RealLIST Connectors 2022: These 22 leaders link Delaware with growth and inclusivity in mind
That list included around 75 Delaware innovators and the many different initiatives they started and organized, with one common feature: It’s not just about them, but a real investment in their city’s tech and business community, and about leaving it better for future generations. Each year, we add a new, smaller batch of connectors to the list; check out 2021’s addendum here. So, here it is — the 2022 edition, and a peek into our source book at some of the most future-facing, highly impactful connectors you should know, in alphabetical order. Opening a brick and mortar bookstore in 2021 is notable in itself in this age of Amazon and COVID-19. Combining art, events and support for local businesses, Crawford is a connector who brings together creators of color for collaboration, with a focus on supporting Black-owned businesses during the pandemic and beyond. DeJesus is committed to helping returning citizens get and keep tech jobs. As the head of the virtual events platform Markee and a (relatively) recent transplant from the West Coast, Doig is a strong supporter of Delaware’s tech scene and the potential for a mutually supportive ecosystem. After nearly 20 years with GSK, Fleming made the move to president of the Delaware Biosciences Association, aka DelawareBio, in 2020.
PMG — that’s Planning, Management and Growth — is a strategic planner for social impact projects such as Wilmington Alliance’s Second Chances and The Pete Du Pont Foundation’s E3. If you’re in cybersecurity, Glanden and his network of industry experts, both regional and international, are worth knowing. As CEO of the seven-year-old Purpose PR, it’s Green’s job to know who’s who in the region, and her diverse clientele, including Gable Music Ventures and Network Connect, represent the community’s vibrancy. The Riverside neighborhood in Wilmington has faced decades of challenges, including flooding from overflowing Brandywine River after Hurricane Ida last year. Homer’s bioengineer husband, Von, brings the science and innovation to the 2021 RealLIST Startups honoree, and Nicole brings the business, including networking the tech and sports scenes in Delaware. Founded in 2019, Network Connect is a growing nonprofit based in Wilmington with statewide outreach. Khan launched the Delaware chapter of the Black Chamber of Commerce in 2020, and has been making an impact on the state ever since. One name that comes up often, especially when we speak to West Side Wilmington entrepreneurs, is Gabrielle Lantieri.
Maggitti was selected in 2021 to replace previous ED Martin Hageman after a nationwide search that ultimately led them to promote from within; Maggitti had been with the organization for 14 years. Malfitano is a valuable contact as VP of one of Delaware’s oldest and most resilient companies alone. Moore’s clients include Daymond John of “Shark Tank,” but more than that, he is one of the few VC professionals in Delaware, and he shares his expertise with the biweekly FundingFuel newsletter. DuPont spinoff Chemours has a downtown Wilmington headquarters, an R&D facility at the STAR Campus at University of Delaware, and a leader committed to social equity, collaboration and supporting the greater community. The Delaware Prosperity Partnership continues to help the state grow economically, and Schiavoni is up front as a connector, strategist and builder of entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystems. Wilmington Alliance recently unveiled its Kitchen Collective commercial kitchen at Grace Church in Wilmington, a game-changer for local food industry entrepreneurs.
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