I used to be one of the only women in the boardroom and then I realized that we needed to create an all women’s network to help women gain a foothold in the executive suite.
Barbara Bry is the founder of UCSD Athena, San Diego’s premier organization for women technology executives and entrepreneurs. The words connection and communication have defined her career.
Barbara is the chief operating officer of Blackbird Ventures and has been on the founding team of two companies and three nonprofit organizations. Barbara was a co-founder of Atcom, the leader in developing internet kiosks and high speed internet access in hotel rooms. The company was sold in 1999 in a transaction valued at $80 million and is now owned by Cisco. In addition, Barbara was on the founding management team of Proflowers.com, which completed a successful initial public offering in December 2003 as Provide Commerce (PRVD).
Barbara is also the founder of UCSD Athena, San Diego’s premier organization for women technology executives and entrepreneurs. She spent 10 years at the University of California, San Diego where she was the first associate director of CONNECT, which has received international recognition for its efforts in linking technology entrepreneurs with the resources they need for success. Most recently, she served as the founding editor and CEO of Voice of San Diego, an innovative news and information Web site which has been featured nationally for its leadership in community based journalism.
In the community, Barbara is a member of San Diego Rotary Club 33, the San Diego Women’s Foundation and San Diego Social Venture Partners. She was a member of the Business Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and has taught entrepreneurship classes at the University of San Diego and UC San Diego Extension.
Barbara’s early career was as a business and political writer for the Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles Times. She has a B.A. degree in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and a masters’ degree in business administration from Harvard Business School. She is married to entrepreneur Neil Senturia, and the couple has four children between the ages of 20 and 24.
December 27, 2011