The Sector Practice Leaders Program recognizes that each industry presents unique challenges for entrepreneurs and focuses resources to help students succeed in these fields.
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Sector Practice Leaders (SPL) help to address the unique challenges different industries present to entrepreneurs. While broad-based entrepreneurship education is useful, there is an additional need to provide knowledge to address key obstacles faced when starting companies in specific industries.
Our SPL program focuses on different industries. Student leaders for each sector were selected through a competitive process to develop plans and implement comprehensive, integrated, and cutting-edge programs such as advanced classes, active student clubs, annual conferences, business plan contests, hackathons, regular social events, guest speakers, and more.
Meet Our Sector Practice Leaders for the 2019-20 Academic Year:
Joaquin is an MBA Candidate in the MIT Sloan class of 2020. He began his professional career at the strategic consulting firm Oliver Wyman in its Madrid office, carrying out consulting projects for companies in the banking, telecommunications, and retail sectors in Europe and Latin America. His projects focused on strategy, process optimization, development of management tools, organizational transformation, and efficiency programs.
He holds a double diploma with École Centrale de Paris and obtained two degrees in Economics and Fundamental Physics from Université Paris-Dauphine and Université Paris Orsay respectively.
Richard is the sector practice leader for education technology and the future of work. He is currently the CEO of Coding Dojo, an education technology company aiming to transform people’s lives through programming literacy. Previously, he was the Vice President of Digital Marketing and Ecommerce at Trupanion [NASDAQ: TRUP].
Under Richard’s leadership, Coding Dojo has been recognized by GeekWire as one of the Seattle 10, a list of Seattle’s hottest entrepreneurial ventures, and included in GeekWire’s list of the 200 most prominent startups. As the first in his family to go to college, Richard is a second year Executive MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Stephanie is an MIT Sloan MBA Candidate in the class of 2020, focusing on FinTech & Healthcare Innovation. She was formerly the Program Director at Empire Startups, the largest community of FinTech entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators in the world with hubs in NYC, San Francisco, and Toronto.
Prior to Empire, she founded a consumer startup in the event and ticketing space, was an Implementation Project Manager at Epic, one of the largest healthcare technology companies in the world, and consulted for major hospital organizations. Stephanie is also a contributor for Forbes.
Future of Work
Randy Markush-Hallman is an MBA Candidate in the MIT Sloan class of 2020, and the sector practice leader for the Future of Work. He is currently the Co-Founder of Contack, a cloud based customer support services platform. Contack connects experienced home-based talent with high growth startups, helping them to scale even faster.
Randy began his career as a management consultant with Deloitte, where he specialized in helping Fortune 500 clients across industries set and implement new global human capital strategies. He holds a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.
Jeg is an MIT Sloan MBA, class of 2020. He loves AI/ML, enterprise SaaS, building cool products, black iced tea and shark conservation.
He spent year 1 haphazardly leading product for Drag (www.dragapp.com; Techstars Boston 2019), an enterprise SaaS solution transforming inboxes into collaborative Kanban boards for SMBs – “the everything inbox”. After an entirely avoidable existential crisis, he went 180 and spent the summer at Google as a PM on ML for GSuite – focusing on reimagining Google Sheets with ML.
In prior lives, Jeg co-founded an EdTech Machine Learning platform (Vaazkhai Academy) and led strategic projects for PwC’s Head of Artificial Intelligence.