The Center Team

A portrait of Shannon Mantaro smiling.

Shannon Mantaro
Director, Center for Women in Business
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Shannon Mantaro assumed leadership of TWU’s Center for Women in Business on Sept. 1, 2017. She joined TWU from the Hamilton Initiative, LLC, at Colgate University in New York, where she was responsible for advancing the university’s economic development program. She also served as the managing director of the Partnership for Community Development, a public/private collaboration between the Town of Hamilton, the village of Hamilton and Colgate University. Her past experience includes facilitating promotion and networking opportunities, developing monthly professional training programs for female business owners training and co-chairing an annual women’s entrepreneurial conference.

Tracy Irby. Small business advisor

Tracy Irby
Small Business Advisor
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Tracy Irby was a business advisor for the North Texas SBDC network for over 6 years. Adding to her level of expertise, Tracy has been a small business owner for over 20 years and enjoys bringing first-hand experience to her clients. She successfully owned and operated one of the first Hometown Sears Dealer Stores, a Gym, Bounce House rental business and an online self-defense business. She has a BBA in Marketing and MBA from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She is a recent graduate of the OU Economic Development Institute and holds an Economic Development Finance Certification from the National Development Council.

headshot of Jody Rodriguez, program coordinator for the CWB

Jody Rodriguez
Manager of Events and Student Programs
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Jody Rodriguez holds a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of North Texas. She has more than 20 years of experience in planning special events and workshops. Jody has experience in various departments at TWU including Admissions, Admissions Processing and the College of Business making her a vital asset to both students, staff and the community. When not working, Jody enjoys volunteering in the community with her children or participating in one of the many festivals Denton has to offer.

A portrait photo of Rita Lankston. She is wearing a red shirt and has brown hair.

Rita Lankston
Senior Secretary
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Rita Lankston earned her Associate of Arts degree from Tarrant County College and has more than 17 years experience working in higher education as an administrative assistant in various departments.

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