Breakfast and Award Ceremony
May 15, 2018
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Honoring women whose business or professional contributions significantly impact their industry and exemplify an understanding of the balance between outcome and responsibility in their workplace.
Vice President, Venture Investments
Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JJDC Inc.
Marian is Vice President, Venture Investments at Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC Inc. and is based in Boston. She focuses on pharmaceutical investments in East Coast companies that are in areas of strategic interest to Johnson & Johnson. Marian previously held roles at Centocor R&D, Janssen R&D, and Janssen Business Development. She has a BA in Biology from Harvard College and a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Pennsylvania. Marian was the JJDC investor for CoStim Pharmaceuticals, Rodin Therapeutics, and Padlock Therapeutics and currently sits on the Board of Navitor Pharmaceuticals and PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals.
JoAnn H. Price
Fairview Capital Partners
JoAnn founded Fairview Capital Partners in 1994, emerging as the catalyst for significant change in the way institutional investors approached diversity in funding. For over 20 years her pioneering efforts have resulted in $4 billion under the firm’s management. JoAnn is admired for her leadership and well-known for her energy, her enthusiasm, and her generosity. She served as a director of the Vantagepoint Funds, and is currently Board Chair of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. JoAnn is a member of the Howard University School of Business Board of Visitors; board member of the Apollo Theater Foundation; board member of Hartford Communities That Care; board member of the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education; and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Wilson Gray YMCA.
She is recipient of numerous awards including the 2017 honoree of New York’s nonprofit LIFT; the 2015 recipient of the Greater Hartford Torch of Liberty award, presented by the Anti-Defamation League; and the Village’s Woman of the Year in 2014. JoAnn is a graduate of Howard University. Full bio…
Helena has lived and worked in the U.S., Latin America and Asia with a strong track record of 25+ years growing businesses at major corporations. She is currently the CEO and founder of Top Trend International, providing consultancy in growth strategy, innovation, international expansion, and brand building. Helena is also a global investor, including angel investor in the USA and international, with successful exits.
Prior to that, Helena was the President of International for Rosetta Stone, the online language learning company, where she led the high double digit growth of its international business including improving online lead generation and social media plan.
Before her position at Rosetta Stone, Helena was the Global President for Oregon Scientific, a Chinese consumer electronic company, based in Hong Kong.
Helena taught at the Pratt Institute’s Master of Design Management and was an Adjunct Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She earned her M.B.A. at The Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated from the Sao Paulo Business School of the Getulio Vargas Foundation, in Brazil. Full Bio...