Director of educatIOn and professional development
Based on his inspirational involvement in the Conrad Challenge over the years, Claude joined Conrad Foundation in 2017 in an official role as Director of Education and Professional Development. During the off season, he works tirelessly creating The Conrad Design Method, a collaboration framework for teachers and student teams to understand and accomplish innovative and entrepreneurial solutions. In addition, Claude serves as engineering, computer science and biomedical science Department Chair at Gulliver Preparatory. His students have received numerous national and international awards, including winning several Conrad Challenges. One of those projects was a life-saving water filtration device that is now being used in seven different counties around the world, including Haiti and Nigeria. In addition, Claude has personally been honored with the 2010 MIT Inspirational Teacher Award, 2013 Nancy Conrad Teacher Innovator of the Year and the 2014 PLTW-Kern National Teacher of the Year.
Griffin Communications Group, Project Management
Griffin Communications Group (GCG) works closely with the Conrad Foundation Executive Board to streamline overall operation and execution of the Conrad Challenge, all the while focusing on making each year's competition better than the last. GCG’s CEO, Gwen Griffin, served as a founding board member for the Conrad Foundation, but stepped down when her company took over operation of the competition several years ago. The following GCG team members work year-round on the Conrad Challenge:
Lauren, Account Manager at Griffin Communications Group, brings agency background and six years of marketing communications experience to the Conrad team. Her strong experience spans traditional marketing, media relations, crisis communications, digital and social media, as well as project management and event planning. She thrives in attention-to-detail and possesses a love of the full-circle process to create the best product possible for clients. She manages the Conrad account team and ensures the Foundation's mission to ignite an entrepreneurial spirit within students remains a continuous focus for the entire team.
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Kristin has 18 years of special event and administrative experience. She has worked with the Conrad Foundation since 2013 and has a strong passion for working with students. She works closely with student teams throughout the Challenge process to ensure they have the best experience possible. For the Innovation Summit, she coordinates all logistics for the four-day event which draws more than 200 students from around the world, along with 100 VIPs, sponsors, teachers and family members. She is our logistics queen, making sure our Summit is seamless year after year!
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Mollye has more than a decade of experience in strategic visual and brand creation/management. She works with the Conrad Foundation to develop brand platforms and campaign strategies, focusing on how to bring visual elements to life to engage our student audiences. When she's not maintaining our website and social media, she is working on student engagement and the logistics of the Conrad Challenge.
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