||January 2020 Luncheon
||Hampton Roads Chapter
||Nancy L. Grden is the Interim Associate Vice President for ODU┐s Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (IIE), a one-stop shop for the community and for ODU students, faculty/staff, and alumni seeking resources and services for innovation, entrepreneurship, and new enterprises. She is also the founding Executive Director of ODU┐s Strome Entrepreneurial Center.
Ms. Grden has extensive leadership and background in entrepreneurship, innovation, development, and marketing across several business sectors and the public sector, with emphasis on healthcare. She is co-founder and former General Manager for Genomind, Inc., a neuroscience biotech company that offers diagnostic genetic tests such as the Genecept Assay. She was formerly EVP and Chief Marketing/Development Officer for Amerigroup (now Anthem), where she played a leadership role in its growth from a start-up to IPO and beyond. Ms. Grden held executive C-suite development positions with managed behavioral health care company ValueOptions (now Beacon Health) and Bank of America. She led start-ups as CEO for Lifescape, LLC, a pioneer in web-based behavioral health care, and as Founder/President of Avenir, LLC, which offers interim/fractional executive and other consulting services for new companies. Her public sector experience includes policy/program roles with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the National Conference of State Legislatures in Washington, DC.
Ms. Grden advises, coaches, invests, and/or serves as a board member to start-up/new enterprises, b-corps, and new business incubators. In Hampton Roads, she is Chair of the Board for 757 Angels, and is an Executive Committee/Board Member for 757 Accelerate, The Norfolk Innovation Corridor, The Norfolk Forum, Kempsville High School Entrepreneurship Academy, and Women in Venture, as well as the University of South Carolina Faber Entrepreneurial Center Advisory Board. She was previously appointed to the Virginia Governor┐s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship. She is a member of the Women Business Leaders of the US Healthcare Industry Foundation, and was previously Chair of the Executive Advisory Council for ODU┐s Strome College of Business. She was previously appointed to Duke University┐s Healthcare Advisory Council in the Fuqua School of Business and by the Governor of South Carolina to the South Carolina State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education.
Last year, Ms. Grden received the ┐Trailblazer Award┐ from the Envision Lead Grow Foundation as the first partner for the organization┐s entrepreneurship camps and programs focused on middle school girls from economically disadvantaged communities. Ms. Grden holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, an MBA from the University of South Carolina, and a BA in Economics from Bucknell University.
||Nancy L. Grden, MRP, MBA
Interim Associate Vice President
Executive Director, Strome Entrepreneurial Center
Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Old Dominion University
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