Eric Rob & Isaac's Brand Camp
Jul
23
to Jul 26

Eric Rob & Isaac's Brand Camp

  • University of Central Arkansas (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Eric Rob & Isaac's Brand Camp: It's marketing meets middle school for five fun days this summer! Join the teams from Eric Rob & Isaac Advertising and the University of Central Arkansas' University Relations & Creative Services Department to create a campaign for a new UCA-inspired, Tacos 4 Life menu item!

Brand Camp is July 23-27 on the University of Central Arkansas campus. Campers will meet from 8:30 a.m. to noon. It is open to incoming 5th-7th graders. Students will have the opportunity to work with industry experts to develop a new coffee flavor, design the packaging, write and shoot their own TV commercial and get hands-on experience with brand development. The camp will culminate with a Presentation Day, during which the student teams will present their campaigns to real clients.

Eric Rob & Isaac's Brand Camp is powered by the University of Central Arkansas and the Conductor.

Click the RSVP link below for a ticket to the Pitch Day.

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10X Growth Accelerator Launch Day
Jul
24
4:30 PM16:30

10X Growth Accelerator Launch Day

The 10X Growth Accelerator delivers targeted intensive assistance to established high-potential tech and tech-enabled ventures that are primed for growth beyond the startup or early stages. The 10X Growth Accelerator provides much needed targeted support to these growth-oriented ventures with a specific focus on supporting the architecture assessment, and/or recommendations for scalable software and world-class cybersecurity technology.

The 10X Growth Accelerator is based in Conway, Arkansas. It is a 20-week program that meets weekly on Tuesdays from 3-6 p.m. The accelerator is presented in partnership with Metova, the Conductor, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and Startup Junkie.

Launch Day is the culminating event of the 10X Growth Accelerator. Join us as we celebrate some of the region's most influential and high-potential companies. At the event, you'll get to meet the company founders and learn more about each company.

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Brand Camp 2018 Pitch Day
Jul
26
11:00 AM11:00

Brand Camp 2018 Pitch Day

  • University of Central Arkansas College of Business (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Brand Camp: Its marketing meets middle school for four fun days this summer! Join the teams from Eric Rob & Isaac Advertising and the University of Central Arkansas' University Relations & Creative Services Department to create a campaign for a delicious new menu item for Tacos 4 Life!

Brand Camp is July 23-26 on the University of Central Arkansas campus. Campers will meet from 8:30 a.m. to noon. It is open to incoming 5th-7th graders. Students will have the opportunity to work with industry experts to get hands-on experience with brand development, write and shoot their own TV commercial, design their own custom swag and much more.

The camp will culminate with a Pitch Day, during which the student teams will present their campaigns to real clients!

To register for Pitch Day, please RSVP.

Brand Camp is powered by Eric Rob & Isaac, the University of Central Arkansas and the Conductor.

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Adult Maker Class: Learn Wood CNC/Carbide Create
Jul
30
5:00 PM17:00

Adult Maker Class: Learn Wood CNC/Carbide Create

Adult Maker Class: Learn Wood CNC/Carbide Create

Adult Maker Mondays are a great opportunity to make your own project with our Maker Mentor, Patrick. Each class involves learning specific software tailored towards a unique project. Patrick will guide you through this process as you work alongside other makers in a challenging and collaborative environment. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn new skills, use cool equipment, and make an awesome project!
Join our Maker Mentor Patrick and learn how to use a CNC machine using Carbide Create. 

Who can attend: Adult - Ages 16 & up.

RSVP to reserve your spot!

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Pitch Night with the Conductor
Aug
2
5:00 PM17:00

Pitch Night with the Conductor

The Conductor's Pitch Night provides investment opportunities for Central Arkansas angel investors, education for new investors and funding opportunities for regional startups. Interested and potential angel investors, entrepreneurs and community members are welcome to attend and hear pitches from presenting companies.

The three budding entrepreneurs presenting their startups at Pitch Night on August 2 are Mike Steely, Brian Kearns and Tim Dockins.

Mike Steely is the co-founder of Vocool Technologies. Find out more about Vocool at https://vocool.co or find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @getvocool.

Brian Kearns is the CEO of HipHire. Find out more about HipHire at www.hiphire.com or find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @HipHire.

Tim Dockins is the COO of Spektron Systems LLC. Find out more about Spektron Systems at www.spektronsystems.com or find them on Twitter at @SpektronSystems.

RSVP now. Get your ticket and meet these startups on August 2. Hear them pitch their business, network with us and enjoy food from US Pizza Downtown Conway.

Join us for Pitch Night on August 2. Doors open at 5 p.m., and we will begin at 5:20 p.m. Food will be served. And it is FREE.

 

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Youth Maker Class: Soldering a Water Boat
Aug
6
9:00 AM09:00

Youth Maker Class: Soldering a Water Boat

Youth Maker Monday: Soldering a Water Boat

Youth Maker Mondays are an opportunity for makers ages 8-15 to learn about UCA's Makerspace and complete challenging projects using our state-of-the-art equipment. Each unique maker class offers students the opportunity to practice math, design, and engineering skills in a fun and hands-on environment. UCA Makerspace staff will guide students through specific software for each project, and the students will take home their awesome creations. Don't miss out!

Come to this class to learn some simple soldering techniques and take home your self-made water boat!

Please note that some makers may finish before 12 pm depending on skill level, but are more than welcome to continue working at the Makerspace!

RSVP to reserve your spot now!

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Startup Grind with Hugh McDonald
Aug
9
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with Hugh McDonald

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with Hugh McDonald, retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Entergy Arkansas, Inc

Startup Grind is a monthly fireside chat presented in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs. Conway is one of 200 cities in the world with a Startup Grind chapter. Each month, the Conductor hosts a fireside chat with a local influencer/entrepreneur. To date, the Conductor has hosted Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry; Amy Fecher, Executive VP of Operations at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; Earnest Sweat, California-based venture capitalist; Jeff Amerine, Principal of Startup Junkie Consulting; Jeff Standridge, Chief Catalyst of the Conductor; and Alison Williams, Chief-of-Staff for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, among others.

Don't miss a chance to hear Hugh McDonald's life and business advice, and network over dinner! 

This is free and open to the public.

Location: UCA Downtown

Agenda:

5:00 p.m. - Doors open + networking

6:00 p.m. - Fireside chat with Hugh McDonald

7:00 p.m. - Networking

 

About Hugh McDonald:

Hugh T. McDonald was named president and chief executive officer of Entergy Arkansas, Inc. on June 1, 2000 and retired May 1, 2016. 

Hugh joined Entergy in 1982 as an engineer at Waterford 3 nuclear generating plant in Louisiana.  Since then he has held various management positions in the distribution, transmission, customer service, retail marketing and regulatory business functions in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Arkansas. 

Prior to working for Entergy, Hugh was employed by Black and Veatch Consulting Engineers in Overland Park, Kansas.

Hugh is a past Board member of the United States Chamber of Commerce and past Board Chair of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, Fifty for the Future and the Arkansas Research Alliance.  He also served as a member of the Sam Walton College of Business Advisory Board and the UALR College of Business Advisory Council.

Hugh currently serves as Chairman of the Arkansas Career Education and Workforce Development Board and Vice Chair of The Nature Conservancy of Arkansas.  He and his wife also are reading tutors for 3rd graders at Stephens Elementary in Little Rock through the ARKids Read, grade-level reading program.

Hugh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from North Dakota State University, 1980; and earned his MBA degree from the University of New Orleans in 1987. 

Hugh and his wife, Michelle, have 3 children.

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Master Maker Class: Prototyping
Aug
14
5:00 PM17:00

Master Maker Class: Prototyping

Master Maker Class: Prototyping

Please bring your own laptop if able.

Explore the possibility of creating prototyping with our Maker Mentor, Jesse, as he leads you through CAD, CNC, or Laser technology to explore your prototype idea.

Do you have a product you've always wanted to invent? Come to the Prototyping class to turn your dreams into reality! In this 2.5 hour class, you'll get to work with software and rapid prototyping tools to make an actual prototype of your idea. Take it home with you to share it with the family, use the prototype to get a patent or set up a meeting with the Conductor team to take your idea to the next level!

What do you need to do?

Come with your own product idea, and thoughts on how you might make it. Have some experience with making tools like CAD, CNC, or laser technology. Our maker training is a great place to start.

Who can attend: Adult - Ages 16 & up.

RSVP to reserve your spot!

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Youth Maker Class: Squishy Circuits
Aug
20
3:30 PM15:30

Youth Maker Class: Squishy Circuits

Youth Maker Monday: Squishy Circuits

Youth Maker Mondays are an opportunity for makers ages 8-15 to learn about UCA's Makerspace and complete challenging projects using our state-of-the-art equipment. Each unique maker class offers students the opportunity to practice math, design, and engineering skills in a fun and hands-on environment. UCA Makerspace staff will guide students through specific software for each project, and the students will take home their awesome creations. Don't miss out!

Come to this class to learn some simple clay molding techniques and how to build basic circuits between those clay creations!

RSVP to reserve your spot now!

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Startup Grind with President Houston Davis
Aug
22
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with President Houston Davis

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with President Houston Davis, president of the University of Central Arkansas.

Startup Grind is a monthly fireside chat presented in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs. Conway is one of 200 cities in the world with a Startup Grind chapter. Each month, the Conductor hosts a fireside chat with a local influencer/entrepreneur. To date, the Conductor has hosted Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry; Amy Fecher, Executive VP of Operations at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; Earnest Sweat, California-based venture capitalist; Jeff Amerine, Principal of Startup Junkie Consulting; Jeff Standridge, Chief Catalyst of the Conductor; and Alison Williams, Chief-of-Staff for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, among others.

Don't miss a chance to hear President Davis's life and business advice, and network over food! 

This is free and open to the public.

Agenda:

5:00 p.m. - Doors open + networking

6:00 p.m. - Fireside chat with President Davis

7:00 p.m. - Networking

 

About President Davis:

Prior to becoming President of UCA, Houston Davis was interim President of Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Davis also served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer of the University System of Georgia from 2012 to 2017. Before his role in Georgia, Davis served as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education from 2007 to 2012. He has also served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Tennessee Board of Regents, on faculty and in academic leadership for Austin Peay State University, in fiscal and academic affairs for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, and as a regional counselor for the University of Memphis. 

He is involved in research projects and writing in the areas of higher education governance, economic development, and accountability issues in higher education and serves on several national advisory groups on higher education policy, degree completion, academic preparation, and accountability.  He received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University with other degrees from the University of Memphis and Tennessee State University.  He and his wife, Jenny, have three children – Polly (20), Whitney (17), and Joshua (14).

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Adult Maker Class: Wire Sculpting
Aug
27
5:00 PM17:00

Adult Maker Class: Wire Sculpting

Adult Maker Class: Wire Sculpturing

Adult Maker Mondays are a great opportunity to make your own project with our Master Maker, Jason. Each class involves learning specific software tailored towards a unique project. Jason will guide you through this process as you work alongside other makers in a challenging and collaborative environment. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn new skills, use cool equipment, and make an awesome project!

This class involves the experience of heat sculpturing. Create your own wire sculpture by using a flame to heat your sculpture and bend your wires into place.

Who can attend: Adult - Ages 16 & up.

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Game Changers: Startup Stories by Glenn Crockett
Aug
29
11:00 AM11:00

Game Changers: Startup Stories by Glenn Crockett

Game Changers: Startup Stories by Glenn Crockett

Join the Conductor, young professionals and the startup community for Game Changers, an event celebrating the startup community through networking and storytelling.

Entrepreneurs share their story in 5-10 minutes, followed by a 20-minute Q &A with the audience. Get a first-hand account of the successes and challenges faced by Arkansas entrepreneurs and how they found their start.

This month we will hear from local entrepreneur and Dave Creek Media co-founder and CEO, Glenn Crockett.

Glenn is co-founder and CEO of Dave Creek Media. He has spent the last 25 years with Acxiom Corporation in a variety of leadership roles most recently as Director of Sales within the Audience Solutions Division. He has six children and a wife who is his biggest fan. When not working on startups or helping businesses succeed, he enjoys anything outdoors like backpacking, kayaking and fly fishing. See more on Dave Creek Media at www.davecreekmedia.com.

Lunch is provided, and everyone is welcome.

Agenda:

11:00 a.m. - Doors open. Networking. Lunch is served.

11:30 a.m. - Presentation begins.

11:45 a.m. - Q & A with Glenn.

12:30 p.m. - Networking.

August 29 | The Makerspace (250 Donaghey Ave) | RSVP to reserve your spot!

 

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Startup Grind with Bunny Adcock
Sep
20
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with Bunny Adcock

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with Bunny Adcock, Vice Chairman for Centennial Bank.

Startup Grind is a monthly fireside chat presented in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs. Conway is one of 200 cities in the world with a Startup Grind chapter. Each month, the Conductor hosts a fireside chat with a local influencer/entrepreneur. To date, the Conductor has hosted Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry; Amy Fecher, Executive VP of Operations at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; Earnest Sweat, California-based venture capitalist; Jeff Amerine, Principal of Startup Junkie Consulting; Jeff Standridge, Chief Catalyst of the Conductor; and Alison Williams, Chief-of-Staff for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, among others.

Don't miss a chance to hear Bunny Adcock's life and business advice, and network over food! 

This is free and open to the public.

Agenda:

5:00 p.m. - Doors open + networking

6:00 p.m. - Fireside chat with Bunny Adcock

7:00 p.m. - Networking

 

About Bunny Adcock:

Bunny Adcock has been heavily involved with government and banking throughout his career. His extensive experience includes:

  • European Office of State of Ark. (1976-1979)
  • Asst to Gov. White of Ark. (1980-1982)
  • Reagan White House (1982-1983)
  • First National Bank of Conway (1983-1996)
  • President, Ark Development Finance Authority (1996-1997)
  • Helped Organize First State Bank of Conway
  • Helped Organize Twin City Bank North Little Rock
  • Board of Dir. First State and Twin City Bank
  • Board member, Home BancShares
  • Golf Coach, University of Central Arkansas (1999-2002)
  • V P of Development, Univ. of Central Ark. (2003)
  • Bank Commissioner, State of Ark (2003-2007)
  • V P of Finance, University of Central Ark 2009
  • University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees (2013-present)
  • Vice Chairman for Centennial Bank
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Pitch Night with the Conductor
Oct
4
5:00 PM17:00

Pitch Night with the Conductor

Pitch Night is presented in partnership with the University of Central Arkansas, Startup Junkie Consulting, and the Conductor Mentor Network, an aggregation of the region's top influencers and experts.

Join us for Pitch Night on October 4. Doors open at 5 p.m., and we will begin at 5:20 p.m. Food will be served.

The Conductor's Pitch Night provides investment opportunities for Central Arkansas angel investors, education for new investors and funding opportunities for regional startups. Interested and potential angel investors, entrepreneurs and community members are welcome to attend and hear pitches from presenting companies.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to reserve your spot.

 

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Startup Grind with Daniel Tyler
Oct
18
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with Daniel Tyler

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with Daniel Tyler, Founder and Lead Visionary of Deliver Hope.

Startup Grind is a monthly fireside chat presented in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs. Conway is one of 200 cities in the world with a Startup Grind chapter. Each month, the Conductor hosts a fireside chat with a local influencer/entrepreneur. To date, the Conductor has hosted Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry; Amy Fecher, Executive VP of Operations at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; Earnest Sweat, California-based venture capitalist; Jeff Amerine, Principal of Startup Junkie Consulting; Jeff Standridge, Chief Catalyst of the Conductor; and Alison Williams, Chief-of-Staff for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, among others.

Don't miss a chance to hear Daniel Tyler's life and business advice, and network over food!

This is free and open to the public.

Agenda:

5:00 p.m. - Doors open + networking

6:00 p.m. - Fireside chat with Daniel Tyler

7:00 p.m. - Networking

 

About Daniel Tyler:

While serving as pastor for the past 12 years, God birthed a vision in Daniel to create a organization specifically for young people caught in the emotional and relational chaos, dangerous choices, and emptiness that once marked Daniel’s life.

The vision came together in the form of Deliver Hope. Deliver Hope is one of the leading community organizations working towards restorative justice for at-risk youth in Central Arkansas. Since Deliver Hope has partnered with the Faulkner County Juvenile court, there’s been a 48% reduction in the number of young people going into the Faulkner County juvenile detention center.

Daniel lives dedicated to inspiring people to dream beyond their circumstances, excel despite their disadvantages, and reach their fullest God-given potential.

Daniel also serves as a teaching pastor at City Church in Conway. He has been married to his bride for 9 years and together they have 3 children. 

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Startup Grind with Brad Lacy
Nov
15
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with Brad Lacy

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with Brad Lacy, President & CEO at Conway Area Chamber of Commerce.

Startup Grind is a monthly fireside chat presented in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs. Conway is one of 200 cities in the world with a Startup Grind chapter. Each month, the Conductor hosts a fireside chat with a local influencer/entrepreneur. To date, the Conductor has hosted Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry; Amy Fecher, Executive VP of Operations at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; Earnest Sweat, California-based venture capitalist; Jeff Amerine, Principal of Startup Junkie Consulting; Jeff Standridge, Chief Catalyst of the Conductor; and Alison Williams, Chief-of-Staff for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, among others.

Don't miss a chance to hear Brad Lacy's life and business advice, and network over food! 

This is free and open to the public.

Agenda:

5:00 p.m. - Doors open + networking

6:00 p.m. - Fireside chat with Brad Lacy

7:00 p.m. - Networking

 

About Brad Lacy

Brad Lacy is a native of Ida, Arkansas and began his economic development career in 1997 with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission as a community development consultant and later as a project manager, where he worked to recruit companies to the state.

Brad has served as the President/CEO of the Conway Development Corporation (CDC), the city of Conway’s nonprofit economic development entity, since 2000. During his tenure, the CDC has acquired a 700-acre site for a new airport and developed a 180-acre office and technology park called The Meadows. In 2009, the park became home to a new Hewlett Packard facility creating over 1,400 jobs, with the Corporation acting as developer on the $36 million, LEED- certified office building. Since 2006, the CDC has recruited over 2,700 new jobs to the area representing over $100 million in new payroll. Most recently, the CDC has formed a joint venture to redevelop the city’s current airport property into Central Landing, a 200 acre mixed use development featuring over 800,000 sf of high end retail. It will be the largest project in the history of the city. In December 2006, Brad became President/CEO of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. It marked the first time in nearly two decades that the Chamber and CDC have been under the leadership of the same person. The combined management of both organizations brings the city a larger staff to focus on economic development activities. With over 1,300 members and a budget exceeding $3,000,000 annually, the Chamber is the third largest in Arkansas. In 2013, the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce was awarded Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from the University of Central Arkansas, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Arkansas Little Rock. He is a graduate of the Community Development Institute at UCA, and the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma, and the U.S. Chamber  of Commerce Foundation’s Institute for Organization Management. Brad is also a graduate of the Faulkner County Leadership Institute Class of 1999 and the Leadership Greater Little Rock Class of 2004. In 2011, Brad received his Certified Chamber Executive credentials through the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.

He is a member of Conway’s Second Baptist Church. He is a past chairman of the City of Conway’s Historic District Commission, a past president of the University of Central Arkansas Foundation Board, and a past president of Arkansas Economic Developers. In 2012, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe appointed Lacy to a seven year term on the University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees.

 

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Pitch Night with the Conductor
Dec
6
5:00 PM17:00

Pitch Night with the Conductor

Pitch Night is presented in partnership with the University of Central Arkansas, Startup Junkie Consulting, and the Conductor Mentor Network, an aggregation of the region's top influencers and experts.

Join us for Pitch Night on December 6. Doors open at 5 p.m., and we will begin at 5:20 p.m. Food will be served.

The Conductor's Pitch Night provides investment opportunities for Central Arkansas angel investors, education for new investors and funding opportunities for regional startups. Interested and potential angel investors, entrepreneurs and community members are welcome to attend and hear pitches from presenting companies.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to reserve your spot.

 

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Startup Grind with Charisse Childers
Jul
19
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with Charisse Childers

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with Charisse Childers, Director for Arkansas Career Education.

 

Startup Grind is a monthly fireside chat presented in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs. Conway is one of 200 cities in the world with a Startup Grind chapter. Each month, the Conductor hosts a fireside chat with a local influencer/entrepreneur. To date, the Conductor has hosted Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry; Amy Fecher, Executive VP of Operations at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; Earnest Sweat, California-based venture capitalist; Jeff Amerine, Principal of Startup Junkie Consulting; Jeff Standridge, Chief Catalyst of the Conductor; and Alison Williams, Chief-of-Staff for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, among others.

Don't miss a chance to hear Charisse Childers's life and business advice, and network over food!

This is free and open to the public.

Agenda:

5:00 p.m. - Doors open + networking

6:00 p.m. - Fireside chat with Charisse Childers

7:00 p.m. - Networking

 

About Charisse Childers:

Having spent all of her life in Arkansas, raised in Blytheville and now living in Little Rock, Dr. Charisse Childers is always working to make a difference in the lives of others. Her experiences, knowledge, and unwavering enthusiasm are demonstrated in everything that she does. With 30 years of years of work and personal experience in business, education, law enforcement, non-profits and economic development, she has built friendships and has contacts in all parts of the state.

After graduating from Blytheville High School, Dr. Childers worked her way through college at Arkansas State University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in business in 1988. Realizing that she wanted to continue her education and that additional education and training would open up greater opportunities, she later earned master’s and specialist’s degrees from Arkansas State University. Then at the age of 42, she graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Policy.

Dr. Childers’ career began in secondary and post-secondary education – giving her an opportunity to work with students and demonstrate the importance of an education. In addition to serving on a national education board and being recognized for her exemplary work in post-secondary education, she has written and administered federal, state, and local grants and has been a federal grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education.

She served from 2006–2014 as the executive director of Accelerate Arkansas, an 80-member statewide group of business and education leaders dedicated to knowledge-based economic development in the state of Arkansas. She was appointed director of the Arkansas Department of Career Education in January 2015 where she continues working with leaders around the state on education and economic development policy and career and educational services that prepare our youth and adults for jobs while meeting the needs of our businesses in Arkansas. 

Most recently, Dr.Childers was recognized by her peers as the 2016 ‘Rising Star’ by Advance CTE – an association of state directors of career and technical education.  Previously, she was recognized by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation as one of 40 non-profit leaders in the state-based on her accomplishments and strong leadership traits that exemplify the legacy of Governor Rockefeller and who are contributing to moving the needle in Arkansas.

Dr. Childers served on the Arkansas State Police Commission for seven years and currently is a member of the Arkansas State Police Foundation. She serves on the board of the Arkansas State Alumni Association and  Advance CTE.

  

 

 

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Master Maker Class: Learn Tinkercad
Jul
17
5:00 PM17:00

Master Maker Class: Learn Tinkercad

Master Maker Class: Learn Tinkercad

Please bring your own laptop if able.

Master Maker Classes allow you to create specific projects and learn new skills from one of our Certified Maker Mentors. Our Certified Maker Mentors are pulled from the network of makers in Conway and Central Arkansas. Each of them holds a unique specialty skill in making and will take you through a class tailored to their specialty. Join the Conductor and our Certified Maker Mentors for an awesome evening of learning unique ways to make.
Join our Maker Mentor Alex and learn how to use Tinkercad, 3D printing software. 

Please bring a laptop if at all possible, to keep from having to share a computer with another attendee.

RSVP to reserve your spot!

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Youth Maker Class: Building Techniques (Water-gun Edition)
Jul
16
9:00 AM09:00

Youth Maker Class: Building Techniques (Water-gun Edition)

Youth Maker Monday: Building Techniques (Water-gun Style)

Youth Maker Mondays are an opportunity for makers ages 8-15 to learn about UCA's Makerspace and complete challenging projects using our state-of-the-art equipment. Each unique maker class offers students the opportunity to practice math, design, and engineering skills in a fun and hands-on environment. UCA Makerspace staff will guide students through specific software for each project, and the students will take home their awesome creations. Don't miss out!

Come to this class to learn some cool building techniques and take home your self-made water-gun!

RSVP to reserve your spot now!

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Adult Maker Class: Inkscape
Jun
25
5:00 PM17:00

Adult Maker Class: Inkscape

Adult Maker Mondays are a great opportunity to make your own project with our Master Maker, Jason Huselton. Each class involves learning specific software tailored towards a unique project. Jason will guide you through this process as you work alongside other makers in a challenging and collaborative environment. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn new skills, use cool equipment, and make an awesome project!

This class teaches you all the details of the Inkscape program.

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Maker Saturday: Fourth of July Theme
Jun
23
9:00 AM09:00

Maker Saturday: Fourth of July Theme

On Saturday, June 23rd, we will be hosting Maker Saturday: Fourth of July Theme at UCA's Makerspace.

From 9:00a.m.-12:00 p.m. we will have our state-of-art laser engravers and 3-D printers to help you personally customize and an assortment of crafts tailored to the summer holiday season. Additionally, there will be paint and other arts and crafts available to further bring out your creative side. All are welcome while spots are available, and you do not have to go to a Maker Training to attend.

This is an event you won’t want to miss! Bring your family or friends! We can’t wait to see you there!

If you would like to work on certain computerized designs during the event (encouraged), please be sure to bring a laptop as we only have a few computers available for use.

Takeaway: Each person will get to take home their personally customized designs with them!

Cost: Free

Ages: All (kids under 15 must be accompanies with parent/legal guardian)

Duration: 3 hours

RSVP while tickets remain!

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Master Maker Class: 3D CAD - Blender
Jun
12
5:00 PM17:00

Master Maker Class: 3D CAD - Blender

Master Maker Classes allow you to create specific projects and learn new skills from one of our Certified Maker Mentors. Our Certified Maker Mentors are pulled from the network of makers in Conway and Central Arkansas. Each of them holds a unique specialty skill in making and will take you through a class tailored to their specialty.

Join the Conductor and our Certified Maker Mentors for an awesome evening of learning unique ways to make. Our Master Maker Corey will be teaching how to use the 3D modeling software Blender. Come learn exciting new ways to build projects for the 3D printers. This course will teach basic navigation of Blender, UI, and how to make basic and nontraditional shapes.

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Youth Maker Monday: Father's Day
Jun
11
4:00 PM16:00

Youth Maker Monday: Father's Day

Please bring your laptop if you are able.

Youth Maker Mondays are an opportunity for makers ages 8-15 to learn about UCA's Makerspace and complete challenging projects using our state-of-the-art equipment. Each unique maker class offers students the opportunity to practice math, design, and engineering skills in a fun and hands-on environment. UCA Makerspace staff will guide students through specific software for each project, and the students will take home their awesome creations. Don't miss out!

This class takes you through the learning of programs centered around CAD. You will create custom designs in these programs and convert those designs into a file to engrave or cut a project on our state-of-the-art laser engraver. Come make a personal customized project to give to your father on Father's Day this year! Be unique and be creative to make something memorable!

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Pitch Night with The Conductor
Jun
7
5:00 PM17:00

Pitch Night with The Conductor

Pitch Night is presented in partnership with the University of Central Arkansas, Startup Junkie Consulting, and the Conductor Mentor Network, an aggregation of the region's top influencers and experts.

Join us for Pitch Night on June 7. Doors open at 5 p.m., and we will begin at 5:20 p.m. Food will be served.

The Conductor's Pitch Night provides investment opportunities for Central Arkansas angel investors, education for new investors and funding opportunities for regional startups. Interested and potential angel investors, entrepreneurs and community members are welcome to attend and hear pitches from presenting companies.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to reserve your spot.

 

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Adult Maker Class: Creative Puzzles with CAD
Jun
4
5:00 PM17:00

Adult Maker Class: Creative Puzzles with CAD

Adult Maker Mondays are a great opportunity to make your own project with our Master Maker, Jason Huselton. Each class involves learning specific software tailored towards a unique project. Jason will guide you through this process as you work alongside other makers in a challenging and collaborative environment. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn new skills, use cool equipment, and make an awesome project! 

This class takes you through the process of designing your own project with CAD. Create your own puzzle within CAD and cut it out on our state-of-the-art laser engraver!

 

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Startup Grind with Greg Bledsoe
May
23
5:00 PM17:00

Startup Grind with Greg Bledsoe

Join the Conductor for Startup Grind with Greg Bledsoe, Surgeon General for the State of Arkansas

Startup Grind is a monthly fireside chat presented in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs. Conway is one of 200 cities in the world with a Startup Grind chapter. Each month, the Conductor hosts a fireside chat with a local influencer/entrepreneur. To date, the Conductor has hosted Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry; Amy Fecher, Executive VP of Operations at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; Earnest Sweat, California-based venture capitalist; Jeff Amerine, Principal of Startup Junkie Consulting; Jeff Standridge, Chief Catalyst of the Conductor; and Alison Williams, Chief-of-Staff for Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, among others.

Don't miss a chance to hear Greg Bledsoe's life and business advice, and network over food! 

This is free and open to the public. Join us at Old Chicago for food and drinks.

Agenda:

5:00 p.m. - Doors open + networking

6:00 p.m. - Fireside chat with Greg Bledsoe

7:00 p.m. - Networking

 

About Greg Bledsoe:

Dr. Gregory H. Bledsoe is a board certified Emergency Medicine physician and the current Surgeon General for the state of Arkansas.

After completing medical school and residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Dr. Bledsoe spent five years on faculty in the Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine completing a two-year fellowship in International Emergency Medicine and a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In 2005, he received the “Teacher of the Year” award from the Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Bledsoe has extensive experience in international travel having visited over 50 countries. His international medical experience includes serving as a field physician in Honduras, teaching disaster preparedness in Tanzania, leading a nutritional survey among the Beja tribe in northeast Sudan, working as a medical consultant in Beijing, China, and acting as the medical officer for ships in both Antarctica and the Arctic. He is the chief editor of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine, a 700 page medical text published by Cambridge University Press in the spring of 2008.

In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Bledsoe has been an instructor and medical consultant for the United States Secret Service. He was the personal physician to former President Bill Clinton during Clinton’s tour of Africa in September 2002, and served in Uganda and Senegal on the advance team of President George W. Bush when the President visited the African continent in July of 2003.

Dr. Bledsoe’s research has been published in many prestigious medical journals. He is a frequent public speaker regarding health issues, and also is a private pilot, a scuba diver, an Eagle Scout, a student in Brazilian jiu jitsu, and a member of The Explorers Club. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with his wife and three daughters.

Specialties: expedition medicine, medical education, entrepreneurship

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Game Changers: Startup Stories by Zeteo Coffee
May
16
11:00 AM11:00

Game Changers: Startup Stories by Zeteo Coffee

Game Changers: Startup Stories by Zeteo Coffee

Join the Conductor, young professionals and startup community for Game Changers, an event celebrating the startup community through networking and storytelling.

Entrepreneurs share their story in 5-10 minutes, followed by a 20-minute Q &A with the audience. Get a first-hand account of the successes and challenges faced by Arkansas entrepreneurs and how they got their start.

This month we will hear from local entrepreneur and Zeteo Coffee co-founder, Jon Mitchell.

Zeteo Coffee is a local coffee shop that is passionate about crafting excellent coffee and supporting the community that surrounds it.

Come hear the story of Zeteo Coffee from co-founder Jon Mitchell.

Lunch is provided, and everyone is welcome.

Agenda:

11:00 a.m. - Doors open. Networking. Lunch is served.

11:30 a.m. - Presentations will begin.

11:45 a.m. - Q & A with Jon.

12:30 p.m. - Networking.

May 16 | The Makerspace (250 Donaghey Ave) | RSVP to reserve your spot!

 

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Master Maker Class: Soldering 101
May
15
5:00 PM17:00

Master Maker Class: Soldering 101

Master Maker Classes allow you to create specific projects and learn new skills from one of our Certified Maker Mentors. Our Certified Maker Mentors are pulled from the network of makers in Conway and Central Arkansas. Each of them holds a unique specialty skill in making and will take you through a class tailored to their specialty. Join the Conductor and our Certified Maker Mentors for an awesome evening of learning unique ways to make.


Join Eric Bryan and learn the basics of using a soldering iron for electrical/electronics work. Learn about iron wattage and temperature, solder type, flux type, tinning your tip, tinning wires, soldering wires, soldering the wire to boards, soldering components to boards, desoldering with a solder sucker, desoldering with braid, and component removal with ChipQuik. Hope to see you there! 

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Youth Maker Monday: Creative Puzzles with CAD
May
14
4:00 PM16:00

Youth Maker Monday: Creative Puzzles with CAD

Please bring your own laptop if you are able.

Youth Maker Mondays are an opportunity for makers ages 8-15 to learn about UCA's Makerspace and complete challenging projects using our state-of-the-art equipment. Each unique maker class offers students the opportunity to practice math, design, and engineering skills in a fun and hands-on environment. UCA Makerspace staff will guide students through specific software for each project, and the students will take home their awesome creations. Don't miss out!

This class takes you through the process of designing your own project with CAD. Create your own puzzle within CAD and engrave it on our state-of-the-art laser engraver!

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Youth Maker Monday: Innovative Solutions
Apr
30
4:00 PM16:00

Youth Maker Monday: Innovative Solutions

Youth Maker Monday: Innovative Solutions

Please bring your own laptop if able.

Who can attend: Youth - Ages 8-15

Can you think of a problem you face every day or even just every week? Every problem needs a solution. In this 1.5 hour class, you'll get to work with CAD software and 3D production printers to create an actual solution to a problem. This Youth Maker Monday will provide the group with a platform to identify and analyze real-world problems and collaborate with their peers to conceptualize tangible solutions. The attendees will work in teams to find a solution that they can create in the Makerspace. This class will encourage the youth to think critically about problems they face in the real-world and take interest in developing an applicable solution.

What do you need to do?

Think of a problem you face on a daily basis,  and come up with ideas that you think you can fix using a product you can physically make. Come with ideas and be ready to brainstorm!

What will we do?

4:00 - Talk collectively as a group(s) and decide on a common problem(s) we want to fix.

4:15 - Draw up a mock design on the whiteboard and brainstorm solutions.

4:30 - Take the drawing to the PC and begin drawing up the solution in 3D CAD.

5:00 - Kick off a 3D Print of the final solution.

 

NOTE - Due to time constraints, you will likely not be able to leave with your print after the event.  We will print them for you, and you’ll be able to pick it up the following day.  

Please bring a laptop if at all possible, to keep from having to share a computer with another attendee.

Who can attend: Youth - Ages 8-15

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Make for Mom
Apr
28
9:00 AM09:00

Make for Mom

Are you looking for a great, personalized gift for your mom for Mothers Day? Join the Conductor Saturday, April 28 for Make for Mother's Day. Come any time between 9:00am and 11:00 to engrave a project of your choice. Don't miss this opportunity to make your mom an awesome and personalized gift!

Project Options:

Picture Frames

Mother's Day Cards

Charm Bracets

And any other gift ideas you have!

 

If possible, bring a laptop.

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Pitch Night with the Conductor
Apr
26
5:00 PM17:00

Pitch Night with the Conductor

Pitch Night is presented in partnership with the University of Central Arkansas, Startup Junkie Consulting, and the Conductor Mentor Network, an aggregation of the region's top influencers and experts.

Join us for Pitch Night on April 26 at the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. Doors open at 5 p.m., and we will begin at 5:20 p.m. Food will be served.

The Conductor's Pitch Night provides investment opportunities for Central Arkansas angel investors, education for new investors and funding opportunities for regional startups. Interested and potential angel investors, entrepreneurs and community members are welcome to attend and hear pitches from presenting companies.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to reserve your spot.

 

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Master Maker Class: Introduction to Arduino
Apr
24
5:00 PM17:00

Master Maker Class: Introduction to Arduino

 

Please bring your own laptop if able.

This class is a basic introduction to the Arduino microcontroller platform for individuals who have little or no experience with Arduino, electronics, or programming. In the class, participants will learn what Arduino is, how it can be used in various environments from hobbyist to commercial, and get hands-on experience building simple Arduino projects and writing the code to make them work. The class will be led by Maker Mentor Justin Rowan.

Make sure to bring your own laptop.

Run of show:

1) What is Arduino? (15 minutes)

2) Hardware Basics (15 minutes)

3) Software Basics (30 minutes)

4) Hands-on Projects & Q&A (70 minutes)

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Game Changers: Startup Stories by Drew Spurgers
Apr
18
11:00 AM11:00

Game Changers: Startup Stories by Drew Spurgers

Game Changers: Startup Stories by Drew Spurgers

Join the Conductor, young professionals and startup community for Game Changers, an event celebrating the startup community through networking and storytelling.

Entrepreneurs share their story in 5-10 minutes, followed by a 20-minute Q&A with the audience. Get a first-hand account of the successes and challenges faced by Arkansas entrepreneurs and how they got their start.

This month we will hear from local entrepreneur Drew Spurgers.

Drew Spurgers is a Marketing & HR professional. Owner of Kangabloo Creative & SHADE Sunless Spa, Drew spends his days working primarily in communication and leading teams to success. Drew has a passion for helping local businesses succeed, as well as a keen ability to see the big picture. In his free time, Drew volunteers with animal rescue organizations.

Kangabloo Creative is a small business marketing firm that helps companies tell their story and reach their target demographic. Kangabloo focuses on strategy, branding, design, and development.

Lunch is provided, and everyone is welcome.

Agenda:

11:00 a.m. - Doors open. Networking. Lunch is served.

11:30 a.m. - Presentations will begin.

11:45 a.m. - Q & A with Drew.

12:30 p.m. - Networking.

Apr. 18 | The Makerspace (250 Donaghey Ave) | RSVP to reserve your spot!

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