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Portman Lecture: “Women, Entrepreneurship, and Atlanta in the New South”

Monica Delores Hooks ’92, Executive Director of Atlanta’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative delivers the 2021 Portman lecture. Hosted by Daniella Reichstetter, Tuck School.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Virtual Event
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Lectures & Seminars

No registration required.

A conversation with a historical perspective, highlighting the leadership and policy initiatives coming from the City of Atlanta, and focusing on economic mobility for women.

Portman Lecture in the Spirit of Entrepreneurship


  • Women CEOs and business leaders represent “New Sources, New Solutions, and New Opportunities” for economic mobility and economic resilience
  • A McKinsey Global Institute Report finds that $12 trillion could be added to global GDP by 2025 by advancing women’s equality.  “The public, private, and social sectors need to act to close gender gaps in work and society.”


  • Mission:  to elevate engage and empower entrepreneurship through women
  • Program History
  • Program Overview


  • Public, Private, Community Partnership
  • Four Pillar Curriculum


  • Over 370 jobs created since 2015
  • Over $2.1 million invested in WEI businesses since 2015

Speaker Bio:
Monica Delores Hooks built her corporate career at Sony Music Entertainment with roles in Product Management, International Marketing and Business Affairs; then in entrepreneurship with business development roles focused on new media, entertainment, and technology startups. She has over 20 years of expertise in content marketing and brand management targeting projects and brands driven by youth culture and social influencers.

As Executive Director of Atlanta’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative, Ms. Hooks is responsible for innovation policy, entrepreneur workforce programs, financial capacity building, as well as entrepreneur retention and development as it pertains to women’s entrepreneurship throughout the City of Atlanta.

Ms. Hooks is also Founder and CEO of m-oracle LLC d/b/a The Marketing Oracle, a marketing innovation agency offering strategy and market research. m-oracle LLC is a graduate of the City of Atlanta’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) inaugural class and winner of the 2017 Microsoft Innovation Bots and Cognitive Services Award.

Ms. Hooks is a graduate of Georgia Public Schools and received her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in Government where she earned the Dean’s Award. She has an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Host Bio:
Daniella Reichstetter is the executive director of Tuck's Center for Entrepreneurship and an adjunct professor at the school. She has 15 years of experience running various divisions of early-stage companies. She was the founder and CEO of Gyrobike (a Thayer technology), an early hire at Method, Jetboil, and Belcampo. Prior to working in entrepreneurship, she worked as an investment banker in equity private placements. She serves on the boards of directors for several early-stage companies. 

Daniella graduated cum laude from Georgetown University with a BS in Spanish and business. She received her MBA from Tuck, where she was the recipient of the Arnold F. Adams, Jr. Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship.

For more information, contact:
Joanne Blais
(603) 646-1464

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