Course Detail

Women As CEOs, Entrepreneurs, Investors, Executives & Directors (34206)

Course Description by Faculty

  • Rapp, Alyssa
  • Content
    This course will examine the world of entrepreneurship, venture capital, and private equity from the fresh and contemporary lens and perspective of women. The goal of the course is to provide candid insight and purview into the personal and professional lives of leading women entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and private equity executives, what has helped catapult or has hampered their ability to lead organizations worldwide.

    Attention will also be paid to the legal, cultural (e.g. #MeToo) and regulatory dynamics that define the ecosystem of entrepreneurship, venture capital, private equity, and board service, discussing any unique benefits provided to women in this context (e.g. California’s recent law mandating equal representative of female Corporate directors.)

    The course will be led by Alyssa Rapp, currently Chief Executive Officer of Surgical Solutions, owned by Chicago-based private equity Sterling Partners; Managing Partner of AJR Ventures; previously the founder & CEO of Bottlenotes, Inc. (2005- 2015); Stanford GSB Lecturer-in-Management for the past six years, author of Leadership and Life Hacks (Forbes Books, October 2019 release date); Stanford Graduate School of Business Class of 2005 alumna, Yale University Class of 2000 alumna. Alyssa was named one of’s “30 Under 30 Coolest Entrepreneurs in America” and made the Crian’s Chixago Notable Women in Healthcare list after six months in the industry. She is a frequent contributor to national publications and television networks on an array of business trends.

  • Prerequisites
  • Materials
    Alyssa Rapp, Leadership and Life Hacks. 2019. ForbesBooks.

    Valerie Jarrett, Finding My Voice. Viking 2019.

    Articles and other materials will be posted in Canvas.

  • Grades
    • Class Participation (50%): In-class (35%); Written (15%) via class forum

    • Mid-Term Paper and Final Projects (50%)

    • No auditors

  • Syllabus
  • Spring 2020Section: 34206-01F 1:30PM-4:30PMLocation: TBDNew Course
Description and/or course criteria last updated: July 1 2019