Alyson Francisco is a professor of management and entrepreneurship and director of the Salem Academy and College Center for Women in Entrepreneurship Business where she fulfillls her passion for advancing and empowering women. She has more than twenty-five years experience in industry holding executive-level positions in finance and customer operations. She is a graduate of NC State University and holds an MBA from Duke University. She has served as a board member and startup mentor for the Center for Creative Economy for more than five years, and is an active member of the Triad’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. She was recently recognized by the Triad Business Journal as a 2019 Outstanding Woman in Business.
Dr. Andres Fortino leads his own company, Fortino Global Education, providing education and training consulting services. He is an adjunct faculty member at the NYU School of Professional Studies, where he teaches Business Analytics, Data Mining, Data Visualization, and Innovation. He has over 30 years’ experience in industry, where he held responsible positions in engineering, R&D, IT management and as a CFO and a CIO. He was a senior instructor with Learning Tree International on data communications and networks where he led over 180 technical seminars internationally. He leads seminars for the American Management Association in their business analytics curriculum, which he helped develop. He is the co-founder of a recent startup in educational analytics, Autonomous Professional Development, where he is the Chief Learning Officer. Dr. Fortino has received many honors, including IBM’s First Invention Level Award for his work in semiconductor research. He holds three US patents and ten invention disclosures.
Bernardo has taught for different Universities in Canada, the USA, Mexico, and Colombia. He has lectured on a wide range of subjects, including International business & marketing, innovation: Sustainable, Disruptive, New Markets and Integrative; leadership; entrepreneurship, digital marketing, social media, and others. Develops formal and informal environments, through collaborative learning using digital tools, and new methodologies of education like Experiential Education, and Blended Learning.
I’m an English literature Ph.D. candidate at Stony Brook University. My work focuses on 19th century American gothic literature and contemporary horror films. I’m currently working on my dissertation, which traces a thread between early American gothic fiction and contemporary American horror films through the dual lens of 19th century American liberalism and present-day American neoliberalism. In particular, I’m interested in the ways that these two modes of reasoning depict what it means to be American, as well as the ways that 19th-century American gothic texts and contemporary American horror films challenge, support, and subvert these depictions through the deployment of repeated figures and environments. Outside of my academic life, I’m a podcast aficionado, tea addict, and novice yogi. Some of my favorite days are spent going to the theatre.
Carl founded SWIPEBY during his final semester at Wake Forest University where he graduated with Bachelors in Finance and Computer Science. He was born and lived most of his life in Berlin, Germany and had the honor to gain experience before SWIPEBY working with Google (Hamburg), A.T. Kearney (Dubai) and The Boston Consulting Group (Kuala Lumpur) and co-founding SEON, a startup democratizing access to fast security response, starting with South Africa and neighboring markets.
Jacqueline is a researcher, teacher, wife, mother, and lover of books. In spite of her education and background in the humanities (a Ph.D. in English Language Studies), she has found herself working in the energy and environmental policy space, obtaining certifications that make her legible to non-academics and she has embraced her identity as an evangelist of design thinking, user- and community-centered approaches to designing communication, and information justice–byproducts of her time working at Stanford University.
Dr. Jan Frick is employed as Professor at UIS Business School, University of Stavanger. He has managed several Norwegian and international research projects and coordinated industrial collaboration networks. He has published several international conferences, journals, and book chapters. Among many other projects, he has done and is running several international projects connected to e-learning, broadband, Lean Management, and Innovation.
Kevin Clark attended Berklee College of Music Alumni and is the Founder/CEO of Point Motion. He was named one of Boston's "Top 25 Under 25" by The Improper Bostonian for his contributions to digital health innovation and public service. After being established as a prolific musician and creative problem solver, he led a team of talented individuals with the goal of improving the lives of people around the world through art and innovation; bringing music where people need it most. With a bachelors degree in jazz composition & film scoring, he worked arranging for members of Beyonce's touring band, a jazz/hip hop band called English Tom in the Bookstore, and a number of other successful musical groups. Many of the leadership skills were honed while conducting and being mentored by Tia Fuller. Working with ensembles and creatives of all kinds gave him a great understanding of how he could use his managerial skills in his entrepreneurial journey. Since being awarded patents for prototyped technology, he has worked diligently at advancing the goals of his company, Point Motion Inc, in supporting the healthcare needs of people around the world through music therapy enrichment software; particularly in rural and low-income areas. He is presently focused full-time on advancing the goals of Point Motion to deliver innovative technology into the healthcare space blending music and motion.
Laura Bell Greeno is the founder of WebScout and co-founder of Ecomdash. She is committed to helping small business owners and startups use digital marketing to build brands, grow revenue, and design sustainable lead generation systems for profitability. With more than 20 years of experience in business development, branding, mobile, digital marketing, sales, website design and development, Internet marketing, social media, and search engine optimization (SEO), she understands marketing (specifically online marketing) from a holistic viewpoint.
Lauren Miller Co-founded her company UpDog Kombucha in her dorm room while at Wake Forest University in 2016. Her and her partner, Olivia Wolff, sold to other students over Instagram until they were making over 160 bottles per week. At that point, they decided to start a "real" business. They have grown their business solely from reinvesting our profits and are currently producing over 2000 gallons of kombucha per month and selling in over 150 locations including large grocers like Lowes Foods and retails stores like Lululemon.
A graduate of Wake Forest University with a BA in Politics & International Affairs, Logan was also a 3-year starter on the Wake Forest baseball team as their catcher. Logan developed and established Adventus Solutions, LLC and the accompanying app, FanPark, while in the Wake Forest Startup Lab headed by Dr. Daniel Cohen and Greg Pool. Previous job experience includes data entry with Dynamic Baseball and tournament direction & facilities management with Virginia Sports Complex. A natural communicator with a knack for public speaking, Logan now oversees all operations with FanPark in various cities across the East Coast of the US.
Mike Pouraryan has had over 18 years of experience in Operations, Finance and Administration for Small to Medium Size Businesses, start-ups, and publicly held companies. His Public Service and Political Work have included serving as an intern on the Staff of a LA City Councilman, working as a poll watcher for a Congressional Candidate, serving as an Elections Coordinator for Orange County, and serving as a member of the City of Laguna Niguel Public Safety Committee. In addition to Mike's on-going business interests, he also served as an Adjunct Professor for a number of years. He also helped to launch "The Daily Outsider" which has been a network dedicated to "Transform the Conversation About Our World". Currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. at Walden University with a focus in Public Policy and Non-Profit Management.
Rob Arnold is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, author, and community leader. He is the founder and CEO of Threat Sketch, a leading startup in cybersecurity. Rob's pitch of Threat Sketch recently won first place in the 2020 Captial Connects investor pitch competition. He is also an angel investor having made direct investments in cybersecurity, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and blockchain startups. And he invested in several more startups through accelerator-driven funds. Rob Arnold is author of Cybersecurity: A Business Solution, which has been used by universities around the world to help teach cyber risk management to MBA and undergraduate business majors. Rob has also represented the interests of small and medium-size organizations before Congress and provided cabinet-level advice to our nation's leaders. He also advocates for small and medium-size organizations on the national stage through organizations such as Business Executives for National Security (BENS) and through speaking engagements by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Wall Street Journal. Rob Arnold is also a community leader who donates his time to serve on multiple local and federal government committees and initiatives. He co-founded three nonprofits in the cybersecurity space and he serves an advisory board member to multiple colleges and universities.