The Center Team
Director, Center for Women in Business
Shannon Mantaro is an economic development professional with more than 20 years of senior management experience in planning and implementing strategic programs and initiatives. Prior to her position at TWU, she served as the executive director of Colgate University’s economic development arm in downtown Hamilton, NY. In her position, she worked collaboratively with various university and community stakeholders, and provides leadership and oversight for Colgate’s limited liability companies with total net assets of over $19 million.
She has also served as marketing and operations director for a private, non-profit economic development agency in upstate NY. In this position, she was the administrator of the Women’s Network for Entrepreneurial Training through which she facilitated promotional and networking opportunities and developed monthly professional training programs for women business owners. She also founded “The Next Great Idea” business plan competition and “Connections”—an annual Women’s Entrepreneurial Conference and day-long training and networking opportunity for women business.
She holds a Master’s degree in Communications Management from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Small Business Advisor
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.
Manager of Events and Student Programs
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.
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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