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Thursday, June 20 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
(Lear - Main Floor) 'Third Spaces' and the Rise of Physical Community Startups

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Social isolation is causing an epidemic, with nearly three out of every four U.S. adults suffering from loneliness. How might we solve this critical challenge of our era? What is the role of technology in potential solutions? Founders of local "Third Spaces" -- social gathering places beyond home (first space) and work (second space) -- will discuss their approaches to these problems and opportunities for physical community-based startups.

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Brooke Boyle

Founder, Principal, Engage
As Founder and CEO of Engage, Brooke specializes in connecting individuals with opportunity by introducing them to people they wouldn’t have otherwise met. She is setting a new standard in professional networking and community building by helping individuals meaningfully diversify... Read More →
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Lisa Sauve

Principal, Synecdoche Design
Lisa Sauve is Principal at Synecdoche Design Studio, a boutique design-make architecture studio in Ann Arbor that works in the fields of interior design, buildings, and furniture fabrication. She serves on the board at the Ann Arbor Art Center and is a planning commissioner for the... Read More →
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Jessica A.S. Letaw

Executive Director, Building Matters Ann Arbor
Beauty, equity, diversity, sustainability; development, architecture, construction; or whatever it is folks are interested in themselves!
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Rich Chang

CEO, NewFoundry
Rich is CEO and co-founder of NewFoundry (founded 2012) which makes thoughtfully designed custom software to solve real problems by merging strategy, design, and engineering all under one roof.With over 20 years of technical and executive level roles from small start-ups to larger... Read More →
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Ray Batra

CEO, Shift_Up
I'm the founder of Shift_Up, a startup building "learning gyms" -- physical spaces and communities for online learners. I previously worked for the Entangled Group, a San Francisco-based venture studio that builds, invests, and consults in higher education, and for EdSurge, an education... Read More →

Jacob Smith

Partnership Manager, Altimetrik

Thursday June 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Lear Innovation Center - Main Floor - Quicken Loans Basecamp
  Social Impact, Entrepreneurship