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 Innovation Director at 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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Sophia is currently a Program Assistant at LITE. Sophia moved to Memphis in 2014 as a Teacher for America corps member and has spent the last 3 years teaching in Shelby County and charter schools. Sophia is very excited to be a part of LITE in helping students develop what they are passionate about. She is also a proud graduate of Seton Hall University, where she majored in International Relations and was a member of the cross country team.
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Sam 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 within today’s students to ensure they have the skills to build wealth in their communities. Sam has been recognized as a national finalists for the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award and a nominee for the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice. Sam has a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Rutgers University where he was a varsity letter winner on the baseball team.