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Inclusive Innovation: Opportunities Across Nebraska

February 7 @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm CST

Inclusive Innovation Opportunities Across Nebraska

Join us on Wednesday, February 7th, 2024, for a lively panel discussion featuring various initiatives across the state of Nebraska that excel in inclusive innovation. We’ll discuss the best practices in which each of these individuals and organizations take part, as well as how you can get involved with these organizations — and apply their best practices to your own work. Hearing from each of these panelists will motivate attendees to approach inclusive innovation across our state in more creative ways.

This event is open to all faculty, staff, postdocs, students, and community partners who are interested in being part of this inclusive innovation series. This event will be available both in person and online through Zoom. (Please note: Zoom link will be sent the morning of the 7th.)

Find out more about our speakers and their organizations:


SHONNA DORSEY: Executive Director, Nebraska Tech Collaborative
In her role at the Nebraska Tech Collaborative, Powered by Aksarben, Shonna is responsible for leading key strategic initiatives and forging vital partnerships. She brings a wealth of experience from her previous roles including Information Services Manager and Sr. Business Systems Consultant at Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, as an Adjunct Instructor for MindSet, LLC., Vice President of Business Development and Tech Talent at the AIM Institute, and co-founding Interface Web School.Shonna is an alumna of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Management Information Systems. Additionally, she is a Trustee of the Business Ethics Alliance of Omaha.

Click to find out more about Shonna and the Nebraska Tech Collaborative.

SANDRA BARRERA FUENTES: Latino Education & Engagement Coordinator, UNL Extension and Rural Prosperity Nebraska
As a Bilingual Nebraska Extension Educator, Sandra helps small businesses in rural Nebraska with educational trainings, one-on-one technical assistance, and free consultation. She assists entrepreneurs and current business owners on business plan development, marketing plan development, references and resources, networking, and support in complying with legal and financial requirements for small businesses. Sandra is a CPA and has an MA in Financial Planning; she brings a broad range of experiences and expertise to assist her clients across the state of Nebraska.

Click to find out more about Rural Prosperity Nebraska.

EMILY BROWN: Museum Education Supervisor, University of Nebraska State Museum
Emily is the head of the Education team at the University of Nebraska State Museum. She oversees in-person and online learning, providing science communication support to teachers statewide and across the country.

Click to find out more about the University of Nebraska State Museum.

This discussion will be moderated by Joy Eakin, Entrepreneurship Program Manager at NUtech Ventures.


  • Date – Wednesday, February 7th, 2024
  • Time – 11:45am-1:15pm (lunch will be served at 11:45am; panel begins promptly at 12:00)
  • Location – Nebraska East Campus Union, Prairie Suite (Zoom option also available) 
  • Lunch – Assorted sandwiches; vegetarian option included

Registration closes:


  • For in-person attendance: Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 5:00 PM
  • For Zoom attendance: Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at 8:00 AM 

This event is hosted by NUtech Ventures, the nonprofit technology commercialization affiliate of the University of Nebraska, serving the Lincoln and Kearney campuses. Our team evaluates, protects, markets and licenses the university’s intellectual property to promote economic development and improve quality of life. We also promote entrepreneurship through programming and events.

Questions? Please contact: Joy Eakin: [email protected] or Casey Lundberg: [email protected]


NUtech Ventures


Nebraska East Campus Union, Prairie Suite
1705 Arbor Drive
Lincoln, NE 68503
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