Jennifer Wilson began her career in the world of Chicago advertising, earning an MBA in International Marketing from Loyola in 1981. The daughter of a former Iowa governor, she returned to make her own contribution to public service in economic development for the state, where she was introduced to venture capital via the small state fund. Realizing that women rarely gain access to investment capital, she was determined to make a change. The exclusive male culture of high finance and the restrictions that kept women from excelling were hard lessons learned as she traveled the country seeking investors for Sky Venture Capital Fund, the first fund to target women entrepreneurs. Commitment to unrealized value also inspired her late husband, Silicon Valley pioneer Jean Hoerni, who founded the Central Asia Institute to enable Greg Mortenson to continue building schools in northern Pakistan. This story reached a mass audience through Mortenson's book, Three Cups of Tea. Wilson is quoted in both Mortenson's book and in Jon Krakauer's expose of Mortenson, Three Cups of Deceit. "I wrote this play as a celebration of American innovation and entrepreneurship," says Wilson, "and as an attempt to influence the way people perceive workplace and funding issues for women. Twenty years later, these issues continue to be relevant."
Historical Articles About/By Jennifer Wilson & Sky Venture Capital Fund (click to view):