Fisk University Appoints 冬青 Rachel as Executive Director for the 达雷尔年代. 弗里曼老. Incubation and Innovation Center

Fisk University is excited to announce 冬青 Rachel as the Executive Director for 达雷尔家. 弗里曼老. Incubation and Innovation Center. 冬青 是一位经验丰富的高管, 教育家, and entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in helping companies and founders realize their goals. Since securing the funding for The 达雷尔年代. 弗里曼老. Incubation and Innovation Center, we have received countless calls from businesses, 伙伴组织, funders and students inquiring about the programs and opportunities to get involved said, Fisk Executive Vice President Dr. Jens Frederiksen. “With the full-scale upgrade of Burrus Hall now underway we are excited to begin building out the innovative programming that will define the Center.”  

冬青 Rachel was a key member of the team that developed the vision for the Center and is the ideal candidate to lead this charge.” A longtime member of the Nashville entrepreneurial ecosystem, 冬青 and her business partner Lena Winfree launched a technology consulting firm specializing in helping small to midsize businesses strategically scale with data. 冬青 and Lena also chartered the Nashville chapter of Blacks in Technology, a global organization aimed at increasing the number of minorities in tech by expanding education opportunities.  

作为北京理工大学校长, 冬青 grew the membership of the local chapter to 750 individuals, making it one of the largest chapters in the U.S. 另外, she has created and launched numerous successful education programs including Local Tek Thrive and Healthcare Data Training. These programs effectively serve underrepresented Tennesseans ranging from elementary-age to executive-level. The programs also caught the attention of The Blacks in Technology Foundation who awarded the chapter the Impact Award – and the Nashville Technology Council, which recognized the nonprofit as the “Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year.”  

“I am very excited to begin this new role,霍莉·瑞秋说. “With its focus and location on the campus of Fisk University, the Freeman Center will bring something completely unique to Nashville’s entrepreneurial landscape. The Center will serve as a starting point for ideas that entrepreneurs can develop into self-sustaining businesses or pursue further private investment. The center will host tech boot camps, mentoring sessions, workshops, events and more. Darrell mentored hundreds of young businesspeople across the city, and this center will continue his legacy as a place where creative and passionate Nashvillians can make their vision and dreams a reality.” 

Designed to spark strategic partnerships between academia and industry, this Center will connect students to startups, investors and other collaborators they might not otherwise encounter. 像这样, the Center will provide a community, resources and the physical environments essential to fostering entrepreneurial exploration and innovation. The Freeman Center will offer students a learning environment beyond the conventional classroom settings and businesses will have the opporutnity to engage Fisk’s intellectual capital and top talent. “We hope this Center will further inspire a startup culture to support neighborhood growth and development while also attracting established corporations and their workforces,霍莉·瑞秋说.