Connecting innovation with
the expertise it needs to grow

Staton Noel III, Director, Office of Innovation Commercialization, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Staton has 25 years of experience working in large pharma, public-private, federal, and university research facilities. He has a broad range of experience discovering and developing therapies for chronic diseases in a commercial setting.  In the Office of Innovation Commercialization at UNCG, Staton’s combination of applied science and business acumen contributes to the evaluation of invention disclosures, market research, marketing technologies, intellectual property protection and management, and the negotiation of licensing agreements.

Matthew Rascoff, Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation, Duke University

Matthew has made a career of working at the interface of education and technological innovation, having launched the first international office in Berlin for the digital library JSTOR, worked on the Book Search operations team at Google, and co-founded a think tank focused on technology ventures that improve the productivity and accessibility of higher education. Prior to his current role in Digital Education and Innovation at Duke University, Matthew served as Vice President and founder of the Office of Learning Technology & Innovation for the University of North Carolina system. He is a Fulbright Scholarship recipient and represented the state of North Carolina as a German Marshall Memorial Fellow in 2013.

W. Noah Reynolds, Coleman Entrepreneur in Residence, The Bryan School of Business & Economics, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

In his role as Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Noah teaches courses in Family Business and Feasibility Analysis & Business Plans within the Bryan School’s newly created Entrepreneurship major. Noah serves on multiple boards, including Food Matters Markets, Inc., The Children's Home, Inc., and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (ZSR), a philanthropic organization dedicated to building healthy, robust communities at the local and regional level, and to engaging in education, civic dialogue, and advocacy on issues of importance to NC communities. Noah works in real estate investment and management.

Susan M. Safran, Founder, CPR Consultants, Inc.

Susan is the founder and former owner of CPR Consultants, Inc., an American Heart Association Authorized Training Center which offers training and personalized coaching to first responders to optimize safety and emergency response readiness. Susan has served on several boards, including the NC Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council, the American Heart Association Advisory Council, the UNCG School of Nursing Student First Campaign, and the UNCG Board of Trustees, which she chaired. Susan is the recipient of the American Heart Association NC Advocate of the Year Award (2006) and the Triangle Business Journal’s Women in Business Award (2002).

J. Scott Young, School of Education, Dean’s Fellow of Innovation

Scott is Chair of the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at UNCG and has a background in Business Administration as well as experience owning and running businesses related to the helping professions. He was co-Owner of Behavioral Research and Training Services, LLC, which provided functional behavioral assessments, interventions, and training to twenty Head Start schools in Mississippi. He currently operates Young Counseling and Consulting Services, LLC, where he provides coaching and consultation for the Center for Creative Leadership, Pilgrimage Development Group, and Triad Counseling and Clinical Services.