NEPA entrepreneurs just have this look that’s so passionate and enthusiastic, and I love
working with them until the doors are open.

– Donna Simpson, 2019 Bill McNally Mentor of the Year


As a University of Scranton Small Business Development Center Consulting Manager, Donna
Simpson has been at the forefront of NEPA entrepreneurship for more than two decades.
Donna personifies “Why Not Us? Why Not Here? Why Not Now?” and we are thrilled to
recognize her outstanding community contributions with the 2019 Bill McNally Mentor of the
Year Award to be presented at the 17 th Annual tecBRIDGE Business Plan Competition Awards
Event on Thursday, April 25 th at the F.M. Kirby Center.

“25 years ago, the Internet didn’t have images; it was all text. Now, there’s just so many ways to
communicate your business vision whether it’s here in NEPA or to a world-wide audience.
While the startup process may be different, entrepreneurs still need encouragement and
perspective to follow their dreams,” Donna said.

In addition to her work with the SBDC, Donna volunteers with the Scranton Area Foundation
Women in Philanthropy Program and has chaperoned 16 service trips, including trips to
Jamaica, Rwanda and Chile. She’s also wrapping up her second three-year term as a board
member of Leadership Lackawanna.

“She’s got the hard and soft skills you need to be a talented mentor,” said Scranton Area
Foundation President Laura Ducceschi. “She’s empathetic and savy. She provides the right
amount of guidance and she’s so passionate about giving back.”

“I have a million different experiences to share, and I’ve always been passionate about helping
others so mentoring comes easy to me.”

We’re lucky to have you Donna.

The Bill McNally Mentor of the Year Award will be presented at the 17 th Annual tecBRIDGE
Business Plan Competition Awards Event, April 25th at the F.M. Kirby Center in downtown
Wilkes-Barre. To join the celebration, purchase tickets here.


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Past Winners

2018 Lori Nocito, Leadership Wilkes-Barre

2017 Mark Leffler, Kings College

2016 Attorney Steven P. Roth, Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald, LLC

2015 Mark Toda, PennTap

2014 Gerald Ephault, Entrepreneurship Mentor & Business Developer

2013 Kenneth Okrepkie, Ben Franklin Technology Partners NEPA