Texas Woman’s University in Denton announced that it has named a new director for the Center for Women in Business.
Shannon Mantaro will assume the director’s job on Sept. 1.
The Center for Women in Business is the only university center in Texas that is dedicated to women’s entrepreneurship and business ownership. The center was opened in 2015 in response to Gov. Greg Abbott’s goal to make the state No. 1 in the nation for woman-owned businesses, the university said.
“I look forward to building on the early work of TWU’s Center for Women in Business to advance Texas’ goal of becoming No. 1 for women-owned businesses.”
Mantaro comes to TWU from the Hamilton Initiative LLC, at Colgate University in New York, where she was responsible for advancing Colgate’s economic development program.
She will replace Annie Phillips, who held the center’s director’s position on an interim basis since December. Phillips will return to her position as director of the Education Abroad program once Mantaro assumes the center’s directorship.
“I look forward to building on the early work of TWU’s Center for Women in Business to advance Texas’ goal of becoming No. 1 for women-owned businesses,” Mantaro said in the release. “And I’m even more enthusiastic about joining a university that seeks to advance women’s leadership in general, because that will benefit society generally and our economy in particular.”
At Colgate, Mantaro’s work included oversight of four limited liability companies with a portfolio of nine buildings, 20 commercial tenants, and 11 residential apartments with assets of more than $19 million, TWU said in the release.
“Shannon’s work experience aligns very well with the mission of our Center for Women in Business,” TWU Chancellor Carine M. Feyten said. “Notably, more than half of the commercial tenants she worked with in her last position were women-owned businesses. And she supported them in myriad ways, including marketing/promotion, one-to-one counseling, and providing them with access to training seminars and workshops, as well as grants and loans.”
For the last four years, Mantaro served as the managing director of the Partnership for Community Development, a public/private collaboration among the Town of Hamilton, village of Hamilton, and Colgate University, TWU said.