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Ilene Fischer
Ilene is CEO and Founder of WomenLEAD, Inc.: Disrupting mentorship and accelerating women’s development as leaders with an innovative online “Personal Advisory Board™” platform. WomenLEAD, Inc. won $285,000 as A 2014 Verizon Powerful Answer awards finalist, was a 2013 Mass Challenge finalist and was named a Boston Business Journal’s “Top 5 Companies to Watch.”

Ilene was the CEO of WEST, an organization that develops women in science, engineering and technology as leaders. She was a Managing Director at the Tom Peters Company!, a Partner at PA Consulting Group, and a Partner at Innovation Associates (IA), founded by Peter Senge. Ilene has a B.S. in Chemistry and studied business at Harvard University.

Entries by Ilene Fischer

Customer Service Trumps Health at a Top-Rated Hospital

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 10:15 AM

I normally discuss women's issues here, but I have a different concern this time.

My failure to adequately manage my health, while putting in long hours to get my startup off the ground, landed me in the hospital three weeks ago. I'm fine now, I'm back to work, and...

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The No-Problem Problem

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 2:54 PM

Is Microsoft finally getting serious about making its workforce welcome to women and minorities? The internal memo that CEO Satya Nadella sent to his employees on October 15 is encouraging news. "I envision a company composed of more diverse talent," he said in his note, obtained by GeekWire....

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Where Are All The Women, Apple?

(3) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 12:47 PM

OK, we know hi-tech has a woman problem. We know Silicon Valley has a women problem. We know that women comprise only 30% of Google, Twitter and 20% at Apple (and 31% of Facebook) while many companies won't even release their numbers -- perhaps because they're too ashamed....

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A Deadline Is a Beautiful Thing

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 3:06 PM

WomenLEAD beta tested our online platform with our first potential customers last week.

Having this deadline forced the technical team to step up the development cycle and fix the bugs in the platform. What is not working is coming to the foreground. A natural response could be frustration, blame, finger...

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The Unintended Consequences of Women VCs Leaving Their Firms

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 3:52 PM

Two senior women in Silicon Valley's venture capital industry are leaving their companies to start a new firm together. Theresia Gouw, a former partner at Accel, and Jennifer Fonstad, a former partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, are opening Aspect Ventures to focus on early-stage investments in mobile startups and --...

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