IncubatorWorks named Ashleigh Madison as its new Executive Director effective on April 1, 2022, stepping into the role after its current Executive Director and CFO, Nancy Kirby Kurjakovic, retires – an announcement made earlier this year.
“I look forward to the continued growth and success of IncubatorWorks as Ashleigh moves into the leadership of our team. Ashleigh is always looking forward to what’s next, and how we can better serve our entrepreneurs,” said Ms. Kirby Kurjakovic. “Her intelligence shines in all the work she does, and she is very committed to the betterment of our region,” she continued, “I know that with Ashleigh at the helm, IncubatorWorks will evolve into new and exciting programming to support startups in our community.”
Ms. Madison started her career at IncubatorWorks in 2015 as its Operations Administrator, quickly transitioning to Program Manager. In 2018, she was promoted to Program Director, responsible for entrepreneurial support in Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, and Allegany counties. During her work with the Incubator, Ms. Madison has not only become an invaluable resource to the many entrepreneurs and small businesses that have sought out the support and guidance of IncubatorWorks, but she has also solidly established herself as an advocate for small business owners and entrepreneurs across the region, as well as invested herself in initiatives that focus on professional and innovative initiatives that support New York’s Southern Tier.
Ms. Madison stated, “I’m fortunate to be able to do work that makes me look forward to coming to work every day—and I’m excited to take on the leadership of IncubatorWorks at this pivotal time when more and more people are starting their own businesses.” She added, “In the last six years of working with Nancy and Alan [Alan Rae, Co-Executive Director], I’ve been able to be a part of the team in expanding IncubatorWorks ‘ programming and community outreach. I’m looking forward to continuing and expanding our support to our entrepreneurial community.”
About IncubatorWorks: IncubatorWorks is a non-profit organization committed to providing entrepreneurs and small business owners in and around New York State’s Southern Tier the resources needed to thrive and grow.