Lou Anne Flanders-Stec
As the VP of Entrepreneurship at The Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, I have the pleasure of working with entrepreneurs every day. Seeing them work at co//ab, speaking with them individually about their business, and working on programming that support entrepreneurs is the work that keeps me alive.
In my prior role as the Executive Director at City University of New York’s (CUNY) Center for Student Entrepreneurship (CSE), a CUNY-wide student initiative to increase entrepreneurship across all university campuses, and Professor of Entrepreneurship, my first responsibility was working to develop a student only incubator/accelerator. Additionally, we worked to help any CUNY Student realize their entrepreneurial dream by providing programming, mentoring and assistance in starting and growing their business. As the founding Director of the Entrepreneurship Center and Associate Professor at High Point University, my role was to develop and manage entrepreneurship programs, build community relationships, and develop and teach the entrepreneurship courses. Prior to working in academia, I worked with many early stage companies – either as an employee or consultant. My work as the Fund Executive for the Piedmont Angel Network and as CFO/Strategy officer for two privately funded companies brings much needed understanding and experience to the entrepreneurs I get to work with.
Prior to academia, I worked over 20 years in the financial management arena, many of them working in finance and treasury roles for manufacturing companies.
I’ve completed my MBA in Finance from the University of North Texas and undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. Additionally, I’ve been involved in community service serving on: the Board of Advisers for the Angel Capital Association, North America’s professional alliance of angel groups; the Finance Committee for the Greensboro Children’s Museum; as Secretary and Board Member for the Eastern Music Festival; and as the Finance Chair for Spring Garden Community Church. And was named one of the Piedmont Triad’s 50 Most Influential People for two years.
My passions include reading, college basketball, as a spectator (but especially UNC basketball) and wine tasting and collecting.