Entrepreneur in Residence

Get immediate feedback on current ventures and/or professional goals from an "Entrepreneur in Residence" (EIR), chose based on his or her success in starting and managing successful enterprises!

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“Fall in love with the habit of learning from the great successful people who came before you, so that you don’t spend the rest of your life as a stranger to success.”
— ― Edmond Mbiaka

AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY for Idea Works Members

Idea Works members - both resident and non-resident, can sign up below for a session with an Entrepreneur in Residence. The program offers Idea Works members the following:

  • An ask-me-anything session with an innovative and highly successful entrepreneur.
  • Feedback on the member's business, business idea, or professional development path.
  • The chance to discuss best practices for starting and running a business.
  • Insight into specific industries.

Our AUGUST EIR is CRISTEN GILBERT 

Current President and CEO of the Mansfield Area YMCA

Recognized by the Board for her exceptional leadership, Cristen was named President/CEO in 2012. In addition to the overseeing the daily management of the YMCA, Cristen spearheaded the 150th Capital Campaign, raising over $1.3 million in 2017. Further, she and the board have developed a solid plan for future funding including expanding the annual campaign for the financial stability of the organization for years to come. She is a co-chair of the Connections Fund, a vibrant group of young community leaders with a desire to give back to their community. Recently, Cristen was awarded the 10 under 40 award, a recognition for her professionalism and leadership through the RCDG. 

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These may be anything from general industry questions to specific aspects of your business.