The Speak Easy in Indianapolis has a new executive director. Julie Heath, who previously served as a vice president with software as a service startup Boardable, succeeds Danielle McDowell as head of the coworking space and entrepreneurial organization. McDowell left in April.
Prior to Boardable, Heath was director of strategy & partnerships at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia. "When I relocated from Philadelphia to Indianapolis, I looked for a way to plug in to my new city,” she said. The Speak Easy was my point of entry. I joined a startup that I met through this community and I'm deeply grateful for the opportunity to give back to this organization."
The Speak Easy says its members have launched over 170 companies from the spaces in Broad Ripple and downtown, creating some 1,500 jobs following "graduation." The organization says Heath, a Speak Easy member for nearly two years, will focus on deepening the level of programming and assistance to members.
By J. Mark Howell President and Chief Executive Officer, Conexus Indiana
Indiana is the most manufacturing intensive state in the country and more than a third of the state’s GDP comes from the industry. The health and wellness of Indiana’s economy is dependent on the state’s manufacturing industry. But Hoosiers face a challenge: it is expected that nearly a quarter of the current manufacturing workforce will be of retirement age in the next 10 years and we lack the generational workforce to make up that gap.
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The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants has honored Vincennes University faculty member Jaci Lederman with the Academic Instructor Circle of Excellence award. She is chair and associate professor of the Information Technology Department. Lederman won the distinction due to her commitment to cybersecurity education.