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Gina Russell Stevens

A self-described simple Brooklyn girl,

Stevens cut her professional teeth as a management consultant and corporate trainer along a circuitous and unusual route. Her educational background includes an undergraduate degree from Long Island University – C. W. Post College in Economics and graduate study in Online Teaching & Learning at California State University – East Bay.

In 2005, Stevens “flipped the script” to swap her consultant’s hat for that of entrepreneur. Along with her Executive Performance business Partner, Sheila Gatling and Tom Murdock, she co-founded Moodlerooms, a Baltimore-based technology company that specializes in delivering a cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) model using the open source e-learning application Moodle.  The company was selected as 2010 “Best Information Technology Company of the Year” at the 10th annual Maryland Incubator Company of the Year Awards and 2011 “Hottest Tech in Town” by the Greater Baltimore Tech Council. The National Business Incubation Association (NBIA is now INBIA) is the world’s leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship. Each year, the NBIA Incubation Awards honor the business incubators, client companies, and graduates that exemplify the best in the industry. In 2012 and 2013, Moodlerooms was a finalist for the NBIA “Outstanding Incubator Graduate of the Year Award”.  After several rounds of debt and equity financing,  Moodlerooms established itself as the largest global Moodle Partner, and in 2012 Blackboard purchased Moodlerooms and Stevens exited the company.

Professionally, over the course of a three-decade consulting practice, Stevens has extensive experience in strategic and business planning, community development, project management, quality improvement, instructional design, and delivering continuing education in classrooms and online. She has successfully served diverse client base including:  U.S. military and intelligence agencies, American Advertising Federation, Bank of America, Culinary Institute of America, Chase Bank, Citibank, CMP Technology (now UBM subsidiary), Greenpoint Bank, Roslyn Savings Bank, New York City Department of Education, SUNY College at Old Westbury, Dowling College, Nassau Community College, Nassau BOCES, Police Activity League, Stanley Steemer International, Stuttgart Media University (Germany), University of Salford (UK) and numerous corporations, small businesses, educational institutions, and non-profits.

Stevens is a contributing author in The Practice of Power: Finding Success in a Diverse World.  She has also served on the boards of various economic development and educational non-profit organizations including the Leviticus Loan Fund, Child Care Coalition of Nassau and Police Activity League. In 2000, New York State’s Lt. Governor Donohue presented Stevens with the Children’s Champion Award for her advocacy work framing child care as an economic development issue.  Stevens is a sought-after speaker on topics ranging from entrepreneurship, executive performance, and e-learning to diversity and her own culturally dynamic philosophy and practice. Since 1978 she has been an active member of the national public service organization Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.