Highlights

  • ✓ Learn from startup experts and top entrepreneurs
  • ✓ Participate in discussions on business-related topics
  • ✓ Create a concept pitch presentation
  • ✓ Network with like-minded students worldwide
  • ✓ Help a local entrepreneur/small business

Program Benefits

As a student in the Entrepreneurship Experience, you’ll spend about an hour each week immersed in a blend of virtual talks, activities and engaging discussions. The skills learned in this innovative program, in addition to understanding the entrepreneurial mindset, can be applied to all areas of life – in school, business and the community. You'll learn about the following:

  • ✯ Teamwork + Leadership
  • ✯ Communication skills
  • ✯ Design + Innovation
  • ✯ Marketing + Research
  • ✯ STEAM + Sustainability
  • ✯ Career exploration
  • ✯ Etiquette + Networking
  • ✯ Agility + Resiliency
  • ✯ Social Media Branding

  • + School leadership opportunities available
  • + Exclusive access to additional monthly events
  • + Membership in entrepreneurship community

Schedule

  • October 28 – May 5 (excluding holiday/break weeks)
  • Weekly 1 hour zoom meetings; Wednesdays, 5 - 6 pm EST.
  • Sessions will be recorded and available on-demand; at least one session per month must be attended live.
  • New cohort planned for spring; send email to be added to wait list.

Players

Francisco D’Souza

Co-founder, Cognizant

Francisco (Frank) D’Souza co-founded Cognizant Technology Solutions, a global multinational corporation that provides IT services, including digital, technology, consulting, and operations services in 1994 and served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer from January 2007 through March 2019. In addition to his tenure as CEO, he served as President from 2007 to 2012 and held a variety of senior management positions, including Chief Operating Officer from 2003 to 2006. He was elected to Cognizant’s Board of Directors in January 2007 and served as Vice Chairman of the board from 2018 until 2020. As CEO, Frank was responsible for promoting Cognizant’s values and client-first culture, ensuring the company’s sustainable growth and driving long-term shareholder value. From Cognizant’s IPO until the time stepped down from the CEO role, Cognizant stock returned almost 29,000%. During his 12 years as CEO, he oversaw a period of sustained growth, transformation, innovation and success, including: a 10x increase in revenue, from $1.4 billion in 2006 to $16.1 billion in 2018; a 7x increase in headcount, from 39,000 in 2006 to 282,000 in 2018; Cognizant joining the Fortune 200 and being named one of Fortune magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” for 11 years in a row. Frank is currently a director of General Electric, where he is a member of the Audit Committee and Management Development & Compensation Committees. He also serves on the Board of MongoDB, a software company that offers a modern general purpose database platform where he’s a member of the Compensation and Nominating & Governance Committees.

Angie Hicks

Founder, Angie's List

Since 1995, Angie Hicks has been dedicated to helping consumers get the real scoop on local service companies and health providers. Inspired by the frustrations her co-founder had trying to find reliable contractors in suburban Columbus, Ohio, she started Angie’s List to help homeowners find who they should hire and who they should avoid. Angie Hicks also serves as the Chief Customer Officer of ANGI Homeservices. Prior to assuming this role in September 2017, Ms. Hicks co-founded Angie’s List in 1995 and served as its Chief Marketing Officer from May 2000 and on its board of directors from March 2013 through its acquisition by ANGI Homeservices. Ms. Hicks earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from DePauw University, from which she received a Distinguished Alumni Award for Management and Entrepreneurship and the Robert C. McDermond Medal for Excellence in Entrepreneurship, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. Ms. Hicks has received multiple awards for her entrepreneurial achievements, as well as her leadership in both the community and the technology field, including (among others) being named the Women Tech Founder of the Year in 2016 and awarded both the TechPoint Trailblazer Award and Harvard Business School's Alumni Achievement Award in 2017.

Richard Marlink

Director, Rutgers Global Health Institute

Since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, Richard Marlink, MD, has worked to establish HIV/AIDS research, training, and clinical care programs in the United States and abroad. He was instrumental in setting up the first HIV/AIDS clinic in Boston, and in the mid-1980s in Senegal, he was part of the team of Senegalese, French, and American researchers who discovered evidence for and then studied the disease outcomes of the second type of human AIDS virus, HIV-2. Previously at Harvard, Marlink helped create two partnerships with the government of Botswana: the 1996 Botswana-Harvard Partnership with the Harvard AIDS Initiative, where he was executive director, and the African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships, a public-private partnership with the government of Botswana that was launched in 2000 with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates and Merck foundations. Also in 2000, Marlink founded the Kitso AIDS Training Program, which would become Botswana’s national AIDS training program. Kitso means “knowledge” in the local Setswana language. Marlink was the principal investigator for “The Tshepo Study,” the first large-scale antiretroviral treatment study in southern Africa, funded by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s Secure the Future initiative. His research in the region also includes clinical and epidemiological evaluations to help determine how antiretroviral treatment and national treatment programs can best be accomplished in Africa. Since 2000, programs he has created and/or led have trained tens of thousands of health care workers and helped establish national programs on the care, treatment, and prevention of HIV/AIDS in several African countries. Following the 2003 launch of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to combat global HIV/AIDS, the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease in history, Marlink was Botswana’s country director for the Botswana-Harvard PEPFAR effort. In addition, while serving as scientific director and vice president for implementation at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, he was principal investigator of Project HEART, another PEPFAR Track 1.0 effort in five African countries. Project HEART began in 2004 and by 2011 had placed more than one million people living with HIV into clinical care sites in Cote d’Ivoire, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia. More than 565,000 were placed on life-saving antiretroviral treatment.

Lisa Skeete Tatum

Founder/CEO, Landit

Lisa is founder and CEO of Landit, a personalized career pathing platform created to increase the success and engagement of women and diverse groups in the workplace. The platform offers a turn-key “one size fits one” solution that enables companies to attract, develop, and retain diverse high-potential talent. Previously, Lisa was a General Partner for over a decade with Cardinal Partners, a $350M+ early-stage healthcare venture capital firm. Lisa also worked for Procter & Gamble, GE Capital, and founded her own consulting practice. Lisa serves on numerous high growth, public, and non-profit boards, including Stryker Corporation (NYSE: SYK), Union Square Hospitality Group, Cornell University Board of Trustees, McCarter Theater, The Lawrenceville School, and the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors. Lisa received her BS in chemical engineering from Cornell University and her MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a member of the Kauffman Fellows Class 4 and a 2012 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fast Company, Vanity Fair, Fortune, Inc., CNBC, BBC Business and named one of the Most Impressive Women Entrepreneurs by Inc. Landit was named one of the Top 10 Innovations That Made Women’s Lives Better by Fast Company.

Martin Babinec

Founder/Director, TriNet

As founder and 20 year CEO of TriNet [NYSE: TNET], Martin was a beneficiary of Silicon Valley‘s entrepreneur supportive ecosystem in ways he didn’t fully appreciate until returning to live in his home area of Upstate New York. That region’s low rate of startup formation prompted him to launch not for profit Upstate Venture Connect in 2010 helping high growth company founders connect with people and resources needed for success. UVC’s organically built network of more than 17,000 people have helped accelerate startup formation, funding and growth across a broad geography encompassing 7 metro areas. In 2018 he founded non profit Entrepreneurs Across Borders to identify, curate and connect emerging entrepreneurs in impoverished areas with resources needed to create jobs, sustainable livelihoods and equitable growth, beginning with Jamaica as the pilot country. In addition to not for profit leadership and serving on TriNet’s Board, Mr. Babinec is Founder/Managing Director of UpVentures Capital and Co-Founder/Chairman of StartFast Venture Accelerator which together have combined for more than 75 seed stage investments in emerging technology companies. He is a graduate of Shippensburg University and past recipient of SVBJ Silicon Valley Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Tom Szacky

Founder/CEO, Terracycle

Tom is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. TerraCycle operates in 21 countries, working with some of the world’s largest brands, retailers and manufacturers to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration. TerraCycle is the lead company in a new circular shopping platform called Loop that enables consumers to shop for some of their favorite brands in durable, reusable packaging. Launched in May 2019, Loop is a key step in helping to end the epidemic of waste that is caused by 'single- use' consumption. Tom and TerraCycle have received hundreds of social, environmental and business awards and recognition from a range of organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Schwab Foundation, Fortune Magazine, Time Magazine and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Tom is the author of four books, “Revolution in a Bottle” (2009), “Outsmart Waste” (2014), “Make Garbage Great” (2015) and “The Future of Packaging” (2019). Tom created, produced and starred in TerraCycle’s reality show, “Human Resources” which aired on Pivot from 2014-2016 and is syndicated in more than 20 foreign markets on Amazon and iTunes.

Yancey Strickler

Co-founder, Kickstarter

Yancey is a writer and entrepreneur. He is the cofounder and former CEO of Kickstarter, author of This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World (Viking), and the creator of Bentoism. Yancey is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Drucker Institute and has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People. He’s spoken at MIT, the Museum of Modern Art, Sundance, Tribeca Film Festival, Web Summit, Stanford, and for startups, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies. He cofounded the artist resource The Creative Independent and the record label eMusic Selects. Yancey began his career as a music critic in New York City. He grew up in Clover Hollow, Virginia.

Chieh Huang

CEO/Co-founder, Boxed.com

Chieh is co-founder and CEO of Boxed.com, a company that is disrupting the wholesale shopping club experience by enabling you to shop for bulk-sized items online or via mobile app and have them delivered directly to your door. Forbes Magazine has named Boxed one of the next “billion dollar startups.” Started in Huang’s garage 5 years ago, Boxed now has hundreds of employees in facilities all over the United States. Since the garage, the company has sold hundreds of millions of dollars of products and has raised over a quarter billion dollars in funding to date. Huang’s personal honors include being named to “Bloomberg 50”, Bloomberg Businessweek’s 50 people to watch in 2018, to National Retail Federation’s list of People Shaping Retail’s Future, as one of Crain’s 40 Under 40 and Goldman Sachs’ list of “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs.” In addition, Entrepreneur Magazine included Chieh on their list of “The 50 Most Daring Entrepreneurs.” You can read more about Chieh’s story in People Magazine’s profile of him for their “American Dream” series, tracking his growth from humble beginnings to running a fast-growing online retailer. You can also catch more of him at TED.com delivering a talk about his lifelong battle against micromanagers.

Christine Ntim

Entrepreneur, Speaker

Christine Souffrant Ntim is an award-winning Haitian-American entrepreneur & startup ecosystem expert for emerging markets. She was selected and featured in Forbes 30 Under 30, AdAge 40 Under 40, Haiti Changemakers 1804 List, Singularity NASA, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, Inc Magazine and more. She speaks on digital entrepreneurship, startup hacking, exponential tech AI, and personal branding at over 20+ global conferences a year- which includes former appearances at the US State Department Tours, United Nations, TEDx, SXSW, Startup Grind Global, SeedStars World, European Union Forum and more. Her entrepreneurial journey started with Vendedy , a social network connecting people to street markets. The innovative platform was featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, Inc Magazine, IBM Global Entrepreneur, Microsoft, the Clinton Global Initiative, Master Card Priceless Pitch, SheKnowsMedia Pitch, Chivas Venture Million Dollar Prize, Forbes Million Dollar Prize Top 40, SOCAP Gratitude Network, Rent the Runway Project Entrepreneur and Digital Entertainment World. Her efforts to digitize a $10 trillion dollar street market economy by centralizing the world’s 200,000 street markets was also featured in alumni networks at Singularity@NASA, Draper University, Dartmouth College Alumni Magazine, and Hult International Business School Magazine. Today, Christine is an award-winning keynote speaker, traveler and serial entrepreneur who builds startup ecosystems in emerging markets.She is the Director of Startup Grind Dubai Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs and a partner at the GlobalStartupEcosystem.com which hosts the largest digital online accelerator program in the world- graduating over 1000+ companies across 190+ countries a year in Africa, Caribbean, Latin America, Middle East, Asia, Europe. Christine is a sought-after speaker who inspires with her award-winning talk- “Entrepreneurship Without Borders” and startup hacking series. For fun, she travels and binge watches top business shows with her husband and beautiful baby girl.

Dr. Navneet Puri

Founder/CEO, Nevakar

Dr. Puri is a pharmacist by education with over 20 years of healthcare industry experience. He founded Nevakar in 2015 with a vision of creating a fully integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focusing on hospital injectables and ophthalmic products. Read less... Prior to Nevakar, Dr. Puri spent several years in product development and drug delivery of parenteral pharmaceuticals at Baxter Healthcare Corp. and Amgen Inc. He founded InnoPharma, Inc. in 2005, focusing on development of complex generic injectable dosage formulations. When Pfizer acquired InnoPharma in 2014, he stayed on as Vice President of Pfizer’s Worldwide Research & Development until 2015. Dr. Puri received Future 50 magazine’s Smart CEO award in 2015. He was also awarded the EY Entrepreneur of The Year award from the state of NJ in 2015. Dr. Puri’s past board positions include InnoPharma, Eyenuk and Xeris Pharmaceuticals. His current board positions include Nevakar, Alzeca Biosciences, BioNJ and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Leadership Council. Dr. Puri earned a MS from the University of Mississippi and a PhD in Pharmaceutics from Rutgers University.

Sean O’Sullivan

Founder, MP, SOSV

Sean is the founder and managing partner of SOSV which has invested in over 900 startups, investing about $65 million per year in the 150 startups that go through its global accelerators annually which help create over $2 billion in new market capitalization every year. Recognized in 2017 as the world’s #1 most active global early stage investor and the #2 most active global seed investor*, SOSV’s accelerator model takes a small initial stake in startups and provides a framework and community where startups get further and faster than they could on their own. SOSV runs the world’s most active accelerators in hardware (HAX), life sciences (IndieBio/RebelBio), disruptive food (Food-X), and Asia cross-border startups (Chinaccelerator/MOX). As of 2019, SOSV is in the top 6% of venture capitalists globally based on return an investment (returns over 20 years average 38% Net IRR). O’Sullivan’s first company, MapInfo, grew to a $200 million public company with over 1,000 employees, and popularized street mapping on computers. His first internet company, NetCentric, developed many concepts in internet computing, and he is credited as the co-creator of the term “cloud computing”. Sean founded JumpStart International, a leading humanitarian organization in conflict zones, in the 2000s, where he oversaw over 3,500 staff at the height of the organization during the Iraq conflict. O’Sullivan received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Masters of Fine Arts in Film Production from the University of Southern California. He is also a primary supporter of such organizations such as Coderdojo (a global network of coding clubs that 50,000 kids attend every week) and Khan Academy (used by 15 million students to learn every month). He’s on the board Khan Academy, I-ASC, and a number of private companies.

Judi Fox

LinkedIn Expert and Coach

Judi hit 3 million views in 2018 on LinkedIn and has been featured in INC.com, VidSummit, Social Media Week, Video Marketing World, People of Video, Broadcast Your Authority, Authentic Leadership Summit and more. With over 18 years experience, Judi developed the LinkedIn Business Accelerator Method, which she implements with her clients to achieve visibility, invitations to Top 100 podcasts, PR Features including Forbes, BBC News, Thrive, and get inbound business from clients hitting millions of views on LinkedIn.

Terry Torok

CInnovO, Enactus

Terry is 25+ year veteran of brand development and amplification. He has been in roles as CCO of EMCI, Co-Founder Live from Earth, and CIO of Enactus and served on three boards and as a 17 year consultant to Omnicom Media Group. ENTERTAIMENT Terry has linked dozens of Fortune 500 brands and startup companies to causes, events and entertainment media platforms and sponsorships including; The Olympics, FIFA World Cup, Superbowl halftime, American Idol Gives Back, The Global Goals Races, Alicia Keys, Elton John, Phil Collins and Rolling Stones. ESPORTS Early in his career he produced 200 hours of broadcast television and led the esports category from its’ genesis as a producer of the daily show Video Power, the Nintendo World Championship and Game Riot. INNOVATION EXPERIENCES Created and produced the first television commercial from outer space for Pepsi, and a live broadcast from the space station for E TV and Extreme Shopping. An event that offered the Brooklyn Bridge, the Hollywood Sign and Mohammed Ali’s home for sale on live television. Terry has been creator of brand and award winning media experiences for Omnicom Media group since 2002. DESTINATION Terry has produced several location based experiences including- The NY Skyride at the Empire State Building, XS NY the gaming arena in Time Square as well as the designer of resort destination experiences from Dubai to the Bahamas. CAUSE Since 2002 Terry has focused on cause and philanthropic initiatives with the United Nations, Marlaria No More, The World Food Programmed and The Internal Rescue Committee. He has worked in Sudan, The Congo, Rwanda, Uganda and Somalia with child soldiers and refugees, as well as on maternal health issues in South Africa and India. He is founding board member of Lalela.org a Sub-Saharan arts and innovation based education platform and a 10-year board member of the international organization BuildOn. Terry has been the Chief Innovation Officer of Enactus worldwide since 2014. Enactus is a global organization of 70,000 university students, academic and business leaders across 36 countries and over 1,700 campuses. Enactus serves as the world’s largest experiential learning platform dedicated to creating a better world while developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators. Terry produces the annual Enactus World Cup, The UN Global Goals forum, the World Water Race and the :77 Film Festival. These events showcase social innovation and impact aligned with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. More at www.Enactus.org/WorldCup Terry has also created and implemented course curriculums in creativity, innovation and abundanomics that has reached over 250,000 students around the world. He teaches immersive courses on Social Innovation at Universities around the world, most recently in China, India, Mexico, Africa and US. Terry has been a longtime member of TED, a member of SAG/AFTRA and is also a rescue first- responder.

Sree Sreenivasan

Digital Media Entrepreneur

Sree is the inaugural Marshall Loeb Visting Professor of Digital Innovation at Stony Brook School of Journalism. During the Covid19 crisis, he's hosting a daily global conversation with experts: http://bit.ly/sreecovid19call Sree is a leading social and digital media consultant and trainer, working with nonprofits, startups, companies and executives around the world. He has served as Chief Digital Officer of New York City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Columbia University (where he was a full-time professor of journalism for 20+ years). He has also been a paid on-air tech expert for the three largest news stations in NYC. He taught a course on entrepreneurship at Columbia for four years with Ken Lerer, the co-founder of Huffington Post, chairman of Buzzfeed and co-founder of venture firm LererHippeau. Sree is the creator of three popular social media learning opportunities that have been attended by thousands of attendees in NYC, several U.S. cities and more than a dozen countries: Social Media Weekend, Social Media Day and Social Media One-Night Stand. Join Sree's Sunday Note newsletter with tech, social and life tips: http://bit.ly/sreenote. And join his FB Group, Sree's Advanced Social Media: http://bit.ly/sreefbadvanced In 2015, Fast Company named him one of the 100 most creative people in business and in 2010, he was named one of the 35 most influential people in social media by the Poynter Institute. In 2014, he was named most influential CDO by CDO Club. His new NYT guide to social media: http://bit.ly/nyt2017 His social media FB group: http://bit.ly/sreefbadvanced His five TEDx talks: http://bit.ly/sreetedxvideos. 
Twitter: @sree: http://twitter.com/sree Email: sree@sree.net

Wendy Diamond

Founder/CEO, Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Org.

Wendy is an internationally renowned social impact entrepreneur, humanitarian, and best selling author. She was inspired to launch WED in 2013 after volunteering in Honduras with the Adelante Foundation, an organization that provides microcredit to locally impoverished women. Recognizing the fact that women perform 66% of the world’s work, yet only earn 10% of the world’s income and at the same time, women account for 85% of consumer purchases and control $20 trillion in worldwide spending, Diamond was inspired to create a simplified movement in the world to empower women in business to alleviate poverty. She is an advisor/Investor in social impact disruptive technologies and women-led businesses in health sciences, artificial intelligence, blockchain technology and virtual reality. Wendy has authored 10 widely-celebrated books, garnered three Guinness World Records, and has appeared in media outlets including Oprah, NBC’s Today Show, The New York Times and Forbes. She has also been a featured keynote speaker at the United Nations, Harvard University, and Davos. Wendy sits on the Advisory Boards of Ellis Island Honors Society, Global Women in Blockchain, Social Innovation Summit, Humane Society of New York and Grey Muzzle Foundation. Prior to WEDO, Wendy founded Animal Fair Media, Inc., the premier pet lifestyle media platform bridging celebrity, pop culture and animal rescue, to support animal rescue/welfare after learning 12 million animals were euthanized a year.

Aakash Kothari

SBG Marketing Lead, Facebook

Aakash is currently the Product Marketing Lead for the Small Business Group at Facebook. Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. The Small Business Group contributes directly to this mission by connecting every small business in the world with their customers on Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp and then helping them grow through solutions like pages, advertising, messaging, commerce and many other tools. Aakash currently leads a team of Product Marketers who translate market understanding into products, solutions and activations that drive business growth and benefit people. Prior to this role, Aakash served as the Product Marketing Lead for Facebook's Global Clients and Categories team. The team's mission was to lead the product go-to-market strategy for each of Facebook's Global Partnerships across CPG, Autos and eCommerce. Before Facebook, Aakash spent over six years at Google as a Global Product Strategy Lead for Display and Mobile Search ads. As a Global Product Strategy lead, Aakash was responsible for growing global revenue, influencing the product roadmap, introducing new products to market, and creating customer value through Google's Advertising Solutions. He also spent two years as a direct seller, selling Google Advertising Solutions across Search, Display and YouTube to some of Google's largest Tech B2B brands. Before Google, Aakash spent three years at GE (NBC Universal) in the Corporate FP&A and Business Development group. While at GE, he also completed the company's premiere Financial Leadership Development Program (FMP), rotating between four different business units at NBC Universal. With deep expertise in the media and advertising industry across Facebook, Google and GE, Aakash has worked cross-functionally to implement and scale Global advertising solutions. His core functional competencies range from Product Marketing, building Sales strategies, direct selling and Corporate Finance. He has received recognition and awards from both peers and senior management including the CFO Excellence Award at GE and was accepted into the Google Business Academy.

Mark Metry

Author, Forbes Speaker, Podcaster

Mark is the bestselling author of Screw Being Shy: Learn how to manage Social Anxiety & Be Yourself In Front of Anyone. Mark is also on Amazon Prime's TV documentary series "The Social Movement" season 2 attempting to solve some of the world's biggest problems today. Mark is the Host of the Global Top 100 podcast called Humans 2.0 featured by Forbes, NASDAQ, and Yahoo Finance as the "Top 21 Growing Podcasts you must listen to" Mark's show has been listened to over 15 million times and features the greatest leaders of our time like Billionaires, Professional Athletes, Activists, and New York Times Bestselling authors exploring today's dynamic of the human experience and mental health in modern times of 2020.

Nelufar Hedayat

Correspondent, Doha Debates, Journalist, Podcaster

Nelufar is a Doha Debates correspondent, bringing the debate topics and themes to global audiences for continued conversations across digital platforms. Nelufar is also the host of Doha Debates’ podcast, Course Correction and digital show #DearWorld which looks at the world under lockdown due to Covid 19. Nelufar is an award-winning journalist who previously hosted the investigative series The Traffickers on Fusion TV, uncovering the illegal trade and trafficking of people, precious minerals, counterfeit drugs and endangered species. She traveled through Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas to chronicle corrupt officials, dealers, poachers and smugglers, revealing vast transportation networks, safe houses and packaging factories. Her work has earned prestigious awards and nominations, including Livingston awards for excellence in reporting, an international affairs award from the Association for International Broadcasting, and best investigation and journalist of the year awards at the Asian Media Awards, as well as the reporter/correspondent Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media. Before Doha Debates and Fusion, Nelufar worked for the BBC, Channel 4 News and The Guardian, chronicling the challenges facing women, children and families in conflict zones, from vaccination battles and organ markets to the global refugee crisis and health workers risking their lives to vaccinate children in hostile regions. Nelufar’s 2018 docuseries Food Exposed explores the hidden truth behind the global food industry and in 2019 she joined Morgan Freeman as a contributing presenter on the 3rd season of Story of God.

Jaime Casap

Education Evangelist, Google

As the former Chief Education Evangelist at Google, Jaime evangelizes the potential of digitalization as an enabling capability in pursuit of promoting inquiry-based learning models. He collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building innovation into our education policies and practices. In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves as an advisor to dozens of organizations focused on learning, skill development, and the future of work. He is the coauthor of “Our First Talk About Poverty,” as a way to talk to children about poverty. Jaime helped launch the Phoenix Coding Academy, a public high school in Phoenix, AZ, focused on computer science as part of an inquiry-based learning model. He teaches a 10th-grade communication class at the school. He also guest lectures at Arizona State University. He speaks on education, digitalization, innovation, generation z, and the future of work at events around the world. You can follow and reach him on Twitter at @jcasap and watch his YouTube career advice videos at www.youtube.com/jaimecasap.

Jessica Gonzalez

Founder, CEO InCharged, LuxUVC, VendX

Jessica is a Latina woman and mother. Over the last decade, she's grown her event technology company, InCharged into an event technology fixture - partnering with brands like Google, Coca-Cola, and T-Mobile to execute cutting-edge experiential marketing campaigns and events. Under the InCharged brand Jessica developed the VendX and the LuxUVC product lines. VendX delivers a completely customized, interactive, touch-screen vending machine experience for consumers, while delivering valuable consumer insight and data to a partner brand. VendX has completed successful installations including major brands like Google, Pop-Tarts, Toyota, and Estee Lauder. The LuxUVC, as well as its sister machine the LuxElectroClean, were developed as a response to the coronavirus pandemic as Gonzalez pivoted to help every-day people safely access medical-grade sanitizing and disinfecting equipment.

Jay Bhatti

Venture Partner, BrandProject, Entrepreneur

Jay is a founding venture partner with BrandProject Capital. Jay is also an active angel investor in New Jersey start-ups. Due to Jay’s work in the startup community in New Jersey, Jay was nominated for Venture Capitalist of the Year in New Jersey in 2017 by the New Jersey Tech Council. More recently, Jay was co-chair of the Governor Murphy’s Tech Transition Team and is working with the administration on ways to make New Jersey the center of tech innovation again. Jay has given a TEDx talk on innovation and has been featured in various publications such as Time Magazine, BusinessWeek, Entrepreneur Magazine, ABC News, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, NBC News, World News, and the Financial Times. Prior to BrandProject, Jay was the co-founder of spock.com, the leading social search engine in the world based in the heart of Silicon Valley. Spock raised over $10m in venture funding and powered search for leading social networks like bebo, hi5, friendster and tagged. At its peak, over 40 million people did over 100 million searches per month on the platform, making spock one of the top 10 search engines on the planet. Before Spock, Jay worked in Global Enterprise Strategy and Marketing at Microsoft in Seattle. Jay has an MBA from the Wharton School and a BS with Highest Honors from Rutgers School of Engineering.

William Bao Bean

GP, SOSV; Man. Director, CHINACCELERATOR and MOX

William is a General Partner at SOSV - The Accelerator VC - the #2 most active angel and seed stage investor in the world 2019 with US$700m under management. At SOSV he is the Managing Director of Chinaccelerator the first accelerator to launch in Asia and the only accelerator in Asia to have a unicorn come through its program – Bitmex the #1 crypto exchange in the world by trading volume enabling anyone with a smartphone to access financial products and opening up investment to the unbanked. He is also Founder and Managing Director of MOX - the Mobile Only Accelerator - providing startups with free user acquisition to the 70m smartphone users on the platform. William joined SOSV from SingTel Innov8 Ventures where he was a founding Managing Director supporting China investments. Prior to that William was a Partner at Softbank China & India Holdings, a venture capital firm backed by Softbank and Cisco, leading investments in China and South East Asia. Previously, William spent 11 years as an equity research analyst most recently with Deutsche Bank where he was a top ranked analyst for Asia Internet and China Tech, Media and Telecom and worked on IPOs for Alibaba, Kingsoft and eLong (Expedia China). In 2005, he was ranked #3 stock picker in China/Hong Kong and #1 for Technology, Media and Telecom by Thomson Reuters Starmine. In 2006 he was ranked #3 equity research analyst in Asia for Software and IT Services by Institutional Investor Magazine for his work on China Internet. William has done over 200 early stage investments including Bitmex - crypto exchange, UShopal - social ecommerce, Snapask - online tutoring platform, italki - language learning platform, Yodo1 - mobile games platform, Carota/GMobi -mobility, DemystData - fintech, Orange Hotel - boutique hotel chain acquired by China Hospitality Group, Lekan - children’s media platform acquired by Condé Nast, Massive Impact - mobile adtech acquired by GMobi, and Playspan - payment platform acquired by Visa. He currently sits on the boards of advisors/directors of escapex, Phable, Goama, italki, SRT, and Carota as well as organizations including Angelcrunch (天使汇), Music Matters, Techyizu and the US China Strong Foundation. He holds a BA from Bowdoin College.

Hala Taha

Influencer, Host, Young and Profiting Podcast

Hala started her career in radio production at WQHT Hot97 on “The Angie Martinez Show.” Later she focused on an entrepreneurial endeavor― the launch an entertainment news blog site, “The Sorority of Hip Hop.” She led an all-female team of 50 bloggers, and together they ran the popular site, interviewed celebrities, produced radio shows, and hosted parties/concerts. When the blog site boom slowed in 2014, Hala took a temporary exit from the entertainment industry to get an MBA. She has over 8 years of corp marketing experience and is quickly rising at Disney Streaming Services. Today Hala hosts a #1 How-To podcast, Young and Profiting (YAP), and is one of the biggest influencers on Linkedin. YAP merges Hala’s passions for radio, entrepreneurship, business, and continued learning. Hala is an expert on networking, rising from failure, personal branding, Linkedin marketing.

Steve Anglin

Co-founder, CEO, WeSolar

Steve is the co-founder and chief executive of WeSolar CSP and is a thought leading voice in todays renewable energy industry. He has used his experience having spent decades on WallStreet as a business leader to impact and help reduce the global carbon footprint. His experience gives him the natural ability to manage complex initiatives from concept to funding including successful product launches. Steve has worked with global heads, governments and industry to develop disruptive , transformational energy solutions. He has held various leadership positions at JPMorgan, UBS, GE Capital, DTC, Wipro Technologies and Virtusa Inc. Steve earned an Executive MBA from Rutgers University Business School.

Robert Van Varick

Principal, Design, Insights & Strategy, Michael Graves

With the firm since 2003, Rob passionately believes design has the power to positively impact people’s lives. His mission is to apply the right blend of research, psychology, creativity and strategy so that root causes are identified, allowing the best solution to be designed. Well-rounded solutions require multi-disciplinary input and collaboration. As a partner at MGA&D, Rob works with architects, interior designers, product designers, graphic designers, researchers and strategists all focused on one goal: enhancing the human experience at every scale. Great design is humanistic, familiar, accessible and intuitive. Today, everyone is focused on “innovation,” but many companies are pursuing innovation that is disconnected from users. For MG, success starts with the observation of an unmet need or opportunity gap. But that’s only the start. The true key, which they call the magic, is translating the observation into a meaningful and enduring product solution. That’s the hard part.

Kayla Michele

Co-founder, COO, PeduL

Kayla is the Co-Founder and COO of PeduL, the first scholarship marketplace that makes it easier for students to find and apply to scholarships and simpler for providers to create and manage them. Students can apply to thousands of scholarships with one application and land job opportunities. Our provider CRM enables corporations to use scholarships as a tool to hyper-target, attract and source diverse pipelines of student talent. As a national ambassador for youth development organizations like The Disney Dreamers Academy, The First Tee and The National Black MBA Leaders of Tomorrow, Kayla regularly speaks on the power of youth leadership and the indispensability of diverse representation in today’s workforce. Kayla has a Forbes column that highlights the trials and tribulations of being a startup founder of color in the HR tech/Ed tech industries. In a society where the necessity and costs of pursuing higher education are rising at the same rate, Kayla's on a mission to cultivate an economy that prioritizes equal access to education, democratizes financial support, and actualizes economic and professional mobility for students worldwide.

Michael Johnson

Co-founder and CEO, Visikol

Dr. Johnson is a 2017 and 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree and the CEO of Visikol Inc., which is a bio-imaging company that spun out of Rutgers University in 2016 and that Michael founded along with his fellow PhD candidate Thomas Villani and colleague Nick Crider. Michael has a diverse background with experiences in both the technical and business considerations of running a biotech business. Following his undergraduate degree in biology at Muhlenberg College, Michael spent three years in various roles at Johnson & Johnson while concurrently pursuing a PhD in applied microbiology at Rutgers University. Michael’s research background has focused on a wide-range of projects from remote sensing research with NASA to building light sheet microscopes and producing biofuels. Prior to launching Visikol, Michael has worked on several other biotech-based entrepreneurial pursuits and is very passionate about translating cutting edge research into life-changing commercial technologies.

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            [post_title] => Terry Torok
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ENTERTAIMENT Terry has linked dozens of Fortune 500 brands and startup companies to causes, events and entertainment media platforms and sponsorships including; The Olympics, FIFA World Cup, Superbowl halftime, American Idol Gives Back, The Global Goals Races, Alicia Keys, Elton John, Phil Collins and Rolling Stones. 

ESPORTS Early in his career he produced 200 hours of broadcast television and led the esports category from its’ genesis as a producer of the daily show Video Power, the Nintendo World Championship and Game Riot. 

INNOVATION EXPERIENCES Created and produced the first television commercial from outer space for Pepsi, and a live broadcast from the space station for E TV and Extreme Shopping. An event that offered the Brooklyn Bridge, the Hollywood Sign and Mohammed Ali’s home for sale on live television. Terry has been creator of brand and award winning media experiences for Omnicom Media group since 2002. 

DESTINATION Terry has produced several location based experiences including- The NY Skyride at the Empire State Building, XS NY the gaming arena in Time Square as well as the designer of resort destination experiences from Dubai to the Bahamas. 

CAUSE Since 2002 Terry has focused on cause and philanthropic initiatives with the United Nations, Marlaria No More, The World Food Programmed and The Internal Rescue Committee. He has worked in Sudan, The Congo, Rwanda, Uganda and Somalia with child soldiers and refugees, as well as on maternal health issues in South Africa and India. He is founding board member of Lalela.org a Sub-Saharan arts and innovation based education platform and a 10-year board member of the international organization BuildOn. 

Terry has been the Chief Innovation Officer of Enactus worldwide since 2014. Enactus is a global organization of 70,000 university students, academic and business leaders across 36 countries and over 1,700 campuses. Enactus serves as the world’s largest experiential learning platform dedicated to creating a better world while developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators. 

Terry produces the annual Enactus World Cup, The UN Global Goals forum, the World Water Race and the :77 Film Festival. These events showcase social innovation and impact aligned with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. More at www.Enactus.org/WorldCup 

Terry has also created and implemented course curriculums in creativity, innovation and abundanomics that has reached over 250,000 students around the world. He teaches immersive courses on Social Innovation at Universities around the world, most recently in China, India, Mexico, Africa and US. Terry has been a longtime member of TED, a member of SAG/AFTRA and is also a rescue first- responder. 

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            [post_title] => Sree Sreenivasan
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Sree is a leading social and digital media consultant and trainer, working with nonprofits, startups, companies and executives around the world. He has served as Chief Digital Officer of New York City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Columbia University (where he was a full-time professor of journalism for 20+ years). 

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In 2015, Fast Company named him one of the 100 most creative people in business and in 2010, he was named one of the 35 most influential people in social media by the Poynter Institute. In 2014, he was named most influential CDO by CDO Club. 

His new NYT guide to social media: http://bit.ly/nyt2017  
His social media FB group: http://bit.ly/sreefbadvanced His five TEDx talks: http://bit.ly/sreetedxvideos. 
Twitter: @sree: http://twitter.com/sree Email: sree@sree.net
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Before Google, Aakash spent three years at GE (NBC Universal) in the Corporate FP&A and Business Development group. While at GE, he also completed the company's premiere Financial Leadership Development Program (FMP), rotating between four different business units at NBC Universal.

 

With deep expertise in the media and advertising industry across Facebook, Google and GE, Aakash has worked cross-functionally to implement and scale Global advertising solutions.  His core functional competencies range from Product Marketing, building Sales strategies, direct selling and Corporate Finance.  He has received recognition and awards from both peers and senior management including the CFO Excellence Award at GE and was accepted into the Google Business Academy.
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More recently, Jay was co-chair of the Governor Murphy’s Tech Transition Team and is working with the administration on ways to make New Jersey the center of tech innovation again.
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Coaches

James Barrood

Advisor, Ecosystem Leader, Innovator, Speaker

James Barrood is among the primary leaders of the east coast's innovation ecosystem. Over the past 20+ years he has helped nurture entrepreneurial, innovation and technology communities. He has been recognized as a Power 100 List leader and a Top 100 Influencer. For the past five years he led one of the largest tech trade associations, the NJ Tech Council. Prior to this he led the top ranked entrepreneurship and innovation center at Fairleigh Dickinson University for most of 17 years. He currently serves as an advisor to startups, growth companies and institutions as well as Tech Council Ventures and Jumpstart Angels Network. James is the editor of the book, Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Global Insights from 24 Leaders and co-author of Lessons from the Great Recession. He has written articles for Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Grit Daily, ROI, NJBiz and other publications and has been widely quoted regionally and nationally. He frequently speaks at regional and global conferences and serves on several boards. He holds an MBA from Texas A&M University and a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.

Dr. Diana Kyser

Serial Entrepreneur

Diana is a serial entrepreneur; her first business was a software development firm in the early days of the PC, and her most successful was C3i, Inc., a $100M venture funded global technology solutions firm that she co-founded in 1993 and sold to Merck. Dr. Kyser has also held leadership positions in marketing, customer care, operations and human resources at large firms like American Express, JPMorgan Chase and LexisNexis, as well as startups like TheLadders.com. During her career, Dr. Kyser has led just about every function within a business including operations, technology, customer service, finance, human resources and sales. This experience has given her a unique, execution-focused perspective that she now brings to her role as Chief Operating Officer of SWK Technologies. Dr. Kyser taught for many years at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Rothman Institute for Entrepreneurship in Madison, NJ and Thomas Edison State College in the MBA, Masters and undergraduate programs. She has served on the Board of Advisors for the Women's Center for Entrepreneurship in Chatham, NJ and on the Board of Trustees for Family Connections in Orange, NJ. She holds a BA from Birmingham-Southern College and an MBA from New York University a Doctorate in Business at Temple University. Dr. Kyser was a 2014 Leading Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners finalist and a 2015 recipient of NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business Award and is a resident of Summit, NJ.

Mukesh Patel

Serial Entrepreneur, Asst. Prof. of Practice, Rutgers

Mukesh is a serial entrepreneur and advisor with experience in private equity, angel investments, innovation and technology, business law, and education. Mukesh has founded numerous ventures, secured significant capital (equity and debt), and worked with more than 100 investor partners. He has been featured in national media, and Entrepreneur.com recently named him one of “The Hot 30 Movers and Shakers of New York City’s Startup Scene.” Mukesh was the founder and CEO of JuiceTank, NJ’s largest co-working space and incubator for tech-startups and VX, an innovative venture xcelerator that provides advisory-consulting to corporations, non-profits, startups and emerging growth ventures in the areas of innovation, scale, ideation, creativity, corporate culture, employee engagement, new product development, business models, capital raising, entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, power networking, and strategic leadership. He has an experienced team and the firm is powered by strategic partnerships attracting national and international interest. As an award-winning Asst. Professor of Professional Practice at Rutgers Business School, he teaches Strategy, Management, and a ground-breaking, experiential and inter-disciplinary course “Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship” (ICE). He designed and teaches Strategic Transformation for MBAs and D3: (Digital Transformation, Disruption & Design-Thinking) and “Managing Breakthrough Innovation” for the Executive MBA program. He is Lead Faculty for Executive Education where he designed and teaches a team course, “Innovation for Corporate Enterprise” and co-teaches “IDEA” (Idea-Design-Execution Accelerator) to corporate executives and managers. As the founding Director of Innovation at the Honors College he designed and leads the Innovation Lab for Social Impact and works with the top students to launch new social enterprises. He leads a team of industry experts and Executive Innovation Fellows to mentor students to transform their ideas into real-life social innovation ventures. He is also the founding Director of Development and Co-Ad Professor for the new Entrepreneurship Law Clinic at Rutgers Law School, providing valuable legal resources to the business community through a collaborative platform. He has recently been appointed Director for CTEC (Collaborative for Tech Entrepreneurship & Commercialization) and founding Director of the Road to Silicon V/Alley Program (RSVP). He also developed the Black & LatinX Tech Accelerator (BLT) for the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED) and also taught Women & Business at Global Village. On the global speaking circuit, he has presented keynotes on entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial insights, innovation / design-thinking, including at two TEDx, Google Campus in Seoul, Korea, a conference sponsored by the US Embassy, and was featured at an event at the United Nations. He has guest lectured at Kaist University in Seoul, Korea and at several universities in India, Singapore, as well as in the U.S. including New York and Washington D.C. He is active in the national Conference for Innovation in Business School Education involving more than 30 top universities across the U.S. He is on the Executive Board and former VP of NJ Business Innovation Network and Co-Chair of its Innovation Committee. Mukesh is the inaugural recipient of the Rutgers Alumni Entrepreneurship Award presented at the Global Entrepreneurship Conference, Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching (highest coveted award), the Dean’s Meritorious Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service, the Thomas Mott Award, and named Best Entrepreneurship Professor by Rutgers Business Governing Association and Business Person of the Year by Future Business Leaders Association. Mukesh has multi-disciplinary degrees: JurisDoctor from Fordham Law School, B.A. in Economics & Statistics from Rutgers (Summa Cum Laude, Henry Rutgers Scholar, Cap & Skull), with a secondary in Cinematic Arts. Mukesh provides advisory and coaching to executives, entrepreneurs, innovators, creative types, students, corporations, non-profits, and educational institutions. He runs Think-Tanks where he assembles and serves on expert advisory boards. Mukesh and his ventures have been featured in national and global media.

Gina Tedesco

Investor, Serial Entrepreneur, Professor and Mentor

Gina is an active investor, serial entrepreneur, professor and mentor. Currently managing member of Amala Ventures, a venture firm investing in disruptive technology in the USA and Brazil, her career of over 30 years includes co-founding 3 successful start-up ventures, overseas postings in finance and M&A with a global pharmaceutical company and industry expertise in pharmaceuticals, biotech, and technology. Gina is a member and board member of Jumpstart NJ Angel Network and a member of Golden Seeds. She also serves on the board of two private companies and is an Advisory Board Member of the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship. In addition, she is an Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University and is currently teaching various online courses in entrepreneurship.

C.J. Meenan

Entrepreneur, Educator

C.J. is an entrepreneur and educator with over 30 years’ experience teaching entrepreneurship and starting small businesses. He holds an MBA from Babson College and is a leader in entrepreneurial education who specializes in curriculum design for individuals as well as groups. He has designed entrepreneurship programs at all levels from elementary to adult learners. C.J. is certified in Driving Economic Growth Through Entrepreneurship Ecosystems through Babson Executive Education & is a certified internal corporate coach. In 1987, C.J. co-founded The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship. As the co-founder of NFTE, he helped develop curriculum and launch an entrepreneurship training program that's been implemented at high schools and universities around the world. During his career, C.J. has trained thousands of entrepreneurs in the principles of starting and scaling a small business. C.J. also trains educators, his methods and teaching strategies having been adopted in over 25 countries. In recognition of his work in this field, he received the Price Babson Fellowship for Entrepreneurship Educators. C.J. believes in lifelong learning and leads by example. To stay current, he takes one workshop and two online courses each year. Most recently, he completed the IDEO course on Creative Leadership and was certified in Entrepreneurship Essentials through HBX | Harvard Business School.

Dr. Sunita Kramer

Assistant Vice Provost, UR & Experiential Edu, Rutgers

Sunita is currently the Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Research and Experiential Education at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and brings to the position a unique combination of experience in basic science research, academic affairs, and the creation of innovative campus-level initiatives. Dr. Kramer earned a B.A. in biology from Franklin and Marshall College and a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology from Stony Brook University. She is also an alumna of the Stanford University d.school design thinking program, where she trained in using design approaches to problem-solving, teaching and learning. Sunita also provides leadership and oversight for the new i.d.e.a initiative at Rutgers-New Brunswick. i.d.e.a. (Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship Academy) embeds innovation, design and entrepreneurial thinking into the Rutgers undergraduate student experience by giving students access to cross-discipline research opportunities and project-based learning cohorts organized around real-world challenges. IDEA is based on the premise that the most transformative innovations emerge at the convergence of disciplines and involve project-based collaborations between students, faculty, alumni entrepreneurs, and industry.

Stephanie Bousheri

Serial Entrepreneur

Stephanie is an accomplished entrepreneurial leader and UC Davis and UCSF trained clinician scientist with global experience spanning patient care, clinical research, product strategy, commercialization, and business development. Throughout her career she has focused on ways to use technology and the idea of scale to innovate, uplift, educate, and help others. From working as a nurse; to founding a non-profit to deliver care in underserved communities; to taking the first therapeutic HIV vaccine to Africa; to serving on the founding team of Welkin, company focused on improving chronic disease; to operating as a general manager at Coursera. Over the course of her career she has worked with both Fortune 500 companies and start-ups to bring novel solutions to market and drive company growth. In her free time she gives back by serving on several boards, and advising early stage companies.

Dr. Mark Aakhus

Prof of Communication, SCI, Rutgers

Mark investigates the relationship between communication and design, especially the uses of technological and organizational design, to augment human interaction and reasoning for decision-making and conflict-management. He uses multiple methods from discourse analysis and computational social science to examine language, argumentation, and social interaction in professional practice, organizational processes, and information infrastructures.

Kange Kaneene

Senior Director of Business Development, SAP

Kange has spent 12+ years at the intersection of technology and business working in the enterprise software industry. She is a Senior Director of Business Development at SAP, the world’s largest enterprise software company. She is currently focused on expanding SAP's ecosystem in the space via investments in startups, partnerships, acquisitions and joint go-to-market. Kange has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration from New York University Stern School of Business. Ms. Kaneene has a passion for diversity and creating equally distributed access to opportunity. She is an angel investor with Pipeline Angels group, a group of women who invest in women social entrepreneurs. Additionally, is on the selection committee and a mentor for entrepreneurs as a volunteer for Defy Ventures, a non-profit organization that invests in founders who are currently or formerly incarcerated. Finally, she is the co-chair of Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) NYC leadership council. KIPP NYC is a network of public charter schools with high minority and low-income populations that matriculate to college at more than double the rate of low-income students nationally and complete college at five times the rate of their peers. Kange lives in Brooklyn, New York and loves international travel, cooking, dancing, karaoke, Michael Jackson and spending time with friends and family.

Gary Minkoff

Instructor of Prof Practice, Rutgers Business School

Gary serves as a full-time Instructor of Professional Practice at Rutgers Business School, where he teaches various courses in Entrepreneurship. His teaching is informed by his extensive professional and practical experience in 4 key economic sectors: Private, Not for Profit, Education and Public. Gary is a Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Pre-D Partners, a startup dietary supplement company marketing products under the mitoMANAGETM brand. Additionally, he is a Principal and Co-Founder of BioDev, a life sciences technology strategy, licensing and development company. Since 1997, Gary has been President of Above & Beyond Marketing; a consulting firm specializing in sales and marketing strategy, technology, education and training and communications. Gary received the “Outstanding Workshop Presentation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy” award for Developing a Failure in Order to Succeed Mindset in Entrepreneurship Education at USASBE (US Association of Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs) 2015. He has been a panelist at the Rutgers Workshop on Social Innovation, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and served as Moderator/panelist for New Jersey’s first Chief Sustainability Officers’ Summit-Visioning for Accelerated Impact. He has been a Judge for the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau’s Creative Showcase Awards and Desafio Intel’s Tech Entrepreneurship competition. He is a member of the Global Advisory Board for the Center for Leadership and Management-the Rutgers School of Social Work and is a Member of the Rutgers-New Brunswick Small Business Development Center Advisory Board.

Micheline Nader

CEO, Jesra Foundation

Micheline Nader, BSN, MPH, DESS is the CEO of Jesra Foundation, a serial healthcare entrepreneur and the best-selling author of the Dolphin's Dance: 5-Step Journey into Conscience Awareness. Micheline founded the Blue Dolphin Healthcare group where she built and managed a chain of skilled nursing homes facilities. After 15 years of successful operations, Micheline sold her company to a public healthcare group. Since then, she has maintained a strong involvement in the healthcare business as entrepreneur. In addition, through her writings, workshops and speaking engagements, Micheline is actively creating value for individuals and organizations with a focus on personal growth and social transformation through embracing an attitude of success and discovering the individuals’ passion and purpose. Micheline is also an active philanthropist through the Jesra Foundation that she co-founded, with a commitment to the education and wellbeing of underprivileged children as well rare disease research. Prior, Micheline lead a successful career in hospital administration where she held executive positions at the American University Hospital of Beirut and the American Hospital of Paris when she and her family lived for 8 years. After moving to Canada, she co-founded Chateau Westmount, allied with McGill University and catering for elderly with Alzheimer’s and memory disorders. Micheline relocated to the US in the early 90’s. Micheline holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing and a master’s in public health from the American University of Beirut (Lebanon) and a Doctoral degree in Healthcare Management from Paris-Dauphine University (France).

Jenn Halweil

Chief Story Engineer, Go Beyond

Electrical Engineer turned Story Engineer, Jenn is on a mission to highlight the inspiring stories of individuals breaking boundaries in science, tech, media and beyond, and to inspire a new wave of innovation in the process: one that is socially conscious and sustainable. Jenn Halweil is the Chief Story Engineer at #GoBeyond, an educational media company, highlighting ambitious innovators in science, tech, and media, to explore the more humanistic, social, and ethical considerations of tech innovation and media headlines. Jenn's work is the culmination of a decade of experience championing diversity and inclusion, and science literacy as a serial entrepreneur including: Founder & former CEO of Legacy Impacts, an educational non-profit organizing events drawing over 50,000 attendees; Former electrical engineer focused on sustainability, renewable energy, and the social and political impacts of technological innovation, and the Department of Energy's youngest intern in their FreedomCar Division (their alternative fuel vehicle initiative); Société Générale Citizen Act Winner, Professional Engineers of NC Scholarship Recipient, National Merit and Johns Hopkins CTY Alumni. Jenn currently serves as an advisor and advocate for the Geena Davis Institute and Chloe Capital.

Alfred E. Blake IV

Asst Director, Undergrad Entrep Programs, RBS

Alfred is Assistant Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at Rutgers Business School. He is excited about anything that deals with entrepreneurship and innovation. He is the author of The Students Handbook To Breaking All The Rules, a Huffington Post/Elite Daily Contributor and the founder of Rule Breaker University - a company focused on helping students to break rules to break records in life. Even with the aforementioned accomplishments, the one he is most proud of is being the father of Skylar Jaelle Blake.

Pavita Howe

Director of Entrepreneurship Partnerships, Rutgers

Pavita is Director of Entrepreneurship Partnerships at Rutgers’ Corporate Engagement Center (CEC) where she manages the relationships with external partners including investors, alumni, entrepreneurs, and industry organizations that are interested in engaging with entrepreneurship activities at Rutgers. Previously, Pavita served as Director of the TechAdvance Fund, which provides grants to Rutgers researchers to advance innovative technologies toward commercialization. In this role, Pavita was responsible for launching and managing the new TechAdvance program which funded 50 projects for a total of $3.8 million under her leadership and helped to advance several Rutgers technologies toward commercialization. Prior to Rutgers, Pavita served on the executive teams at multiple technology startups in California and New Jersey with a focus on marketing, new product launches, business planning, investor pitches, and business development. Two of these companies were acquired by publicly traded companies. Pavita holds a B.Sc. in Nutritional Science and Biochemistry from the University of Guelph and an MBA (Marketing) from McMaster University, both in Ontario, Canada.

Victor Salama

Exec Director, GNEC

Victor joined Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation (GNEC) in June 2020 as the organization’s Executive Director. He has over 25 years’ experience in creating international partnerships in both for- profit and non-profit sectors and has extensive experience as a nonprofit executive, entrepreneurship workshop instructor and business owner. Prior to joining GNEC, Victor was the Executive Director of First Friends of NJ & NY, a nonprofit organization based in Kearny NJ that supports immigrants who are detained by the US Dept. of Homeland Security in 4 NJ jails and also upon their release. Victor was also President of the LIVY Group, a consulting firm dedicated to helping nonprofits grow through the creation and implementation of program replication strategies. He spent 3 years at StrateSphere LLC, a Columbus Ohio based firm devoted to public-private partnership creation. As Director of Business Development, he grew business opportunities for StrateSphere’s Venture Highway entrepreneurship education programming and other entrepreneurship and education related activities. He was also a Venture Highway entrepreneurship education workshop trainer. Victor spent 15 years as Vice President of Business & International Partnerships at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), an organization that provides entrepreneurship education programming to youth serving institutions. His roles included supporting and creating new international and domestic licensed partnerships, managing NFTE’s 11 program offices and pushing forward the company’s strategy initiatives. He has taught NFTE teacher training workshops and youth workshops all over the world. Prior to his career at NFTE, Victor ran his own food distribution company and worked for various United Nations agencies in the area of international entrepreneurship development and technology. He has extensive experience working directly with entrepreneurs, universities, economic development agencies and government ministries. Victor has a J.D. from Washington College of Law, The American University (Washington DC), and an M.A. from the School of International Service, The American University and a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, PA).

David Stengle

CEO and Founder, Board++

David Stengle is a serial entrepreneur. His latest venture, Board++ cracks glass ceilings, diversifies boards, and prepares our next generation for board seats. Previous companies delivered enterprise software solutions in fintech, adtech, and digital health. He started as a programmer and later led technology, product, marketing, revenue, business development and strategy at startups as well as CEO of several companies. He spent several years as managing director and CTO of an accelerator. He also advises early stage companies. David is the founder and director of Startup Grind's Princeton chapter and runs startup, blockchain, and data science meetups.

Michele Joseph

ED, Student Global Ambassador Program

Michele Joseph is the executive director of the Student Global Ambassador Program (SGAP Leaders). SGAP Leaders is a 501(C) 3 charitable organization and empowers young leaders to take action on real-world problems using STEM, sustainability, environmental and social justice challenges. Overall, SGAP Leaders provides a structured vehicle for motivated and curious middle and high school students to come together and find solutions to pressing problems ranging from climate change and fossil fuels to related social issues such as access to clean water, food shortages (and waste), teen suicide and human trafficking. Over the years, SGAP Leaders has inspired, engaged, and empowered upwards of 3,100 students from 75 private, public, charter, independent and religious middle and high schools. Since 2016, Michee Joseph has teamed with Fairleigh Dickinson University, Columbia University, Drew University, Princeton University, Chestnut Hill College, and Montclair State University. Furthermore, Joseph fostered partnerships with like-minded corporations and organizations such as the Urban League of Morris County, Picatinny Arsenal, and Covanta Energy. In addition, Joseph and her partners have secured funding for SGAP Leaders-related programs through the generosity of FirstEnergy Foundation, Constellation Energy, Wells Fargo, Picatinny Arsenal and TD Bank Charitable Foundation. Ms. Joseph attained her MBA in strategy and marketing from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, and her BSc in Biology/Environmental Sciences from Catholic University of America. She was the team lead for Net Impact while attending Georgetown University. She also earned a certificate in Sustainable Practices for the Workplace and has several CEU in Internal Branding and Marketing Campaign ROI. She taught entrepreneurship to promising high school students at the WEB Dubois Scholars Institute at Princeton University. At present, she is pursuing her certificate in design thinking. She has over 15 years of strategy, marketing and branding experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Marc Polson

HR Executive, Design Thinking & Innovation Consultant

Mark is the Principal and Founder of Polson & Associates, a consultancy focused on Design Thinking and helping organizations build their capabilities in creativity and innovation in an increasingly competitive and complex world. Prior to establishing Polson & Associates, Mark was with The Estée Lauder Companies for 28 years, most recently as Vice President, Fast to Action and Design Thinking. In this capacity he worked closely with business units across the organization to help teams develop a design-driven approach to solving strategic business issues, especially in the use of Design Thinking tools and methodologies. Over the course of his career working in roles as varied as industrial design, merchandising, package development, and Learning and Development, Mark developed a clear understanding of what drives the creative process in organizations. It’s all about leadership and building the right climate to enable teams to be at their best. A passionate advocate for continuous learning, Mark is also an Adjunct Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York where he teaches the course, “Managing the Creative Process” in the MPS Program for Cosmetics and Fragrances Marketing and Management. Over the past fifteen years teaching, he has twice been recognized with the Faculty Leadership Award voted by students in the MPS Program. Mark is a member of both the Rutgers Business School Marketing Advisory Board and the Board of Directors for Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest. Mark holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design degree from Syracuse University and a Master of Professional Studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology. In addition, he is certified in the Creative Styles Indicator™ and is a Qualified Practitioner for the Situational Outlook Questionnaire®. He is also a frequent speaker and panelist at industry conferences.

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executives and managers. As the founding Director of Innovation at the Honors College he designed and leads the Innovation Lab for Social Impact and works with the top students to launch new social enterprises. He leads a team of industry experts and Executive Innovation Fellows to mentor students to transform their ideas into real-life social innovation ventures. He is also the founding Director of Development and Co-Ad Professor for the new Entrepreneurship Law Clinic at Rutgers Law School, providing valuable legal resources to the business community through a collaborative platform. He has recently been appointed Director for CTEC (Collaborative for Tech Entrepreneurship & Commercialization) and founding Director of the Road to Silicon V/Alley Program (RSVP). He also developed the Black & LatinX Tech Accelerator (BLT) for the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED) and also taught Women & Business at Global Village.


On the global speaking circuit, he has presented keynotes on entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial insights, innovation / design-thinking, including at two TEDx, Google Campus in Seoul, Korea, a conference sponsored by the US Embassy, and was featured at an event at the United Nations. He has guest lectured at Kaist University in Seoul, Korea and at several universities in India, Singapore, as well as in the U.S. including New York and Washington D.C. He is active in the national Conference for Innovation in Business School Education involving more than 30 top universities across the U.S. He is on the Executive Board and former VP of NJ Business Innovation Network and Co-Chair of its Innovation Committee. Mukesh is the inaugural recipient of the Rutgers Alumni Entrepreneurship Award presented at the Global Entrepreneurship Conference, Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching (highest coveted award), the Dean’s Meritorious Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service, the Thomas Mott Award, and named Best Entrepreneurship Professor by Rutgers Business Governing Association and Business Person of the Year by Future Business Leaders Association.


Mukesh has multi-disciplinary degrees: JurisDoctor from Fordham Law School, B.A. in Economics & Statistics from Rutgers (Summa Cum Laude, Henry Rutgers Scholar, Cap & Skull), with a secondary in Cinematic Arts. Mukesh provides advisory and coaching to executives, entrepreneurs, innovators, creative types, students, corporations, non-profits, and educational institutions. He runs Think-Tanks where he assembles and serves on expert advisory boards. Mukesh and his ventures have been featured in national and global media.
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Ms. Kaneene has a passion for diversity and creating equally distributed access to opportunity. She is an angel investor with Pipeline Angels group, a group of women who invest in women social entrepreneurs. Additionally, is on the selection committee and a mentor for entrepreneurs as a volunteer for Defy Ventures, a non-profit organization that invests in founders who are currently or formerly incarcerated. Finally, she is the co-chair of Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) NYC leadership council. KIPP NYC is a network of public charter schools with high minority and low-income populations that matriculate to college at more than double the rate of low-income students nationally and complete college at five times the rate of their peers. 

 

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Since 1997, Gary has been President of Above & Beyond Marketing; a consulting firm specializing in sales and marketing strategy, technology, education and training and communications. 

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Micheline founded the Blue Dolphin Healthcare group where she built and managed a chain of skilled nursing homes facilities. After 15 years of successful operations, Micheline sold her company to a public healthcare group. Since then, she has maintained a strong involvement in the healthcare business as entrepreneur.
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Testimonials

(from a few of the 200+ students who completed full day, week-long intensive summer program)

I was one of the students who is taking part in the GEE camp. I just wanted to reach out and let you know that I learned so many new things when it comes to leadership, collaboration, teamwork, STEM, etiquette, social entrepreneurship, and so much more. The speakers that you brought in truly allowed me to take a deeper look inside those topics. I am excited to continue learning about entrepreneurship, and hopefully, one day, be able to call myself an entrepreneur. These few days have been nothing but amazing and I just wanted to let you know how thankful I am for being part of this program. Thank you. - M. J.

I was a student at GEE this week, and it was truly a blessing to have been able to listen to all of the fantastic speakers. All of their different stories impacted me in different ways, but one thing they all had in common was that they never gave up. I will take all of the tips and tricks, motivating quotes, and notes that I have in my notebook, and will not let any of them go to waste in my entrepreneurial future, and my future in general. I highly recommend this class to anyone! As the speakers said, an entrepreneurial mindset can be used in any aspect of life, not just business. Thank you! - M. L. 

The GEE camp was a great experience. The speakers were very informative, inspiring and motivating. Also thanks to Stephanie Bousheri as she was a great coach! - J.D.

Thank you so much for this amazing and extremely insightful week. I feel like I learned a lot about what is necessary to be an entrepreneur. All the speakers were very inspiring and helpful with their advice. I truly feel inspired to be an entrepreneur. - D. L.

I wanted to take a moment and thank you for the last week. I had a great time learning and having fun at the same time. All the speakers were great, and the subgroups were even more enjoyable. It was a terrific experience for me, and I am so glad I did it. I have begun thinking of things in more entrepreneurial ways I had never imagined before. Thank you! - J. C.

Thank you for the great week at GEE. I've learned extremely valuable advice from successful entrepreneurs that I will take with me in the future. I look forward to the opportunities ahead and I highly recommend this program to aspiring entrepreneurs. - A. L.

FAQs

1. Will a certificate of completion be given? 
Yes, from Rutgers University.

2. What is the age range for enrollees? 
Students in grades 8-12 may register (typically 13-18 years old).

3. Is there a scholarship program for students? 
Yes, partial and full scholarships are available and will be need-based. Contact us.

4. Is a pretest necessary? 
No, but participants may be asked to write a short essay for screening purposes after they register. Student must have a willingness to learn.

5. Will students simply be viewing a recorded talk during the sessions? 
No, the content delivered will be complemented by facilitated discussions and hands-on activities and exercises.

6. Can I enroll if I live outside the US? 
Absolutely!

7. What is the dress code? 
Business casual is recommended.

Registration

Tuition: $595

October 28, 2020 - May 5, 2021 (excluding holiday/break weeks)

  • Weekly 1 hour zoom meetings on Wednesdays at 5 - 6 pm EST.
  • Sessions will be recorded and available on-demand; at least one session per month must be attended LIVE.

Registration closed. Planning spring 2021 cohort. Please contact us to be added to waitlist and if you have questions.