Program Team

Esther Mwebia
Program Director

Shaping Ideas, influencing change and persuasive are three phrases that best describe Esther.

Prior to Startup Moxie, Esther worked as an academic assistant in accounting at Holy Cross College, followed by retail-based, customer service positions. With ample experience in customer relations and engagement, Esther is a firm believer of “One size doesn’t fit all," hence her propensity for Startup Moxie program and methodology.

Esther is a triple threat when it comes to her academic achievements, with a Bachelors in Business Administration as well as in Political Science and Communication.

During her free time Esther enjoys reading, dancing and trying new cuisines.

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Iris Hammel

Executive Director, RISE

Iris Hammel is a creative problem solver and lifelong learner with a passion for helping others to unleash their potential through connecting people, resources and ideas. Iris’s unique background consists of over ten years of both business and education. This experience includes being a co-founder of Connected Classrooms and as well as starting an entrepreneurial middle school. Iris wants to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs to make a lasting impact on our community.

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