2021 Business Series Summit

Megan Haase

Kolar + Kolar Experience Institute, Client Lead & Insights Strategist
School / Degree: BS in Business Management, Specialization: Entrepreneurship, Corporate Innovation | Miami University BA in Political Science, Specialization: Political Psychology | Miami

Megan Haase
Kolar Design
Cincinnati

Mad Systems

Mad Systems is an award-winning audiovisual/interactive consultancy, design and integration company specializing in exhibits for museums, visitor centers, briefing centers and theme parks. We are a majority woman-owned business that uses creative technology to develop long-lasting and easy-to-maintain systems.  Mad implements the latest technology using non-proprietary equipment whenever possible.

Maria Elena Gutierrez

With a background in management and finance, Maria Elena brings to the non-profit sector a business perspective acquired from years of experience in the private sector. Maria Elena worked for McKinsey and Company, Lehman Brothers’ Investment Banking Division, and headed the Investor Relations Department of one of Latin America’s largest publicly traded companies, before becoming involved in cultural planning in 2002.

Maria Elena Gutierrez
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Washington DC

Abby Bysshe

Abby Bysshe is Vice President of Experiences and Business Development at The Franklin Institute. In addition to developing a robust long term and traveling exhibition program there, she is currently leading the master planning and design process underway ahead of The Institute’s bicentennial in 2024. Bysshe brings over 15 years of experience in innovative museum business modeling, and exhibition development, and implementation to the table with a drive to evolve the ways in which museums think, act, and earn in the 21st century.

Abby Bysshe
Franklin Institute
Philadelphia

Ebony Smith

Ebony Smith, founder of Ebenum Equation, is a leadership development specialist with a passion for creating forward-thinking leaders. After 20 years of risk-management experience in the Fortune 100 (Sunoco, BP and World Fuel services), her full-spectrum-lens view of leadership has empowered her to help individuals hone their goals and reach their full potential.

Ebony Smith
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Ujijji Davis Williams

Based in Detroit, Ujijji Davis Williams is a practicing landscape architect and urban planner who focuses on landscape and urban design, master planning and strategic implementation. She is currently an Associate at SmithGroup, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Architecture.  In 2019, she won the ASLA Bradford Williams Medal of Excellence for her critical essay, “The Bottom: The Emergence and Erasure of Black American Urban Landscapes," and in 2020, she received the Michigan ASLA Emerging Professionals Award.

Ujijji Davis Williams
SmithGroupJJR
Detroit

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