Kate Ryan Reiling
Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Kate Ryan Reiling ’00 was named Macalester College’s inaugural Entrepreneur-in-Residence in 2015 and is responsible for the strategic direction of entrepreneurial programs within the Macalester community. In this role, Kate leverages her 20 years of experience scaling early stage ventures and strategic leadership positions in both the public and private sectors. She creates and supports processes that build innovative solutions to solve problems that matter. Kate founded and led the creative board game company, Morphology Games, from its inception in 2009 through successful license in 2012, during which time it won numerous awards including Time Magazine’s #2 Toy of the Year. Kate graduated from Macalester with a BA in political science cum laude. While at Macalester, Kate was a three-time All-American soccer player and national champion. In 2010, she was named to the NCAA Division III Silver Anniversary Teams and celebrated as one of the top 11 players in the history of women’s Division III soccer. Kate received her MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University where she was recipient of the Arnold F. Adams, Jr. Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship. She lives in South Minneapolis with her husband and her most recent start-up idea: a toddler named Acadia.
Entrepreneurship Program Manager
Jody Emmings manages operations through designing and implementing strategies related to programming and all entrepreneurial initiatives. Jody also leads the vision of the Idea Lab to be a community hub of creativity, experimentation and innovation, collaborating with students, faculty and departments across campus. Prior to coming to Macalester, Jody worked at the Pohlad Family Foundation. A certified welder and visual artist, Jody owns a small business called Hot House Metal where she creates custom architectural metalwork. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, tending her backyard chickens and biking the streets of her St. Paul neighborhood. Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Elice Brunnette serves the liaison in developing a dynamic network of Macalester’s alumni entrepreneurs and innovators. In this position, Elice is committed to discovering new opportunities to support and celebrate entrepreneurship. Co-founding the Bear Coffeehouse and Wine Bar in 2012, Elice brings her own entrepreneurial experience to the role, as well as passion for community building. Outside of work, she loves outdoor recreation, canoeing specifically, and painting animal portraits of all sorts.
Pete Hall ‘18 is the engine of the Entrepreneurship team, driving the administrative systems and event logistics while supporting the overall strategy. He also works with and empowers the industrious Entrepreneurship student employees. While a student at Macalester, Pete majored in Neuroscience Studies, was a stalwart of the Mac Men’s Soccer team, and took (and loved) Kate’s Introduction to Entrepreneurship class. After graduating and prior to working in Entrepreneurship, Pete was briefly in charge of the Student Employment Program at Macalester. Outside of Mac you can find him relaxing at one of the many nearby lakes or wishing he had a dog to play with.
Entrepreneurship Student Staff
- Aberdeen Morrow
I find myself grinning with delight every time I walk in to this rainbow-colored, energy-filled space. I’m here to share and maintain the Idea Lab as a place to unleash creativity and release stress, to brainstorm and innovate, to befriend others and to re-center yourself, and to create whatever your soul is feelin’—be it a collage, social change, or anything in between.
- Aidan Keefe
I love using my hands to shape what is around me. Working in the Idea Lab gives me the opportunity to do that. This is a space where if you can think it you can do it and that is what I love.
- Malini Basu
I want to make the Idea Lab more inviting, less intimidating and open to everyone. I’m always willing to share tips on how to use materials or polish up a project. I’m especially handy with the sewing machines, so feel free to ask me for help!
- Mphatso Simbao
Skills that help me create new opportunities, products and experience are what I love building most and I can’t think of any place besides the Idea Lab where these skills can be brought into play constantly through events, workshops and day to day activities. The people are awesome and really friendly and it’s fun listening to their ideas while sharing your own and learning new ways to go about problems, network and collaborate.
- Phoebe Fu
I love the seemingly infinite possibilities in the Idea Lab. As long as the idea exists, it’s possible to create. I am here to guide, direct, help, or even just hang out with anyone who needs or wants it in the space.
- Yukeria Haywood
I love inviting people who have never been to the Idea Lab and encouraging them to use the space to unleash their creativity. It excites me to see people working on projects, and I love helping them find the tools they need to be satisfied with their work. I also enjoy finding different ways to make things work by applying problem-solving skills through crafts.
- Roon Mahboub
My name is Roon Mahboub, and I am a sophomore from Willmar, MN. I am a neuroscience major but might double major/minor in something else. In my spare time, I enjoy planning out my days and doodling (because why not?!).
- Kaitie Brown
Hi! I’m Kaitie and I am a sophomore originally from Lincoln, NE. I am a double major in Political Science and International Studies with a minor in Spanish.
- Saby Cortez
I love to create new things and I love to see other people do the same! The Idea Lab is an amazing space to be as creative as you want with people who are doing the same.
- Henry McKenna
Hi! I’m Henry, I’m in my first year at Macalester, and I’m thinking of majoring in French and music. I’m very excited to work at the Idea Lab this year, seeing it on the tour was a big factor in my decision to choose Macalester!
- Ayca Arbay
I very much like experimenting with new materials, equipment and tools in general and using them to create things that would surprise even myself. Being a theater enthusiast who likes to create both on and offstage is one part of it among other things like making experimental shorts, playing around with electric circuits and doing DIY projects of different sorts.
- Neshua Aguilar
I thoroughly enjoy surrounding myself with creative people but more so encouraging others to step out of their comfort zone, and explore their artistic minds. The Idea Lab is the perfect place for those in search of creative incentives, and I am more than grateful to help anyone seeking entrepreneurial and/or artistic inspiration.