The Conductor has announced two new additions to its leadership team.
Grace Rains has joined the Conductor’s leadership team as its Director of Operations, while Tiffany Henry is the Conductor’s new Rural Director.
As Director of Operations, Rains will be responsible for the overall strategy and implementation of the Conductor’s events and programming. Rains will also be charged with overseeing day-to-day operations at the Conductor.
Most recently, Rains served as a physician recruiter at Conway Regional Health System. Her background includes business development, marketing and event management.
“I’ve been so inspired by the Conductor’s impact on Central Arkansas’ economic and entrepreneurial ecosystem over the past few years,” Rains said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to join the Conductor team and grow our slate of offerings through entrepreneurial and Makerspace programming.”
Rural Director Tiffany Henry will be heading up the Conductor’s rural outreach, managing the organization’s rural ecosystem and expanding its reach across an 11-country radius, which includes Cleburne County, Conway County, Faulkner County, Johnson County, Logan County, Lonoke County, Pope County, Pulaski County, Van Buren County, White County, and Yell County.
Henry previously served on the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute’s community and leadership development program, Uncommon Communities. She is also an “ESHIP Champion” for the Kauffman Foundationand a contributor to the Kauffman Foundation’s Ecosystem Builders Playbook.
“I am excited to join the Conductor and expand its programming into rural Arkansas,” Henry said. “Entrepreneurial ecosystems are built by connecting entrepreneurs with the partnerships and resources that help them thrive. I look forward to building these ecosystems in our rural communities and fostering relationships that support innovation and collaborative problem solving, which are so valuable in today’s knowledge economy.”
Conductor CEO Kim Lane calls the addition of Rains and Henry “pivotal,” saying that it will help the organization expand its ability to reach entrepreneurs and makers across the state and create a “stronger and more activated entrepreneurial and small business community in the region.”
“The Director of Operations and the Rural Director are both pivotal additions to the Conductor team, and we are thrilled to expand our team with these two amazing thought leaders and visionaries,” said Kim Lane, the Executive Director of the Conductor. “In under three years, the Conductor has exponentially increased its footprint, its breadth of offerings and its impact. This expansion of our team marks another exciting milestone for the Conductor and the entrepreneurs we serve.”