GLI’s EnterpriseCorp has hired Renaissance woman Amelia Gandara as their new director of Commercialization and Engagement. Previously, Gandara was community manager for GE’s FirstBuild and as such met both President Obama and Prince Charles over the course of her tenure there.
Gandara graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in chemical engineering and has been outspoken about being a woman in a male-dominated career.
In addition to being a liaison between local universities and the business community, in her role at EnterpriseCorp, Gandara will manage the Vogt Invention and Innovation Awards. She also will work with other area accelerators and the startup community.
“Amelia is a welcome addition to the GLI EnterpriseCorp team,” said Terry Gill, vice president of EnterpriseCorp, in a news release. “Her ability to make connections and drive awareness will allow for accelerated innovation and growth in the Greater Louisville region.”
Gandara’s team won the winter 2014 Startup Weekend with a proposal for eco-friendly floor tiles and countertops. The company was called EcoHarbor, and it used waste products like fly ash to create luxury-grade tiling. She then went on to be on the organizing team for future Startup Weekends.
The Society for Manufacturing Engineering just named Gandara to its “30 under 30” list.
Gandara was also Miss University of Louisville 2013 and competed in both Miss Kentucky, as Miss Jefferson County, and Miss Missouri pageants to earn scholarship money. She also spent two years as a professional ballerina for the Louisville Ballet and the Missouri Contemporary Ballet. She is still active in the ballet community as the co-founder for Louisville Ballet’s Relevé Society, a community of young-adult ballet supporters and donors.
Gandara hails from Yuma, Ariz.