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Whitewater kayaking, adventure travel, my family and my dog
Crowds pouring onto National Mall at the Inaugural Festival
Bowdoin College (BA)
UCLA Anderson School of Management (MBA)
Sponsor, speaker and exhibitor recruitment
Larry is a serial entrepreneur who has founded, co-founded or financed the early stage growth of 50 companies in the life and physical sciences from inception to achieving an aggregate market capitalization in excess of $60 Billion.
Military History, technology, cooking, travel, flight, spending time with my family
The personal stories of parents who’s kids found a clear direction in STEM after only a few hours at the festival.
Bachelor of General Studies, University of Missouri Columbia
Keeping the mission alive, innovative event experiences, funding
Marc Schulman began his career in post-season collegiate football. In his 12 years at the Fiesta Bowl and Insight Bowl, Marc served in a multitude of roles. Following his successful career at the Fiesta Bowl Foundation, Marc joined the X PRIZE Foundation in August of 2006 as Vice President of Partnership and Marketing. After leaving the X PRIZE Foundation Marc began a successful consulting practice leveraging his knowledge of experiential marketing and event management. He joined the USA Science & Engineering Festival in 2012 as Executive Director.
Hot yoga, wine tasting, cooking, a good sunset, hiking trips, spending time with family, exploring new cities
Watching so many people come together to celebrate science on Expo weekend. It always blows me away!
Bachelor of Arts, Art/Visual Communications; Salisbury University
Exhibitor, sponsor and celebrity recruitment, Expo design and management, marketing, volunteer recruiting/training, and communications.
Lauren brings with her over a decade of experience in the project management, marketing and event planning fields. She was part of the team that organized the inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival in October 2010, and was Co-Director of the 2nd USASEF in April 2012. Previously, Lauren worked as a business development professional at the San Diego office of Latham & Watkins LLP. She also served as program coordinator for CONNECT. She holds a degree in Art/Visual Communications from Salisbury University.
Opera, classical singing, nature, hiking in the wilderness, finding ways to live more sustainably
My favorite parts of the Festival are where Science and Art intersect – and seeing kids getting excited about the wonders of this world
M.A., Political Science and International Relations
Festival Website, Exhibitor Portal, Marketing Materials, Media Partners
Ruth has 15 years of management experience in the non-profit sector with a focus on program development, project management, event planning and marketing. After several years with San Diego-based CONNECT, she joined the team that organized the inaugural San Diego Science Festival in 2009 and subsequently co-directed the creation of the inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival in DC in 2010. She holds a degree in International Relations from the University of Bonn, Germany, and a Marketing Certificate from UCSD Extension.
Photography, my morning coffee, cooking, family time, spending summer near the water and winter near the mountains
Impact. The idea that future STEM innovators may pinpoint the moment of their personal or professional inspiration to a childhood experience at the USA Science & Engineering Festival.
University of San Diego, Bachelors in Biology
Program and event development, organization and management
Nancy has contributed to the Festival’s success through the development and management of programs and events such as the Nifty Fifty, Sneak Peek Friday and the X-STEM Symposium. In her role, Nancy works closely with educators and industry leaders to bring STEM to kids in the greater DC area and beyond. Prior to the Festival, Nancy’s professional experience includes research, program development, and event and project management for both companies and non-profit organizations in the high tech and life sciences industries.
Playing in the ocean, being a Mom, drinking coffee, my fake world on Pinterest, traveling, a healthy lifestyle
Watching the crowds of kids over the years partaking in activities exploring all of the elements of science makes me realize the incredible impact we are having on our future generation. I wish I had this experience as a child!
Radford University: Communications (BS)
Cal State San Marcos: Education
Marketing, social media and communications
Carly’s role is to develop, implement and manage the communication and media campaigns for the Festival as well as the execution of sponsor, performer, exhibitor and speaker media benefits and outreach strategies. In addition to marketing communications, Carly joins forces with the Festival team in sales, account management, and event coordination. Prior to working with the Festival, Carly’s professional experience includes sales, design, coordination and marketing in the homebuilding industry. She also has a background in K-12 Education.
Gears, Sprockets, Motors & Engines
Having the opportunity to help shape our future generations of engineers & scientists
Identifying and reaching out to new STEM organizations to join the Festival family.
Bob has always had a fascination for how things were built. After starting his career in production management at the age of 23, he spent over 25 years in manufacturing management in industries such as architectural building products, thermal transfer products for the healthcare and food transportation industry, supply chain industry and General construction trades. Bob has been married to Cheryl for 33 years, has three 3 grown kids and 2 grandchildren, and loves to mountain bike.
Podcasts, especially ones about Tech Startups and new event technology solutions. I’m also a total event junkie and book nerd.
I lived in the Merchandise booth during the 2014 Festival; I’m looking forward to seeing everything in 2016!
Florida State University – MS Sport Management and BA International Affairs and Political Science
Talking to people and building relationships
Courtney Counts Brown serves as the Director of Community Outreach. She has spent her career working in similar capacities at events like the 2015 World Police & Fire Games, the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Super Bowl XLV and more. Prior to living in the Washington DC Metro area she spent time in Orlando, Florida where she worked for EA SPORTS and completed her graduate internship in Sport Marketing at ESPN Wide World of Sports®.
There are so many ways technology and events interact. The best part is seeing how lighting and audio can transform a space into an experience.
Watching thousands of people pack into the audience to watch They Might Be Giants. It was a defining moment that this festival brings people together, for a valuable and passionate purpose.
Bachelor Degree in Communication
Management of Large Scale Public Events
When Rebecca Linder established Linder & Associates, Inc. in 1996, she set out to create a new kind of event management company – one that moved beyond event production to provide the creative vision, knowledge, and leadership to turn a detailed event blueprint into an inspirational reality. Headquartered in Washington, DC, Linder thrives on the challenge and creativity involved in constructing world-class events. Since joining Linder in 2010, Lindsay has worked with a variety of clients on production, marketing, fundraising, strategic planning and development.