Dr. Art Sherwood, Director IDEA Institute and Cole Professor of Entrepreneurship at Western Washington University: Art imagines a world where everyone is empowered to make change happen. His work to pursue this includes holding the David Cole Professor of Entrepreneurship chair at Western Washington University in Bellingham and directing WWU’s IDEA Institute where he teaches and leads the university’s entrepreneurship and innovation programming. As a professor, he researches inclusive entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems and teaches how people can cooperate to address our world’s challenges and seize opportunities. Art is an experienced entrepreneur having recently launched innovate68.com, a global education and learning company building on his 25+ years of experience that includes being a member-owner of CDS Consulting Co-op, deep engagement with the local food movement in the US where he co-founded the Local Growers Guild farmer marketing cooperative and co-owned an organic farm as well as eye-opening stints at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and the US Army National Guard.
Julia Delafield, Director, UPEACE Centre for Executive Education: Julia is passionate about inspiring and empowering people to make a positive impact in the world around them. She has dual master’s degrees from UPEACE and American University in Washington DC in International Relations and Affairs and Natural Resources and Sustainable Development. Before joining the Centre, Julia spent three years working with a social enterprise dedicated to bringing volunteers and Spanish learners to Latin America. Together with her brothers, she co-founded Lafaza, a sustainable vanilla importing venture, and spent the first half of her career with Rainforest Alliance and Fair Trade USA working on development and environmental certification programs through Latin America. Julia is from the United States but has lived in Costa Rica for eight years, as well as spending significant time in Mexico and Brazil.
Kristine Baker, MBA (Spring, 2018): Kristine is a member of the IDEA Leadership team, acting as the administrative lead and partners with the Director on global programming. In Summer ’17 she co-led the 21 day course to China with Dr. Sherwood. On this course, she will act as one of the assistant instructors as she participates as a facilitator-in-training for the global certificate program.