Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 400,000 founders in over 200 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 85 countries through events, media and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs. The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has now hosted 2,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010. To date, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.
This is event is free and open to the public. We will be the Makerspace at Donaghey Hall (242 S. Donaghey Ave.) and FREE Tacos 4 Life is provided!
Our featured guest this month is Alison Williams, Chief of Staff for Governor Asa Hutchinson.
Williams serves as Governor Hutchinson’s Chief of Staff, managing a team of more than fifty professionals who support Governor Hutchinson’s transformational vision for the State of Arkansas. Prior to returning to Arkansas in this position, she was the Governor’s Director of State-Federal Relations in Washington, DC. Williams worked in the Washington, DC, area for more than fifteen years in both the public and private sectors. Having served in the U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Defense, she understands the value of cooperation and the necessity of strong relationships. At DoD’s U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), Williams led the Interagency Board, which was integral to building a whole-of-government approach to the unique security challenges affecting the African continent. While at the Department of Homeland Security, she managed the external affairs portfolios in the Office of the Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security and at the Transportation Security Administration. In these roles, she worked closely with public affairs, legislative affairs, other federal agencies, state and local partners and the White House to develop policies that make Americans more secure. Early in her career, Williams worked for former Congressmen Asa Hutchinson and John Boozman (AR-03). Having worked in both the public and private sectors, she has nurtured a strong understanding of the intersection between business and government. As a consultant, she has supported start-ups to Fortune 100 companies in both boutique and large firms. She serves on the Boards of Directors of the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas and the Arkansas Cinema Society and is an active member of Rotary. Williams is a 1999 graduate of the University of Arkansas and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. She is married to Bob Kucheravy of Litchfield County, Connecticut. She is the proud daughter of MSgt (retired) Dave and Vicki Williams, who encouraged her innate curiosity, which has resulted in extensive travel in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
We look forward to seeing you at Startup Grind on September 21st! You don't want to miss this!