Leadership Team

About Founders

The Empact Summit is an initiative of Empact. Empact's work focuses on facilitating a culture of entrepreneurship in communities around the world through exposure, celebration and early stage startup support.

Empact has held over 400 events exposing young people to entrepreneurship through its Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, supporting early stage entrepreneurs through its Virtual Speaker Series, and celebrating the role of young entrepreneurs through its annual Empact100 list and showcase of top young entrepreneurs age 30 and under. To learn about the individuals behind Empact, visit our team page.

Sheena Lindahl Michael Simmons Arel Moodie Sarah Green

Sheena Lindahl

Michael Simmons
Arel Moodie

Sarah Green

2012 Co-Chairs

Dave Baldwin Jennifer Kushell

David Baldwin
Founder and President, Aquarian Technology Systems

Jennifer Kushell
President and Co-Founder, Your Success Network (YSN)

2011 Leadership

The Summit leadership is divided into the following councils. The council leadership helps curate the attendees of the conference and moderate the council track within the Summit.

Each council is tasked with:

  • Improving the summit & pledge through advice and introductions.
  • Pushing the field of entrepreneurship education forward.
  • Networking and building relationships with each other.

Each council has the following co-chairs:

Thom Ruhe Michael Hennessy

Thom Ruhe
Director, Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation

Michael Hennessy
CEO, Coleman Foundation
Brien Biondi Naveen Jain
Brien Biondi
President & COO, League Asset Corp & Former CEO of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization
Naveen Jain
Founder, Intelius
Secondary Education:
Higher Education:
Rieva Lesonsky

Rieva Lesonsky
CEO, GrowBiz Media
Director, Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation

Julie Silard Kantor
Julie Silard Kantor
Executive Director, Greater Washington DC
Jeff Reid
Jeff Reid
Director, Georgetown University Entrepreneurship Center
Steven Koltai Jennifer Kushell

Steven Koltai
Recent Director, Global Entrepreneurship Program, State Department

Jennifer Kushell
President and Co-Founder, Your Success Network (YSN)


Featured Sponsors and Partners:

US Chamber of Commerce Campaign for Free Enterprise EMPACT - Formerly known as Extreme Entrepreneurship Education Coleman Foundation Kauffman Foundation ?United Nations Foundation  Startup America Partnership Sage United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship The Company Corporation The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) Embassy of SwedenAmerican Airlines Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute (SEI) The John E. & Jeanne T. Hughes Foundation   border= Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative Global Entrepreneurship Week