Speaker

Jordan Taylor Sloan

Entrepreneurship Navigator,
Empire State Development Division of Science Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR)

Jordan is the Entrepreneurial Navigator for Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation (NYSTAR). She is also the founder of Grade for Good, a boutique, women-owned firm guiding startups as they participate in the circular economy.

Previously, she served as the Director of Small Business Economic Development for the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. Jordan utilized ecosystem partnership to develop a departmental strategy that brought tangible products, diverse perspectives, and minority inclusion to the entrepreneurial community. She created conferences generating over $135,000 in revenue and in-kind contributions, leveraged to increase brand engagement by 310%, grew event attendance by 180%, and served on city-wide committees to promote economic inclusion.

From 2013 to August 2018, Jordan worked for the State of Tennessee’s Department of Economic and Community Development in state-wide business recruitment and small business services. She has consulted with Lodestone Advisory Group and for the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research.

She obtained her master’s in management (ALM) from Harvard Extension School with a focus on innovation, corporate sustainability, and strategy. Her research on circular economy best practices was published in the 2020 Harvard Circular Economy Symposium and her business model for fashion waste reduction was awarded the Semi-Finalist prize in the Harvard University President’s Innovation Challenge.