Career ladder: After getting a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Michigan, Campbell taught school in Fairfield, Conn., working on an MBA from UM's School of Business and a master's in special education from Fairfield University during summers. She then worked at the mortgage banking subsidiary of U.S. Steel, and at Michigan Capital & Service, the venture-capital arm of NBD Bancorp, the last five years as president. In 1987, she co-founded EDF Ventures, now the state's oldest venture capital firm. Campbell, 71, and her husband, Brian, who helped Taylor-based Masco Corp. acquire a portfolio of companies, were given lifetime achievement awards in 2011 by Crain's and the Detroit chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth.
Power metrics: EDF has invested in some 70 companies over the years, and its house on North Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor has served as home to various early-stage entrepreneurs, most noteworthy of whom were Kalyan Handique and Sundaresh Brahmasandra, who founded HandyLab Inc. in a spare room there and who sold it nine years later for $275 million. Campbell also claims six initial public offerings of portfolio companies and the sale of Greenplum Inc. for more than $300 million.
Surprising facts: Campbell ran her 30th marathon in Boston in April; her first came in Chicago in 2002. In 2014, she did what is called the B2B challenge, running the Boston Marathon and six days later running the Big Sur Marathon in California. Next up: 26.2 miles of the New York Marathon in November.
Super power: Campbell says her success was driven by "my passion for people and for learning." She also credits her ability and desire to hold concurrent positions of leadership in the community and in business.
Community involvement: Board of directors, Greenhills School, Ann Arbor; board of trustees, Northern Michigan University; advisor to the Ross School of Business at UM and the Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University; active with the Ann Arbor Art Center, the Lamaze Association, UM's LifeSciences Institute and UM's Cardiology Center.
Biggest setback: "To paraphrase a colleague, 'If you don't want to deal with financial setbacks, don't join the venture capital business. Investing in early-stage companies by definition means you will have failures, as the majority don't succeed. Best case: Wins will be large as losses likely will occur more frequently."
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