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About the Center

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The Jill Ker Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center is designed to support and educate the next generation of innovators and financially-savvy leaders. It is driven by our students’ demand to be constructive in the world. Our mission is to give them the tools and confidence to do so.

The Jill Ker Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center builds on the programming of Smith’s Women and Financial Independence program, a successful initiative that was launched in 2001.

Launched in Fall 2016, the Conway Center is a hub where students receive the tools to think expansively and develop innovative solutions to pressing problems. The Center hosts and facilitates a slate of programs and activities focused on creative thinking, problem solving, and interdisciplinary teamwork as well as the development of financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills.

Monica Dean, Director
Previously the administrative director of the Lawrence N. Field Programs and Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College, City University of New York, Monica continues to provide students with opportunities to hone their entrepreneurial skills. Her courses have specifically focused on developing an entrepreneurial mindset and teaching students about women and entrepreneurship. Prior to Baruch, Monica was a senior vice president at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, a national not-for-profit founded by Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter, and an associate with Booz, Allen & Hamilton. She holds an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and a BS in civil engineering from Howard University.

Jennifer Kennedy, Administrative Assistant
Jennifer joined Smith College in August 2018. She serves as the primary contact for external offices and students. She spent nearly a decade working in intercollegiate athletics on three Division III campuses and in a conference office. Jennifer has an MEd from Springfield College and a BA from Cedar Crest College - where she is a lifetime member of the Alumnae Association and the Class Agent to the Class of 2007.Affiliates

Student Interns

Conway Intern Maha Awaisi

Maha Awaisi ’21

Maha is currently a junior double majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. She is a co-captain on the South Asian fusion dance team, SC Masti, and tutor for computer science classes. She is excited to help promote the activities at the Conway Center and learn more about entrepreneurship and innovation this year!

Picture of Conway Intern Imane Berrada

Imane Berrada ’21

Imane is a junior double majoring in Economics and Computer Science. She forms part of the Smith College Consulting Club, in addition to the International Students Organization and the Five College Language Center. Imane has had the opportunity to work for the Conway Center for over a year and is extremely grateful for the connections she has made and the skills she has gained.

Conway Intern Talia Deady

Talia Deady ’21J

Talia is a junior majoring in Classical Studies. She lives in Morrow House and is a part of the debate club on campus. Her favorite part of working at the CIEC is getting to learn about all the competitors at the Draper Competition and how creative they are.

Conway Intern Christie Lee

Christie Lee ’22

Christie Lee is in the class of 2022. She is an art major (who is hoping to double major with computer science). Whenever Christie is not studying you can find her playing the violin!

Conway Intern Theo Dean-Slobod

Theo Dean-Slobod ’21

Theo is a resident of Sessions House. She is majoring in economics and minoring in engineering. She is currently treasurer for the A Capella group The Noteables. She is excited to learn more about the innovative projects that Smith Students undertake through CIEC, and hopes to be able to support the upcoming entrepreneurs in Smith's community.

Conway Intern Ileanna Garcia

Ileanna Garcia ’22

Ileanna is currently a sophomore planning to declare a Computer Science and Mathematics double major. She lives in Gardiner house and is the sophomore class rep for her house. Ileanna is part of the website administrators team and is excited to work at the Conway Center to learn more about interdisciplinary opportunities.

Conway Intern Joyce Huang

Joyce Huang ’22

Joyce is a sophomore planning to declare Economics as her major. Joyce is a part of Smithies in Statistics and Data Science, the Smith Kpop-Dance Crew, and is also the treasurer for Duckett House. Joyce became interested in working for the CIEC after participating in the 2019 Draper Competition, and is especially excited to join the center and their mission to support women in finances and entrepreneurship!

Conway Intern Lily Jin

Lily Jin ’22

Lily is a sophomore at Smith, double majoring in Statistics and Quantitative Economics. She is currently involved in the investment club and Sazanami. Lily has decided to intern at CIEC this semester because she really interested in helping with the function of the center and all the events that Conway provides.

Conway Intern Clara Kim

Clara Kim ’22

Clara is a sophomore on a pre-med track majoring in English with Creative Writing emphasis. She is involved with WOZQ 91.9 FM, Display Art Collective, and is a gallery assistant at Smith College Museum of Art. She is interested in the Conway Center’s ability to incorporate entrepreneurship and financial literacy into the arts and humanities.

Conway Intern Sara Kragness

Sara Kragness AC

Sara is an Ada Comstock Scholar who hails from the Midwest. She is an American Studies major with a focus in Social Movements with a minor in Film and Media Studies. Sara hopes that her time with the CIEC includes getting to know more about our programming, helping others learn about merge their personal work with the CIEC services, and growing alongside the communications team.

Conway Intern Danielle Davis

Danielle Davis ’21

Danielle Davis is a rising junior majoring in Economics. The Conway Center has been her second home on campus where she’s been able to conduct research regarding entrepreneurship offerings at peer institutions, learn technical skills like Excel and Bloomberg, and expand her network of passionate entrepreneurs.

Vivian Ma

Vivian Ma ’22

Vivian is currently a sophomore majoring in Economics. She lives in Haven House, and is involved with multiple clubs such as Investment Club, Asian Student Associations, Consulting Club, First Generation Student Alliance, Chinese Student Associations. She is excited to work at the CIEC because of the leadership skills, like communication.

Conway Intern Finn Murray

Finn Murray ’21

Finn is a junior majoring in English and living in Chase. She enjoys working at the CIEC because it gives her a window into a world that, as an English major, had not previously had much experience in; and because it helps her to develop a healthy work ethic in a friendly and supportive environment.

Picture of Conway Intern Sanjana Sunder

Sanjana Sunder ’22

Sanjana is a sophomore majoring in Cognitive Science with an Applied Statistics minor. They are involved in the fencing club and the ConBust club. Sanjana is part of the blogging team at the CIEC.


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