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After more than 30 years in working with some of the world’s most brilliant corporations and educational institutions, I have never been more excited about the opportunities for change, growth and innovation than those that are happening right now. The challenges are many, but so are the potential rewards. But to reap the benefits it has never been more important to ensure that everyone – without exception – is skilled and able to address the challenges of the global economy to the best of their abilities.

My focus is on helping to ensure that both individual scientists and engineers and organizations innovate, embrace diversity and enhance their reputations. Here, you’ll find my thoughts, writings and presentations on these important topics.  Please take a look around and if you have any questions, I’d love to answer them.


Biography

In a career that has spanned 30 years, Judith C. Giordan, the recipient of the 2010 Francis Garvin-John Olin medalist of the American Chemical Society, has served in executive and leadership positions in R&D and operations at some of the world’s top brands.

Today, Judy translates that experience into building the brands and technologies of tomorrow. Currently, she is a Partner in ecosVC, a venture development and funder; Co-founder of the Chemical Angel Network, an angel group looking for seed stage start-ups in the chemical sciences; Managing Director of Steel City Re, LLC, an intangible asset services firm; Senior Advisor to the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance; a member of the Board of Directors of several start-up companies, and Professor of Practice in the College of Science and Technology of the University of Southern Mississippi – from which she has completed a detail to the National Science Foundation as Program Director for the IGERT Program.

Judy is sought out by some of the most important academic, professional and industrial organizations for her insight and knowledge. Her current and previous positions include: Member of the Board of Directors of the American Chemical Society, the Industrial Research Institute, and the Educational Foundation of the Commercial Development and Marketing Association; Member of the Conference Board Advisory Board for Technology Conferences; Member of the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology of the National Research Council; Member of the Math and Physical Sciences Advisory Board and Member and Chair of the Waterman Award Committee of the National Science Foundation; Chair of the Education and Outreach Committee of the Intangible Asset Finance Society; and Member of the Board of Advisors of the University of Maryland College of Life Sciences.

Her research interests are mechanisms to support and foster diversity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and facilitating STEM intensive entrepreneurship, business and economic development. In addition to being a lead investigator in National Science Foundation grants in these areas, Judy has held Visiting and Adjunct professorships at North Carolina State University, Rutgers University and Dartmouth College and has served as a Member of the Board of Advisors of the University of Maryland College Of Life Sciences and the Institute for Strategic Business Markets at Penn State’s Smeal Business School.

Judy is the author of over 200 articles in the areas of entrepreneurship, career development and leadership, intellectual property monetization, market and operational strategy development and implementation, diversity, polymer chemistry, flavor and fragrance technology, and electron spectroscopy. She is highly sought out speaker appearing regularly on industry panels and as a speaker at a variety of events across the country.

She has also been included in numerous internationally and nationally based Who’s Who Publications, as well as books, studies and articles on topics including women and diversity, technology and career development.

Judy received her Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, her PhD from the University of Maryland in chemistry, and was an Alexander von Humboldt Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Frankfurt in Germany.