Opportunity Network

Opportunity Network

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Jessica Pliska, executive director of the Opportunity Network, and Jason Wright, its chairman and a partner at Apax Partners LP. "Alan is an incredible networker," Wright said of honoree Patricof. "He taught me things like, never have lunch by yourself, get out of the office, and when you're at a conference, walk up to people and say hello. It's about being aggressive."