INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP INITIATIVE
The CU Boulder Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative is a cross-campus effort aimed at students, faculty, staff, industry, alumni, and the community. The goal is to engage and expose audiences to innovative and entrepreneurial experiences no matter what level of expertise they possess. I helped launch this initiative. Here are elements I'm currently leading:
CAMPUS STARTUP HUB
Opened in 2018, the space convenes, educates, and builds community around innovation and entrepreneurship. I led the interior and architectural design as well as the marketing and branding, and I act as the operations manager for the space.
New Venture Challenge
I transitioned this program under the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative and developed new video and promo content, branding, and an overall strategy. The purpose of NVC is to provide a way for CU Boulder students, faculty, staff, and the Boulder community to learn about the process of launching a new venture through events, mentorship, and networking.
BOULDER STARTUP WEEK
As the University track leader of Boulder Startup Week, my goals are to connect the campus and the local startup community to build better relationships and more cross-pollination.
COMPACT BLUE: PEER TO PEER LEARNINg (DENVER, CO)
Brought district and charter schools in Denver Public Schools together to collaborate, share, and swap best practices in teaching and learning. Thirty schools were involved and nearly 200 teachers participated in this program funded by a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant.
Imaginarium Design ChallengeS (Denver, CO)
An opportunity for parents, students, teachers, leaders, and community members to pitch innovative ideas around improving education for students of Denver Public Schools. Sponsored by the Imaginarium at DPS, and awards were funded up to $10,000.
creativity & entrepreneurship living & learning community (denver, co)
An academic experience at the University of Denver, this community empowers 30 students to develop their creative and entrepreneurial capacities. Students live together in the residence halls and take specified coursewor together.
An Art Installation for His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Aspen, CO)
I led a collaboration between Anderson Ranch Arts Center, The Aspen Institute, artists Mike and Doug Starn, and 300 children from the Roaring Fork Valley. The installation included a 6’x 45’ digital mural and a cloud of 1,200 handmade prayer flags designed to spread prayers, hope, and good wishes.
COMPETITIVE IDEA LAB, DENVER STARTUP WEEK (Denver, CO)
Pushing the envelope of what's possible in education, teams were challenged to design a new product that could radically improve learning. I brought 30 undergrad students from the University of Denver to join more than 60 participants (ages 7 to 65) in mixed age teams. In 2 hours, 7 teams developed mixed media prototypes of new learning tools or products.
Art educator institute (Snowmass, CO)
A unique weeklong opportunity that brought 15 K-12 art educators together from across the nation to think critically about their dual identities as artist/educators, and to reconnect as artists while earning continuing education credits. Sponsored by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
design thinking workshops
I facilitate design thinking trainings and workshops, often using graphic facilitation to make thinking visible. Visuals along with hands-on experiences illustrate the process as well as reinforce competencies.
“Best Children’s Float” in Aspen’s Old Fashion 4th of July Parade (Aspen, cO)
“Garden Gone Wild” was the theme of our parade float which lent itself to a wide array of artistic elements.
CURRICULUM HACK, UNIVERSITY OF DENVER (DENVER, CO)
Combine a hackathon with education and you get a Curriculum Hack: a time and space for educators, students, and experts to collaboratively deconstruct and re-design innovative learning experiences. The intended outcome is new models of courses and curriculum developed collaboratively by teams of educators, students, and experts.
Story Swap: Haiti & New Orleans (PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti)
Story Swap is a project where two partners share a significant, life-changing story– one that defines who they are and has altered their life perspective. After listening attentively and exchanging stories to build empathy, each partner takes the story they heard and is tasked with recreating it as their own, through words and images.
Art Installation, Campus Startup Hub (Boulder, CO)
This artwork embodies creative collision on all levels, from materials to content to the process of bringing it to life. It took the effort of CU Boulder students, local artists, and campus staff to find the vision and execute it. The content revolves around a brainstorm and combining unrelated ideas.
NIGHT ON FIRE (ELEUTHERA, THE BAHAMAS)
At The Island School, a place-based semester program for high school students, I taught students about environmental and performance-based art. For one assignment, we used biodiesel made on the school premises and collaborated to create ephemeral works of art. Students documented the event through photography.