Kelly Penwell, Assistant Director
Upon her arrival in Memphis, Kelly Penwell created the Center for Entrepreneurship
and Innovation (CEI) at the University of Memphis. Managing daily operations, she
exceeded her original benchmark of launching 3 businesses in two years by over 1000%.
Kelly continues to assist aspiring entrepreneurs in becoming successful business owners,
yet her assistance reaches far beyond the Center's +170 clients. Through Kelly’s efforts,
the CEI has partnered with numerous community and government organizations, local
and international businesses, and charitable foundations aside from reaching out to
the Latino market within the tri-state area. She recognizes the importance of giving
students the opportunity to become valuable members of the Greater Memphis community,
serving on the University of Memphis Internship Team and employing the largest number
of interns on campus. Kelly can also be attributed with the creation of I.D.E.A.T.E.,
a newly created initiative giving student innovation teams the opportunity to complete
short term projects for community businesses. This in turn provides students with
experience to bolster their resume and lends help to businesses under the guidance
of expert staff and faculty.
Kelly’s experience reaches far beyond the CEI. Prior to relocating to Memphis from
Long Island, New York in June of 2011, she owned a packaged ice and home-heating fuel
company, taught high school, and coordinated internship programs both on the secondary
level and within higher education. Kelly has a long history of involvement with Rotary
including experiences such as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student (1984-1985), mother
of a Rotary Youth Exchange Student, host mother, District Co-Chair of RYLA, District
Committee member for Rotary Youth Exchange, and Interact Club advisor.
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Coming from an international background, Angela was born in Venezuela to Italian parents
and has traveled to over 10 countries. The past 12 years of her life she has lived
in Miami, Florida, where she had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of great
people. She has a Degree in Marketing with a minor in Sales, and an associate in Arts.
Angela is currently seeking her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Management at The University
of Memphis and will be graduating this year. Her work experience is a mix of 17 years
in marketing and sales, 7 years of being a trainer, and over 10 years in volunteer
services on different associations. She has received many performance recognitions,
loyalty pins and certifications. She is multilingual and speaks English, Spanish,
and Italian. Angela also has strong computer skills and networking.
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Amber Davis Biography
Amber Davis is a junior at the University of Memphis studying Marketing Management
and Public Relations. She is from Ashland, Mississippi and graduated from Ashland
High School in 2010 as Valedictorian of her class. After high school, she began studying
Chinese. She is skilled at website development, film editing, and social media promotion.
Amber has developed websites for businesses like Duet Photography and Fragrance For
Less Scented Oils. At the University of Memphis, she is Vice President of the Student
Marketing Association, a member of the Black Student Association, and a member of
the Professional Assertive United Sisters of Excellence. Amber also likes to give
back to her community by volunteering with the Youth Empowerment Group at her church,
where she directs college preparatory programs for the youth. She is currently an
intern at The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation where she manages social
media accounts, interacts with local media to gain exposure, and creates marketing
material for the center. One of her long-term goals is to own a fashion boutique after
attending graduate school. She is the creator of her own fashion blog, AC Style Diaries
and is in the process of starting an online boutique.
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Cole is a current student of business, studying Management Information Systems, an
employee of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and a server for Wade and
Company Catering. He attended Saint Benedict high school where he reviewed music for
the school paper. He has experience as a freelance audio recorder and has interned
for the Memphis Music Foundation and Ardent Studios. Cole has been attending the University
of Memphis since 2010.
Cole’s current interests are centered around technology, music, and innovation. He
was awarded the John Tigrett Burton Innovator and Entrepreneur Scholarship for the
2012-2013 academic year due to his practice running a small recording service throughout
high school and early on in college. He has begun work creating digital audio plug-ins
that serve as tools for mixing music and plans to implement these into his own work
for a more expansive approach to the mixing process.
Cole works to help incubate business ideas at the Center for Entrepreneurship and
Innovation under the FedEx Institute of Technology. There, he has served individual
client needs and has helped to promote strong communication between employees and
Aside from working and attending class, Cole is an active member of the student Delegate
Board here at the University of Memphis and participates weekly as a secondary consultant
to a local music collective.
Cole enjoys occasional pickup games of soccer, playing drums, comedy, and audio engineering.
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Ravyn is a junior accounting major in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics.
Her main career interests are in financial policy and sustainable development with
a personal interest in fashion and social behavior. Ravyn is currently interning with
the Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation with the hopes that this will broaden
her awareness of the financial needs and market for entrepreneurship in the City of
During Ravyn's short time at the University of Memphis, she has become a member of
the Helen Hardin honors program and the Fogelman College of Business and Economics
Honor program. She also has obtained a Microsoft Specialist certification and completed
a professionalism first seminar sponsored by First Tennessee.
Ravyn is currently a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, Beta Alpha Psi, Alpha
Lambda Delta, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, NAACP and the Fogelman College
of Business Student Delegate Board. She is also a part time employee with The University
of Memphis Annual Giving Department. Ravyn serves in her church and volunteers in
her community. Since the age of 12, she has volunteered with an array of associations
that include: The Salvation Army, Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association, and the Commission
of Missing and Exploited Children. In addition to her work schedule, academic and
community responsibility, Ravyn enjoys sewing, scrapbooking and reading.
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