Jeannette Balleza Collins


A whole-brainer who loves to promote good people and their ventures, Jeannette is the Director of The ARK Challenge, a full member of Global Accelerator Network, based in Northwest Arkansas. Collaborating with people who care, Winrock International and the University of Arkansas, she focuses on helping to make Northwest Arkansas a founder-friendly startup hub, evolving the accelerator program, recruiting startups worldwide and facilitating international mentorship events. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Hendrix College and has over 15 years of experience in marketing strategy, public relations, messaging and content development for regions, startups, small businesses and corporate clients. She is a member of The CEO Forums of Northwest Arkansas, and she coordinates the Professional Women’s Network Washington County. She was honored by Arkansas Business as one of Arkansas’ Influentials in 2012 and as one of Northwest Arkansas Business Journal‘s “40 Under 40” in 2008.  In 2009 she was selected as one of 135 U.S. entrepreneurs by British Airways to attend The Face of Opportunity Global Business Summit Conference in London.