Värde’s Co-founder Marcia Page Named University of Minnesota Carlson School’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award
MINNEAPOLIS – Värde Partners is proud to announce that Marcia Page, co-founder and executive chair of the firm, has been honored with the University of Minnesota’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2017. The award will be presented at the U of M Founder’s Day event on May 9, 2017, held at the Carlson School of Management.
Marcia co-founded Värde in 1993, along with George Hicks and Greg McMillan. Now, more than two decades later, Marcia serves as Executive Chair of the firm after previously serving as a Co-CEO and Co-Chief Investment Officer. Today Värde manages over $12 billion of assets, investing on behalf of foundations and endowments, pension plans, insurance companies, other institutional investors and private clients. The firm employs more than 250 employees in 12 offices around the world. Marcia began her career at Cargill after earning her MBA from the Carlson School of Management.
Among other initiatives, Marcia is currently helping to lead a gender diversity initiative in the firm. “Businesses are better served by having varied perspectives around the table,” Marcia was recently quoted. “To the extent that those voices are not included, you come to a lesser decision.” Värde’s unique culture has been one of the cornerstones of the firm’s success to date and was a central focus of the founding partners.
As an active leader in the community, Marcia regularly speaks to students while serving on the Carlson School Board of Overseers and the Board of Trustees at Gustavus Adolphus. She also supports the Mary J. Page Community-University Partnerships Fund to honor her mother’s commitment to rural communities and sustainable development. She is a member of the Committee of 200, an organization of the world’s most successful women entrepreneurs and corporate innovators.