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Women & Wine Wednesdays - Collaborative Networking
April is National Financial Literacy month. Barbara Russell, SM '77 will have a conversation with us about how to de-risk investing in startups.

She will also give us powerful advice for early-stage, tech-enabled companies and strategic advice to maximize the ability to scale.

Barbara co-founded Cap W – an Advisory/investment Banking firm focused on early/mid-stage tech-enabled companies, characterized by strong female and/or POC founders & teams, solving BIG problems with massive market opportunities. In her role as Managing Partner, she strives to advance the ability of tech-based companies, with her focus on AI/ML, blockchain/DLT, clean-tech and fin-tech, to succeed through their model of investing and providing strategic advice that maximizes the ability of these companies to scale via targeted fundraising from optimal and inclusive strategic, venture, and other capital sources. Barbara and her team (which she heads) have advised, invested in, and raised over $200 million of capital for 17 companies since 2015.

She serves on the board of several rapidly-scaling, early and mid-stage companies, providing advice fueled from her 31 years of experience in private equity, investment banking, M&A, and capital markets.  She also serves on non-profit boards including: NFTE and Alliance for Business Leadership (ABL), both of which represent her progressive views on diversity and inclusion.

Barbara serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Entrepreneurship. She has been a senior lecturer at: MIT Sloan School; an adjunct professor at Babson College-Wellesley Campus; teaching
Financial Modeling: Walk the Financial Talk at Babson College-Boston Campus: and teaching Understanding Your Market; on the Babson College-Miami Campus - lecturing on: Identifying the Marketing Opportunity and Sizing The Market; lecturing to Questrom School of Business as well as faculty lecture at Boston University: How To Win A Pitch Competition Workshop; IIT-Madras: What Makes a Winning Pitch; The Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School – Ignite, among other teaching/lecturing positions. She also lectures/presents to TechStars cohorts, Learn Launch cohorts, BU – Questrom School of Business, University of Massachusetts faculty (Lowell/Boston), India Institute of Technology and The National Venture Plan Competition on how to create a winning pitch deck and how to present it. Barbara is also a Mentor at Techstars-Boston, EForAll, CleanTech Open, Village Capital as well as a board advisor for FinTechWomen and DeVOTE. Barbara is on the Board of Advisors of OpConnect – the only minority-owned and led EV charging station company in the US. She also served on the MassDOT EV Roundtable in 2022, and continues to be engaged in clean energy initiatives. She was selected as a delegate in June 2022 along with 27 other Massachusetts business, government and education leaders for the Alliance for Business Leadership’s Denmark Climate Change Study Tour – a series of meetings and interaction with Denmark’s leaders in climate change, including: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Ørsted, Mayor of Copenhagen, Managing Director of Danish Port Authority, US Ambassador to Denmark, Wind Turbines/Siemens, and other thought leaders involved in Denmark “Going Green”.

In the last 3 years alone, in addition to continuing to invest and raise capital, Barbara served as a mentor to a variety of budding founders in several accelerators around the world in addition to judging over 40 pitch competitions.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024
6:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m.
Ritz-Carlton, Avery Bar
10 Avery Street, Boston

MIT/Sloan Alumnae & friends: $20/pp

MIT/Sloan Current Students: $15/pp


This event is hosted by the MIT Sloan Boston Alumni Association (MITSBAA). MITSBAA is an alumni-led 501-C3 non-profit. For more information and/or to volunteer, please visit

Our Women's Events Volunteer Committee includes:

  • Audrey Daum, SM '88, SBAA Board Co-Chair Women’s Events, Chair, Women and Wine Wednesdays & Senior Vice President – Investments, Moors & Cabot,
  • Sun Altbach, MBA '11, Advisor, LVF VC,
  • Monica Kothari, MBA '19, Regions Lead, Campus Strategy, Capital One,
  • Dr. Irena Lucifredi, PhD '05, President, SOFAR Acoustics, LLC,
  • Katie Manty, SM '02, VP, Omnichannel Strategy,
  • Tina Kruczynski, Program Manager, MITSBAA,

Event Information
Wednesday, Apr 3 2024 at 6:00pm - 9:00pm [ iCal ]
Ritz-Carlton, Avery Bar
10 Avery Street
Boston, MA 02111
Boston Skyline Panorama courtesy Nietnagel © 2010
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