SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 18, 2003--The Forum for
Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) will honor three Bay Area businesswomen
tonight at its Annual Awards Dinner and Silent Auction.
This year, Carol Bartz, AutoDesk President and CEO will receive
the headline 'Entrepreneurial Achievement Award,' acknowledging
Bartz's success in growing Autodesk, a design software and digital
content company headquartered in Marin -- from $300 million to a
global $1 billion company during her tenure.
"Carol Bartz is a world-class role model for all women and
entrepreneurs in the technology industry. She has demonstrated
sustained performance in all her achievements. At the same time, she
has been a tireless advocate, mentor, and coach for women coming
through the ranks," says Susan Hailey, CEO of the Forum for Women
Entrepreneurs. "FWE's members are Founders and CEO's of a wide range
of high technology and life sciences companies. Carol is a great
example of what our members aspire to in their careers."
Two other highly successful Bay Area women will receive special
recognition for their achievements as entrepreneurs and executives in
building and growing successful technology companies.
Renee Courington, co-founder of All Covered, headquartered in
Redwood City, will be honored for her entrepreneurial achievement in
founding the largest North American IT outsourcing company servicing
entrepreneurs and small businesses across the country. Courington
established All Covered in 1997 and has grown it to a $38 million
business this year.
Deborah Ludewig, partner at Pillsbury Winthrop LLP in Palo Alto
and former partner at Cooley Godward is being recognized with a
special "Sponsor of the Year" award for her significant contribution
in supporting entrepreneurial women with invaluable legal advice in
establishing and structuring technology businesses. Ludewig has
contributed significantly to FWE by offering her personal time to the
membership and spearheading efforts to secure funding and other
essential resources for FWE.
Corporate and consumer sponsors supporting FWE's mission in
helping executive and entrepreneurial women achieve success include
Cooley Godward LLP, Pillsbury Winthrop LLP, Sevin Rosen Funds, Fenwick
& West LLP, Silicon Valley Bank, Benchmark Medical Consultants,
Warburg Pincus, Mercedes Benz, Salvatore Ferragamo, AVON, Christian
Dior Couture, Polo Jeans Ralph Lauren, Bloomingdale's, Forbes, Calyx &
Corolla, Air Tahiti Nui, InterContinental Beachcomber Resorts, Ventana
Inn & Spa, Chateau Montelena and Wente Vineyards.
For more information on FWE or tonight's event, please visit
About Forum for Women Entrepreneurs
Founded in 1993, the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE)
celebrates its 10-year anniversary as the premier networking
organization for women building and leading high-growth technology and
life sciences companies. FWE's mission is to accelerate women's
opportunities to start, manage and invest in market-leading companies
by offering its members powerful access to powerful networks. FWE is
headquartered in the Bay Area with 350 members and has affiliates in
Seattle, Southern California, Canada and France. From 1999 through
2002, FWE members raised over $1.4 billion for their businesses
CONTACT: Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) Viki Forrest, 650/350-1090 415/309-7068 (cell) Email Contact or Lewis Brown PR Victoria Brown, 650/465-1977 Email Contact