Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 20, 2003

Whitworth's Entrepreneur Speaker Series to Feature
President and CEO of TriGeo Network Security

The Whitworth College School of Global Commerce and Management's Entrepreneur Speaker Series will feature a presentation by Michelle Dickman, president and chief executive officer of TriGeo Network Security, which develops military-grade security information-management solutions for medium- to enterprise-level networks. Dickman's presentation will take place on Thursday, April 3, at a noon brown-bag lunch in the Hixson Union Building Catering Rooms at Whitworth College. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (509) 777-3742.

Dickman has more than 20 years of experience in the software and financial industries. Prior to joining TriGeo Network Security, she was co-founder and president of Smart Shop Software, Inc., a privately held publisher of enterprise software targeting small manufacturers. Over a 10-year period Dickman brought the company from a regional startup to a national organization. Using traditional business fundamentals, she sustained an annual growth rate ranging from 20 to 60 percent during the life of the company. She also spearheaded the search for expansion capital, which ultimately led to Smart Shop Software's acquisition by a public company.

Dickman's presentation is the fourth of five Entrepreneur Speakers Series presentations taking place on campus this spring. The series is part of Whitworth's new Entrepreneurship and Small Business Studies Program, which was established recently with a grant from the Seattle-based Herbert Jones Foundation. The grant will support the Whitworth School of Global Commerce and Management as it becomes a regional leader of entrepreneurship education and to strengthen connections between the college and the Spokane business community.

The on-campus series, which is free and open to the public, provides Whitworth students and faculty, as well as members of the regional business community, with opportunities to learn from and interact with entrepreneurs and small-business professionals from industries throughout the region. In addition to the speakers series, the three-year grant will lay the groundwork for development of a program for entrepreneurship and small business studies by establishing a job shadowing/mentoring and internship program that will link students with Spokane-area entrepreneurs.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college enrolls about 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Elizabeth Peterson, assistant professor of economics and business, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4675 or epeterson@whitworth.edu.

Jo Ann Nielsen, coordinator/administrative services, School of Global Commerce and Management, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3242 or joannnielsen@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, Public Information Specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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