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MICA's M.P.S. in the Business of Art and Design instructors are professionals with expertise in their respective subject area. Our professionals guide you through real-world scenarios where you network and pitch your business ideas to potential funders who provide feedback and industry insight.


Ilise Benun

Ilise Benun is the founder of Marketing Mentor, a business coaching program for creative business owners and independent professionals, and a Programming Partner for HOW Design Live.

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Bonnie Crockett

Bonnie Crockett is a Business Consultant for the nonprofit Maryland Capital Enterprises, Inc., helping entrepreneurs start and expand their businesses.

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Jennifer Dodson

Jennifer Dodson is the Chief Creative Officer at Adashmore Creative, a marketing and branding company she founded in 2010.

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Sam Hopkins

Sam Hopkins earned his MBA from the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School with specializations in Health Care and Entrepreneurship.

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Jonathan Mayo

Jonathan Mayo has been a practicing CPA focused on advising and supporting small creative businesses for over 20 years.

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DeAnna Thomas

DeAnna Thomas is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) who is joining the MICA MPS BAD faculty with over 10 years of experience in human resources in higher education and private industry.

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James Wright

James Wright is the Director of Grocery for a 185-store chain in Chicago. He has a record of successfully managing vendor and supplier relationships.

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