Accelerator Hub Info Session: Mentoring the Ecosystem
About this Event
The purpose of The Ion’s Accelerator Hub Info Sessions is to address the question: How can I get involved in the Hub? This event will discuss The Ion Smart and Resilient Cities Accelerator’s Cohort 3 application process, Houston’s Climate Action Plan and Resilient Houston Strategy, and several exciting announcements regarding the Aerospace Innovation Hub. This event will also showcase The Ion Mentor Program.
- Learn about how to get involved in both the Accelerator and Aerospace Innovation Hub.
- Learn about The Ion Smart and Resilient Cities Accelerator’s Cohort 3 application process, Houston’s Climate Action Plan and Resilient Houston Strategy, and several exciting announcements regarding the Aerospace Innovation Hub.
- Learn about The Ion’s Mentor Program and discuss the process for becoming a mentor at The Ion, as well as expertise needed.
- 11:00 – 11:10 AM – Welcome & Overview of The Ion
- 11:10 – 11:15 AM – Introduce the Speakers
- 11:15 – 11:45 AM – Discussion: The Ion’s Accelerator Hub and Mentor Program
- 11:45 – 12:00 PM – Q&A
About the Speakers
Christine Galib, Senior Director, Accelerator Programs at The Ion
Dr. Christine Galib serves as the Senior Director of Programs at The Ion. In this role, she oversees the development and execution of programs at The Ion, including The Ion’s Accelerator Programs, Workforce Development Programs, Academic Programs, and Community Education Programs. She also directs The Ion Smart and Resilient Cities Accelerator, which supports selected startups as they develop and deploy technology that connects ideas, people, and communities in Houston. Backed by the Mayor’s Office, the City of Houston, Microsoft, Intel, and TX/RX, the Accelerator launched its first cohort in September 2019 and second cohort in April 2020. Christine is the founder of Plan My Plate, which offers leadership, management, creativity, innovation, and wellness consulting. A Teach For America alumna with experience in investment management, pre-medical studies, and educational consulting, Christine holds her bachelor’s from Princeton University, master’s from the University of Pennsylvania, and doctorate from Drexel University. Her speaking, writing, and research interests include entrepreneurial mindset development, creativity, innovation, leadership, systems thinking, mindfulness, wellness, and apologetics. A Northeast native, Christine wasn’t born in Texas, but she got here as fast as she could!
Courtney Cogdill, Project Manager at The Ion Smart and Resilient Cities Accelerator
Courtney Cogdill is the Project Manager for The Ion Smart and Resilient Cities Accelerator at The Ion. She is a Texas native with a touch of West Coast flare. While Courtney grew up in California, her goal was always to come back home to Texas. That goal was accomplished about four years ago when she moved to Houston to work in the up and coming innovation scene in the healthcare industry. After managing events and operations at an accelerator for the Texas Medical Center, she set her sights on the tech industry and made the switch! Throughout her career, Courtney has seen over 100 startup companies come to Houston. Applying her background and expertise in project management, Courtney continues to guide startups as they navigate their ever-changing life cycle. She can’t wait to see what the future holds for Houston. As the saying goes, “Don’t mess with Texas!”
Chelsea Wessel-Self, WDAP at The Ion
Chelsea Wessel-Self manages the Workforce Development and Academic Programs at The Ion. Chelsea grew up in San Angelo, Texas, where she gained a love of mexican food and family camping trips. She received her undergraduate degree for Architecture from Texas A&M University, then shifted gears to get a Masters in Education at University of Houston. After teaching in Fort Bend ISD for several years, writing curriculum and mentoring new teachers, she pursued her interest in mentorship and education when she began working at Station Houston. Her work with mentors and startups in the Houston tech ecosystem led her to The Ion. There, she uses her knowledge of academia, curriculum design and mentor program management in the creation and innovation of the Workforce Development and Academic Programs. Chelsea is excited and honored to be a part of making Houston into a city of the future!
About The Ion:
The Ion will anchor the 16-acre Innovation District and is destined to become the epicenter for Houston’s innovation ecosystem as an inclusive, dynamic, vibrant, and dense hub focusing on quality collaborations between entrepreneurs, incubators, accelerators, corporations, academics, and the Houston community when it opens in 2021. The 300,000 square-foot building will accommodate multiple uses, including shared workspace, prototyping and maker resources, event space, classrooms, food and beverage offerings as well as indoor/outdoor communal areas with shared amenities. For more information, please visit https://ionhouston.com.