Candice Carpenter, founder of, will speak at West Virginia Universitys Festival of Ideas on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Her presentation, Seizing the New Economy, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Mountainlair ballrooms. Carpenters talk, plus a complete list of upcoming Festival of Ideas events is available online

Carpenter forever altered cyberspace by creating an environment where women can access relevant and timely information on health, careers, family and a wide range of other topics.

She also developed an integrated sponsorship program with top brands such as Proctor&Gamble, Unilever, Johnson&Johnson and many others. Before the launching of, a mere eight percent of all new internet users were women �€compared to the startling 60 percent of all new users today.

Carpenter served as chief executive officer of from its 1995 inception until August of last year. She now serves as chair on the board of directors. Through successful programming, community development, innovative marketing, and strategic partnership, Carpenter built into the leading womens network (as measured by traffic, revenues and members as of September 2000). It is among the most-visited site on the internet.

Her work earned her a place on New Yorks 100 Most Influential Women in Business List (Crains New York Business). Prior to founding, Carpenter spent 15 years as a successful executive creating new divisions within large public companies. She served as president of Q2, an entrepreneurial venture within QVC , Inc. and as president of Time Life Videos, a start-up venture that became the biggest revenue and profit contributor for the parent company Time Warner.

Carpenter holds a masters degree in business administration from Harvard Business and a bachelor of arts in biology from Stanford University.

All Festival of Ideas events are free, open to the public and begin at 7:30 p.m. They are all produced by WVU students. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information call 304-293-SHOW or visit Arts&Entertainment Online