As host organization for the Adams Entrepreneur Fellowship Program, Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, has placed two fellows with local technology startups.
Automation Alley provides opportunities for college and university graduates to work with growing early-stage companies in Southeast Michigan. Fellows are involved in the day-to-day activities of running a startup and are mentored by company leadership and the program’s coordinators. In addition to an annual stipend, the program provides fellows with opportunities to network with other young leaders in the region. The two latest Fellows are J. Cory Connolly and Kathleen Dooley Hadley.
“We’re excited to see what ideas and innovations Cory and Kathleen will bring to these local host companies,” said Adams Entrepreneur Fellowship Managing Director Terry Cross, a serial entrepreneur and investor with deep experience in identifying, coaching and placing young entrepreneurs. “From the employer’s standpoint, the Adams Entrepreneur Fellowship provides a talented, bright individual who can add value to their startup immediately. And for the fellow, this program teaches them something they can’t learn in a classroom; real, practical application.”
The fellows have daily job responsibilities and will be encouraged to participate in local entrepreneurial, business development and leadership events, taking advantage of the many programs already in existence in Southeast Michigan. In particular, fellows will be given opportunities to network with one another and with other young emerging leaders in the region.
J. Cory Connolly will be working with Levin Energy Partners, a company developing innovative business initiatives for the development of clean energy and energy efficiency projects in Michigan and across the country. Connolly will be working primarily to further develop and deploy Levin Energy Partners’ energy finance marketplace, called Lean & Green Michigan. He has extensive experience in energy and environmental policy, recently leaving a position as a Senior Research Associate at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C. His work on energy and carbon markets has taken him to Argentina, Japan, and Mexico. As an entrepreneur, he has co-founded MiGrid Media, a renewable energy communications firm. Among other awards and honors, Connolly was named by Forbes Magazine to the 30 Under 30 for Law and Policy list in 2012. He is a graduate of James Madison College at Michigan State University, where he majored in international relations and specialized in environmental economics and policy.
Kathleen Dooley Hadley will be working with GlobalBusinessProfessor.com, an online education company helping business professionals and business school students succeed globally by learning international business skills. Hadley is responsible for creating and developing global business content, including on-Demand seminars, audio interviews, eJournals, reports, white papers and online courses. She has extensive experience in international business and education. As an entrepreneur, she has created and directed several thriving educational organizations both domestically and internationally. Hadley earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Michigan State University.
The Adams Entrepreneur Fellowship Program was created through the support of the Ann and Carmen Adams Fund of the Community Foundation. Fellowships are awarded each year through a competitive application process. The fellowship provides an annual stipend, placement in a startup enterprise, ongoing mentoring and coaching and opportunities for engagement in entrepreneurial development workshops.
Source: Automation Alley