BlackLine Systems CEO Invited to Speak at Columbia University Women's Leadership Conference Financial software company founder Therese Tucker to discuss advancement of women in business alongside renowned feminist Gloria Steinem, chief executives from AOL Brand Group, Cinnabon Inc.

LOS ANGELES, April 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackLine Systems CEO and Founder Therese Tucker has been invited to speak at the first-ever Columbia University Women's Leadership Conference (CWLC) this Saturday, April 5, in New York. 

Hosted by the Columbia Daily Spectator, the inaugural conference focused on the success of women in the business world is expected to attract several hundred attendees.  The conference theme is 'Breaking Free from Gender Roles:  How Modern Women are Changing the World' and will focus on topics such as college's role in shaping women and women's careers in predominantly male fields. 

Drawing on her experience building  BlackLine Systems from the ground up into the leading company in its space (and eventually to the point at which she attracted a strategic growth investment from Silver Lake Sumeru, the mid-market, technology-focused arm of leading global private equity firm Silver Lake), Tucker will participate on a panel entitled "Breaking into Male-Dominated Fields." 

Other CWLC speakers include best-selling author and outspoken spokesperson on women's issues and feminism Gloria Steinem, AOL Brand Group CEO Susan Lyne and Cinnabon Inc. President Kat Cole. 

A recognized leader and inspiration for other entrepreneurs and young women looking to excel in business, Tucker has spoken several times at Harvard Business School's Dynamic Women in Business Conference, as well as to accounting and business students at New York University (NYU).  In addition, Tucker is slated to participate on a panel at the upcoming McGraw-Hill Financial Women's Initiative for Networking and Success (WINS) Leadership Conference in New York in May.

Tucker's passion, persistence and effort have paid off with BlackLine ranking No. 15 on the 2012 list of the '50 Fastest' Women-Owned/Led Companies in North America, as reported in The Wall St. Journal.  Tucker also was honored last year with a '2013 Enterprising Women of the Year Award' from Enterprising Women magazine.   

In addition, BlackLine has made the Software 500 list of the world's "largest and best performing" software companies for the past three years and the prestigious Inc. 500/5000 for the past six years in a row, joining the ranks of such companies as Jamba Juice, Microsoft and Patagonia.  

The Columbia Women's Leadership Conference will be held across the street from Columbia University at the prestigious, affiliated all-women's Barnard College campus.

About BlackLine Systems
BlackLine Systems was the first to develop and offer a commercially available Balance Sheet Account Reconciliation solution.  An experienced provider of software to companies from the Fortune 100 to beyond the Fortune 1,000, BlackLine provides quick-to-implement, scalable and easy-to-use applications that automate the entire financial close process to help improve financial controls for companies of all sizes.  With more than 85,000 users in over 100 countries, BlackLine software applications complement existing Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.

Though ERP-agnostic, the BlackLine Financial Close Suite for SAP® Solutions is an SAP-endorsed business solution – joining the ranks of fewer than 40 other software offerings globally that are endorsed by the enterprise application software leader.  BlackLine also is an SAP Gold Partner.

BlackLine offers clients its enterprise-class financial software in a simple and secure SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) platform.  With a proven track record and a commitment to customer success, BlackLine seeks to reduce the burden the financial close places on accounting and finance professionals. 

BlackLine headquarters are in Los Angeles, with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, London, Melbourne, New York City and Sydney to serve the company's growing global client base.  For more information, please visit www.blackline.com.  

Media Contact:
Kimberly Uberti
Director of Corporate Communications
BlackLine Systems
kimberly.uberti@blackline.com

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