Female business professionals reveal the myths and realities of women and business. Moderated by Nancy Cook, Economic and Fiscal Policy Correspondent, National Journal, Ryan Argentieri, President & Co-Founder, Lila Mae, Patricia G. Greene Ph.D., Paul T. Babson Chair in Entrepreneurship, Co-Founder, Diana Project; Center for Women's Business Research, Board Member; IC2 Fellow, University of Texas at Austin, and Magdalah Racine-Silva, President & Chief Executive Officer, DMS International, are featured in a panel discussion.
Ryan Argentieri is president and co-founder of Lila Mae: Responsibly Made in the USA, an ecommerce site featuring a collection of sophisticated, sustainable goods all created by USA-based small manufacturers, craftspeople and artisans. Previously, she worked at United Technologies Integrated Building Solution where she served as chief of staff to the senior vice president of government & international relations. Ms. Argentieri began her career at the Carnegie Council for Ethics & International Affairs as Managing Editor of Human Rights Dialogue. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, Master’s degree in International Piece Studies from the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Master’s of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School.
Nancy Cook covers economic and domestic policy for National Journal and also serves as the lead writer for Next Economy, a joint project of the National Journal and The Atlantic. Prior to this, she covered economic and fiscal policy for National Journal for more than two years, leading the policy coverage of all of D.C.'s major budget battles. She's also worked as a senior editor at Fast Company and a staff writer at Newsweek, based in New York.
Patricia G. Greene
Patricia G. Greene is a professor of entrepreneurship of Babson College, where she holds the Paul T. Babson Chair in Entrepreneurship. Dr. Greene's research focuses on the identification, acquisition, and combination of entrepreneurial resources, particularly by women and minority entrepreneurs. She previously served as provost, and before that as the dean of the Undergraduate School. Prior to joining Babson she held the Ewing Marion Kauffman/Missouri chair in entrepreneurial leadership at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (1998-2003) and the New Jersey chair of small business and entrepreneurship at Rutgers University (1996-1998). Dr. Greene earned a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, an MBA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a BS from the Pennsylvania State University. She was a founding member of the Rutgers Center for Entrepreneurial Management and the coordinator of the Rutgers Entrepreneurship Curriculum. At UMKC she helped to found KC SourceLink, the Entrepreneurial Growth Resource Center (EGRC), the iStrategy Studio, the Business and Information Development Group (BRIDG), the UMKC Students in Free Enterprise Program (SIFE), the Kauffman Entrepreneurship Internship Program (KEIP), the Entrepreneurial Effect, the Network for Entrepreneurship Educators and Researchers (NEER), and the annual regional Business Plan Competition. At Babson, her current assignment is to serve as the National Academic Director for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative and advisor to the 10,000 Women program.
Magdalah Racine-Silva, is President, Chief Executive and co-founder of DMS International(Data Management Services, Inc.) a management, training and information technology services firm. Mrs. Silva has over 20 years of experience in the information technology industry with extensive expertise in management, product development, and operations management. She is a graduate of the Harvard University Owners and President’s Management Program (OPM). She earned her M.A. in International Management from the University of Maryland’s School of International Management and Technology in 1995, and a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University in 1982. Committed to lifelong learning she has received additional training and continuing education from the Business Executive Programs at the Darden School of Business Administration at The University of Virginia, and Georgetown University. Mrs. Silva is a member of the board of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), and a representative of WIPP on the National Women’s Business Council which is a non-partisan federal advisory council, created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. She also serves on the board of Global Centurion Foundation which is a non-profit organization fighting human trafficking. She is a mother of two, collects Haitian and Latin American art, and enjoys karate, tennis and reading biographies.