Audrey Iffert-Saleem
Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives
Director, InnovationX

Dr. Audrey Iffert-Saleem is executive director of strategic initiatives for the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Business. Audrey's work focuses on getting new initiatives started, as well as figuring out how to sustain and grow them. Two critical initiatives in Audrey's portfolio include leading the development of InnovationX, the OSU Center of Excellence for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the OSU Center for the Advancement of Women in Leadership. 

Previously, Audrey coordinated the Arizona State University institution-wide effort to advance entrepreneurship education as the executive director of strategic initiatives in the ASU Office of Entrepreneurship + Innovation. Audrey held a leadership role in coordinating ASU’s entrepreneurship education efforts as a part of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Campuses Initiative to transform the ways that entrepreneurship is viewed, taught and experienced in higher education.

Audrey is a certified Lean LaunchPad instructor and has taught several university courses that leverage Lean LaunchPad methodologies. She is also co-founder and co-owner of a creative services business that has an emphasis on supporting small businesses; clients have also included TED-Ed, Car2Go, Dollar-A-Day, and Target, among others. Audrey holds an Ed.D. in higher education leadership and an M.A. in human communication, both from Arizona State University. She is an advocate for women’s participation in entrepreneurship, and her dissertation research focused on engaging college women in entrepreneurship experiences. Audrey’s work to advance women in entrepreneurship has included developing, coordinating and delivering women’s entrepreneurship workshops and courses, developing and managing a mentorship program, securing grants and philanthropic gifts that advance women’s programs, and serving as a founding member of a regional women’s economic development initiative in the Greater Phoenix Metro Area.

Jeffrey Barden
Director, Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Jeff Barden is an associate professor and the program director of the strategy and entrepreneurship area at the Oregon State University College of Business. Jeff earned his Ph.D. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He also earned an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a B.A. in economics from the University of North Carolina. Before joining Oregon State University, Jeff served on the faculty of the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. Prior to his academic career, Jeff worked in market research and business-to-business sales at start-up companies in North Carolina.

Jeff's research focuses on technology and inter-organizational strategy. Jeff's research appears in Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Sport Management, Strategic Management Journal and Strategic Organization. Jeff serves on the editorial review boards of the Academy of Management Journal and Strategic Management Journal.

Dale McCauley
Manager, InnovationX

Dale McCauley is the program manager for InnovationX, student engagement and makerspace in the Oregon State University College of Business. He is also the student outreach and engagement coordinator for the strategy and entrepreneurship discipline.

Dale works to develop student startups with the BA160 Entrepreneurial Cohort and Launch Academy programs. He leads a number of VentureWell Student E-Team grants and has presented at the VentureWell annual conference on launching student startups. Over the past five years, Dale has helped launch dozens of student startups at OSU taking them from the germ of an idea to a company ready to launch.

Dale runs the DAMLab makerspace, providing students with access to cutting edge fabrication tools such as 3d printing, laser cutting, and CNC milling. Dale teaches workshops to familiarize students with the tools needed to prototype their ideas and develop new products.