An engineer with a Harvard MBA, Cathy Connett is a force in the Twin Cities, supporting and advising businesses. She heads the Sofia Fund, which provides investment capital for women-led companies, particularly with a technology focus. It has deployed about a third of its funds in a $5.5 million investment pool, and is looking for early-stage companies for strategic investments. Connett is a connector who has deep relationships with businesspeople in every kind of organization, from giant public companies to small startups. She also works on new business initiatives and ownership transitions as president of her consulting company, CorConnections LLC.