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Staff Bios

Gordon McConnell

 

Associate Vice President, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group at ASU

Gordon McConnell is the leader of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group at ASU. During his time in ASU Gordon created the Alexandria Co-working Network, the pracademic startup training program Rapid Startup School and the Furnace Technology Transfer Accelerator. He is the Principal Investigator for the Pracademic Center of Excellence in Technology Transfer (PACE) which is funded by the US Department of Defense. Previously Gordon was Deputy CEO of the Dublin City University (DCU) Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship in Ireland. He is the founder and first director of the Propeller Venture Accelerator which was launched in Dublin 2010 with the financial backing of the Ryan family (Ryanair). He spent several years as chief of staff to the President of Dublin City University and was the architect of the university’s strategic plan 2005-2008. Gordon was part of the founding team of two start-up companies in the late 1990’s. Prior to working at DCU, Gordon worked in industry before becoming a senior consultant in the Andersen Consulting (Accenture) strategy practice in Europe. He has taught entrepreneurship, management and social enterprise courses in an number of higher level institutions. 

 

Tracy Lea

 

Tracy Lea is the Venture Manager for the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative within the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group at Arizona State University.  Tracy Lea joined the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group in January 2013 as a venture manager. In that role, she leads the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative, working with 20 high-potential student startup companies from ASU. Tracy also led the successful launch of the Alexandria Co-working Network for the group, helping develop a network of collaboration spaces in public libraries across Arizona. In addition, she spearheads the group's military, defense and veteran initiatives designed to drive economic development.

Prior to joining the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group, Tracy entertained Phoenix as a top-rated radio personality for more than 17 years. In addition to her radio career, she managed artists and operated DreamCatcher Recording Studio as the owner of Tracy Lea Creative. Tracy is also a reservist in the U.S. Navy, serving as a petty officer third class and an avionics technician. An Arizona native, she earned a bachelor's degree in marketing and an MBA from ASU's W. P. Carey School of Business and sits on the school's Alumni Chapter Board.

 

Jazmin Lopez

 

Jazmin Lopez is the Venture Specialist for the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative. She is in her senior year in the Business Communications program from W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.