Lucy P Marcus
CEO, Marcus Venture Consulting
Chair, Mobius Investment Panel & Mobius Life Sciences Fund
Lucy is the founder and CEO of Marcus Venture Consulting, Ltd. Committed to fostering sustainable success for funding organisations, Marcus Venture Consulting works with venture capital and private equity funds, institutions and corporations to build strong funding businesses. She is also Professor of Leadership and Governance at IE Business School focusing on corporate governance, ethics and leadership. Lucy writes an opinion column for Reuters on the intersection of boards and leadership.
Lucy serves as non-executive chair of the Mobius Life Sciences Fund, chair of the Mobius Life Sciences Fund Investment Panel, and is non-executive director and chair of the board audit committee of BioCity Nottingham. She is a CIBAM Cambridge Associate at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for International Business and Management (CIBAM). She is co-founder, judge and served as chair of the board of the Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Awards, and is a member of the international advisory board of the IE Business School. She is the co-founder and chair of “Leadership in Conflict” which develops leaders in conflict and post-conflict zones and also applies those lessons to leading in some of the most challenging environments, sectors, and spaces in the world, from health care to boardrooms. Lucy is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review, BusinessWeek, Huffington Post, CSRWire, and other global publications, writing on boards, leadership, ethics and innovation.
Lucy served as an independent non-executive director and treasurer on the board of the International Step-by-Step Association (ISSA). She servedon the advisory board of the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School, was a fellow at the Judge Business School and was a non-executive director and board treasurer and fellow of the British-American Project. She also served on the board of the Wellesley College Business Leadership Council. Lucy is also the chair of The Global Task Force on Building Women Leaders, and the founder of HighTech Women.
Bringing a 360 degree perspective, Lucy has worked in a number of sectors from software development and the internet to government and financial services. Prior to founding Marcus Venture Consulting, Lucy was co-founder and VP of Marketing and Sales of an enterprise management software company, she was responsible for EMEA Marketing and Business Development at Infinity Financial Technologies, ran the EMEA operations of a communications consulting company, and worked at Price Waterhouse in the East European Services Division and at the US Treasury Department’s Economic Policy Division.
Lucy was awarded the 2011 Thinkers 50 “Future Thinkers Award”, was voted one of 6 of “Britain’s Best Connected Women” in the UK Institute of Directors’ Director Magazine, and was ranked 19th in the Reuters & Klout 50 “Most Influential Execs on the Web” Named as a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow, she was the recipient of the Yale University “Rising Star of Corporate Governance” Award, and was selected for one of the 2011 National Association Corporate Directors (NACD) Directorship 100 lists. She is a fellow of the Aspen Institute Crown Fellowship Program and a fellow of the British-American Project. She was selected to take part in the BMW Foundation Transatlantic Forums, and the Council of the United States and Italy’s Young Leaders Forum. Lucy was voted one of the most influentialvoices on Twitter of 2011 in The Independent Newspaper, and was ranked 43rd of the “Most Powerful Britons on Twitter” in 2010. Lucy was featured as “Director of the Month” in Director Magazine, was listed as a “face to watch” in Management Today Magazine’s list of Britain’s 50 Most Powerful Women, and in Business Age Magazine’s “10 Women Changing the Direction of British Business”. She serves on the Steering Committee for The Wall Street Journal Task
Force on Women in the Economy.
A regular speaker on global economic trends and best practices for corporate governance leadership, private equity, venture capital, entrepreneurship, technology, and women in business, Lucy is frequently quoted in the press, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune, Newsweek, Reuters, Forbes, Investment Dealers’ Digest, Les Echos, the Guardian, Globes, The Korean Times, Financial News, and Venture Capital Journal. She has been profiled in the Financial Times, Tornado-Insider Magazine, and Lynne Franks’ Seedfusion. Lucy has appeared on CNBC, Sky Business Report, and BBC World Service; her articles have been published in Mediaite and Management Today Magazine, amongst others. She was also profiled in the book “Powerful Women: Dancing on the Glass Ceiling” (Wiley 2001), and contributed to “Women in the New Economy: A Regional Perspective” (The Smith Institute 2001).
A dual American and British citizen, Lucy holds a B.A. from Wellesley College (Wellesley, Massachusetts) and an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, England).
Opinion Pieces and Articles (Selection). “You’ve got to know when to go” Reuters. “Lead from the front, or manage from the grave? Reuters.
“RBS’s board lessons” Reuters. “What happens when the board goes global?” Reuters. “College trustees are board members, and then some” Reuters.
“Playing board games to win” Reuters.
“What it Means Today to be ‘Connected’
” Harvard Business Review. “What’s next for Apple’s board?”
Reuters. “Advice for Chelsea Clinton: How to be a good board member” Reuters. “It’s Time to Fix Our Boardrooms” Harvard Business Review.
“In Troubled Times, Boards Must Step Up” Harvard Business Review.
.“Boardroom Lessons from a Social Media Misstep” Harvard Business Review & BusinessWeek. “Independent Directors Need to Step Up or Step Off” Harvard Business Review
& BusinessWeek. “Board Members: Rocket Fuel or Rocks?” Harvard Business Review.
“Boards in a Time of Crisis” The Huffington Post & CSRWire. “Inception Under Threat” The Huffington Post & CSRWire.
“Future Proofing the Boardroom: Grounding and Stargazing” The Huffington Post & CSRWire.
“Future Proofing the Boardroom –Today’s Agendas” The Huffington Post & CSRWire.
“Developing Women Leaders: Five Factors that Matter” The Huffington Post & CSRWire.
“Changes in Venture Capital & Science Funding: A Perfect Storm” The Huffington Post & CSRWire.
“Beyond Optics: Why Board Diversity Really Matters” The Huffington Post & CSRWire.
“The Role of Non-executive Board Directors Today” The Huffington Post & CSRWire.
“Foreword” in Felicia Jackson, Conquering Carbon, New Holland Publishers, 2009
Talks and Workshops (Selection)
Economic Trends, Corporate Governance, VC & Private Equity Strategies,
Innovation, Leadership & Entrepreneurship
The Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance Yale School of Management, Yale Governance Forum 2011: Governance Without Borders,
“How Can a Board Convince Investors that Directors are Doing Their Job? Worldwide Innovations in Board-Investor Communication”, Yale Univrsity, New Haven, CT, June, 2012.
The Wall Street Journa lWomen in the Economy Task Force Meeting, “The Boardroom”, Palm Beach, Florida, April, 2012.
IE Business School, Future Proofing the Boardroom: The Critical Agenda, Panel Chair, London, December, 2011.
National Housing Federation, Keynote, “What are boards actually for? Crucial questions about governance answered , London, November, 2011.
Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Leading Insights, Panellist “European Debt Crisis”, Chicago, November, 2011.
Science City York, The Big Ideas Factory, Keynote & Panellist “Leading with
Innovation”, York, October, 2011.
Department for International Development (DfID), Keynote, “Innovation and Risk”, London, September, 2011.
Centre for International Business and Management (CIBAM) Global Business Symposium, BRICs and Beyond, Panel Chair, Cambridge, England, July, 2011.
Editorial Intelligence, Names Not Numbers, Panel, “Creativity in Business” with John Gapper, Seth Godin, Rob Kaufelt, Matthew Bishop, Gayle Lemmon, and Katherine Oliver, New York City, June, 2011.
The Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance Yale School of Management, Yale Governance Forum 2011, “Governance in the Cloud: Short Term Media for Long Term Gain”, Yale University, New Haven, CT, June, 2011.
Springboard, Keynote, “Getting it Right from the Start: Building Strong & Productive Boards for the Long Haul” Cambridge,England, June, 2011.
Private Salon, Fireside Chat “Lucy P. Marcus in Conversation with CNBC’s Michelle Caruso-Cabrera: The Future of the Boardroom” New York City, May, 2011.
Private Briefingto Senior Journalists & Editors, “The Future of the Boardroom”, New York City, May, 2011.
National Association of Corporate Directors, NACD Directorship Forum, “Innovation or Legislation: What’s Really Driving Change in Board Comp osition?”, New York City, May, 2011.
British Venture Capital Association (BVCA). Keynote, “Future Proofing Organisations –the Role of Boards, Investors, and Stakeholders” London, May, 2011.
Direct Women, Keynote Breakfast Speaker, “What Boards Want, What Boards Need”, New York City, April, 2011.
GeeknRolla, Panel, “Advisors, Mentors & Non-Execs: How do they fit into a startup’s life?” London, March, 2011.
Be2camp, ConstrucTALKs: Inspiration for the built environment, Keynote, “Future Proofing the Boardroom” London, February, 2011.
London School of Economics, LSESU Economics Society, Economics in Action Lecture Series, Keynote, “Venture Capital in Uncertain Times”, London, November, 2010.
Venture Lectures, Keynote, “Venture Capital Today and Tomorrow”, London, November, 2010.
Wellesley College UK Club, Panel with Amelia Fawcett, “Activism in the Board Room: A dialogue on the shifting dynamic of boards in today’s economy” London, September, 2010.
BioCity & Mobius Life Sciences Fund, Launch: UK Life Science Start-up Report 2010, Panel, “The Challenges & Opportunities for Emerging LifeScience Businesses in the Current Environment”, London, September, 2010.
University of Cambridge, Grand Reunion Weekend, Judge Business School Keynote, “The Future of Blue Skies Research: Challenges and Opportunities in Pharma, MedTech, and Biotech”, Cambridge, England, June, 2010.
British American Project, From Scarcity to Abundance: Sustainability and Development in the 21st Century Opening Address “Disruptive Innovation in Energy and the Environment”, Edinburgh, Scotland, November 2009.
BioCity, Launch of Mobius Life Sciences Fund, Keynote “The Current State of the Global Venture Capital Market”, Nottingham, England, October 2009.
Leadership in Transformation The Upside of a Downturn –Leadership Actions at the Forefront of Reforms and Recovery, Keynote “Doing Business in Challenging Times: The Role of Leadership & Boards”, Abuja, Nigeria, September 2009.
University of Nottingham Institute for Enterprise and Innovation, Keynote “Do
ing Business in Difficult Times: a 360° Perspective”, Nottingham, England, May 2009.
Aspen Institute Environment Forum,Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Awards Gala Dinner, Keynote and Host, Aspen CO, March 2009.
The British-American Project & the Corporation of London, Panellist “The Impact of the US Election Result on the City of London”, London, December 2008.
Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, Panellist “What World After the Global Financial Crisis?”, Madrid, November 2008.
2nd Future of Europe Summit, Panellist “More Than Just Statistics: How to Encourage creativity, innovation and risk-taking in Europe”, Andorra, November 2007.
Geneva Security Forum, Panellist “Crisis Management and Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Investment: the challenges and opportunities”, Geneva, Switzerland, June 2007.
Future of Europe Summit, Panellist “Venture Capital: How far still to go to catch up with the U.S.?”, & Plenary Panellist “How Can Europe Face the China -India Challenge?”, Andorra, November 2006.
European Lotteries, European Lotteries Industry Days Conference, Keynote Address “New Trends in Technology”, Florence, Italy, May 2004.
Fabian Society, Annual New Year Conference: The Way We Live Now “Only Connect: Has the communications revolution transformed our lives?”, London, February, 2004.
Trema World Forum, Who Will Survive? Conference Moderator and Keynote Address “Competing Effectively in Tough Economic Times”, Monaco, June 2003.
Super Return, The 6th Annual European Private Equity and Venture Capital Summit
“Winning Private Equity & Venture Capital Strategies in Uncertain Times: Predicting Market Changes, & Using Them to Build a Strong Business in an Ever Changing
Economic Landscape”, Munich, Germany, February 2003.
World Economic Forum, Annual Meeting 2003 “Bridging Europe through Entrepreneurship”, Davos Switzerland, January 2003.
Citigroup, Credit Suisse First Boston, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley co-organised event, Bank on Your Future, Keynote Address and Event Moderator, London, July 2002.
University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School, Graduation Keynote Address, “A Changed World”, Cambridge, UK, May 2002.
Guidance International, Luncheon, Keynote Address: “Building Businesses in Uncertain Times” Downtown Association, New York City, April 2002.
World Economic Forum and the International Women’s Forum, Reshaping Leadership for the Global Agenda, “Leadership in Fragile Times”, London, March 2002.
IBM, IBM & Vignette Partner Event, Keynote Address: “Return on Investment with e-strategy”, Reading, December 2001.
Reed Business Information, Breakfast, Keynote Address: “Managing the ownturn”, London, Dec 2001.
Reed Business Publishing, Channel 2001 Money Club Award Lunch, Keynote Address: “Building Strong Businesses in Times of Uncertainty”, London, October 2001.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, Annual Chartered Accountants in Business Conference, Dinner Speaker: “The Age of the Maverick”, Dublin, Ireland, October 2001.
The Glasshouse, “An Industry in Flux–Trends in Private Equity and Innovative Thinking to Address the Uncertainty”, London, September 2001.
University of Cambridge, University of Cambridge Alumni Weekend, Cambridge Alumni in Management (CaiM) Keynote Address: “Competing in the New Capital Markets”, Cambridge, UK, September 2001.
18th Annual Oxford Analytica International Conference: Strategic Developments in the Global Market “What is Left of the New Economy?”, Oxford, UK September 2001.
Capital Creation 2001, Back To Reality:Implementing And Managing Innovative Value Creation And Risk Reduction Strategies To Maximise Profitability Within A Volatile Private Equity And Venture Capital Market, Conference Chairman & presentation “The Shifting Global Landscape of Venture Capital and Private Equity” & Panel Moderator “An Insight into (Limited Partner) Investor Expectations –What are they looking for?”, Cannes, France, September 2001.
World Economic Forum, European Economic Summit 2001, Europe: Building on Diversity, “European Silicon Valleys”, Salzburg, Austria, July 2001.
John Smith Fellowship Programme Digital Democracy “The Implications of Developments in Information Technology for Democracy in the UK and Wider World”, Leadership Trust, Ross on Wye UK, June 2001.
Red Herring Venture Market Europe“A New Beginning, Again”, London, June 2001.
Red Herring Angel Investors Forum “Seed Investing in the Day of the Billion Dollar Fund”, London, June 2001.
Red Herring Venture 2001 “Name Your Valuation”, Lake Tahoe, CA., May 2001.
Financial Evaluation of High-Tech and Internet Companies “Keynote Address: Assessing the Current and Future Internet, High-Tech, and Venture Capital arkets”, London, March 2001.
CSSA Challenging Industry “Building Foundations for Robust and Enduring Ventures”,London, March 2001.
CSSA eCommerce Group“An eCommerce Sanity Check”, London, December 2000.
City University, MSc Programme, “Doing Business in the New Economy”, London, November 2000.
London Business School, Breaking the Mould, “Where to Next for the Technology Sector?”, London, November 2000.
New Media Knowledge Quest for Value 2000: Best Practice in the New Media Business, “Funding, Innovation and Growth”, London, October 2000.
British-Israel Chamber of Commerce, B-ICC 2000 Breakfast Briefing, “Financing HighTech Companies -a 360 Degree Perspective: financing from the perspective of the entrepreneur seeking financing & the venture capitalist investing in the technology marketplace”, London, September 2000.
13th Annual Conference of the European Business Ethics Network, Ethics: Leadership and Accountability, Cambridge, UK, September 2000.
netimperative.com’s conference, Dot.Com Recovery, “The Current State of the Market”, London, Aug 2000.
Financial Directors Forum, Workshop “Competing in the New Capital Markets”, P&O Ship Arcadia, June 2000.
First Tuesday Cardiff, “Where to Tomorrow for Welsh Dot Coms?”, Cardiff, Wales, May 2000.
Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution, “The State of Entrepreneurship in Technology”, Bath, April 2000.
DCfor.com, Fast Track for Entrepreneurs, Workshop “Valuation –What’s it All About?”, London, March 2000.
University of Cambridge, Distinguished Lecturers Series, Judge Institute of Management Studies, “Building Better Business Plans and Preparing to Venture”, Cambridge, UK, February 2000.
DCfor.com, Fast Track, An Event for Entrepreneurs, “Planning for Growth”, London, January 2000.
Entrepreneurs Forum, day-long programme “Preparing to Venture”, including Workshop, “Your Business Plans”, The Northern Ireland Growth Challenge and the Software Industry Federation, Belfast, January 2000.
First Tuesday Copenhagen, “Reaching Out to International Investors”, openhagen, Denmark, Dec 1999.
Action for Research Cooperation, Keynote Address, “From Research to Market-
Building a Financial Bridge”, Belfast, October 1999.
Women in Business London School of Economics (LSE), LSEsu Women in Business, Keynote Speaker, London, November, 2011.
Odgers Berndtson, Challenging the Ratio –The Future of Female Leadership, panellist, Birmingham, November, 2011.
Global Women’s Leadership Conference, Empowering Women to be Imaginative, Resilient and Visionary to Lead Change, keynote speech “Inspiring Younger Women to take Leadership Roles” & round table participant “Women & Global Economy: The Outlook and Opportunities for Business”, Seoul, Korea. November 2010.
Scranton College, Ewha University, Keynote, “The Power of Diversity in vercoming Creative and Innovative Challenges and Building Robust Businesses” Seoul, Korea. November 2010.
Wellesley College, Alumnae Fireside Chat “From Wellesley to Board Director in 0+ Challenging Steps”, Wellesley, Massachusetts, November 2009.
Credit Suisse, Maximising Your Potential, Keynote Speaker, London, September 2007.
The Women’s Forum for Economy and Society, Women’s Forum 2006, Plenary luncheon panellist, “Enterprise/career: What women want”, Deauville, France, October 2006.
The Global Task Force on Building Women Leaders, Building Women Leaders in the Balkans, Convener & Moderator, 3 roundtable meetings: Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro; Skopje, Macedonia; and Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina January, 2006.
Wellesley College Business Leadership Council (BLC), Annual Plenary, Keynote Address, “Women Leaders: Global Leadership”, Wellesley, MA, November 2005.
Wellesley College Business Leadership Council (BLC),Annual Spring Retreat, Keynote, “Building Women Leaders: the Key Factors for BLC Members”, Bath, UK, May 2005.
Wellesley College Business Leadership Council (BLC), Members Dinner, Keynote, “The Global Task Force on Building Women Leaders: An Inside View and Preview”, New York City, April 2005.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and ABN AMRO, Keynote, “Inspiration & Aspiration –Building Women Leaders” Other speakers were Cherie Booth Blair and Jacqui Smith Deputy Minister Women and Equality, London, November 2004.
International Women’s Forum, Breakfast Briefing, “The Global Task Force on Building Women Leaders: An Inside View and Preview”, London, October 2004.
The Committee of 200, C200 Annual Conference, “Global Leadership”, Palm Beach, Florida, October 2003.
Instituto de Empresa and The Arab International Women’s Forum (AIWF), 2003 Arab Women in the XXI Century: A Business Opportunity for Latin America & Spain,
Keynote address “Women in Leadership”, Madrid, Spain, July 2003.
University of Cambridge, Women in Business at the Judge, Judge Institute of Management Studies, Keynote address “Women in Leadership”, Cambridge, UK, June 2003.
KPMG Women’s Network, Career Masterclass, Keynote Address, London, May 2003.
Goldman Sachs Women’s Network, Goldman Sachs European Women in echnology network “Managing Your Own Career”, London, November 2002.
GE Women’s Network, Benelux Mobility Day , “Mentoring”, Belgium, November 002.
Digital People, Lessons Learned: Successful Women Entrepreneurs, London, February 2002.
The BT Ignite Communications Programme Women in European New Media and IT, Live online debate, London, May 2001.
Wellesley College 125 Anniversary Conference on Alumnae Achievement and Women’s Leadership. Other speakers included former Secretary of State Madeleine Korbel Albright, US Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, writer-director Nora Ephron, astronaut Pamela Melroy, journalists Lynn Sherr and Linda Wertheimer, Wellesley, MA., April 2001.
Women.future Main Event 2001 , London & Global Satellite Broadcast, April 2001.
The Wall Street Journal Europe Women in Business Summit: Strategies for Success “Globalisation and Consolidation in Europe”, Versailles, France, March 2001.
Canadian High Commission Women in Business Forum “Working Smarter with Knowledge Based Industries”, London, February 2001.
Canadian High Commission, Canadian Trade Mission: Businesswomen in International Trade “Developing Global Relationships”, London, February 2001.
Annual BackOffice Conference “BackOffice Women in IT” Microsoft Campus, Reading, November 2000.
Women Online: Advanced Strategies for Marketing to Women, “The Implications of New Technology for Women”, London, October 2000.