Liz’s passion is for creating programs that nurture the next generation of thinkers and doers, through the development and growth of innovation and STEM education ecosystems. As the Associate Director at the UNA Agile Strategy Lab, Liz shepherds the expansion of the Lab’s programming and manages the Strategic Doing Institute on behalf of that organization, inccluding partnerships with other universities interested in deploying Strategic Doing.
Liz was senior program director at the Purdue Agile Strategy Lab; she is also a former senior program officer at VentureWell, where she provided leadership to the Pathways program for the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter), an effort to engage with 50 colleges and universities to redesign undergraduate engineering education.
Prior to joining VentureWell, she led STEM initiatives at the Penn State Center – Pittsburgh, was the southwest regional coordinator for the Pennsylvania STEM Network, and served as Director of Outreach and New Economy Program Development at the Institute of Advanced Learning & Research, a Virginia Tech initiative. She earned her BA from Stanford and an MBA from Northeastern University.
Mary-Marshall VanSant is the Director of Continuing Education and Outreach at the University of North Alabama. Mary-Marshall is a member of the Shoals Future Tech Pathfinder team and has completed her Strategic Doing Training Certification. Her background includes Vice President of Investor Relations and Public Policy at the Shoals Chamber of Commerce and a career in corporate and pharmaceutical sales. VanSant earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of North Alabama.