Hardy Farrow is currently the Executive Director of Let’s Innovate through Education (LITE Memphis). Hardy was named one of the Forbes 30 under 30 in Education in 2017 and recognized as a Global Semifinalist for the Forbes Change the World Competition in fall 2016 as one of the top 20 changemakers in the world. Hardy was the recipient of the National Innovation in Teaching award as a first year Teach for America teacher and was selected as a regional finalist for the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award via Teach for America in his second year. Hardy is currently a member of the Leadership Memphis Executive Class and a proud graduate of the George Washington University where he majored in political science.
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Pamela Urquieta is currently the Program Director of Let’s Innovate through Education (LITE Memphis). Pamela was Vice-President of Urquieta SweetFrog Frozen Yogurt, Co-Director of Hispanic College Institute, and an entrepreneurial instructor with RVA Works in Richmond, VA. Pamela is a proud graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where she majored in Business Administration.
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Louisa Shepherd is currently the Alumni Director of Let’s Innovate through Education (LITE Memphis). Louisa has a passion for developing creative thinkers into the leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. She has provided focused career coaching and business strategy for countless individuals, and has developed marketing and engagement strategies for arts organizations like Cincinnati Opera, early stage tech-startups, and Fortune 500 enterprises like Procter & Gamble. Louisa is a proud graduate of Baylor University where she majored in Music Performance, and holds a Master’s Degree with distinction from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.
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Sam Hasty is currently the Director and Chair of the National Advisory Council
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, he moved to Memphis in 2013 as a Teach For America Corps Member where he first met and began to collaborate with Hardy Farrow. Sam is passionate about developing creativity and adaptability in today’s low-income students to ensure they have the skills to compete in a 21st century workforce and build wealth in their communities in the future.
Sam was selected as one of 20 national finalists for Teach For America’s Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award and was a national nominee for the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice through TNTP. Sam is a proud graduate of Rutgers University where he was a varsity letter winner on the baseball team and a multi-year Academic All-Big-East Scholar Athlete. Sam holds a B. A. in political science and economics.