Innovation Portal is a nonprofit incubator and innovation hub accelerating startup growth in the Gulf Coast region.
Innovation Portal provides a growth-focused space and community for entrepreneurs, innovators, and creatives to work and connect. In addition to amazing workspace, we provide targeted programming to encourage successful launch, development, and scaling of local ventures.
We are building a diverse, inclusive, and dynamic startup ecosystem and value our strategic partnerships with community organizations and leaders. We design services, programs, and activities to build community and support founders and their successful advancement through the startup lifecycle.
We’re a small, impact-driven team hell-bent on cultivating economic development, diversity, and health in our region.
Sally serves as the Program Coordinator. Her role within the organization includes overseeing program development, founder relations, and partner relations. She is a Tennessee native, with strong ties to Mobile and Baldwin Counties, Birmingham, and north Florida, growing up with family in Loxley and Pensacola and spending many seasons in the Gulf Coast waters. After living in five states and two countries within a six-year period, she and her husband and new-ish baby girl (and two pups) are finally settled in Gulf Shores. Sally says, “I have learned to never say never, so I feel very strongly that I will kick, scream, and fight if made to leave Lower Alabama. My politics do not always align, but I feel a magnetic connection to the people and environment here. I see the potential and want to be a part of real, meaningful growth in our region.” Sally has a Master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Valdosta State University (GA), and received her Bachelor’s degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL (Go Badgers!). She has nine years of professional experience within industries such as Financial Services, Retail, Healthcare, Higher Education, and Agriculture. Sally has designed and managed initiatives and projects pertaining to organizational change, training and organizational development, and software implementations via the application of stakeholder analysis and engagement, communication planning, knowledge transfer, and performance appraisal. Outside of the office, she enjoys painting and creating art with mixed media, experimenting in the kitchen with family recipes, porch sitting at sunset, making her daughter laugh and watching her learn, and the occasional game of volleyball.
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