We are pleased to announce that Lynn Roberts has joined the team as Program Manager, bringing a wealth of knowledge, innovation, and enthusiasm for entrepreneurship and operations. The following interview provides additional information about Roberts and her role with PDFF.

PDFF: Tell us a bit about yourself.

I grew up in Delaware, attending Newark Charter High School as part of its third graduating class, where I earned a capstone diploma. During my high school experience, I actively participated in the Biotechnology program, which transitioned from an agriculture to a medical focus during my tenure. My involvement included completing two biofuel research projects, one of which led me to the semifinals in Houston, Texas, for HOSA. Outside of academics, I played soccer and was a member of the robotics team.

PDFF: Tell us about what attracted you to PDFF, specifically, and what inspired you to want to join the team?

I’ve closely followed the Foundation’s journey since I learned about Stephanie’s promotion while volunteering at a Reinventing Delaware dinner. Later, I reconnected with with the Foundation to apply to E3. As an entrepreneur, I found the Foundation appealing because it offered an opportunity to be surrounded by like-minded individuals and to contribute to my professional background. I saw potential in utilizing my program management experience from Agilent Technologies, along with my degree in Management Information Systems, to make a significant impact and cultivate a supportive environment for other entrepreneurs. Joining the team, I believe I can play a pivotal role in nurturing a positive culture and helping fellow entrepreneurs thrive.

PDFF: How do you see the alignment of our mission, vision, and values working to fruition?

I believe that aligning the mission, vision, and values is crucial for achieving our goals effectively. As a first-generation college student, I’ve experienced firsthand the challenges and pressures of navigating unfamiliar terrain to access resources and opportunities. Many E3 members, like myself, come from marginalized backgrounds and face similar hurdles in the entrepreneurial landscape. While the concept of free enterprise is promising, it also presents significant challenges for developing innovative ideas.

I am enthusiastic about contributing to the development of a robust foundation infrastructure that can serve as a replicable model. This infrastructure will support Governor du Pont’s vision of promoting free enterprise and innovation for all. The prospect of facilitating access and opportunity brings me profound fulfillment, and I am committed to spreading this through our programming.

PDFF: What are some of your hobbies and interests?

Some of my hobbies and interests include traveling, particularly to explore diverse cultures through their cuisine and dance. I also enjoy visiting farmers’ markets and collecting unique knick-knacks. During nicer weather, you can find me mountain biking in White Clay and Brandywine or boating on the Chesapeake.

PDFF: Thank you. We’re excited to have you join the team and we look forward to achieving new heights with you at the helm of our programs.