On January 23rd, 2020, LGM Pharma attended the BDB Palm Beach Breakfast event “Women Empowering Women” in West Palm Beach, FL. We heard success stories of three female founders: Trady Chadwell (1843 Capital), Dr. Jessica Barnes (20Lighter Program), and Dr. Cheryl Baker (BioCurity Pharmaceuticals).
Tracy Chadwell is the Founding Partner of 1843 Capital, a venture capital fund focused on early stage technology companies. Notable investments include early investments in Beautycounter, Tempo Automation and Marstone. She is an attorney and investor. She is a leader and a sought after speaker within the community of women founders, innovators and entrepreneurs, including giving testimony before a U.S. Senate Committee. She has been a speaker for the Nantucket Project, MIT and TEDx NYIT. Formerly, she was a partner of a growth capital venture capital fund – Baker Capital and a VP at Robertson Stephens. She is a current Board Member of Marstone and Board Observer to Finn Al. Receny. Tracy was named to Entrepreneur Magazines list of 100 Powerful Women. In 2018, Tracy received the Moffly Media Award for Women’s Business Advocate.
Fun Fact: Tracy speaks conversational Japanese and restaurant French.
Dr. Jessica Barnes
Dr. Jessica Barnes is the CEO & Co-founder of the 20Lighter Program, a ground breaking scientifically based obesity intervention. She has a passion for health, female entrepreneurship, and helping others be their best. She is an alumnus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and earned her PhD in Molecular Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was a fellow in the department of pediatric neuro-oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital Boston under the mentorship of Dr. Judah Folkman. Her previous roles have included Director of New Ventures at Access BridgeGap Ventures, Senior Science Officer at Summer Street Research Partners, and Vice President in MEDACorp at Leerink Swann. Additionally, she provides Business & Corporate Development consulting services to biotech & medical device companies.
Fun Fact: Dr. Barnes is training for her first Triathlon!
About Business Development Board (BDB)
The Business Development Board is a private, not-for-profit corporation. Founded in 1982 by Chambers of Commerce, the Economic Council, and other business leaders, the Business Development Board is designated by the State of Florida and Palm Beach County Commission as Palm Beach County’s official economic development organization.