Candace (@CandaceDRouge) is Community Manager of the Americas for Startup Grind and supports chapter and sponsor growth in North, Central and South America. Candace has held positions in marketing, facilitation, program management, commercialization, design thinking, innovation, R&D, market research, and business strategy. She has an MBA from the University of Dayton and is also Director of Startup Grind Dayton. She is passionate about creating a thriving and connected local and global startup community. On weekends, you can find her traveling, hiking, and studying French in preparation for her next overseas adventure.