Northwest Entrepreneur Network Announces Rebecca Lovell as New Executive Director

The NWEN board has selected Rebecca Lovell, Program Director of the Alliance of Angels, as the new NWEN Executive Director. The Northwest Entrepreneur Network (www.nwen.org) is a non-profit organization that provides the learning, connections and inspiration entrepreneurs need to build companies with high growth potential.

Reprinted from the NWEN Press Release:

Northwest Entrepreneur Network Announces Rebecca Lovell as New Executive Director

Lovell brings valuable experience guiding early-stage companies and their investors to success

BELLEVUE, Wash. (Jan. 22, 2009) — Following an extensive but expedited search, the NWEN board has selected Rebecca Lovell, Program Director of the Alliance of Angels, as the new Executive Director of the Northwest Entrepreneur Network. Founded in 1985 with a mission to empower entrepreneurs, NWEN now boasts over 700 members and a track record of successful educational and social programs. With signature events ranging from Entrepreneur University to Pub Nights, NWEN brings startups and key partners together to unlock the success factors in entrepreneurship.

Ben Straughan, NWEN board chair, and Connie Bourassa-Shaw, board member and former NWEN Executive Director, co-chaired the search committee. Of the search, Straughan remarks, “We were thrilled with the overwhelming response, signaling the community’s support of the NWEN mission and its recognition of the great opportunity in the Executive Director position.” Bourassa-Shaw adds, “We are fiercely proud of NWEN’s accomplishments and innovations in recent years, and we’re absolutely committed to keeping that momentum going. We saw this search as an opportunity to hire a unique candidate, well-known to Seattle, with an obvious affinity for startups.” Search committee and board member Marc Williams further remarks, “Rebecca brings our members inspiration and commitment to help them succeed.”

Lovell comments, “I couldn’t be more excited to be joining this dynamic organization. The professionalism and commitment of the board, and the opportunity to work with this vibrant community of members and partners, represent a dream opportunity for me and, more importantly, a confluence of stakeholders uniquely poised to add value to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest.”

About the new Executive Director, serial entrepreneur (and Entrepreneur University speaker) Todd Humphrey notes, “Rebecca’s knowledge of, and support for, our entrepreneurial community is a tremendous fit for NWEN leadership.” Jane Park, founder and CEO of Alliance of Angels portfolio company Julep Nail Parlor, agrees. “Rebecca’s efforts in helping startups and making connections have been invaluable. She is an incredibly positive force in the community.”

About the Northwest Entrepreneur Network

The Northwest Entrepreneur Network (www.nwen.org) is a non-profit organization that provides the learning, connections and inspiration entrepreneurs need to build companies with high growth potential. NWEN has more than 800 members and produces more than 40 events and programs each year focused on starting and running rapidly growing companies. The organization’s two major events include First Look Forum (March 24, 2009, at The Big Picture, Seattle); and Entrepreneur University, held each fall.

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