2016 News Releases
Nancy J. Hong to join Texas Woman’s University’s center for women in business
Former UNT Innovation Greenhouse leader seeks to create 100,000 jobs in her lifetime
Nancy J. Hong will switch colors from green to maroon in the next few days, joining Texas Woman’s University’s relatively new center for women in business (“TWU’s Hub”) as its new director of student programs. Hong believes the switch to working with Tina Mims, the Hub’s executive director, will expedite her ability to achieve her lifetime goal of helping to create 100,000 jobs.
Since she started helping college students achieve their business and entrepreneurial aspirations 13 years ago, Hong has developed an active rolodex of business and community leaders who have opened doors for innovative students at UNT and the University of Texas at Dallas. Hong also has engaged more than 10,000 students in a variety of ways, from one-on-one coaching and business venture competitions to “hackathons” and other innovative activities.
“We are thrilled to welcome Nancy to TWU,” Mims said. “In today’s world, it’s either make a job for yourself, or find a job — and we believe Nancy will ignite the best in our talented students and help us achieve the Governor’s goal of making Texas No. 1 for women-owned businesses.”
Hong has prepared students for many annual national and international competitions similar to “Shark Tank®” over the past decade. According to Mims, Hong will continue to use her winning strengths with preparing and placing student teams from all three of TWU’s campuses in regional, statewide and national competitions.
“Hong has worked directly with student entrepreneurs in a wide variety of disciplines, which she will continue to do here at TWU, by mentoring them on business start-ups, from generating, growing, launching and, when a fit exists, funding ideas for patents or starting new enterprises,” Mims said.
At the end of July, Hong expects to achieve an International Business Incubation Management Certificate, making her one of few individuals formally trained on best business practices for start-up support and success at the international level.
Hong had a front-row seat in learning how to run a family-owned businesses due to her family owning two businesses in Southeast Asia. She also created her own successful technical support firm called Diva Geek and helped women-owned businesses with their technology support needs during her five-year ownership of the company. When Diva Geek attained a size to either sell it or expand, the opportunity to help students get their business ideas up and running at the University of Texas at Dallas arose, and she accepted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong goal.
Hong’s first day at TWU will be July 11.