Joan Siefert Rose to Speak at Women’s Edge Magazine Luncheon

Research Triangle Park, NC, January 22, 2009 --( The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) (, a nonprofit organization formed to stimulate the creation and growth of high-impact companies, has announced that Joan Siefert Rose, CED president, is scheduled to speak at the Women’s Edge magazine luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 22. Rose’s speech, titled “Entrepreneurship in a Challenging Economy,” will address the Triangle’s robust climate for business innovation and how to expand entrepreneurship in the region, followed by a Q&A session. The luncheon will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Capital City Club, located on the 21st floor of the Progress Energy building at 411 Fayetteville St. in Raleigh. For more information or to register for the luncheon, visit

Prior to being named CED president in May 2008, Rose served as general manager of North Carolina Public Radio (WUNC), where she oversaw a strategic planning process to change the station’s format to news and information, doubling the staff and annual budget. Rose has 25 years of experience in radio in addition to health care planning and marketing experience. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt. as well as a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. Rose resides in Chapel Hill with her husband, Jim, and their two sons.

“I am honored to be chosen to speak at the Women’s Edge luncheon,” said Rose. “As 2009 begins, this is an excellent time to discuss the Triangle’s optimal environment for entrepreneurship and set strategic business goals for the new year. Women’s Edge has a wonderful readership and I am excited to not only address this audience, but meet them and learn about their business ventures as well.”

About the Council for Entrepreneurial Development:
The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1984 to identify, enable and promote high-growth, high-impact companies and accelerate the region’s entrepreneurial culture. Headquartered in the Research Triangle Park, CED is the oldest and largest entrepreneurial support organization in the nation with more than 5,500 active members. CED provides know-how, networking, mentoring and capital formation resources to new and existing high-growth entrepreneurs through annual conferences, programs and web-based resources. CED has helped entrepreneurs, investors, service partners, researchers and public policy makers in diverse emerging industries and at all stages of development – from high-tech, production-based organizations to service companies, from one-person start-ups to 1000-person businesses. For more information, visit

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