Tech Entrepreneur Stephanie DiMarco, BS 79, to Speak on Leadership, March 29

Advent Software founder and CEO Stephanie DiMarco, BS 79, will speak on leadership lessons learned from taking her firm from a startup to a 1,000-employee global company on March 29 at 12:30 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Room.

Advance registration will be required for this Dean's Speaker Series event. Box lunches will be served.

DiMarco started her career as a financial analyst and founded Advent in 1983, after growing frustrated with the industry's cumbersome paperwork and co-writing a software program to automate it. She took Advent public in 1995 and has grown it to 1,000 employees, $284 million in revenue, and 4,500 clients worldwide.

Advent's products are used by investment advisers, brokerages, banks, pension managers, universities, corporations, and accounting firms in 60 countries.

From the beginning, DiMarco modeled work-life balance, bringing her infant children to the office when she needed to and allowing employees to do the same with their children—or dogs. The flexible culture she fostered has led to low turnover and high morale, winning Advent recognition as one of the Bay Area's top companies to work for the past four years by the San Francisco Business Times.

DiMarco has also been honored numerous times for her leadership, including as one of the Bay Area's most influential women in business and one of the top ten financial technology innovators of the decade by Wall Street & Technology magazine. In 2000 she was named the Haas School's Business Leader of the Year, an award that recognized her business success as well as her ongoing support for Haas.

DiMarco has served on the Haas Board, which advises the dean and the school, and currently serves on the UC Berkeley College of Engineering advisor board and chairs the investment committee for the San Francisco Foundation.