What is involved in entrepreneurship, exactly? The roundtable will talk about the elements and possibilities involved with entrepreneurship, social media platforms and tips in successfully carrying out your message. Come and have a conversation with three experienced entrepreneurs: Steve Gold, Ryan Maliszewski, and Deborah Nathanson.

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Ryan Maliszewski

Director of Gallaudet Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute (GIEI)

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Deborah Nathanson

Chief Development Officer at ClearMask, LLC

Steve Gold

Steve Gold

Author & Entrepreneur


Ryan Maliszewksi is the new director of the Gallaudet Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute (GIEI). In May 2015, Gallaudet launched the GIEI and since then has hosted a number of business competitions, an Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, and other events to encourage entrepreneurship. Maliszewski, is building the GIEI brand on and off campus and are building relationships with a broad range of area universities/colleges, foundations, corporations, investment funds, government agencies, and other stakeholders to support Gallaudet’s aspiring entrepreneurs.

Prior to joining Gallaudet University as the Executive Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Ryan Maliszewski was an executive strategy and technology advisor for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Science & Technology Branch. He began his career in the Washington, D.C. area in late 2001, working on Capitol Hill with the U.S. Senate as well as the House of Representatives for several years prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton, a management and technology consulting firm. Since graduating from the University of Arizona in Business Management with concentrations in Organizational Management and Entrepreneurship in 2001, Ryan has owned several small businesses. Ryan enjoys cycling, traveling, craft beer, supporting financial literacy and the Chicago Cubs.


A leader in the business and entrepreneurship community with over 20 years of consultancy work related to startups, organizational development and management, and strategic planning in the private, non-profit, and public sectors. With seasoned experience in the fields of hearing loss, disabilities, and sign language interpreting, Deborah established a consulting firm in 2005 before entering public policy.

In her capacity as a politically appointed policy manager at the Maryland Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Deborah led employment and entrepreneurship policy initiatives, including coordinating and executing the first Deaf Business Summit in the country hosted at the statewide level. She also advised the Director, the Governor and his cabinet, and many State entities on numerous initiatives and policy directives.

Currently, as the Chief Development Officer for ClearMask, Deborah focuses on building relationships with underserved populations along with strategic planning and business development for ClearMask. ClearMask has been accepted into several accelerator and incubator programs including the Social Innovation Lab at Johns Hopkins University, Accelerate Baltimore, TEDCO mdPACE, and Village Capital at Gallaudet University.


Steve is an expert on the science of sustainable success who helps leaders and organizations compete most effectively in today’s global environment – by leveraging the power of Smart Experiments. He began his career as an entrepreneur who started and successfully exited several ventures, and as an inventor whose patents are licensed to dozens of major companies. Steve has taught entrepreneurial strategy and practice to thousands of undergraduates, graduate students and executives as former Senior Partner for Entrepreneurship at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and Professor of Entrepreneurship Practice at Babson Global. (Babson College has been ranked the #1 entrepreneurship program in the United States for more than 20 years.) As Chairman of Gold Global Advisors, Steve advises executives and government officials around the world, and his firm has conducted projects and presentations throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. A video of his “How to Grow an Entrepreneur” presentation at the Global Competitiveness Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is available here.

Steve is the author of two popular books. How We Succeed: Making Good Things Happen through the Power of Smart Experiments is his introduction to Smart Experiments. Entrepreneur’s Notebook: Practical Advice for Starting a New Business Venture is a primer for established entrepreneurs and anyone seeking to start their own business. Both of Steve’s books are available on Amazon.com.