Two senior staff members exit GLI to pursue other opportunities

Amelia Gandara

Amelia Gandara

Amelia Gandara, director of commercialization and engagement for GLI’s EnterpriseCorp, will be relocating to Chicago to work as a community leader with GE’s new innovation team, Fuse, building on both her degree as a chemical engineer and the leadership work she did with FirstBuild.

Fuse, which is a new program similar to FirstBuild, with an emphasis on co-creation and development of products in a microfactory, will be piloted in GE’s oil and gas division. According to a news release from GLI, the model will feature “a community of scientists, engineers and problem solvers.”

“I wholeheartedly believe that a strong entrepreneur culture is critical to the success of the local and regional economy for the future, and I am honored to have had a chance to contribute to this culture while at GLI. The entrepreneurial strategy that our team has developed promises to drastically alter the way we help founders build great companies,” Gandara, 27, said in a statement.

Gandara joined GLI in July 2015. She hails from Arizona and spent two years as a professional ballerina for the Louisville Ballet and the Missouri Contemporary Ballet. She is also the co-founder for Louisville Ballet’s Relevé Society, a community of young-adult ballet supporters and donors.

Joe Geoghegan

Joe Geoghegan

Also departing GLI is Joe Geoghegan, 25, senior manager of public policy and planning. He will be heading to graduate school next year, but will first trek from Central America to Antarctica over the span of eight months with two friends. The goal is to get to Antarctica without taking any planes, he told IL. Upon return, he intends to enroll in a sustainability MBA program.

GLI is accepting applicants for Geoghegan’s position. According to the release, the EnterpriseCorp team is determining how the position vacated by Gandara will be filled.

“While we really hate to see them go, we applaud the pursuit of their dreams and career progress,” Kent Oyler, president and CEO, said. “GLI is always looking to develop talent and we expect to welcome even more people onto our team in 2017.”