Ready to share ideas, pose questions and enjoy caffeinated (or decaffeinated) conversation? MorningMIX kicked off for the year at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 17 at Iconik Coffee Roasters‘ Lupé location (314 S. Guadalupe).

The 2019 series will take place on the third Thursday of each month that we don’t hold an evening MIX (schedule below).

Each gathering will also feature special guests to share their knowledge and lead the conversation.

On Jan. 17, morningMIX was hosted by Mark Zientek, a master’s degree candidate in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Zientek’s studies focus on domestic economic policy, particularly around labor issues. For his thesis, he is teaming up with the City of Santa Fe’s Office of Economic Development to research how the office can best realize its workforce development goals for the city.

Zientek was joined by Rich Brown, a development specialist with the City of Santa Fe’s Office of Economic Development. Brown tackles a myriad of initiatives that support business growth, prosperity and overall well-being for the City’s residents. His areas of focus are the entrepreneur journey, workforce development, tech industry cluster, business social capital development and the Federal Opportunity Zones. Before moving to Santa Fe, Brown served as the executive director of the San Francisco Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth; a member organization with a charter to help middle-market companies sustain their growth goals through connections, programming and the M&A ecosystem.

All morningMIX events will take place at 8:30 a.m. at Lupé and will be held on the following dates:

February 21: Entrepreneur/BizMIX winner and mentor Haj Khalsa) will share his experiences and lead a conversation. To read more about Khalsa’s experiences, and learn more about his company, Hangtime, check out our recent MIX story.


April 18: Our April guest speaker will be Julia Wise, a technical project manager for New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program, which solves small businesses and entrepreneurs’ challenges with technical assistance from New Mexico’s National Labs and Universities. Dr. Wise holds a MS and Ph.D in geology from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to her current position she taught geology at the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University. She’s held roles in technology transfer at the University of New Mexico and was the Director of the Office of Science of Technology at the New Mexico Economic Development Department where she created the Innovation Voucher and SBIR Matching Grant programs. Julia currently serves on the Board of the New Mexico Partnership, The BioScience Advisory Council at the Santa Fe Business Incubator, and is active in mentorship programs especially those relating to engaging girls in STEM.

June 20
August 15
October 17
December 19

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