Heather Van Sickle
Heather leads an association representing community colleges passionate about creating economic vitality through entrepreneurship in their local communities. Personally influenced by a history of family entrepreneurs and inspired by the mindset of Frances Perkins, who famously said: "I came to Washington to work for…the millions of forgotten, plain common workingmen," Heather tirelessly works to ensure entrepreneurship is accessible to any who choose to take it on. Through her work at the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), Heather and her team connect community colleges nation-wide through stories in their quarterly journal, Community College Entrepreneurship, face-to-face networking at their Annual Conference, and best practice models in printed form and on www.nacce.com. Heather lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband, Brett and two kids, Madison and Jacob.

National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE): Vision: Creating economic vitality through entrepreneurship.
NACCE represents educators, entrepreneurs, and distinguished business development professionals providing quality programs and services in entrepreneurship education at the community college level. Founded in 2002, NACCE is at the heart of the "entrepreneurship movement.” Through advocacy, membership, an annual conference and exhibition, a quarterly journal, monthly webinars and podcasts, a dynamic list-serv, and other resources, NACCE serves as the hub for the dissemination and integration of knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurship education and student business incubation. These programs and courses advance economic prosperity in the communities served by its member colleges. NACCE is a founding member of the White House-led Startup America Partnership. For more information, visit http://www.nacce.com .

Tia Brown McNair
Giadha Aguirre De Carcer Tia Brown McNair is the Senior Director for Student Success in the Office of Engagement, Inclusion, and Success at the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). She collaborates with all AAC&U program offices and takes a leading role in advancing AAC&U projects and meetings on student success. She joins the work within the Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative, including current sponsored projects with states and state systems. She directs AAC&U’s project Developing a Community College Student Roadmap. She is a co-PI on a funded LEAP project titled A Mixed Method Analysis of High-Impact Practices on Student Learning for Historically Underrepresented Students. McNair is part of the leadership team for Making Excellence Inclusive and the LEAP States Initiative. Prior to joining AAC&U, McNair served as the Assistant Director of the National College Access Network (NCAN) in Washington, DC where she directed and secured funding for national projects on student access and success, especially for underrepresented students. McNair’s previous experience also includes serving as a Social Scientist/Assistant Program Director in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation (NSF), Director of University Relations at the University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia; the Statewide Coordinator for the Educational Talent Search Project at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission; and the Interim Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment Services at West Virginia State University. She has research and teaching experience at George Washington University, West Virginia State University, Concord University, and Radford University. She was selected as a 2009 & 2010 Fellow to participate in the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Institutes on Equity & Critical Policy Analysis. She has held leadership positions within the regional and statewide TRIO associations as a board member and state president. McNair earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and English at James Madison University and holds an M.A. in English from Radford University and an Ed.D. in higher education administration from George Washington University.