Ranjini Poddar, Co-Founder and President of Artech Information Systems LLC, is FDU’s 2009 Female Entrepreneur Lecturer

Madison, NJ (February 25, 2009) — “Entrepreneurial Growth in a Challenging Economy” is the topic for co-founder and president of Artech Information Systems L.L.C., Ranjini Poddar, the featured speaker at the 2009 Female Entrepreneurial Lecture on Friday March 27. The event is sponsored by the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University. This free lecture will be held on FDU’s College at Florham, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ, and the community is invited to attend.

Artech Information Systems L.L.C. is a nearly $200 million IT staff augmentation and consulting services firm with locations throughout the United States, India and China. Under Poddar’s leadership, Artech has exceeded revenue goals and achieved an astounding compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 67% from 2004 through 2007. In 2008, Artech received the distinction of being ranked the fifth-largest minority women-owned business enterprise IT temporary staffing firm in the US.

Born in India, Poddar came to the United States when she was eight years old. She obtained her B.S. in Information and Computer Science at UC Irvine and at just 23 years old was completing her J.D. at Yale Law School. It was then that Poddar and her husband recognized a void in the IT consulting marketplace. At that time (1992) the idea of IT outsourcing was relatively new and unrefined. With this in mind, Poddar and her husband founded Artech. In 1999, after working in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions for the eminent Wall Street law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, she joined Artech full-time.

“We have been fortunate to have successful and influential businesswomen as our Female Entrepreneurial Lecturers. Their perspectives are invaluable to our students and the community, and they are outstanding role models,” said James Barrood, executive director of the Rothman Institute.

Poddar continues a strong annual tradition of influential Female Entrepreneur Lecturers at the Rothman Institute. Previous speakers include Lillian Rodríguez López, president of the Hispanic Federation, Ann Limberg, President, Bank of America New Jersey; Doris Drucker, who started a national manufacturing company from scratch at the age of 82; Peg Brady, Executive Director of Medical Missions for Children; and Diahann Lassus, CFP and CPA, co-founder and president of Lassus Wherley & Associates, P.C.

The annual lecture is part of the Female Entrepreneurs’ Alliance, which was founded to educate and support women business owners. It will be held in conjunction with the awards ceremony for the 2009 New Jersey Business Idea Competition, a program designed to nurture an entrepreneurial mindset among high school students.

The event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. and the lecture by Ranjini Poddar will start at 7:15 p.m. in Hennessy Hall (the Mansion), on FDU’s College at Florham. It is free and open to the public; due to limited seating, registration is required by March 24. For more information, call 973 443 8842 or visit http://www.fdu.edu/rothman

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