Business professional Ericka Gutierrez has joined Conway entrepreneurial organization, the Conductor, as the Outreach and Engagement Manager. Gutierrez will serve as a liaison, relationship builder, and catalyst for Conductor events and programs across the 11-county service area and beyond.
The Conductor is a public-private partnership with the University of Central Arkansas and Startup Junkie, which works to drive innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic empowerment in central Arkansas via high-impact programming, one-on-one consulting, talent development, collaboration, and rapid prototyping in UCA’s Makerspace, which is free-of-charge to students and the community.
“Ericka brings a breadth of experience and skills to this role, we’re thrilled to have her join the team and continue to bolster our impact across all of the communities we serve,” said Grace Rains, executive director at the Conductor.
The role will include program development and partnership building, sourcing grant programs and identifying synergistic partnership opportunities, lowering barriers to access and increasing engagement from underserved entrepreneurial communities, and advocating for entrepreneurial policy initiatives in order to further the Conductor’s mission of empowering entrepreneurs, innovators, and makers.
For the past three years, Gutierrez has helped transform the Pediatrics Plus talent acquisition department for its multiple locations. Prior to Pediatrics Plus, Gutierrez held the position of Assistant Director of the Office of Diversity and Community at the University of Central Arkansas and the Hispanic/Latino Outreach Initiatives Coordinator.
“I am honored to join an incredible team that seeks to empower entrepreneurs, innovators, and makers. The opportunity to serve and make a difference in my community excites me to begin my work at the Conductor,” said Gutierrez.
Gutierrez holds a Master of Business Administration focused in Business Administration and Management from the University of Central Arkansas. Her undergraduate degree in Management and Supply Chain and transportation is also from the University of Central Arkansas. Gutierrez is also a volunteer with the Dream Center in Conway.