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1120 South Walton Blvd
Bentonville, AR 72712
Reception at Executive Escapes Lounge
Intros and Round Robin, exchange business cards
Our Next Speaker
Shannon Butler Dixon
Director of Development and Communication
Scott Family Amazeum
Shannon Butler Dixon joined the Scott Family Amazeum in November 2016 as Director of Development and Communications. The Scott Family Amazeum is an interactive, hands-on museum for kids and families with a goal of sparking curiosity and nurturing creativity. In her role, Shannon is developing a multi-faceted philanthropic giving program to increase contributed revenue from individuals, corporations and foundations. She also heads a development team of seven who manage membership, marketing, and events and rentals. Shannon has close to 18 years of experience working to build capacity for non-profits in Arkansas. Shannon has a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Dr. Cynthia Sides
Dr. Cynthia Sides is the Director of Industry Engagement in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Innovation at the University of Arkansas. In this role, she facilitates a unique network of relationships between industry, non-profits, communities, and the university with a focus on strengthening the university’s land-grant and flagship missions and building Arkansas’ knowledge-based economy through university research and innovation. Her goal is to connect the talent, expertise, and innovative research of students and faculty to the most pressing challenges in Arkansas and the country, with specific interest in helping improve economic development in the state. Sides was also recently the Associate Director for Entrepreneurship at the U of A and continues to mentor graduate students and faculty in idea generation and commercialization.
Sides is a native Arkansan and grew up in the Fort Smith area. She graduated from Arkansas Tech University with a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in English. She earned her Ph.D. and completed a postdoc in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at the University of Arkansas. Between her graduate school and postdoc years, Sides volunteered extensively by participating in and developing community outreach programs, such as for the Community Services Clearinghouse in Fort Smith where she was a co-chair for the first annual True Grit Bike Ride. She currently serves on the board for the Startup Junkie Foundation and works closely with other universities and K-12 schools across the state.
Gary E. Griffin
Gary Griffin currently works as a Records Management Consultant for Advanced Information Management, the only AAA NAID Certified Records Management Center in Northwest Arkansas. Prior to working at AIM Records, he spent over thirty years in the document and information management business to include Xerox and Ricoh USA.
Gary is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He has also been a mentor at the USC Marshall School of Business in their Career Advantage Program, and is currently a board member of the Kenneth Kalmbach Scholarship Committee for the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
Bronte graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelors in Health Sciences, and moved to NWA from Michigan a year after. She was hired as the Community Outreach Specialist for Ozark Guidance’s Therapeutic Foster Care program in 2016. Her role is to educate communities about the therapeutic foster care population, advocate on behalf of the children in foster care, recruit more foster homes, and create awareness for the need.
Tim has been the CEO owner of Total Document Solutions Inc. for 21 years. He was with Eastman Kodak 8 years’ prior in their copier division. Tim has a BS in Journalism from the University of Illinois. He and his wife, Tina, have been married since 1991 and have three children.
Daphne was hired in 2010 as the marketing director for Heart to Heart and became Executive Director in 2014. She is certified with Heartbeat International with a LAS certification. Daphne graduated from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith with a Bachelors in business, went on to the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville to receive her Bachelors in Marketing and Community Development and then continued her education in the field of Pro-Life Bioethics at Oklahoma Wesleyan University. She also serves as an ambassador for the Fort Smith a Chamber of commerce, and is a member of the Downtown Business Association.
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