Audrey Depelteau to address ETSU Entrepreneurs’ Club
The Entrepreneurs’ Club at East Tennessee State University will welcome guest speaker Audrey Depelteau at its meeting on Monday, March 9, at 5 p.m. in Sam Wilson Hall, Room 334.
She will present ‘transforming the future through innovation’, a soup-to-nuts presentation that will highlight the Innovation Lab’s multi-faceted endeavors and their role in the entrepreneurial community. According to Depelteau “directing the Innovation Lab is an entrepreneurial endeavor where every day is a walk in the unknown, facing novel opportunities & challenges, consulting with a diverse group of individuals, creating newly in the moment, and pivoting when needed; all the while keeping true to our mission of supporting local start-ups, creating new jobs and promoting economic development in the region.”
Before coming to ETSU, Dr. Audrey Depelteau owned and operated the largest multi-disciplinary health care clinic in Boston, Massachusetts from 1984 – 2005 with satellite offices in Massachusetts and California until 2009. Audrey also a former Environmental Toxicologist returned to academia in 2009 as the Biology Education Coordinator in the Department of Biological Sciences at East Tennessee State University where she wrote and assessed a new biology curriculum to include more statistics and mathematics. Audrey has been the Director of the East Tennessee State University Innovation Lab, a high-tech business incubator, since 2010. Under her Directorship, the I-Lab was awarded the International Business Innovation Association’s International Soft Landings Designation in 2015. This designation recognizes an incubator’s expertise in recruiting and welcoming non-domestic firms into its domestic market. At this time there are only 26 such designations globally; that is, ~ 0.26% of all business incubators have this prestigious designation. The Innovation Lab’s worldwide scope and International Soft Landings Designation serves as a nexus between entrepreneurs, educational institutions, economic development councils and the international business community.
Audrey received a B.A in Biology from Russell Sage College, did her graduate work in Environmental Toxicology at the Center for Environmental Toxicology and Pathology at Albany Medical College, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Marine Biological Labs at Woods Hole and her received her D.C. from Logan University. Audrey earned the International Business Innovation Association’s (InBIA) Certificate in Incubator Management in 2015. According to past InBIA president & CEO, Kirstie Chadwick, Earning the InBIA’s Certificate in Incubator Management is “a testament to the time and effort Depelteau put into developing her skills as an incubator manager and demonstrates her commitment to professional excellence as she provides entrepreneur support to her region.
Audrey is very active in the community and is a mentor in the Climate Reality Leadership Training and mentor’s former VP Al Gore’s top three farm managers at the Caney Fork Farm and has given over 50 Climate Change Presentations. She holds an Honors Code Certificate in Climate Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Audrey, the recipient of numerous awards, is active in community service & serves on a wide-range of executive boards (The Crumley House (former), Shield Nutraceuticals, the Mountain Harvest Kitchen and Business Incubator, Smart World Market and TN 1st), committees (ETSU’s Intellectual Property Advisory Standing Committee, the Johnson City Food Coop Steering Committee), is an advisor to DR. CZ’S CLASSROOM, INC., and serves as a judge in many local pitching competitions for entrepreneurs.
The talk is open to the public. Directions to Sam Wilson Hall are available at www.etsu.edu/maps/. For additional information, contact Mitzi Brookshear at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-439-7444. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.