Building and Benefiting from Female Participation in Startup Teams

May 16, 2017

Speaker Slides

Building and Benefiting From Female Participation In Startup Teams

Maurizio Arienzo Ph.D.

For startups and established businesses looking to hire new candidates, there are some key reasons why you should balance your workforce through the inclusion, development and expansion of women. More diversity leads to enhanced creativity and is a better reflection of society. With women being over 50 percent of the global population, what reason can you give if your business is 100 percent men?

Having a workforce made up of different genders from a variety of backgrounds demonstrates integrity and will in turn boost your startup company’s reputation and increase your customer base through the widespread appeal that it will generate.

The panelists for this meeting are outstanding and successful executives who will share their knowledge and firsthand experience in hiring and working with women and benefiting from doing so.


600 -700 PM Registration & networking

700 -710 PM ENET Chairman’s announcements

710 -725 PM E Minute – Up to 3 Startup companies’ presentations

725 -815 PM – 3 or 4 expert speakers on the night’s topic

815 -830 PM – Audience / Speakers Q & A

830 -900 PM – Final networking including meeting speakers



Maurizio Arienzo, Ph.D., CEO, NovaWare, Inc.Maurizio has over 25 years of experience in executive management in growing businesses, creating new markets, and delivering high-tech products to market both profitably and on time. He has a unique combination of business acumen and technology expertise  in a broad range of industries, including consumer, computer, microelectronics, solar energy, automotive security and surveillance, aerospace and healthcare. From May 2001 to March 2005 he was President and CEO of SMaL Camera Technologies, Inc. In 2003 SMaL Camera Technologies, Inc. was named the #1 Rising Star in North America on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, and won the SBANE New England Innovation Award. In 2005 Maurizio led a successful negotiation of a Merger with Cypress (NYSE: CY). Prior to SMaL Camera Technologies, Inc., Maurizio was Vice President and General Manager of ATI Technology (NYSE: ATYT). Prior to ATI, he was with IBM for 14 years, where he eventually became the Director of VLSI Design and Communications Technology. He instigated and led a radical shift from bipolar to CMOS technology for mainframe computers, as well as managed the Deep Blue Chess Project, which defeated world champion Garry Kasparov. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and he sits on the board of several organizations worldwide. In 2003 Maurizio was awarded the Mass High Tech All-Star Award for his contributions to Hardware Technologies. Maurizio, a Fulbright Fellow, has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University, and a Laurea in Electronic Engineering from University of Naples, Italy. 

Julia Geisman, Founder and CEO, CareerAgility

Julia recognized that women continue to struggle in reaching executive leadership positions despite 40 years of concerted effort. She understood the cause of the problem lies with multiple factors: societal expectations that influence attitudes, workplace cultures, as well as the women themselves. She also realized that the time is right to tackle this problem. This is why she founded CareerAgility.

​She brings her years of experience working with global companies to provide the knowledge and skills people need to succeed at their jobs, build successful teams, and to create work environments in which everyone thrives. She believes measuring impacts is the key to sustained change. Her systemic view of problem-solving guided the creation of CareerAgility’s integrated approach to achieving gender equality in the workplace and empowering women to seize the available opportunities.

​As an international speaker on a variety of gender equality topics, Julia is known for her ability to engage and motivate participants leading to greater understanding. She is the author of Your CareerNexus, a series of eGuidebooks developed to help women increase their success in advocating for themselves and integrating their personal and professional goals.

​Julia has a master’s degree in Organizational Management and Development. She has been on the faculty of Boston University’s part-time MBA program, Suffolk University, Wentworth Institute, and has been a guest lecturer at Bentley University. She volunteers as a coach for Babson’s CTLP and is a Big Sister. 

Jhun de Villa, MD, CPHQ

Jhun is a quality and statistical analysis consultant with Healthcare Quality Consultants in Jacksonville, FL. with expertise and experience in quality management, risk management, patient safety and process design. Prior to that, he was Surgical Quality & Patient Safety Leader at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has also practiced as a physician, surgeon and professor in the Philippines for 10 years. Jhun received his Doctor of Medicine degree from University of the City of Manila and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality. He volunteers at the U.S. Air Force as a subject matter expert in Healthcare and Tricare insurance for retirees.


Brigid Oliveri Siegel, Managing Partner, Brigid Siegel Associates

Brigid Siegel is managing partner at Brigid Siegel Associates where she conducts retained executive searches. In this capacity, she focuses on finding and developing leaders as well as building effective managing teams which will guarantee success in any technology, life sciences or biotech field.  

Brigid began her career in the high technology industry over 30 years ago and in executive search, 20 years ago. She was a partner and management consultant at Ward Howell, Inc., a partner at Polachi, a Managing Director with The Onstott Group, a Senior Partner at Heidrick & Struggles and a Vice President with Fenwick Partners. Throughout her retained executive search career Brigid has successfully completed numerous senior executive search assignments for clients ranging from emerging growth companies to multi-billion dollar corporations.  

Brigid studied at Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Lowell Technological Institute. Her executive search industry expertise has been cited in the Boston Business Journal, the New York Post, as well as Hunt Scanlon’s Executive Recruiting Industry Newswire. She was also a member of the Executive Board of the WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) Venture Forum for seven years and is currently a Boston ENET Vice Chairperson and an Executive Board member.

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