Leading by example.
Thanks to everyone who joined us for the second annual Women In Tech. It was an honor to showcase our brilliant speakers and the contributions they have made to their respective fields.
About Women In Tech
Esteemed speakers share their experiences navigating the tech industry and propelling their careers as leaders in the field. This program positions established or climbing women in the tech field to create effective and warranted disruption to their industry by addressing gender bias, pay inequality, and overcoming adversity.
Presented by Ann Arbor SPARK.
Dr. Lauren Bigelow is the Executive Director of 20Fathoms. She is a senior executive and serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience leading innovative companies and initiatives. She has assisted privately held startup technology, energy, cleantech, IT, and fintech companies from the inception through the growth stage of their business. From 2010 onwards, and prior to 20Fathoms, Lauren was the CEO of the Growth Capital Network (GCN), a Michigan based firm that provides strategy, analytic, and impact evaluation services to the corporate, foundation, and non-profit community. Prior to GCN and before its ‘09 acquisition by Bloomberg, Lauren was the North American Commercial Director for New Energy Finance, the leading independent provider of information and research to investors in the clean energy markets. From early 2004 – 2008, she was the Managing Director of the Cleantech Group where she oversaw the firm’s technology and entrepreneur pipelines.
Lauren is a strategy creator and a builder – of large initiatives, collaborative platforms, and industry communities. As the managing director of the Cleantech Group, she was instrumental in creating “Cleantech” as an investment thesis and building the venture and banking community. One key accomplishment was having PWC add cleantech as an investment category to MoneyTree.
Lauren created and ran Accelerate Michigan, the first $1,000,000 innovation competition, taking it from a simple concept to six years and $7.7M of funding. She created and managed the multi-stakeholder program with 38 local and state-level economic development partners (11 corporations; UM, MSU, Michigan Tech, and WSU; 14 Michigan-based startup tech accelerators, MichBio, MMA, etc.) She recruited North American venture and angel investors, as well as seed and A stage companies in eight industry verticals. Presenting companies have raised $1B+ and created 2000+ jobs.
Other projects include the program administration and curriculum for the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) program that engaged UM, MSU, Michigan Tech, and WSU to streamline their technology transfer. And, the creation and execution of the Michigan Green Tech Entrepreneur Academy MI-GTEA a 4 day offsite to teach Midwest university and federal lab scientists to commercialize technology.
Lauren is on the finance faculty at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. She received her BA in Economics from the University of Michigan and her MA and PhD in Anthropology from Northwestern University.
Matterhorn By Court Innovations
MJ Cartwright is the CEO of Court Innovations. She has led the strategy and built the team to take the Matterhorn online dispute resolution (ODR) platform from an academic idea at the University of Michigan Law School in 2014 to a platform in use by over 120 locations in 16 US states in 2020.
Cartwright has applied her engineering and business education, her leadership and relationship-building skills in manufacturing, healthcare, and now dispute resolution. Cartwright participates in several court industry task forces and initiatives, including the IJIS Courts Advisory Committee. She speaks at conferences and workshops nationally and internationally on ODR initiatives. She has an MBA from Eastern Michigan University and a BSEE from the University of Michigan.
Cartwright’s vision is for expanded access to justice via technology. In partnership with judicial and alternative dispute resolution leaders, the Matterhorn platform enables people to resolve cases “in” and “outside” court.
MJ has started, led, and worked for various technology companies in her career. More details are: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mjcartwright/
Ann Arbor SPARK
Margarita is the director of entrepreneurial services at Ann Arbor SPARK. After completing her BS degree in Microbiology and Immunology in 2009 from the University of Texas at San Antonio, she moved to Ann Arbor from her hometown of Austin. It was here that she earned a doctorate in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Michigan in 2016.
Following graduate school, she joined Fast Forward Medical Innovation at the University of Michigan supporting healthcare commercialization education courses and mentoring biomedical innovation projects for medical students and clinicians. Later catching the entrepreneur bug, Margarita joined a budding medical device and software startup, Pathware, where she supported both clinical business development and later operations as the chief operations officer.
Given her entrepreneur experiences and passion to mentor and work on critical problems, she now promotes growing startups through their milestones with the resources and services offered by SPARK.
ArtOva Therapeutics, Inc.
Dr. Ariella Shikanov is the founder of ArtOva Therapeutics, Inc. She is an Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Her career is dedicated to developing means to restore ovarian reproductive and endocrine function in cancer survivors with premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) with a long-standing interest and expertise in the design of follicle microenvironment using biomimetic materials.
Dr. Shikanov completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University at the Oncofertility Consortium in a multidisciplinary collaboration between Drs. Woodruff and Shea. She is the recipient of The Harwell Foundation grant (2014), NSF CAREER (2016), Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Young Innovator (2018) awards, and is funded by R01 research grants from NIBIB and NICHD. Dr. Shikanov was also nominated for the Golden Apple Teaching award (2017) and was voted an Outstanding Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program mentor (2014).