Laura Kinnard Laura Kinnard obtained her MBA with an Internet Marketing Specialty designation from the Florida Institute of Technology and has an Advertising Management degree with a Marketing Concentration from Drake University where she is now a professor and entrepreneurial fellow. Kinnard teaches Entrepreneurial Management and works as an adviser for Drake University’s student startup “Hatchery” and for the visiting Mandela Washington Young African Leaders. She was also awarded a reciprocal grant through the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) program in 2017 to do entrepreneurial management and marketing training in Nigeria, Africa. Drawing on the more than 20 years she has spent marketing and helping to develop and promote unique businesses, products and events, Kinnard recently founded Curated Growth. The company intentionally curates resources, including physical spaces, for the purpose of fostering innovation and growing new business ventures.