Academic Director, Entrepreneurship Institute
A quintessential entrepreneur, and veteran in the lifestyle and fashion industry, Stephany Greene, has performed as a brand strategist, marketing and PR influencer, celebrity stylist, product developer and fashion design director on multi-million dollar campaigns for the likes of Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis, Pro Player, the NFL and NBA, where her collections have garnered over $90 million in sales.
Stephany’s unique brand-building expertise led to her current role as Director of Marketing and PR for WestCMR, LLC., a 22-year old company that provides solutions for the medical industry around the globe.
Changing the landscape of fashion and education, Stephany made history when she founded the Fashion Merchandising Program at the University of the District of Columbia, where her program attracted a White House Initiative sanctioned by President Obama, and formed partnerships with retail giant, Gap, Inc. As the head Fashion Professor, Stephany taught eighteen of the thirty-six fashion courses she developed for the university.
As a respected authority on the business of branding, Stephany founded Stephany & Company, LLC., where she has hosted, produced, and styled TV shows and fashion shows for clients including The Gap, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Family Dollar, Unilever, Essence Magazine, and Howard University.
Stephany earned a Masters Degree in Public Communication (PR) from American University, and a Bachelors Degree in Fashion Design from Pratt Institute. She also studied Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design in Paris, France.
In 1999, Pratt Institute established the Stephany Greene Sportswear Award in her honor, as a recognized addition to its Annual Fashion Show. She serves as a board member of The Pratt Institute Advisory Council, where she is passionate about inspiring others to follow their dreams.
If you want to learn more about Stephany, check out her feature in the Movers and Influencers section of the Florida Trend Magazine.
He has spent much of his career building companies, working with entrepreneurs and writing and teaching around topics of customer discovery, lean, entrepreneurship and innovation.
Eric is currently the founder of Main Street Genome, a new technology startup developing tools for the small business economy. Previously, Eric was a co-founder of Zaarly, a marketplace to locate local small businesses and service providers, named by Fast Company as one of the Fifty Most Innovative Companies in the World. He was also an executive at Appature Inc., a cloud-based relationship marketing software company acquired by IMS in 2013; a founder of Learn that Name, acquired by Blackberry in 2010; and a founder/manager of other companies in the environmental consultancy and web development sectors.
Eric was recently named one of Washington DC’s “40 under 40” and has written several books on startups and technology, including The Green Entrepreneur Handbook (CRC Press 2011) and Starting a High Tech Business Venture (Taylor & Francis 2010). Eric also devotes considerable time to building the startup community, including as a board member of UP Global and Startup Weekend and the DC co-chair of Enstitute.
Eric began his entrepreneurial career as a corporate securities attorney at Cooley LLP, focusing on high-growth startups, venture funds, private equity and technology companies.