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Symposium on Entrepreneurship Sept. 24 (Released: 9/16/98)

by Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications

HARTFORD, Conn. -- A symposium on entrepreneurship will take place at the Travelers Education Center Amphitheater, at Constitution Plaza in Hartford, on Sept. 24 starting at 5 p.m.

The symposium is sponsored by the University of Connecticut School of Business Administration and the National Black MBA Association of Greater Hartford, the symposium is designed especially for minority entrepreneurs. A panel discussion will take place from 6-7:30 p.m., following a welcoming reception. Admission is free for members of the Greater Hartford chapter of the National Black MBA Association and UConn School of Business Administration students. The fee for others is $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Featured panelists include Samuel D. Ewing Jr., a UConn alumnus who is president and CEO of Ewing Capital Inc., an investment banking and securities firm in Washington, DC.; Gwendolyn S. Iloani, chair, president and CEO of Smith Whiley & Company of Hartford, a firm specializing in alternative investments; Denise Marie Francis, co-founder and executive vice president of Global Cabling and Affiliated Technologies (G-CAT); and Richard Dino, associate dean and executive director of the Institute for Developing Entrepreneurial Advantage in UConn's School of Business Administration.

Ewing received a master's degree in electrical engineering from UConn in 1964 and an MBA from Harvard in 1968. He has more than 30 years professional experience in investment and financial management, security analysis, investment banking, venture capital and computerized investment techniques. He is the founding principal of three successful organizations: Ewing Capital Inc., Broadcast Capital Fund Inc. and Bankers Trust Company Private Placement Department.

Prior to forming Smith Whiley, Iloani was a managing director in Aetna Life & Casualty's Bond Investment Department and co-head of private placements. She has invested more than $4 billion in private placements, structured financings, public bonds, project financings, real estate investments, foreign financings and economially targeted investments. During her 15-year career at Aetna, Iloani managed a $9.2 billion portfolio. She has a long history of civic and community involvement.

Francis co-founded Global Cabling and Affiliated Technologies, a telecommunications system integrator and manufacturer of fiber optic and electronic components. G-Cat designs, builds, and maintains communication infrastructure for hospitals, schools, corporate offices and intelligent transportation systems. Prior to founding G-CAT in 1987, Francis was a research engineer at United Technologies Research Center, where her work focused on the development of fiber optic sensing and communication systems for aerospace and industrial applications.

Prior to his arrival at UConn, Dino had been involved in the formation and operation of a variety of entrepreneurial business ventures. His 23 years of business experience includes both senior staff and line functions, economic, industry, market and product consulting to Fortune 100 multinationals, and the general management of privately owned ventures. His corporate experience includes professional and managerial positions at Eastman Kodak, Corning Incorporated and the Xerox Corporation.