Adjunct Faculty, Business, Communications & Entrepreneurship @ Southern Oregon University
Adjunct Faculty, Business & Entrepreneurship @ College of the Siskiyous
Southern Oregon University
To find an idea, something needed in the world, and help it grow.
A dedicated advocate for game-changing, emerging technologies and bridging the gap for innovative entrepreneurs to bring their inventions to life. A natural world-bridger, with a knack for bringing investors, mentors/coaches, entrepreneurs, economic development and government partners together to support the innovation process. Successfully convening
To find an idea, something needed in the world, and help it grow.
A dedicated advocate for game-changing, emerging technologies and bridging the gap for innovative entrepreneurs to bring their inventions to life. A natural world-bridger, with a knack for bringing investors, mentors/coaches, entrepreneurs, economic development and government partners together to support the innovation process. Successfully convening diverse groups around a common goal has been essential to any successes and innovations.
Excellent Communication Skills:
•Team building, leading diverse teams with varying abilities and temperaments toward completing a unified goal
•Writing grants, business plans, contracts, and professional presentation skills to diverse audiences
•Needs assessment, asking the right questions, active listening, and translating conversational information into succinct summaries and actionable items
•Professional level Spanish speaker
Complex Project Management:
•Managing multiple community, industry and government partners to support diverse entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout intensive business acceleration programs, events, presentations, board meetings and workshops
•Producing seven figure fortune 500 corporate events, video and digital media internal and external projects on time and within proposed budgetary environment
•Needs assessment, company/project scope, client/vendor management, delivery, project completion & client relationship building
Identifying Emerging Industry Trends and Technologies:
•Extensive experience working with engineers in many fields of innovation and valuing cutting edge technologies
•Resourceful at combing through volumes of information to find holes, red flags, trends, interesting connections and opportunities
•Looking at the world as a whole organism made up of a diversity of interconnected elements helped build a keen eye for predicting emerging trends given changing societal and environmental world conditions
Assistant Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship @ Business Oregon is the state's economic development agency.
The Business Oregon Commission oversees the agency's activities to ensure a coherent, integrated approach to economic development and a continuous policy direction that can transcend changes in executive and legislative leadership.
Business Oregon works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs.
A globally-competitive economy based on innovation, sustainable production and world-class talent that creates family-wage jobs and preserves and enhances the quality of life for Oregonians.
Business Oregon's Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) Division is dedicated to growing our own new businesses and industries in Oregon. The Assistant Director role is a new position for the state and demonstrates Oregon's commitment to building a more cohesive and effective entrepreneurial ecosystem. The office will work to build a strategy that is inclusive of the state's incubators and accelerators, Oregon Inc. signature research centers and initiatives, universities, private industry and rural oregon. From March 2015 to Present (8 months) Portland, Oregon AreaExecutive Director @ Connecting People, Technology and Capital to Drive Innovation.
Sustainable Valley Technology Group is an independent, non-profit, economic development initiative founded to create a more prosperous economy in Southern Oregon. Founded in July 2010, Sustainable Valley is the only business accelerator in our region to support the growth of innovative, start-up companies. We are also one of a very few accelerators in the world dedicated to incubating and accelerating technologies like semiconductors, MEMS, biotech, nanotech, cleantech and ag tech. In addition to our business accelerator, we have also built a very unique iGrant program that connects mentor companies with valuable facilities to start-ups for the commercialization of their technology. We are increasingly participating in industry outreach and talent development with regional K-12 and higher education institutions in the much needed areas of STE(A)M (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Math). Sustainable Valley receives funding from the State of Oregon, Jackson County, Medford Urban Renewal Agency, Meyer Memorial Trust, the Oregon Community Foundation and other foundations, agencies and businesses. We have a robust and growing community of professional business mentors and volunteers who allow us to deliver expert programs and create targeted economic impact for existing and emerging small businesses employing technological innovations. We are uniquely qualified to maximize the use of our funds and develop talent through community and industry engagement, preparing the State of Oregon for a brighter and more prosperous future! From March 2013 to March 2015 (2 years 1 month) Medford, Oregon AreaMember @ Rotary International Principles
FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. From March 2013 to March 2015 (2 years 1 month) Rogue Valley Country ClubLocal Leader @ The Slow Money Principles
In order to enhance food security, food safety and food access; improve nutrition and health; promote cultural, ecological and economic diversity; and accelerate the transition from an economy based on extraction and consumption to an economy based on preservation and restoration, we do hereby affirm the following Slow Money Principles:
I. We must bring money back down to earth.
II. There is such a thing as money that is too fast, companies that are too big, finance that is too complex. Therefore, we must slow our money down -- not all of it, of course, but enough to matter.
III. The 20th Century was the era of Buy Low/Sell High and Wealth Now/Philanthropy Later—what one venture capitalist called “the largest legal accumulation of wealth in history.” The 21st Century will be the era of nurture capital, built around principles of carrying capacity, care of the commons, sense of place and non-violence.
IV. We must learn to invest as if food, farms and fertility mattered. We must connect investors to the places where they live, creating vital relationships and new sources of capital for small food enterprises.
V. Let us celebrate the new generation of entrepreneurs, consumers and investors who are showing the way from Making A Killing to Making a Living.
VI. Paul Newman said, "I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer who puts back into the soil what he takes out." Recognizing the wisdom of these words, let us begin rebuilding our economy from the ground up, asking:
* What would the world be like if we invested 50% of our assets within 50 miles of where we live?
* What if there were a new generation of companies that gave away 50% of their profits?
* What if there were 50% more organic matter in our soil 50 years from now? From February 2013 to March 2015 (2 years 2 months) Southern OregonGrow Oregon Statewide Market Research Consultant @ Client and counselor relations, needs assessment, scope of work, project management, internal market research program design and implementation, economic gardening, small business/entrepreneur consulting.
Secondary Research: Demographics, Target Market Determination, Industry Analysis, GIS, Competitive Analysis, SEO/Social/Web Consulting.
Primary Research: Qualitative information gathering, behavior, decision-making, power-structure, relationship discovery, due diligence, secondary research validation, target market confirmation, distribution/sales channel analysis. From August 2012 to July 2013 (1 year) Medford, Oregon AreaMBA Graduate Assistant @ Liberal Arts University in the School of Business From June 2011 to June 2012 (1 year 1 month) Co-Founder @ Independent record label and creative collective. From May 2005 to June 2010 (5 years 2 months) Associate Producer @ Corporate Communications Company Specializing in Event, Video and Media Production for Fortune 500 clients. From May 1998 to November 2003 (5 years 7 months) San Francisco Bay Area
MBA, Business Administration @ Southern Oregon University From 2010 to 2012 Masters Degree, Management @ Southern Oregon University From 2010 to 2011 Bachelor of Science, Music-Business @ Southern Oregon University From 2008 to 2010 Heather Stafford is skilled in: Nonprofits, Market Research, Program Management, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Public Speaking, Project Management, Management, Social Networking, Fundraising, Analysis, Social Media Marketing, Event Planning, Start-ups, Strategic Planning, Public Relations, Workshop Facilitation, Online Marketing, Research, Community Development, Marketing Strategy, Marketing Communications, Corporate Communications, Event Management, Marketing, Grant Writing, Non-profits, Small Business, Organizational..., Social Media, Creative Problem Solving, Digital Media..., Emotional Intelligence, Program Development, Qualitative Research, Facebook, Social Entrepreneurship
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