On the last day of Session three (May 17, 2018), the following panel of judges heard the EXCITE teams' program pitches, evaluated them, and awarded them seed money to kickstart their projects. We thank them for taking the time to help with this project.
Shawn Bay, Founder and CEO, eScholar, New York
Entrepreneur and leader in the field of data science and using it to help companies, schools and students achieve their goals; founded eScholar over 20 years ago to enable students and schools to plan, track and achieve their goals; started his career working with some of the world’s largest companies such as P&G, Unilever and IBM.
Peggy Cadigan, Deputy State Librarian for Innovation and Outreach, New Jersey State Library
Technology enthusiast; one of two librarians accepted into the Association of Professional Futurists, whose members analyze how social and technological developments are shaping the future; coordinated the Library Futures Conference in 2007 and again in 2017; 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker.
Ric Grefé, Design Thinker in Residence, Williams College, Williamstown, MA
Executive Director for 20 years of AIGA, the professional association for design; developed programs that reinforce the relevance of design as a critical element of business strategy and the value of design thinking in solving global problems with human centered solutions; taught a course at Wesleyan University on human centered design for social change.
Evelyn Isaia, CEO and Founding Partner of Ratatouille & Co., Westport
CEO of a high end catering company with a social mission to help women in need by training them in food service and providing work opportunities; worked in Wealth Management for 30 years; partner with Social Venture Partners Connecticut with a mission to narrow the opportunity gap in Connecticut; on the Board of Directors of the Women's Business Development Council of Connecticut.
Karen Jensen, Director, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford
Graduate of EXCITE Transformation for Libraries pilot, with team implementation of Uncover Branford project; led initiative to raise $5.2 million in state, municipal, and private funds to expand and renovate the Blackstone library; formerly director of the Hagaman Memorial Library and Assistant Director of the Plumb Memorial Library.
Elizabeth Joseph, Coordinator of Information & Adult Services, Ferguson Library, Stamford
Graduate of EXCITE Transformation for Libraries pilot, with team implementation of Locked City Escape project; interested in building social impact and economic growth in Stamford through projects such as the Stamford Small Business Resource Center and 1 Million cups, designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs; 2015 Library Journal Mover & Shaker.
Matt Kreimeier, Academic Innovation Center, Bryant University, Smithfield, RI
Operations Manager for state of the art facility with spaces that inspire design thinking and creative problem solving; supports faculty, students and other Bryant organizations in their creative use of the space.
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