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Highlights

  • ✓ Learn from startup experts and global entrepreneurs
  • ✓ Gain experiential education via internship(s)
  • ✓ Serve your community and the innovation ecosystem
  • ✓ Improve your communication and collaboration skills
  • ✓ Expand your network with business leaders and like-minded students

Benefits

As a student in the Global Entrepreneurship Gap Year, you'll spend your weeks immersed in a blend of experiential learning, virtual talks, activities, engaging group discussions and 1:1 mentoring. In addition to gaining an entrepreneurial mindset, the skills learned in this 10 week program will not only ensure you have a successful internship, but can also be applied to all areas of life – in school, business and the community (5 hours per week). You'll learn about the following topics:

- Teamwork + Leadership
- Communication + Soft Skills
- Innovation + Design Thinking
- Marketing + Research
- Social Media: Promotion + Branding
- STEAM + Sustainability
- Etiquette + Networking
- Agility + Resiliency
- Career Exploration

* In a fast changing world where challenges caused by disruption, technology and automation will impact on your career, the skills gained here will help ensure that you can respond and adapt to achieve your goals. You will likely have more than a dozen jobs/careers and your success will be dependent on an entrepreneurial, innovative and agile mindset complemented by superior soft skills and a robust professional network.


Entrepreneur Corps

An internship with a local small business will be required. While the focus of your work will be determined by the entrepreneur in consultation with your coach, we expect it to be focused on digital marketing, eCommerce and/or sales, particularly during this pandemic when most businesses are struggling to survive (10 hours per week).

By helping a local business survive and thrive during this downturn, you will be providing an important and impactful service to the community, economy and larger ecosystem.

An additional internship with another business located outside your home state or country is recommended, though optional (10 hours per week). This opportunity will help you gain international experience and perspective so you can compare and contrast entrepreneurial challenges, operations, marketing, etc.


Access to Entrepreneurship Networks

Students will gain access to the Global Entrepreneurship network and be invited to exclusive, invite only events on a monthly basis during and after completion of the program. They will include zoom chats with top entrepreneurs and innovation leaders.

You will also be provided access to an exclusive LinkedIn Group as well as complimentary membership in other national and global entrepreneurship support communities.


Program dates

February 1 - April 12, 2021
Application Deadline: January 18

Coaches

James Barrood

Advisor, Ecosystem Leader, Innovator, Speaker

James 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, Tech Executive

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.

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.

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.

Steve LeManager

Founder, EdVice Princeton, College/University Advisor

Steve brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise at the university level and is a highly regarded leader in U.S. college and university admissions, having served for many years as the Dean and Director of Admission at Princeton University. He spent 24 years at Princeton in senior leadership roles, not only in the Office of Admission, but also in the Office of the Executive Vice President, the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life, and the Office of the Vice President for Advancement. Steve has presented at numerous national conferences, including the College Board, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). Prior to Princeton, Steve was a high school teacher and basketball coach in Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College (A.B.) and Harvard University (Ed.M.) and is an active member of his community, having served as Chair of the Board of Trustees at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, in Princeton, New Jersey. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Gap Year Association and was featured on Slate’s podcast on college admissions, Getting In.

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. 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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Ralph Nader

Head of Talent, IPG Mediabrands

Ralph currently serves as SVP, Head of Talent at IPG Mediabrands. Prior to joining the IPG family, Ralph served as Head of Talent at News America Marketing, a News Corp subsidiary. He joined the team in 2017 to revamp and optimize a Talent Acquisition function supporting 14 offices across the US and Canada. Developing a world-class candidate experience, creating efficiency through automation and data is a passion of his. Prior to New America, Ralph was hired into Viacom/MTV Networks in 2013 to spearhead digital recruiting across Viacom's large portfolio of brands including MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and Spike. This includes creative, editorial and technology functions. Prior to joining Viacom, Ralph spent a number of years at NBCUniversal where he was responsible for NBC News and NBC's Digital properties; a portfolio that included Bravo, Oxygen, MSNBC, CNBC, Fandango.com, and some of NBC's flagship News properties such as The Today Show, and Dateline. Prior to transitioning into the Media and Entertainment industry, Ralph began his career in advertising working as a project manager at one of Omnicom's most successful advertising agencies in New York. Shortly thereafter, he joined Bench International, a boutique- retained executive search firm, as their Director of Recruitment. A position he held for 3 years before joining the NBC News Group. Having been in recruiting and human resources across many industries, gives him a well-rounded perspective of talent management, recruitment and career planning.  Ralph holds a degree from the University of Arizona. He later completed graduate coursework in organizational development and leadership coaching at NYU. His passion has always been coaching and guiding new graduates in their quest to identify their passion and career paths. In addition, Ralph advises more experienced professionals looking to advance or change their career. Helping individuals reach their personal and professional goals remains at the core of all the work he does.

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 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 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.

Garth Holsinger

GP, Prota Ventures; Co-Founder, Startup Rocket

Garth is a Partner at Prota Ventures, an operator-investor group that incubates new startups and products (Labs), provides services for enterprise companies doing innovation work (Studios), and funds pre-seed startups (Ventures). He is the co-founder of Startup Rocket, a platform to help early-stage entrepreneurs launch and grow their ventures, including student entrepreneurs. He was Sr. EIR at Bionic, helping global enterprise clients grow and launch new ventures. He has held key positions at fast-growing startups including Klout and Livefyre, where he led growth and corporate partnerships. He founded Pilot44, a leading innovation consulting practice, that was quickly acquired after founding. In addition, Garth has created and executive-produced a number of original television series for ABC, Fox, and the BBC. He lives in both the Nevada desert and Brooklyn NY.

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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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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.
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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.
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            [post_title] => Steve LeManager
            [post_excerpt] => Steve brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise at the university level and is a highly regarded leader in U.S. college and university admissions, having served for many years as the Dean and Director of Admission at Princeton University. He spent 24 years at Princeton in senior leadership roles, not only in the Office of Admission, but also in the Office of the Executive Vice President, the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life, and the Office of the Vice President for Advancement. Steve has presented at numerous national conferences, including the College Board, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). Prior to Princeton, Steve was a high school teacher and basketball coach in Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College (A.B.) and Harvard University (Ed.M.) and is an active member of his community, having served as Chair of the Board of Trustees at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, in Princeton, New Jersey. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Gap Year Association and was featured on Slate’s podcast on college admissions, Getting In.
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            [post_title] => Dr. Sunita Kramer
            [post_excerpt] => 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.
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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.
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).
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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. 

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.
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            [post_excerpt] => 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.
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            [post_excerpt] => 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. 
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            [post_excerpt] => Ralph currently serves as SVP, Head of Talent at IPG Mediabrands. Prior to joining
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subsidiary. He joined the team in 2017 to revamp and optimize a Talent Acquisition
function supporting 14 offices across the US and Canada. Developing a world-class
candidate experience, creating efficiency through automation and data is a passion of
his. Prior to New America, Ralph was hired into Viacom/MTV Networks in 2013 to
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VH1, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and Spike. This includes creative, editorial and
technology functions. Prior to joining Viacom, Ralph spent a number of years at
NBCUniversal where he was responsible for NBC News and NBC's Digital properties; a
portfolio that included Bravo, Oxygen, MSNBC, CNBC, Fandango.com, and some of
NBC's flagship News properties such as The Today Show, and Dateline. Prior to
transitioning into the Media and Entertainment industry, Ralph began his career in
advertising working as a project manager at one of Omnicom's most successful
advertising agencies in New York. Shortly thereafter, he joined Bench International, a
boutique- retained executive search firm, as their Director of Recruitment. A position he
held for 3 years before joining the NBC News Group. Having been in recruiting and
human resources across many industries, gives him a well-rounded perspective of
talent management, recruitment and career planning.  Ralph holds a degree from the
University of Arizona. He later completed graduate coursework in organizational
development and leadership coaching at NYU. His passion has always been coaching and
guiding new graduates in their quest to identify their passion and career paths. In
addition, Ralph advises more experienced professionals looking to advance or change
their career. Helping individuals reach their personal and professional goals remains at
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            [post_title] => Alfred E. Blake IV
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alumni, entrepreneurs, and industry organizations that are interested in engaging with
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Previously, Pavita served as Director of the TechAdvance Fund, which provides grants to
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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
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investor pitches, and business development. Two of these companies were acquired by publicly
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Pavita holds a B.Sc. in Nutritional Science and Biochemistry from the University of Guelph and
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            [post_title] => Victor Salama
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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).
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            [post_excerpt] => David 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.
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            [post_excerpt] => Michele 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. 

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            [post_excerpt] => Garth is a Partner at Prota Ventures, an operator-investor group that incubates new startups and products (Labs), provides services for enterprise companies doing innovation work (Studios), and funds pre-seed startups (Ventures). He is the co-founder of Startup Rocket, a platform to help early-stage entrepreneurs launch and grow their ventures, including student entrepreneurs. He was Sr. EIR at Bionic, helping global enterprise clients grow and launch new ventures. He has held key positions at fast-growing startups including Klout and Livefyre, where he led growth and corporate partnerships. He founded Pilot44, a leading innovation consulting practice, that was quickly acquired after founding. In addition, Garth has created and executive-produced a number of original television series for ABC, Fox, and the BBC. He lives in both the Nevada desert and Brooklyn NY.
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