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Guest Speaker – Darlene Boudreaux,  Executive Director for TechFW

Topic: “Overcoming Obstacles:  Building a Business and a Life”

Darlene Boudreaux left a successful career in public accounting to start a new company with her father and brother.  She won worldwide recognition for her innovative methods, leadership skills, and growth of her company.  But along the way, she also faced one personal hurdle after another.  She will talk about her journey, finding her way through and around the obstacles, to grow and ultimately sell her company.

About our Speaker – Darlene Boudreaux

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Darlene Boudreaux has been the Executive Director for TechFW, a nonprofit technology incubator, since 2006.  She is passionate about creating programs to help entrepreneurs with proprietary technology start and grow businesses that will benefit our North Texas community.  In 2012, she also created the Cowtown Angels to bring local angel investors together to consider investments in local entrepreneurial ventures.  During her time with TechFW, Darlene has coached nearly 100 companies from technology protection to sales and helped many others pitch to prospective investors.

 

Previously, Darlene was the founder and CEO of a pharmaceutical manufacturing company from 1994 to 2006. She successfully raised bank financing and private equity, applied for several patents, and negotiated licenses of her company’s technology. Under her direction, the company was on the Inc 500 list of the fastest growing private companies in America for three consecutive years and on the Dallas 100 list for five consecutive years. Darlene was named the 2003 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Life Sciences for North Texas and a 2004 Leading Woman Entrepreneur of the World.

Professionally, Darlene has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1980.  She graduated from DePauw University with a B.A. and a double major in mathematics and German. She also holds an M.B.A. in accounting and finance with a minor in marketing from the University of Chicago.

 

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