Hult @ Vanderbilt Champions 2016 - Thayer Rosenberg, Andreas Guentner, Kelsey Moore (Campus Director), Kevin Lubin, Ben Rasmus

Hult @ Vanderbilt Champions 2016 - Thayer Rosenberg, Andreas Guentner, Kelsey Moore (Campus Director), Kevin Lubin, Ben Rasmus
Kelsey Moore

Message from Campus Director

"It's not everyday that you have an opportunity to change the world. A team of you will be representing all of us at the upcoming Hult Prize Regional Finals happening on March 12, 2016. This is our chance to show the world that our institution is dedicated to Impact!"

Kelsey Moore

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Hult@Vanderbilt Competition

Time: 5:00 PM
Date: Monday, November 7, 2016
Venue: Wond'ry
Location: 2414 Highland Street
Nashville, Tennessee, 37212



Lagos State University

216 teams registered


Government Degree College,Porumamilla

200 teams registered


Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

181 teams registered


National University of Sciences and Technology

133 teams registered


Cairo University

108 teams registered


Vanessa Lazon
Director of the Mayor's Office of New Americans
Vanessa Lazón works at Mayor Barry’s Office of Neighborhoods and Community Engagement leading the Office of New Americans. Vanessa moved to Nashville from Lima, Perú in the late nineties and got to finish high school locally. This experience along with many others during her college years and the beginning of professional career helped her understand the difficulties New Americans face while trying to make Nashville their home. All of this also fueled her passion to help young immigrants and refugees by connecting their needs with appropriate resources, as well as helping them learn how to navigate existing systems in order to achieve their goals in life, and attain a good education. Vanessa is a graduate of Lipscomb University, a former MyCity Academy participant, served as the co-chair of the Mayor’s New Americans Advisory Council, and also co-chaired the Metro Parks’ Celebrate Nashville TEENS United Committee.
Samar Ali
Samar Ali is an attorney with at Bass Berry Sims. She assists international businesses and individuals with cross-border investments, transactions, immigration, and compliance. Samar's career has taken her across the globe through her work at the White House, the South African Supreme Court, the state of Tennessee and as an attorney. She earned her JD from Vanderbilt University.
Teresa Wells
Managing Director of Investment Strategy
Teresa Wells is the Managing Director of Investment Strategy and Seattle Office Lead for Threshold Group. In this role she is responsible for the Seattle client service and investment management and research operations. She is also a board member at the Seattle Alternative Investment Association. She earned her MA in International Business from Seattle University and is a CFA charterholder.
Cabot Pyle
Executive Director
Cabot Pyle is the Executive Director for the Dugas/Turner Family Foundations. He is a current member of the Nashville Chamber CEO Champions and serves on the Government Affairs Committee for the Southeastern Council of Foundations. He is also an alum of Leadership Nashville. He earned his bachelor's from Vanderbilt University and completed his MBA at Southern Methodist University.
Andrew Dustan
Assistant Professor of Economics
Andrew Dustan is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Vanderbilt. His research focuses on the intersection of development economics and the economics of education. His current research investigates the importance of family networks and transit accessibility for high school choice in Mexico City and the importance of school quality for student outcomes. He is also working on two projects aimed at understanding whether low-powered incentives can improve the performance of educational civil servants in Peru. Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt, where he teaches development economics at the undergraduate and graduate levels, he obtained a BA from the University of Oklahoma, MA from Miami University, and PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Stephanie Teatro
Executive Director
Stephanie Teatro is the Co-Executive Director of TIRRC (Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition). Previously, Stephanie was the Director of Advocacy at TIRRC where she led programs to build the capacity of grassroots immigrant leaders to speak for themselves, to engage fully in the civic process, and to advocate for policies that make it easier for everyone to fully participate in public life. Stephanie is a steering committee member of Nashville For All Of Us, a member of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry’s New Americans Advisory Council, an executive committee member of the national Fair Immigration Reform Movement and a board member of the National Partnership for New Americans. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree in history from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is an alumni of Leadership Nashville Class of 2015.
Lindsay Daniels
Associate Director of Economic Policy
Lindsay Daniels is Associate Director of Economic Policy at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). The Economic Policy unit aims to close the racial wealth gap by promoting fair labor, financial, and housing markets where Latino families have the opportunity to routinely build wealth, maintain life-long financial security, and pass their assets to the next generation. In her role as Manager, Ms. Daniels works closely with NCLR’s senior leadership to expand NCLR’s visibility and impact in the areas of employment, housing, banking, retirement security, and consumer protection. Lindsay has authored several reports on Hispanic access to economic opportunity, including Banking in Color: New Findings in Financial Access for Low- and Moderate-Income Communities (2014), Puertas Cerradas: Housing Barriers for Hispanics (2013), and Affording Citizenship and Securing a Sound Financial Future (2012). Ms. Daniels holds an MBA from the Georgetown McDonough School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and speech communication from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.
Mohamed Shukri-Hassan
Social Entrepreneur
Previously with Welcoming Tennessee, TIRRC, AMAC (American Muslim Advisory Council)
Amy Richardson
Community Health Outreach Director
Amy Richardson is Community Health Outreach Director at Siloam Family Health Center. Her passion involves outreach to and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable populations locally and globally. Amy has worked with refugee and immigrant populations for nearly a decade. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Nashville International Center for Empowerment, a local refugee resettlement organization, and served for four years as Chair of the Nashville Task Force on Refugees and Immigrants. Amy has also spent extended time with community development and English teaching organizations in Nepal and Thailand.
Kathy Edson
Community Engagement Facilitator
Kathy Edson is an Emmy Award winning community engagement facilitator. She has served the Nashville refugee and immigrant community for over a decade and continues to be an active advocate. Most recently, she was the Director of Community Engagement at a local refugee resettlement agency. She has been recognized across the country for her civic engagement in diverse communities and managed a variety of successful, national PBS campaigns. She believes partnering with local community stakeholders around key issues, is a way to generate long term impact and real change.


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Team member 1* Captain
Team member 2*
Team member 3*
Team member 4 (optional)
About your team
* Your team requires at least 3 members and no more than 4, and must be comprised of current students, with the option of one alumni member.