The Catalyst Collective - Women Networking for Professional Growth




Unleash Your Potential: Join the ACG-Denver and WoMAN for an extraordinary evening of networking, empowerment, and connections at our Women's Business Networking Event.   Learn firsthand from accomplished female leaders as they share their secrets to success navigating careers in Finance/M&A.

Discover how they forged valuable relationships and created opportunities, all while uplifting women in their industry. Don't miss this opportunity to connect, inspire, and elevate your own professional journey. Light food, refreshing drinks, and limitless inspiration await. Mark your calendar and be part of a transformative evening!
The cost is $25 for members and $45 for non-members. 

5:00 - 5:30 pm Check in & Networking

5:30 - 6:45 pm Interactive Panel Discussion with Q&A

6:45 - 7:30 pm Networking


Michele Ashby

Michele Ashby

Ashby Consulting Enterprises
President & CEO

Michele is commanding an impressive portfolio of directorial roles, independent director of seven corporate boards since 2005, drawing from a wellspring of 30+ years' global experience in the mining and finance sectors. Mining analyst and Board Member expertise spans an array of minerals - gold, silver, copper, lithium, critical minerals, and rare earths, further enriched by involvement in green energy projects important for current shifts to EV products.

International footprint on mining boards with projects spanning Mexico, Argentina, the US, and Canada, and a diverse business portfolio reaching out to Africa, Russia's oil and gas sector, United Arab Emirates, UK, and Switzerland, this candidate brings a truly global perspective. This international business acumen is amplified by committee work on six M&A projects, offering a deep understanding of capital markets.

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Cornelia Cheng

MGG Investment Group
Manager Director

Cornelia Cheng runs the Western Region for MGG. She is responsible for originating, underwriting, and managing investments across the MGG platform. She is also a member of the MGG ESG Committee. Cornelia was previously Managing Director, Western Region Investments with direct lending fund Brightwood Capital Advisors, LLC. Prior to Brightwood, she was regional head of the greater Los Angeles Investment Team for Prudential Private Capital, where she spent 15 years sourcing, executing, and managing a portfolio of private placement senior debt, mezzanine debt and minority equity investments in middle-market companies across a range of industries. She previously held positions at investment bank CIBC World Markets, and at First Interstate Bank.   

Cornelia is a Board Director with LTC Properties, Inc. (NYSE: LTC) and chairs its ESG Committee.  She volunteers on the Board of ACG Los Angeles, chairs it’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee and co-chairs ACG Global’s DEI Taskforce.  Cornelia is a former board member of the Archer School for Girls and is actively involved with several women, impact and minority-focused leadership and professional development groups.


Dana Jacoby

Vector Medical Group

Dana Jacoby is a national thought leader across numerous business specialties and is passionate about the future of healthcare. 

Dana has experience not only guiding her personal companies through multiple merger and private equity transactions and also has consulted on billions of dollars in merger and acquisition deal flow, making her one of the most sought-after healthcare and business specialists in the country.  

Dana’s experience bridges both large corporate healthcare companies as well as individual providers. This has included positions with General Electric Healthcare and Johnson & Johnson, as well as working in the pharmaceutical sector with the Allergan company where she was tasked with the launch and growth of the drug Botox in Asia. Her work has included project development, market analysis, design implementation, and service delivery in hospitals and health systems in nearly every state in the United States and internationally in Asia, Europe, and Canada.

Ms. Jacoby is a trusted advisor to C-Suite Executives, Boards of Directors, and Physician Leaders. Her expertise is specifically focused in in the areas of strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and investment banking, alternative payment models, financial management, operational efficiencies, service line development, and process improvement. She has spent thousands of hours improving medical practice, pharmaceutical/device company strategy/planning with a primary focus on product market development, medical practice management, provider compensation strategies, efficiency metrics, and process improvement.

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Brittany Martin - Moderator

Graham Partners
Director of Sourcing and Operations

Brittany joined Graham Partners in 2014. As a member of Graham’s Growth Equity team, Brittany is focused on sourcing new investment opportunities and working closely with companies to build value creation. Prior to this role, Brittany was a member of the Firm’s Operations Team, evaluating the portfolio company marketing presence and capabilities, and implementing strategies and process improvements to drive topline growth. Earlier in her career at Graham Partners, Brittany served on the Graham Partners Investment Team where she focused on investor relations and reporting.

Jen Thompson

Jen Thompson - Moderator

ViTL Solutions LLC
Principal Consultant

Jen Thompson is a Principal Consultant for ViTL Solutions, a consulting and advisory firm focused on complex project portfolio leadership, post-merger integration, and enterprise-wide technology implementations. Jen leads the XMO practice area focused on assessing the maturity and optimization of project portfolio management offices, providing XMO leadership advisory services, and sourcing and managing talent for complex project portfolio execution. Jen works with clients on value creation initiatives including process and cost optimization, organizational change management, and strategy execution. Jen has previously held positions in regulatory affairs, manufacturing operations management, and PMO director in the healthcare and medical device industries.  

Jen is also President of Women of Mergers & Acquisitions Network (WoMAN), a membership-based organization with the mission to enrich the lives of women in M&A through three pillars of INFORM, CONNECT, and SERVE. WoMAN hosts monthly events, facilitates small cohorts, and provides a platform for members to connect. Jen is Logistics Lead for the PMI Mile Hi Women in Project Management Leadership Conference and is a former Board Director for the Association of Change Management Professionals.



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