The Innovation Quest Student Ambassadors work closely with the iQ Director to foster innovation and entrepreneurship for the purpose of creating companies and jobs, and a philanthropic flow of “giving back.” Student Ambassadors are passionately committed to their fellow students’ success and serve as the student, peer level voice of Innovation Quest.
Feel free to reach out to the 2019 Student Ambassadors for guidance at any time.
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Molly Bugos is a graduate student in the Digital Media & Design MA program and a May 2018 graduate of the School of Business & Honors Program. She earned a BS in Management (Entrepreneurship) and a minor in Digital Marketing & Analytics, and now studies Digital Media Strategies for Business. She is from West Hartford, CT and a student-athlete on the Women’s Rowing team. Additionally, Molly is the program intern for The Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and upon graduation will be moving to New York City and working in the investment management industry.
Ben Morneault is a senior Management major concentrating in Entrepreneurship from Windsor, CT. On campus, he is the President of the Business Management Society as well as a member of CEO | Creating Economic Opportunity, an entrepreneurial student organization that aims to bring products to market and bolster the economy. This past summer Ben was a Venture Capital Intern with Loeb.NYC. Although his dream job would be the GM of the Los Angeles Lakers, he hopes to take on a leadership role within a growing company and help them become a leader within their industry. In his spare time, Ben enjoys watching movies, trying new foods, and doing anything with sports.
Sarina Gersten is an Accounting major from Danbury, CT. She is the Department Head of Public Relations for Creating Economic Opportunity (CEO) and a Teaching Assistant for Financial Accounting. She is also a writer for The Odyssey Online and a member of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). This past summer she interned both at the Danbury Mayor’s Office and the Mark Boughton Campaign for Governor. She is also writing a dystopian novel and enjoys running, hanging out with friends and family, and traveling. After graduation, she hope to do UConn’s 4+1 program to earn her Masters in Accounting and CPA.
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Chris Bruno is the Operations Manager of Innovation Quest. He is also a graduate research and teaching assistant in the Resource Economics department and a Learning Community Innovation Zone (LCIZ) Makerspace Fellow. Along with these appointments, he sits on the Arboretum and Environmental Policy Advisory committees of the university and mentors for various programs. Prior to graduate school, Chris worked full-time in management consulting in McLagan’s Asset Management Practice (Aon Consulting) where he focused on benchmarking studies and advisory services for private equity firms, hedge funds, real estate investors and traditional asset managers. He has also engaged in strategic consulting projects for a scaling software-defined-perimeter firm and a nano-catalyst company. Chris is an aspiring professor who enjoys playing volleyball, traveling, reading, and following the NBA.
Is the lead presenter for the iQ workshops this Spring. Jordan is an Assistant Professor of Management in UConn’s School of Business, based in Storrs. He earned a Ph.D. in management from Auburn University, as well as an M.B.A. and bachelor’s degree from University of Rhode Island. His research explores how socio-cognitive factors influence venture formation processes, as well as how these mechanisms shape the decision making of strategic leaders and the performance implications of such decisions for entrepreneurs and organizations. Additionally, he is interested in how diversity issues influence these relationships for entrepreneurs and strategic leaders.
Dr Florin is an Assistant Professor of Management in Residence at the U. of Connecticut School of Business. He will be leading the summer InQubator workshops. He holds a BA in Economics, an MBA from the University of Illinois, and a PhD in Business from the University of Connecticut. His publications in Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Human Relations, Journal of Management Education, Strategic Change, Multinational Business Review, and Venture Capital focus on startups, high growth technology ventures, new venture finance, IPOs, founder performance, alliance strategy, and international business. His teaching experience spans 15 years and focuses on Entrepreneurship, Technology Strategy and Global Strategy, in leading institutions both in the USA and Europe. Prior to starting his academic career, Dr Florin had 15 years of international business and corporate entrepreneurship experience in consumer and household durable goods. Most recently he started, developed, and sold a hospitality business in Vermont. He is a small businesses development consultant, SCORE mentor, and an angel investor.
will take the lead role in the Investor Presentation Day at the end of the summer inQbator. He will also act as an advisor to the iQ team, actively working with senior university and external leaders to broaden the program’s exposure. David is currently the Director of the Peter J. Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and an Assistant Professor of Management in UConn’s School of Business. Additionally, he is Director of Xcite: Connecticut’s Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship Conference for Women, serves on the UConn Innovation Fund review committee, and is the CEO of a blockchain technology startup. David received his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. He also holds a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law, an M.B.A. from Elon University, and a bachelor’s from Northeastern University.