As an entrepreneur, Barbara Bry has taken the lead in the success of several companies, that have not only benefited San Diego, but have assisted in the promotion and advancement of women in areas of technology and life sciences. It is her inspiring career and her commitment to giving back that has earned her the nomination of Empowerer of Women in this year’s San Diego Women’s Hall of Fame.
While attending Harvard Business School, Barbara organized an innovative class on business and the media. After graduating with her MBA, she worked for eight years as a national business reporter for the Sacramento Bee and then the Los Angeles Times.
In 1986 Barbara became the first Associate Director of the newly founded CONNECT Program in Technology and Entrepreneurship at the University of California, San Diego where she received international recognition for efforts in linking technology entrepreneurs with the resources they needed for success.
She founded and worked as the Executive Director of Athena, a nonprofit organization that promotes professional growth for women executives and rising managers in science and technology.
In 1995, Barbara co-founded ATCOM, which became the premier provider of software for high-speed, remotely monitored, public-access connectivity. The company sold for over 80 million. At the same time, Barbara was on the founding management team for ProFlowers.com.
In 2005, Barbara and her husband Neil Senturia, founded Blackbird Ventures as a way to invest in diverse businesses with Barbara as the COO. She found time to work as a radio co-host on Saturday afternoons for “I'm there for you Baby, The Entrepreneur's Guide to the Galaxy." She served as the founding editor and CEO of Voice of San Diego, an innovative news and information website that has been featured nationally for its leadership in community based journalism.
Barbara has focused on creating successful companies and has dedicated herself to giving back to her community. More recently she founded Run Women Run, an organization focusing on electing pro-choice women in San Diego.
She is a board member of the San Diego Jewish Community Foundation, the San Diego Jewish Women’s Foundation, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, a lifetime board member of CONNECT, serves as an advisor to the UCSD Entrepreneur Challenge and is a mentor to young women at UC San Diego’s Rady School of Business. Barbara Bry continues her work in our community that makes her an “Empowerer” of women.