How might we foster partnerships among business, universities and governments to spark innovation and entrepreneurship?
Atlanta has all the makings for a successful world class innovation hub, right here in our own backyard. Opportunity lives here. Yet in addition to these achievements, we also face challenges that can best be solved by partnerships between government, companies and universities. But forging these partnerships presents its own challenges. Silos in authority, ownership, resources, and even competitive advantages create barriers to partnership and innovation. Instead of sharing ideas that can lead to breakthrough solutions, we often hoard them. Imagine the impact of business, government and universities communicating, innovating, and collaborating seamlessly. Picture our collective success when we begin to collaborate with common goals, sharing more information and resources.
Meet the people who are helping make the (co)lab LABS a reality. They represent the outstanding leaders, brilliant creators, and powerful storytellers in the Atlanta region, and we’re so excited to see all that they can accomplish when working in tandem.
Leadership Atlanta ’12, Senior Vice President, Business Higher Education, Metro Atlanta Chamber
Katie Kirkpatrick is the senior vice president of Business Higher Education (BHE) for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. BHE is MAC’s newest initiative, launched January 2013, facilitating connections between business and universities to ignite job creation and innovation. Katie joined MAC in 2007 as vice president of Environmental Affairs for MAC, overseeing the Chamber’s work on sustainability, including water, air, energy and quality growth issues. She has served in various key roles shaping environmental policy and overseeing water related issues. She was the management lead for Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue’s 2009 Water Contingency Task Force and in 2011 lead the Sustainable Economic Growth Initiative.
LEAD ’09, President, Soleria Development Group
Jana Thomas, Senior Vice President
Kristy Grulikowski, Vice President
Amber Wilburn, Creative Designer
Mark Avera, Senior Account Executive
Matt Cone, Strategic Audience Services
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