Over the past 10 years, Shana Dressler has dedicated her career to empowering creative professionals, entrepreneurs, and social change leaders to launch businesses and projects, build hardware and software products and create impact at scale.
As the Executive Director of Google’s 30 Weeks, Shana ran an incubator for design entrepreneurs that Fast Company named as one of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in design. She is also the co-founder of the NYC Innovation Collective, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit which convenes and supports 100+ incubators, accelerators and innovation programs throughout New York. Currently she runs Turquoise Consulting which supports entrepreneurs ready to scale their businesses and companies committed to building effective team and leadership training programs and talent development. She is also an active mentor at the following incubators: D&AD Future Impact Accelerator, NYU Steinhardt’s EdTech Accelerator and NEW INC.
Shana is an Aspen Institute Scholar, a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a judge for The Webby Awards and a graduate of the THNK School of Creative Leadership. In 2014 she became a Delegate to the United Nations Foundation Global Accelerator which brought together “100 of the world’s top entrepreneurs to work together with policy leaders on global issues.” In 2015, Shana was honored by the World CSR Congress as one of the 50 Most Talented Social Innovators.
As a sought after speaker, she has given keynote talks, led workshops and roundtables at conferences including Fast Company’s Innovation Festival, Harvard Social Enterprise Conference, HarvardxDesign, A Better World By Design, Clinton Global Initiative University, Adobe’s 99u, the Social Good Summit, the Disruptive Innovation Festival, The Next Web, Core77 and many others. In addition to frequent travel to far-flung places, Shana loves all things chocolate and makes her way around New York on a midnight blue Vespa.
To learn more about Shana’s artistic journey from 1995 - 2009 visit: http://www.shanadressler.me