Program Team

Bethany Hartley

Facilitator | Program Director

Building momentum, driving change, and having a lasting impact is what Bethany is all about!

Prior to jumping onboard with RISE and the Applied Entrepreneurship Program, Bethany served as the Director of Marketing and Development at Family & Children's Center and Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County. In this role she lead the team's annual campaigns, event management and marketing outreach.

During her time in Chicago, Bethany held positions focused on marketing and digital engagement, with two impactful organizations - Better Government Association and Women's Business Development Center. Focused on making smart, strategic decisions, Bethany overhauled branding and outreach, elevated targeted messaging, and moved organizations into the future!

Teaching has always been a part of Bethany's professional life, whether it's sharing marketing tips and tricks with entrepreneurs through the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program or facilitating high school seniors in the Startup Moxie program. Bethany is also a solopreneur with her consulting business, 1919Marketing.

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Iris Hammel
Executive Director, RISE

Iris Hammel is a creative problem solver and lifelong learner with a passion for helping others to unleash their potential through connecting people, resources and ideas. Iris’s unique background consists of over ten years of both business and education. This experience includes being a co-founder of Connected Classrooms and as well as starting an entrepreneurial middle school. Iris wants to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs to make a lasting impact on our community.