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Stephanie Paré Sullivan

Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel
Board of Directors

Stephanie oversees the non-investment operations at Charlesbank, an investment management firm, and leads its legal and compliance work.  She joined Charlesbank in 2016 from THL Credit, where she served as managing director and general counsel since 2010.  Stephanie began her law career in 1997 as an intern at Goodwin and later became partner in its private equity group.  While at Goodwin, Stephanie volunteered in various capacities at CWE.  Prior to joining the CWE Board of Directors, Stephanie was a member of CWE’s Boston Advisory Board.

Stephanie has a B.A. in history from Williams College and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.  Stephanie and her husband live with their three teenagers outside of Boston and are active in youth basketball and soccer programs.

Why CWE?

I greatly admire people who have the drive, spirit and resourcefulness to start, run and grow their own businesses.  It’s impressive and inspiring.  I first learned of CWE when I volunteered to help train clients about selecting the right legal form for their businesses, and then later to help with WBENC certifications.  I loved feeling part of the CWE programs and the WBENC process.  It was an honor to be able to use my law degree to contribute, even in a small way, to help women become better prepared for the challenges of running their businesses.  Over the past few years, as the mother of daughters, I’ve seen the need to encourage girls to understand business concepts and feel comfortable asking questions about business.  I want to tell girls they belong in business and can access tools to be business decision-makers if they want to.  CWE provides this encouragement to women and veterans.  Its training and support networks are empowering to its clients.  I am proud to be included in the CWE family, and to share stories about CWE with my children.