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Director of Innovation, NewBoCo
Mandy Webber has more than 12 years of experience in marketing, business development, and corporate innovation. She has worked at organizations ranging in size from smaller Chicago construction companies to a large global corporation, Transamerica. As an innovation enthusiast, Mandy enjoys training, facilitating, and injecting passion in all things innovation, employee engagement, customer centricity, and workplace culture.
Mandy joined NewBoCo in March 2017 and has led the launch of a corporate innovation program to support existing organizations develop a culture that fuels innovation by embracing experimentation and rapid iteration.
Senior Software Engineer, Rockwell Collins
Bruno Rwayitare is currently a Senior Software Engineer at Rockwell Collins, working on military helicopter software. Prior to his time in engineering, Bruno spent 2 years in HR working on a diversity and inclusion strategy for the company. Before joining HR, Bruno spent several years working on software applications from small business jets to large aircrafts such as Boeing.
Originally from Rwanda, Bruno experienced at an early age exclusion. Born in the Congo, Bruno quickly learned from his parents that a Rwandan birth was not possible due to his ethnic background. His parents were expulsed from Rwanda in 1959 and settle in Congo.
After the 1994 genocide ended, Bruno and his family had the chance to finally go back home, to Rwanda.
Bruno holds a bachelor of science in Computer Science from Iowa Wesleyan University, serves as a board member for the Catherine McCauley Center, and is married to his amazing wife Kelsey and together they raise two little boys.
Strategic Partner Developer, Iowa BIG
Laura began her career with Iowa BIG just over a year ago as their Administrative Coordinator. She now is one of two Strategic Partner Developers helping BIG find, build and maintain partnerships within the community. Prior to BIG, Laura served two years with AmeriCorps in her hometown of Cedar Rapids. Both terms focused on food-related issues including food access, school gardens and nutrition. It was during this time that she fell in love with her hometown and realized her passions for food justice, community engagement and sustainability. She hopes to inspire BIG students to also follow their passions and connect to CR in a meaningful way.