Clarkson’s Draper Honored in 20 Under 40 Program

Erin Draper, the Managing Director of the Clarkson Ignite Program, has been honored by Northern New York Business Magazine as one of their 20 under 40. The program, in its eighth year, recognizes 20 people under the age of 40 who are involved in their communities and show great career potential.

A selection committee made up of nine members chose each selectee based on their professional achievements, community service, and leadership qualities.

This year’s group was selected from more than 80 nominations. There will be a luncheon today in Watertown where this class will be presented. Profiles and photos of those selected will be published in the December issue of NNY Business magazine.

Draper has been at Clarkson for 12 years. She started in admissions, then moved over to the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship as Associate Director, then as Director. She is currently the Managing Director of Clarkson Ignite, an innovation ecosystem that connects students to faculty, staff, alumni and community leaders to gain critical hands-on creative experience. She sits on a number of boards in the North Country and currently holds the position of Director at Large for the USASBE (United States Association for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship. Draper received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Clarkson.

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