Hello! I'm an early career enterprise and organizational studies researcher with over ten years experience working in the creative industries.

 
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My research focuses on institutional entrepreneurship in hybrid organizational contexts...which is just fancy academic speech for:

"Researching alternative start-up models at the cusp of social innovation"

And, a lot of my work involves the use of creative, qualitative methods.

 "Creative Hands Solve Social Problems"  Images of Research Exhibition , 2016

"Creative Hands Solve Social Problems"
Images of Research Exhibition, 2016

 "Disappearing Narratives"  Edinburgh Student Arts Festival Workshop, 2017

"Disappearing Narratives" 
Edinburgh Student Arts Festival Workshop, 2017

 "Untitled: Quilted Family"  hand-me-down Exhibition , 2018

"Untitled: Quilted Family"
hand-me-down Exhibition, 2018

Research Experience

DOCTORAL RESEARCHER, 2015–PRESENT
Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

Conducting doctoral level longitudinal research project in the areas of hybridity, institutional entrepreneurship, and creative industries & social enterprise in Scotland.

doctoral Consultant, 2017–present
Scale up institute/Barclays, apr 2018–present

Conducting and crafting a literature review search exploring hybrid organisations, social enterprises, and scale up SMEs through the UK.

creative scotland, Jan–jun 2017

Developed and managed comprehensive database of research around creative industries academic community within Scottish higher education institutions, leading to a policy-based report framed around Creative Scotland’s four strategic goals for the creative industries: Investment, Internationalisation, Innovation, and Inclusive growth

Graduate Student, 2013–2015
Department of Arts Administration & Policy,
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Conducted postgraduate research in the areas of Social Enterprise and Creative Industries, focusing on creative social enterprises in Glasgow, Scotland. Developed expertise in the landscape and environment of creative social enterprises in post- independence referendum Scotland.

Undergraduate Student Senior Research Project, 2010–2011
Department of Theatre, UNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE

Completed research about the utilization of theatre artists for American cultural diplomacy; themes included: cultural identity, international policy, and diplomacy.

 

Conference Papers, Working Papers, & Publications

"Phenomenological Methodology: Crafting the story of Scotland's creative social enterprises"
8th International Social Innovation Research Conference; Sep. 2016
Glasgow Caledonian University; Glasgow, United Kingdom
**Winner of Best PhD Paper Award

"Entrepreneurial Axiology: Hybrid values in creative social enterprise", 
39th Annual Conference for the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship; Paris, France; Oct. 2016
**Winner of Best Paper Award, Creative Industries Entrepreneurship Track
**Winner of President’s Award for Best Paper by an Early Career Researcher

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Teaching Experience

My teaching philosophy involves Using creative methods to apply theory in practice

So, I'm interested in combining physical and virtual learning environments, and reaching global students from diverse backgrounds.

Lead tutorial classes within a set framework for groups of 15+ students. Prepare and presented topics related to key lectures and course materials. Contribute to setting and marking assignments. Monitor student progress and provided through the assessment of student work.

First Year Courses:
“Entrepreneurship, Theory, and Practice” Fall 2016
“Entrepreneurship: Opportunities and Ventures” Spring 2018

Second Year Courses: 
“Creativity and Innovation Management” Fall 2015, 2016
“New Venture Planning”, Spring 2016, 2018

Third Year Course:
 “Venture Management Strategy & Growth” Spring 2018

Academic Tutor, 2015–2018
Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
University of Strathclyde

 

Financial Planning Facilitator, 2011–2013
Homebuyer program
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville

Redeveloped financial planning curriculum for homebuyers. Facilitated and taught homebuyers the principles of financial planning, execution, and resiliency. Managed small group of volunteer financial planning teachers from the local community.

 

Teaching Assistant, Spring 2011
Department of Theatre
UNIVERSITY OF Evansville

Performed all regular duties of a TA for a class of 40 students including conducting occasional seminars, marking, researching and curating technology and media resources, creating study guides, and assisting with test preparation.

Third Year Course:
“Theatre History II”, Spring 2011

 
 

Student Testimonials

Our tutor, Jaleesa, was very enthusiastic about our ideas and course. She was incredibly helpful in our preparations for the tradeshow and gave us valuable advice regarding presenting our app.
— New Venture Planning Course

Education & Industry Experience

Education

UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
GLASGOW, UK

PhD, Entrepreneurship, 2015–present

Research Fields/Disciplines
Institutional Entrepreneurship
Hybrid Organizations
Creative Industries
Social Enterprise
Qualitative Research

THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
CHICAGO, USA

MA, Arts Administration and Policy, 2013–2015

Thesis: "Creative Social Enterprise in Scotland: An Exploration Into How Glasgow’s Creative Social Enterprises Cultivate The Social Economy"

Activities: The Black Lady Caucus – Co-Founder
Travel: Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Scotland

UNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE
EVANSVILLE, INDIANA, USA

BS, Theatre Management, 2007–2011
Minor: Business Administration

Thesis: "Theatre as Cultural Diplomacy"

Activities: Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter – President
Travel: Italy, England, Greece, The Netherlands

industry Experience

FINANCE MANAGER, 2014–2015
REDMOON THEATER, CHICAGO

Implemented and maintained all financial record keeping, including managing accounts payable and receivable, tracking income for accuracy, and creating reports. Executed and managed business documentation and licensing, including preparing data for annual audit of financial statements and tax return filing. Researched best practices in financial management and human resources management and implement recommended changes. Developed and managed human resources documentation and policies.

VISUAL COMMUNICATION & POLICY INTERN, SPRING 2014 ARTS ALLIANCE ILLINOIS, CHICAGO

Designed and edited policy collateral for Arts Alliance Illinois including: Arts Education Policy Brief, Illinois Creative Economy Roundtable Member biographies and head shots, Arts Public Funding infographic.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, 2013–2014
SAIC DEPARTMENT OF CONTINUING STUDIES, Chicago

Facilitated daily operations of the Continuing Studies department, including: enrollment scheduling, preparing reports, memos, letters, and financial statements. Open, sort, and distribute incoming correspondence, including faxes and email.

HOUSING SERVICES COORDINATOR, 2011–2013
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY METRO LOUISVILLE, Kentucky

Trained 50+ Habitat potential homeowners to complete 400 sweat equity hours (each) including construction education and financial literacy. Designed and implemented homebuyer marketing campaigns, which resulted in a 30% increase of qualified Habitat applicants. Served as an outreach coordinator to cultivate relationships with multicultural residents throughout Louisville, KY, by developing events and activities with community organizations including designing and planning a community festival.

 

LET'S Start A conversation

So, send me all the questions! I'd love the opportunity to connect with you.  Feel free to use the contact form to get in touch via email.

To follow my research, check out my research page. If you'd like to use my research for any purposes, please contact me using the form.

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