Featured Speaker – Nicole Sims, Partner, Inclusion Initiatives, JumpStart
As JumpStart’s Partner of Inclusion Initiatives, Nicole Sims supports the growing work of the organization’s Inclusion Team–internally and externally. She helps develop and provide project management of new initiatives that the Inclusion Team leads, in addition to supporting and executing KeyBank initiatives as a part of JumpStart’s KeyBank Business Boost & Build work in Ohio, NY and new markets as the partnership requires.
Nicole has worked in strategic partnerships, impact investments and industry growth for more than 20 years and has implemented more than 40 economic development initiatives that have transformed housing, education, workforce, business and cultural indicators in emerging urban markets. As a creative, she also has a track record of developing and implementing successful innovative programming at the convergence of arts and entrepreneurship.
Prior to JumpStart, Nicole served as Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Inclusive Innovation Incubator (IN3) in Washington, D.C.
Nicole holds an MBA from the University of Maryland.