The Don Ryan Center for Innovation Launches Women's Networking and Mastermind Group

Wednesday, December 16th, 2020

The Don Ryan Center for Innovation has announced the launch of a new women’s professional group, launching in January 2021.  The group, Networking Entrepreneurial Women (NEW) Masterminds of the Lowcountry, was created to provide professional women throughout the Lowcountry with an opportunity to network with other women professionals and have access to a wide range of business-building resources through both the DRCI and a network of some of the area’s top women business leaders.

The first NEW Masterminds of the Lowcountry will take place on January 13th from 12 – 1 p.m. via Zoom, and will be held monthly. To register for the first meeting, and for more information about the new networking/Masterminds group and what it offers women professionals today, visit  

NEW Masterminds of the Lowcountry will be led by two of the Lowcountry’s top advocates for women’s professional growth and local business leaders: Dr. Karen Mitchell and Lucy Rosen, who will provide participants with important business-building insights as well as facilitate networking among members  

  • Dr. Karen Mitchell, an accomplished presenter, educator and leader, is the founder of Cottage Insights -- which was born out of a mission to help women become more impactful and inspired leaders.  In addition to her many years of corporate and non-profit experience, Karen has extensive experience in higher education.  For the last fifteen years, she has served as a college professor, course developer and program chair, and has taught at both the graduate and undergraduate level.  She is committed to community engagement and has served on several boards, and is a proud member of The Female Founder Collective.  


  • Lucy Rosen, the founder and president of SmartMarketing Communications, is a nationally renowned business strategist, entrepreneur and author who is known for her ability to help professionals grow and expand their businesses through effective marketing, public relations and networking activities.   For nearly three decades, Lucy has been helping clients build powerful strategic alliances to enhance their businesses, and is considered by many to be a visionary in creating and expanding business opportunities through innovative marketing campaigns — and the power of networking.  In addition to her latest book, Fast Track Networking; Turning Conversations into Contacts, she is the author of a series of business “how to” booklets for women, and writes for both women’s and business publications.  


For more information about the launch of NEW Masterminds of the Lowcountry, including a full schedule of upcoming meetings, events and guest speakers, visit .