About // Staff


Vanessa Riley

Vanessa Riley

Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute
Part-Time Administrative Associate

Lesley Robinson

Lesley Robinson

Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute
Program Manager

About // Lesley Robinson

Robinson brings to the role a mix of experience in higher education, the nonprofit and business worlds and has a proven record of supporting both students and early-stage entrepreneurs. Most recently, Robinson worked as the head of Americas for INCO, a Paris-based global leader in the movement for a new economy, to support entrepreneurs at every stage of development. Through the INCO Global Network, Robinson was the program director for the Tarmac TX accelerator, graduating two cohorts of social impact and environmentally focused startups.

Robinson has also worked extensively in higher education, and she served as the director of the Global Engagement Office at St. Edward’s University in Austin, the assistant director for international programs at Princeton University and senior manager of partnerships at Cross-Cultural Solutions, a nonprofit volunteer abroad organization. She also taught English abroad with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Colorado State University, where her research is focused on assessing entrepreneurship curriculum with a gender lens.

Student Interns

Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant ’21

Business Honors and Marketing
Student Advisory Board,

Jacqueline Giang

Jacqueline Giang ‘21

Student Manager

Jessica Sutherland

Jessica Sutherland ‘21

Creative Design,
Senior Intern

Eva Tirion

Eva Tirion ’22

Programs & Marketing,
Senior Intern

Rashu Jain

Rashu Jain ’22

Business Honors, Finance, Mathematics
Student Advisory Board,

Celesia Smith

Celesia Smith ’21

Business Honors / Plan II Honors
Website Manager