Ashland University Sets Annual Ford Lecture and Luncheon

Ashland University Sets Annual Ford Lecture and Luncheon

8/15/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – Karin Klein, founding partner of Bloomberg Beta, will be the featured speaker for the 16th annual Dr. Lucille F. and L.W. Ford Distinguished Business Lecture and Luncheon to be held at 12 noon on Tuesday, Sept. 25, in Ashland University’s Myers Convocation Center.

The luncheon talk by Klein is titled "Some Insights from my Exciting Journey So Far." Reservations for the event are required by Sept. 3 and can be made by going to -- or calling 419-289-5219.

The event is sponsored by Ashland University alumni Dr. Peter ’73 and Kathleen ’73 Linneman and is hosted by Ashland University’s Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics. Linneman is the principal of Linneman Associates and also serves as the Albert Sussman emeritus professor of Real Estate, Finance and Business Public Policy at the Wharton School of Business. The Linnemans created and support this lecture series in recognition of the amazing impact Lucille and Larry

Ford had on their lives. Their intention is to enrich business education at Ashland University by bringing extraordinary business leaders such as Karin Klein to campus to discuss their business and life philosophies.

Bloomberg Beta is Bloomberg’s venture firm that invests in early-stage tech companies focused on making business work better. Klein is recognized as a top venture capitalist – TechWeek’s 100, Silicon Alley’s 100, New York Business Journal’s leading “Women of Influence” – and is a consistently trusted partner to some of New York’s most successful startups. Under her leadership on the East Coast, since its launch, Bloomberg Beta has announced more than 100 investments.

Klein currently serves on the board of directors for Paramount Group (NYSE: PGRE), Harvey Mudd College and L’Oreal’s Women in Digital. She enjoys volunteering as a mentor with TechStars and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Prior to launching Bloomberg Beta, she led new initiatives at Bloomberg and led Softbank’s venture fund team that reviewed all new investments. At Softbank, Klein sourced and served on the board of Buddy Media prior to its acquisition by Salesforce.

Before Softbank, Klein worked with the MC Group and Knowledge Universe, education and media focused investment funds. She also was the cofounder and president of an educational training business for children. She has an M.B.A. from The Wharton School and is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Annenberg School of Communications and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2018, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University ( deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###

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