IEEE Foundation




2020 November 17
Location: Virtual

IEEE Entrepreneurs Network – Boston – are all about entrepreneurs!

You have validated your business idea, have a co-founder, now you need to build a team. Building a team for your Start-up can be a daunting task that can make or break the company. It is also a time for reflection.

What tasks or positions will the co-founders keep while growing the company? What roles do you need to hire? How do we determine the best candidate? How do we ensure diversity when hiring? How do we engage and onboard employees during the COVID pandemic?

These questions and more will be discussed and answered in this Webinar.

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Please note capacity is limited, so pre-registration is necessary.


5:30 – 6:45 PM:  Networking on
7:00 – 7:10 PM:  ENET Chairperson’s announcements
7:10 – 7:25 PM :  eMinute Pitch – Up to 3 Startup companies’ presentations
7:25 – 8:10 PM:  4 expert speakers on the night’s topic
8:10 – 8:30 PM:  Moderator and Audience Q & A with the speakers
8:30 – 9:00 PM:  Networking on
(all times are USA Eastern Daylight time)

A question and answer session will follow the panel discussion, and panelists will be available afterward for responses to individual questions.

Panel Members

Melissa Jurkoic, Chief Customer Experience Officer, adaptation

With over two decades’ experience as a technologist, her mix of technical savvy and business strategy is unique for a former software engineer. Melissa’s fusion of technology and conversational techniques connect with both technical and business audiences to lead strategic initiatives to the best outcomes.

Driven by her passion to increase the number of women in STEM, she volunteers extensively to educate and encourage women and girls to pursue careers in technology. Melissa’s slogan is Empowering women to succeed in technology while transforming your business strategy into tangible outcomes. Melissa is also Co-Founder of Diversify Thinking.

Ryan Sylvia, Chief Executive Officer, Envisage Inc.

Envisage is a trusted partner to many clients for delivering complex technology solutions. Our resources provide hands-on expertise and strategic consultation that enable firms to complete projects efficiently and more effectively. For more than a decade now, we have demonstrated our expertise and proven our capability through a passion for delivering quality solutions, outcome certainty, and transparency to our partners. Ryan received a BA degree in Psychology and Economics from Williams College

Stephen Zarubaiko, Esq. Law Office of Stephen Zarubaiko

Stephen Zarubaiko is a Business, International Business, and Immigration Law Attorney with a law practice in North Andover, MA. Attorney Zarubaiko works with emerging companies and business development issues in the US and overseas. He is licensed in Massachusetts and New York. He received his law degree from Suffolk University Law School and his BA in Russian with an International Relations Concentration from the University of New Hampshire.

Allyn R. Gardner, Principal Brookside Coaching Partners

A Career Management Consultant with proven success assisting others to manage their careers and achieve their goals. Highly skilled at using dialogue and perspective to help clients gain a better understanding of their strengths and achieve optimal performance in their careers. An effective workshop facilitator who engages motivates and informs clients. An empathetic listener who delivers objective feedback and provides an additional perspective to help clients formulate and execute successful career strategies. A Career Coach with extensive experience in Human Resources and all aspects of corporate recruitment. In-depth knowledge of talent selection and acquisition provides clients with a clear understanding of job search and career planning strategies from the employer’s point of view.


Maureen Mansfield, ALM CSO, MANSFIELD LAW ~ Protect Your Passion ~, Vice-Chair, IEEE Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network (IEEE Boston ENET)

Maureen is passionate about protecting passions and implementing strategies to protect, build, scale, and commercialize startups, inventions, and early-stage companies with MANSFIELD LAW ~ Protect Your Passion ~.

Her experience helps entrepreneurs build innovative products and services, often with cutting-edge technologies. Maureen co-founded and bootstrapped a startup to a funding event that launched during her graduate studies. After sharing her startup story at ENET, Maureen was asked to volunteer and now serves as a Vice-Chair, Alliance Partners. After starting her career with her dream job, she has helped companies, from family-owned businesses to Fortune 50s, on projects of local, national, and international scope, in both the public and private sectors. During this journey, many companies enjoyed their most successful years to date as Maureen initiated and implemented systems that improved business processes, analytics, and contract compliance, often discovering new, profitable markets while building efficiencies for both the companies and their clients, saving time and money to bottom lines. Through prior board appointments at nonprofits, Maureen co-founded two charities that continue today.

Maureen holds several BAs in selective programs from The University of Iowa and earned a Masters with honors from Harvard University. Scholarships and Dean’s Lists enabled Maureen to complete her degrees. Also, Maureen holds certificates in Project Management.

You can follow Maureen on Twitter @MaureenManALM.

Co-Organizer and Moderator:

Dan Skiba, Managing Director Skiba Advisory Associates, VP Printed Electronics Chasm Advanced Materials, Vice-Chair Boston ENET

As a Product Development Company Executive, I provide strategic leadership in product innovation, and managing global teams, delivering award-winning products to the international market. My ability to problem solve, direct the entire product development lifecycle, and gain commitment to a common goal have driven faster release of products and market penetration. By building synergies across all Product Life Cycle disciplines, we have delivered products that result in 100% product utilization and seamless integration into customer environments. My skills in optimizing international resources have significantly reduced costs and streamlined production, delivering product excellence.

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