Entrepreneurs Unplugged: Nancy Phillips, Co-Founder, COO & Director of ViaWest

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As co-founder and COO, Nancy Phillips has a vested interest in establishing ViaWest as a leader in the market. Phillips, who has over 15 years of management experience in technology, oversees ViaWest’s operations, engineering and technical support divisions.

Previously the Vice President of Operations for RMI.net. Phillips was integral in managing the company’s network and technical growth. Prior to helping this struggling Internet Service Provider back to profitability, Phillips also was Vice President of Operations for ITC Worldwide (now Genesys Conferencing) and was Senior Vice President of Operations for ConferTech International (now Global Crossing). Phillips has also been a principal, executive and consultant for numerous successful telecommunications companies including France Telecom, MCI and Qwest. She began her career with Teleconferencing Systems Canada as Vice President of Sales and it was in this role that she met Roy Dimoff – the two have been loyal business partners ever since.

In addition to being recognized by ViaWest for her outstanding contributions, Phillips has earned a reputation for excellence throughout the industry. In 2010, she received CSIA’s prestigious “Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement Award.” She has been named the Denver Business Journal’s “Outstanding Woman in Business” in the high-tech category, and has been recognized by the Denver Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and the Denver Business Journal, winning the “Outstanding Women in Business Jean Yancey Award.” Phillips serves as the board Chair for CSIA(Colorado’s Technology Organization), and also serves on the board of the National Center for Women & Information Technology(NCWIT).

Phillips holds an Honors Bachelor of Economics from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Entrepreneurs Unplugged is a meeting place where faculty, students and community members with technical backgrounds learn about and get involved in entrepreneurship. In particular, the program offers students and faculty an opportunity to learn how a successful start up is created as well as an opportunity to network. Each Entrepreneurs Unplugged meeting features food, drink and – most importantly – an experienced entrepreneur to discuss his/her start-up experiences.

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Interdisciplinary Telecom Program, University of Colorado

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