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Texas Woman's University appoints new director of Center for Women in Business

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Shannon Mantaro

Shannon Mantaro has been named the new director of Texas Woman’s University’s Center for Women in Business, effective Sept. 1.

Mantaro joins TWU from the Hamilton Initiative, LLC, at Colgate University in New York, where she was responsible for advancing the university’s economic development program. Her work included oversight of four limited liability companies with a portfolio of nine buildings, 20 commercial tenants and 11 residential apartments with assets exceeding $19 million.

“Shannon’s work experience aligns very well with the mission of our Center for Women in Business,” said TWU Chancellor Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D. “Notably, more than half of the commercial tenants she worked with in her last position were women-owned businesses. And she supported them in myriad ways, including marketing/promotion, one-to-one counseling and providing them with access to training seminars and workshops, as well as grants and loans. We look forward to her continuing this kind of outstanding work at our Center with entrepreneurs, the business community, students, faculty and others across the state.”

For the last four years, Mantaro also served as the managing director of the Partnership for Community Development, a public/private collaboration among the Town of Hamilton, village of Hamilton and Colgate University. In this role she led strategic initiatives that supported the organization’s mission to enhance sustainable economic opportunity and community vitality for the area.

Prior to that, she served as the administrator of the Women’s Network for Entrepreneurial Training for Operation Oswego County, where she facilitated promotion and networking opportunities and developed monthly professional training programs for women business owners. She also worked closely with State University New York (SUNY) Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations and the Small Business Administration to provide resources for women, including access to capital and business plan development. This involved SUNY Oswego students through learning experiences, internships and work study programs.

In addition, she founded and co-chaired “Connections”—an annual women’s entrepreneurial conference and day-long training and network opportunity for women business owners throughout the greater Syracuse, NY, region. She also co-founded “The Next Great Idea,” Oswego County’s first business plan competition.

“I look forward to building on the early work of TWU’s Center for Women in Business to advance Texas’ goal of becoming No. 1 for women-owned businesses,” Mantaro said. “And I’m even more enthusiastic about joining a university that seeks to advance women’s leadership in general, because that will benefit society generally and our economy in particular.”

Mantaro will replace Annie Phillips, Ph.D., who has held this position on an interim basis since December. She will return to her position as director of the Education Abroad program when Mantaro assumes the position in September.

About TWU’s Center for Women in Business

Texas Woman’s University’s Center for Women in Business is the state’s only university center dedicated to women’s entrepreneurship and business ownership. The Center launched in 2015 in response to Governor Greg Abbott’s goal of making Texas No. 1 in the nation for woman-owned businesses.

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