Our Team

Falk Marques Group has brought together a talented team of experienced conference and editorial professionals. Our staff shares the founding partners’ dedication to quality, respect, fairness and integrity. Together we create a growing company poised for continued success.

Beth Falk

Beth Falk

Founder and President

Beth Falk co-founded Falk Marques Group in 2006 and produced the first Women’s Private Equity Summit in 2008. Since the company’s launch, she has directed its expansion into additional Summits and online networking and media ventures.  Beth has 20 years experience in the conference, trade show and executive education business, primarily serving the private equity, healthcare and technology industries.

Beth has served as division head in senior executive management roles formulating strategy and leading teams to develop, plan, market and produce large-scale national and international conferences, forums and seminars. Among the organizations in her portfolio are such market leaders as Comdex, when it was the world’s largest IT trade show, The Private Equity Analyst/VentureOne (formerly Asset Alternatives and Alternative Investor, now owned by Dow Jones) and the continuing education centers at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Babson Graduate School of Business.

Raul Marqués

Raul Marqués

Founding Partner and CFO

Raul is a founding partner of the Falk Marques Group and is the company’s Chief Financial Officer.  As CFO he directs the financial and back office operations and is responsible for the analysis of financial data and assessment of financial risks. He brings to the Falk Marques Group a global perspective and extensive experience as entrepreneur in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

Raul has been an artist and filmmaker, and was instrumental in launching several start-up organizations. He had his early education in Barcelona, Spain. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Babson Graduate School of Business.

David Barry

David Barry

Vice President

Dave joined the Falk Marques Group from Dow Jones & Co. where he oversaw the editorial development of in-person events and audio conferences presented under such brands as the Private Equity Analyst and VentureWire. At Falk Marques Group he focuses on content development for the company’s conferences and its online publications.

Dave was involved with the Private Equity Analyst Conference for 16 years, during which time he was also an editor with the Private Equity Analyst newsletter. A seasoned editor and reporter, Dave earned his journalism degree from San Jose State University.

Irene Savage

Irene Savage

Senior Director, Marketing and Communications

Irene brings more than 25 years of marketing, event management and public relations experience to her role. At Falk Marques Group, she delivers event and new initiative development,  marketing strategy, marketing communications programs, event logistics and operational support.  Prior to joining Falk Marques Group, Irene served as marketing manager for Lyra Research.

Lyra is a leading digital imaging industry market research firm. As marketing manager, she handled all aspects of the company’s annual Imaging Symposium, a premier educational and networking event, as well as the company’s public relations program. Irene graduated from Boston College with a BA in communications with a concentration in marketing.

Carolyn O'Donnell

Carolyn O'Donnell

Director, Business Development

Carolyn is responsible for sponsorship and advertising sales related to the Women’s Private Equity Summit, Women’s Alternative Investment Summit and Falk Marques Group’s other event and communication initiatives. Prior to joining the company, Carolyn held marketing director positions at The Real Story Group, a technology advisory company and Lyra Research, a leading digital imaging market research firm.

Throughout her 18-year career, Carolyn has been instrumental in establishing and managing long-term relationships with corporate clients, media partners and sponsors and business vendors.  She earned a BA from Skidmore College and an MBA from Suffolk University.

Ariel Welch

Ariel Welch

Director, Conference Operations

Ariel is responsible for event operations and logistics for the Women’s Private Equity Summit and the Women’s Alternative Investment Summit produced by Falk Marques Group. Prior to joining the company she was the Event Manager at BCC Research, a Market Research publishing company. Ariel also has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of Stage Management for live theatre. She earned a BFA in Theatre Arts from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

Rebecca Greenlee

Rebecca Greenlee

Conference Coordinator

Rebecca serves as the main point of contact between the Falk Marques Group and Women’s Private Equity Summit and the Women’s Alternative Investment Summit attendees. She oversees event registration, manages relationships with the Summit’s luxury brand sponsors and media partners, as well as provides marketing communications support. Rebecca has a wide range of event experience, including banquets, non-profit and social events, fundraising and conference services. She graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a BS in hospitality business and a concentration in event and convention management. 

Lisa Fruitt

Lisa Fruitt

Marketing Communications Consultant

Lisa is the founder and president of Fruitt Communications, a strategic communications firm specializing in integrated marketing programs for business and professional services. As a Falk Marques Group consultant, Lisa is responsible for branding, content development and marketing communications projects. She has been associated with Falk Marques Group since its 2006 founding.

Lisa brings close to 30 years of marketing and communications experience to her consulting firm, which she launched in 1991. Among Fruitt Communications’ clients are local, national and global companies in the fields of technology, finance, energy and management services. Lisa has a BA from Brandeis University and an MS from Boston University School of Communications.