Monday, May 19th, Wall Street investor Heather Smith comes to town on invitation from Women in Bio, an industry group with hundreds of local members. She made headlines in recent months for taking charge of private capital investments at Sagent Advisors, an investment advisory firm, and is considered a rising star in her industry. Her experiences are varied, but she’s helped to place $11 billion in growing energy, agriculture, biotech and software firms.

Though the average deal for Sagent is in the $30 million to $40 million range, Smith’s talk is on the big picture of raising capital. Details and registration are here.

The organizers of these events have a purpose beyond providing education and entertainment—they’re providing access too. For the most promising companies and eager entrepreneurs, events like these are an opportunity to ask the right questions and peak the interest of people with a network and influence far beyond the Triangle.