Georgetown Entrepreneurship Announces 2021-2022 Entrepreneurs and Experts-in Residence

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Georgetown Entrepreneurship, which serves all of Georgetown University from the McDonough School of Business, has announced its 11th annual cohort of entrepreneurs-in-residence (EIR). EIRs provide expertise, advice, mentoring, coaching, and other assistance to students, faculty, alumni, and administrators. 

As ambassadors for Georgetown University and the Entrepreneurship Initiative, EIR’s help to expand the base of contacts and reputation in the campus and business community by engaging their own professional networks. Both undergraduate and graduate students will have virtual access to the EIRs as they navigate their own companies and other entrepreneurial aspirations.  

The EIR team members are available for Chalk Talks, a weekly informal walk-in entrepreneurship clinic open to all Georgetown students via Zoom. Participants can speak with the entrepreneurs and with each other about their business ideas, career choices, and other topics. Students and alumni interested in starting their own venture are highly encouraged to attend.

The 25 entrepreneurs-in-residence for 2021-2022 are:

Troye Bullock Jr. (C’16) is the founder and CEO of TB Global Impact Strategies, a consulting firm that works with corporations and large scale institutions to create, launch, and magnify their ESG, CSR, and social impact goals while elevating their brand. Previously, he was also the co-founder and chief operating officer of GOOD. He is a pioneer in the social impact space for creating equity and opportunity for the nation’s most at-risk populations who historically have experienced trauma and poverty. Bullock has worked to reform the Juvenile Justice system in Washington D.C., as a leader of the Credible Messenger Initiative, which provides incarcerated youth with opportunities to grow their education, expand their professional index, and address traumatic experiences. 

Jessica Carson is a guide who supports student entrepreneurs and creators on the path of self-understanding and well-being. With a background in psychology, neuroscience, startups, venture capital, and mindfulness, she has both a scientific and embodied understanding of the unique wiring of entrepreneurs. Carson is currently the senior director of venture and entrepreneurship at The American Psychological Association, the largest organization of psychologists in the world, an expert-in-residence at Georgetown University, and founder of The Magnum Opus Academy. She is also the author of Wired This Way, an exploration of the light and dark of the creative mind, which bears its own TED talk, as well as other entrepreneurial roles.

Laura Clark is an experienced entrepreneur and communications executive. Currently, she serves as an entrepreneurship specialist at The Good Food Institute where she works to shift the global food system to options that are better for the planet, people, and animals. She also founded Wylie Wagg, a regional retail chain in the pet industry, and was the company’s CEO until its acquisition by a large national retailer in late 2016.

Brian Cooley (C’94, MBA’01) is the chief commercial officer of Aktivate, a sports technology platform and community startup. Previously he served as the chief business officer, chief marketing officer, and president of sports and entertainment at EVERFI, a Washington, D.C., based SaaS software company focused on critical skills education. 

Ryan Croft is an investor and partner at Projectagram, a DTC e-commerce toy company. He was also the co-founder and chief commercial officer at TransitScreen, a company that provides commute management solutions focused on real-time transportation information throughout the employee lifecycle. Croft is a trustee at the Federal City Council in Washington, D.C., and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Commuter Transportation and the Board of Directors for Give and Surf, a nonprofit based in Bocas del Toro, Panama.

Ellen Eisenberg is an experienced entrepreneur whose focus is on building and growing effective teams. She was a co-founder of United Sortation Solutions and EuroSort, Inc., which are both companies in the material handling industry. Eisenberg helped grow these companies from startup in 2003 to 168 employees at exit in 2018. Her expertise lies in identifying positions to best support the growth needs of a company, defining the roles of new team members, and the sourcing and preservation of talent. 

Howard Eisenberg is the founder and president of EuroSort Inc., a provider of high-speed sorters for retail and postal distribution centers, as well as the founder and former president of United Sortation Solutions, an engineering/manufacturing company that designs, manufactures, and installs automated material handling equipment for e-commerce and retail distribution customers.

Shye Gilad (EMBA’12) is co-founder and managing partner of ProJet Aviation, an award-winning aviation hospitality company that helps people accomplish extraordinary things through the wonders of private flight. Additionally, Gilad is an adjunct professor at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.

John Jabara is founder of Savenia Labs, a company based in Maryland that reinvents appliance, electrical products, and home energy ratings so that individuals and businesses can assess lifetime energy costs and environmental impact prior to purchasing. Jabara started and ran large international operating divisions in the United States, United Kingdom, and Japan for over 22 years for multinational healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline. Additionally, Jabara is an adjunct professor and curriculum adviser for Business & Entrepreneurship at Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies (SCS).

Fiona Macaulay is a serial social entrepreneur, educator, and field-builder committed to helping people achieve their potential. Macaulay founded the Women Innovators and Leaders Development Network (WILD) to support women social innovators to scale their impact, and thrive personally. Additionally, Macaulay is an adjunct professor at Georgetown’s Walsh School for Foreign Service (SFS) and McDonough School of Business.

Mike Malloy (G’12) is a seasoned professional with more than 10 years of experience as a Deloitte management consultant, sunglasses startup CEO, and as a startup incubator program director. Malloy possesses a unique blend of technical expertise, interpersonal communication skills, and emotional intelligence. Mike also serves as an adjunct professor and Ultimate Frisbee coach at Georgetown University.

Peter Mellen (C’89, MBA’98) is an entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience working in online business and commercial real estate. He is the founder of Netcito, a network of peer advisory groups for entrepreneurs, and owner of Mellen Investment Properties, a real estate investing firm that manages and invests in commercial properties. Mellen co-founded Edison|Wright, where he launched one of the first Property Assessed Clean Energy programs in the world to finance clean energy projects in buildings through voluntary property tax assessments. Also, Mellen co-founded Headlight, an online learning company. 

Amy Millman is a passionate advocate for women entrepreneurs and serves on the Advisory Board of Enterprising Women Magazine. She was the founder of Springboard Enterprises, which accelerates the growth of women-led entrepreneurial companies. Millman served as president for 21 years, creating the programming, managing the organization, and building a global network of investors, industry experts, influencers, and innovators all dedicated to scaling high-growth companies led by women transforming industries in the fields of enterprise technology and life science.

Jill Monk A pioneer and early evangelist of edtech, she founded one of the first and most highly-rated and venture-backed education portals on the internet in 1995. Monk is an executive entrepreneur and serial innovator, passionate about building ideas, products, and new ventures.

Miguel Monteverde is a technology and media executive based in Washington, D.C. He currently serves as senior vice president and general manager of WETA, the leading public broadcasting station in the nation’s capital. He is also the founder and principal at Green Mountain Advisors, a firm that provides consulting services for early-stage companies. Previously, Monteverde was the CEO for Rumble, Inc., a full-service online video platform company, and a senior vice president of Digital Media at Discovery Communications, the world’s #1 pay-TV programmer.

Neel Premkumar (B’02) is the founder and CEO of Dyla Brands, where he built the #2 drink mix portfolio in America (across Stur, Vita Coco, Crush, 7Up, Canada Dry, A&W, Snapple, Hawaiian Punch, Jelly Belly), and created innovative new brands (Stur natural enhancers, FORTO bottled coffees, Happy Viking protein shakes) in partnership with influential celebrities Shaquille O’Neal and Venus Williams. Neel also founded KNOW Beauty (personalized skin care with Vanessa Hudgens), FloraLabs (The Microbiome Company with clinically-studied probiotics), and CreativeHub (creative agency with clients including Unilever, General Mills and Samsung)

Rick Robinson is vice president of product and startup engagement at AARP and co-founder of Urgent.ly, the leading on-demand mobility platform. Previously, he served as senior vice president of digital products and content at National Geographic and vice president of product at POLITICO. 

Mark Silverman (B’72, L’75) is an early stage investor, former corporate executive, entrepreneur and advisor/board member at Westhaven Therapeutics, Wanderly, and Avenue Healthcare. Silverman also serves as vice president for the California Board of Accountancy.

Marc Steren is a former co-director of the Georgetown University Summer Launch program and the founding director of entrepreneurship at the Universities at Shady Grove. He is the 2015 entrepreneur educator of the year for the National Federation of Independent Business, the 2015 David S. Stone Excellence in Teaching award winner, and the founder of the Young Innovators Program.

Steve Taylor (MPM’09) is the chief operating officer at Big Health, a company focused on helping millions achieve good mental health with fully automated, highly personalized, and evidence-based digital therapeutics.  Prior to that he served in operator roles at Fixt and Lyft. He is also an advisor at Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Fund and serves on the boards of the Greater Washington Board of Trade and DC Police Foundation.

Dave Terzian (C’76) is a managing partner of Brand Strategy Partners, LLC, a boutique consulting group that specializes in the quick service and fast casual restaurant segment, with extensive resources to assist managers and entrepreneurs with brand development strategies and execution.

Barbara White has spent her 25-year career helping Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, start-ups, and C-Level executives design and execute transformational change programs centered on strategy, organizational effectiveness, and innovative capabilities. In 2019, she founded The Avoka Group, a consulting firm focused on applying the same innovative approaches to help individuals design and execute a personal strategy to navigate their own transformational change.

Tien Wong is an expert in technology and startups. He serves as chairman and CEO of Tech2000, a provider of advanced technology training and mobile device software to government and Fortune 500 companies; chairman of Lore Systems, an internet technology professional services company; and chairman of Opus8, a private investment and strategic advisory firm. 

Danny Wright (C‘16) is the chief operating officer of 1863 Ventures, the #1 national business development nonprofit for New Majority Entrepreneurs and VC Fund. He is also the founder and president of TWW Enterprises, a strategic management consulting firm serving impact driven clients like the Aspen Institute with financial analysis, strategic planning, and organizational development.

Khuram Zaman is chief executive officer of Fifth Tribe, a digital agency that serves businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits. He has provided digital marketing services to the Department of Defense, Kaiser Permanente, Oxfam America, Ernst and Young, and The Hult Prize. Zaman’s writing has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur.com, and Business2Community. Additionally, Zaman is an adjunct professor at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.