InnovateCT Podcast - Season 2, Episode 1 - Nadine Krause

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InnovateCT Podcast - Season 2, Episode 4 - Elizabeth Radday
We are back with season 2, episode 4 of the InnovateCT podcast. This episode we have the opportunity to speak with Elizabeth Radday, Research Specialist at Skills 21 at EdAdvance.  Skills 21 delivers programs that increase academic achievement, lead to improved 21st century skills, impact students interest in STEM, and help students collaborate with peers from different backgrounds. Elizabeth shares her background with us before diving into her role at Skills 21. We also hear about Expofest, their 1 day innovation showcase for students. If you want to learn more about any of the topics discussed, please visit
October 15, 2019
InnovateCT Podcast - Season 2, Episode 3 - Patrice Gans
We took a little break for the summer, but are now back with a fantastic guest. Patrica Gans is the executive director of Random Hacks of Kindness Jr. This organization brings young people hands-on learning experiences where they can apply technology to achieve a social good. Patrice started RHOK Jr. to help promote STEM education and coding with 4th through 8th graders through one day events called hack-a-thons. In this episode we learn how Patrice's career path took her to RHOK Jr. and how you can get involved with this great organization. Follow the link below to learn more about RHOK Jr.  Random Hacks of Kindess Jr.
August 26, 2019
InnovateCT Podcast - Season 2, Episode 2 - Paul Holzer of Achieve Hartford
Episode 2 of our 2nd season of the InnovateCT Podcast features Paul Holzer. Paul is the Executive Director at Achieve Hartford. Their mission is to close the opportunity and achievement gap in Hartford and build a viable talent pipeline for our region and state. We learn about Paul, the organization and how you can get involved. Check out the link to their website below and enjoy the podcast!
June 12, 2019
InnovateCT Podcast - Season 2, Episode 1 - Nadine Krause
  Welcome to Season 2 of the InnovateCT Podcast. Episode 1 of season 2 kicks off with our guest host Rana Arshed Hafiz. She interviews the Director of Holberton School New Haven, Nadine Krause. They discuss the innovative new Holberton School in New Haven, CT and how to address the tech talent shortage in Connecticut. To learn more about Holberton School New Haven, follow the link below: Holberton School New Haven
May 14, 2019
InnovateCT Podcast - Episode 22 - Mark Mathias
Episode 22 of the InnovateCT Podcast features Mark Mathias, Founder and President at Remarkable STEAM. Mark is also the creator of the Westport Maker Faire. He discusses education in Connecticut, the future of learning and the Westport Maker Faire with our guest host Rana Arshed Hafiz. To learn more about the Westport Maker Faire, follow the link below:
April 11, 2019
InnovateCT Podcast - Episode 21 - Kate Haydon
Episode 21 of the InnovateCT Podcast features Kate Haydon, Director of Academy Development at NAF.  NAF is a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure high school students are college, career, and future ready. Kate is responsible for helping schools become NAF academies across the United States. In this episode, she shares the history of NAF, their mission, the process to become an academy and what it means to be part of the NAF family of schools. Connecticut currently has 8 NAF academies with over 1800 students enrolled. To learn more about NAF, visit their website
March 24, 2019
InnovateCT Podcast - Episode 20 - Jackie Heftman
Episode 20 of the InnovateCT Podcast features Jackie Heftman, Board of Ed Member for Stamford Public Schools . The interview is conducted by our guest host, Rana Arshed Hafiz, educator and community worker in Connecticut for over 20 years. We learn about the Stamford school system as well as the challenges our state faces around inequality and education funding. The wide ranging interview is a must listen for any educator here in Connecticut.
March 18, 2019
InnovateCT Podcast - Episode 19 - Dr. Colleen Palmer
Episode 19 of the InnovateCT Podcast features Dr.  Colleen Palmer, Superintendent of Westport Public Schools.  Dr. Palmer was also named Superintendent of the Year in 2016 by CAPSS - Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents.  The interview is conducted by our guest host, Rana Arshed Hafiz, educator and community worker in Connecticut for over 20 years. The interview covers a wide range of topics about education in the state of Connecticut. 
February 27, 2019
InnovateCT Podcast - Episode 18 - Jacquelynn Garofano
Episode 18 of the InnovateCT Podcast features Jaquelynn Garofano. Jackie is a PHD scientist, program manager of a very prestigious leadership development program and STEM enthusiast. We hear about Jackie's career story from high school to her current position. We learn about her passion for STEM and giving back to people in the STEM field. Jackie shares some fantastic advice for those looking to be in a STEM career. Enjoy the podcast! #innovateCT #stateofinnovation #educationinCT
February 21, 2019
InnovateCT Podcast - Episode 17 - Regan Allan
Episode 17 of the InnovateCT Podcast features Regan Allan, Programs Coordinator at the Stamford Public Education Foundation. The interview is conducted by our guest host, Rana Arshed Hafiz, educator and community worker in Connecticut for over 20 years. They discuss a wide variety of topics affecting the state of education here in Connecticut.
February 13, 2019
InnovateCT Podcast - Episode 16 - Nicholas Julian Caplan
Episode 16 of the InnovateCT podcast features Nicholas Julian Caplan. Nicholas is involved in many different initiatives related to education and innovation in Connecticut and we thrilled he made the time discuss all 4. Check out the websites below for his different projects. - Launch Island - Entrepreneurship For Amazing Kids - Startup Grind New Haven - Fireside Chats - New Haven Show and Tell - Show and Tell for Grown-Ups - Assess Your Network by Team Good - Understand Your Network, Strengthen Your Community
January 23, 2019
InnovateCT Podcast - Episode 15 - Riley Fitzpatrick
Episode 15 of the InnovateCT Podcast features Riley Fitzpatrick who is a high school student here in Connecticut. Riley shares his experience with the Skills 21 program and how it led him to start his own business called Humansite
January 16, 2019
InnovateCT Podcast - Episode 14 - OPIM Innovate
InnovateCT speaks with Jonathan Moore and Ryan O'Conner about OPIM Innovate at UConn and the power of academic/industry partnerships. Learn more by following the link below.
November 7, 2018
InnovateCT Podcast - Episode 13 - Tony Vengrove
InnovateCT speaks with Tony Vengrove, founder of Miles Fitch Innovation and Makery Coworking. We discuss his career, passion for innovation and how he is helping Connecticut. Learn more about Makery Coworking by following the link below!
October 24, 2018
InnovateCT - Episode 12 - Patrick Whalen & Nutmeg Institute
Patrick Whalen from the Nutmeg Institute sits down with InnovateCT to discuss storytelling, film making and creators in Connecticut. He shares how he and his two partners created Nutmeg Institute and how they inspire the creators of tomorrow with the storytellers of today. Follow the link below to their website if you would like to hear about future events or to learn more about getting involved.
September 30, 2018
InnovateCT - Episode 11 - Devra Sisitsky & MakerspaceCT
In episode 11 of the InnovateCT Podcast we shift our focus to the Makerspace movement and speak with Devra Sisitsky of MakerspaceCT. Devra is the driving force and founder of this new makerspace in downtown Hartford scheduled to open this winter! Learn more by listening and following the link below.
September 7, 2018
InnovateCT - Episode 10 - David Salinas & The District
To celebrate 10 episodes of the InnovateCT Podcast we sat down with David Salinas. David is the visionary behind The District in New Haven and recently announced the Holberton School will be setting up their 2nd school in his facility! In this in depth interview, we hear about David's past, why he launched The District and how the Holberton School will change education and Connecticut. Follow the links below to learn more about The District and Holberton School.
September 4, 2018
InnovateCT - Episode 9 - Collab New Haven
We are back with Episode 9 of the InnovateCT Podcast! Excited to share our interview with Caroline Smith and Margaret Lee, co-directors of Collab, an accelerator in New Haven, CT. These two Yale graduates are doing big things for Connecticut and helping grow our innovation ecosystem. Enjoy the interview! If you would like to learn more about Collab, please follow the link below!
August 24, 2018
InnovateCT - Episode 8 - Aasta Frascati-Robinson, Innovator
Episode 8 of the InnovateCT Podcast features Aasta Frascati-Robinson, passionate creative & exploratory technologist. We explore her background and what drove her to be a technologist. She also provides some fascinating insight into the code-a-thon/hack-a-thon world and provides us with an overview of her latest event she hosted at Upward Hartford. If you would like to know more about the next event she is hosting, please follow the link below.
July 4, 2018
InnovateCT - Episode 7 - John Murphy, UConn Professsor
In Episode 7 of the InnovateCT Podcast, John Murphy, professor at the University of Connecticut shares with us the history of the Digital Media and Design program. We also discuss the innovative activities this program is doing to prepare their students for life after college.
June 28, 2018
InnovateCT - Episode 6 - Derrick Draughn, DCI Resources
In Episode 6, Derrick Draughn, owner of DCI Resources discusses his company and how he is training the next generation of tech talent in Connecticut.
June 20, 2018
InnovateCT - Episode 5 - Jessica Fitzgerald,Pathways Academy
In Episode 5, we have the pleasure hearing from Dr. Jessica Fitzgerald, Assistant Principal at Pathways Academy of Technology & Design. We discuss her high school Pathways, magnet schools, NAF academies and more. I also have her dive into some of the innovative initiatives occurring at Pathways.
May 24, 2018
InnovateCT - Episode 4 - Nicole Baccaro, UConn TIP
Episode 4 focuses on the UConn Technology Incubation Program (TIP). We get to hear from Nicole Baccaro, program manager of TIP and learn how UConn is helping promote innovation in Connecticut. Follow the link below to view the TIP website.
May 18, 2018
InnovateCT - Episode 3 - Ellen Festi,Industry Advisory Board
In this episode we sit down with Ellen Festi from South Windsor High School. We discuss the South Windsor High School Industry Advisory Board that was created to focus on experiential learning with a goal to educate and expose students to a variety of careers, jobs and industries by partnering with faculty, alumni, parents, community leaders and businesses.
May 12, 2018
InnovateCT - Episode 2 - Jason Prignoli,Invention Convention
We had the opportunity to speak with Jason Prignoli who recently participated as a judge at the Connecticut Invention Convention.
May 4, 2018
InnovateCT - Episode 1 - Bryan Wright, Innovative Educator
For our inaugural InnovateCT podcast, our guest is Bryan Wright. We discuss innovation in schools, changes in technology and the different ways students are now learning.
April 23, 2018
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