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August 03, 2021 | Tom Ballard

Jessica Taveau has “Interim” removed from her Epicenter title

The Board of Directors of Epicenter in Memphis has voted to remove “Interim” from the title of Jessica Taveau. Now, the person who stepped into the role after Leslie Smith left last fall will be the organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Taveau had served as Epicenter’s Chief Brand Officer since 2017.

Jessica Taveau

“Jessica is the right choice to lead Epicenter in this stage of the organization’s growth,” said David Waddell, Chairman of Epicenter’s Board of Directors. “As a founding member of Epicenter’s leadership team, Jessica brings a deep understanding of and connection to ecosystem partners and local entrepreneurs, as well as an expertise in strategic communications that will help Epicenter expand its reach, connect more entrepreneurs to resources, and strengthen the competitiveness of the Memphis market.”

As noted in this post, Smith resigned from Epicenter to become National Director for Gender Equality in Tech (GET) Cities, an initiative designed to accelerate the representation and leadership of women in tech through the development of inclusive tech hubs across the U.S. GET Cities is led by SecondMuse and Break Through Tech in partnership with Pivotal Ventures, the investment and incubation company created by Melinda Gates.

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