
4:00 PM Forum Ends
Oct. 24-25 Michigan Private Equity Conference
Register at www.Michigan-PE.com

Our Sponsors

Women Who Fund 2017 Sponsor Aon
Women Who Fund 2017 Sponsor BDO



Mary Tolan

Chicago Pacific Founders


Rajesh Kothari

Cascade Partners

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Mary Jo Gorman, MD, MBA

Healthy Bytes; Curavi Health


Tim Petersen

Arboretum Ventures


Sarah Hirsch

Shore Capital Partners


Scott Lancaster

Spectrum Health Ventures


Mina Sooch

Ocuphire Pharma


Michelle Larkin, MSE

Director of Commercialization Programs


Regina Staudacher

Howard & Howard Attorneys

Travel & Accomodations

Graduate Hotel
615 E. Huron
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: (734) 769-2200

Please mention “UM Michigan Private Equity Conference” to receive the discounted rate of $204/night (cut off date Monday, 9/16). To make your reservation call the hotel at 1.800.666.8693 or 734.769.2200 or reserve online or visit the hotel website at www.gradauteannarbor.com.

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