About Us
Founded in 2014, over 600 students have participated in the Audacious institute (formerly known as Innovation in Action). The curriculum was developed based on cutting-edge research from Duke University’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, and the Lean Startup methodology.
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Our Team

Lindsey Keiter Mangone

Founder & Executive Director

Lindsey is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Audacious Institute. Lindsey started her career at Deloitte where she developed innovative products and services for Deloitte’s Innovation Center. She holds an MBA from Duke University, with a concentration in social entrepreneurship. While receiving her MBA, Lindsey taught entrepreneurship to high school students and worked with Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, on a social impact case study. Lindsey is active in LEAD Atlanta and serves on the Duke Atlanta Alumni Board.

Thomas Shields

Director of Marketing

Thomas is the Director of Marketing for the Audacious Institute. He has spent a decade scaling innovative ideas in technology, education, and social sector. He was the first marketing hire at Curriculet – a venture-backed startup with a digital reading platform and was part of the founding team at KIPP DC, a highly successful charter school network. Thomas has also taught English, worked with Apple’s operations team, and consulted on marketing and strategy for start-ups. Thomas holds a BA from GWU and an MBA from Duke University.

Eric Jacobsen

Board Member & Investor

Eric is the visionary behind the Audacious Institute. A successful serial entrepreneur, Eric champions the entrepreneurial mindset and has a passion for compassionate capitalism and entrepreneurship education. Eric is a Stanford graduate and a 2013 alum of Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative. He is also the Co-Founder of social impact fund, Gratitude Railroad, and the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Dolphin Capital, a private equity firm that invests in high growth companies in the Mountain West region.

Howard Fischer

Board Member & Investor

Howard joined the Audacious Institute Board in 2014 and has provided significant insight, strategic vision, and financial support since the organization’s inception. Howard is a 2013 Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow and holds a B.S.E. in Accounting and Finance from the Wharton School. As the Founding Partner and CEO of Basso Capital Management, Howard leads the Investment Committee. Howard also co-leads social impact fund, Gratitude Railroad, and serves on the Board of the International Mountain Bicycling Association.

Our Instructors

Adam Mangone has more than 12 years of experience building and growing some of the nation’s most recognized brands. While at Bain & Company, Adam led teams on strategic initiatives for Fortune 500 companies. A data geek with a creative bent, Adam is a serial entrepreneur and an angel investor who has both mentored and launched a variety of startups across multiple industries.
Matt Dierdorff has over 15 years of experience in the development and growth of individuals and organizations. His work focuses on one-on-one and group coaching that cultivates sustained development. Matt has facilitated numerous programs with the Audacious Institute. He specializes in teaching the entrepreneurial mindset, leadership, design thinking, and public speaking.
When Ryan Zimmerman is not coaching students at Audacious Institute programs, he coaches C-suite executives in global organizations on innovation, design, product development, and scrum. He is also a mentor for Design for America at Georgia Tech. Prior to these roles, Ryan taught design thinking at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School and developed curricula for Fellowship Christian School.



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