Shelley Klingerman, Executive Director, Launch Terre Haute

I worked in a corporate environment for 18 years, but always had the desire to “own” something. While working full-time I opened a women’s boutique called “Cocoa” and produced a documentary, Terror in American Schools: Are Your Kids Safe? As our community started to lose some of our manufacturing companies, myself and three other locals started to investigate how we could help to innovate our community to give those individuals being downsized other options to stay in our community. There was a lot of startup activity beginning to bubble up around the state and we wanted to be a part of it. We, the founders, all started getting involved while still in our existing positions, over the years I left my corporate job and transitioned to become the Executive Director of Launch Terre Haute. Launch Terre Haute is a cowork space in the heart of downtown Terre Haute.