Sandy is a serial entrepreneur, currently working in the Maryland SBDC as a regional director for the western region at Frostburg State University. She is also a professor at Walden University and Frostburg State, teaching in the MBA program. Her interest in strategy began as part of her doctoral dissertation, but she has also witnessed many organizations struggle with strategic planning and implementation. She is willing to help communities, especially smaller ones, develop agile strategies to improve quality of life.
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.
Dr. John Short is an experienced engineer/entrepreneur/educator. President of SJS, Inc., a 25-year-old holding company with a variety of business interests, Dr. Short has significant product development and startup experience in both private-sector and DoD environments. He is in his tenth year as an engineering professor at College of Southern Maryland and, as CSM Professor of Entrepreneurship, has been the primary developer of CSM’s technology transfer education program. He is also a founding member of the Southern Maryland Regional Innovation Collaborative’s advisory board. As a certified Strategic Doing workshop leader, he is spearheading the RIC’s Strategic Doing community engagement efforts.