Finalist Judge

Brenna Benson Lamb

Brenna Benson Lamb leads strategy and operations for the Foundation. She has served in a variety of capacities and leadership roles including as the Chief Operating Officer of New Schools for Baton Rouge, Chief Information Officer for KIPP New Orleans Schools, and as a consultant with McKinsey & Company.

Bill Ellison

Bill is the CEO of Innovation Catalyst, a non-profit venture capital fund, and the Red Stick Angel Network, a Baton Rouge based network of Angel investors who work to evaluate, fund, nurture and grow early-stage high growth companies based in Louisiana.

Hope C. Shimabuku

As the Regional Director of the Texas Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Hope Shimabuku carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for leading the Texas regional office. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, …

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