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Photo of Kathy Sohar Kathy Sohar Collaboratory Director

Kathy is the director of the Collaboratory for Women Innovators.

She formerly served as assistant director for UF Innovate | The Hub. Her experience spans both the public and private sectors, including a strong technology focus, economic development, technology commercialization, grant administration, and educational outreach.

Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in Mass Communications at the University of Florida. She has won several awards for her work on innovation projects and is a frequent guest speaker on innovation, entrepreneurship, and gender/diversity.

Photo of Veronica Talavera Veronica Talavera Program Coordinator

Veronica is the program coordinator for the Collaboratory for Women Innovators.

She has gained extensive experience in the production of various marketing and public relations materials, large-scale event planning, marketing campaigns, and research. She is a former Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator for a supermarket chain and a Public Relations Executive for a full-service, global creative boutique that specializes in marketing and communications strategies, among other roles in her field of expertise, in Honduras. 

Veronica obtained her bachelor’s degree in Communication and Advertising from the Central American Technological University (UNITEC) in Honduras, a specialization in Public Relations and Organizational Communication at the Journalism and Advertising University (CUPP) in Mexico and her master’s degree in Marketing Management in UNITEC.

Collaboratory for Women Innovators
UF Innovate | The Hub IMB #13/Suite 169
747 SW 2nd Avenue,
Gainesville, FL 32601
352-294-0518
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