Public Works: Christopher Konop and Jonathan Lenz
Dr. Christopher Konop and Dr. Jonathan Lenz will introduce essential project management and entrepreneurial skills for a humanities scholar to use when acting as a corporate and community consultant. Expand your professional skills for the non-academic job market and benefit from the expertise of their consulting group WiSolve in working with scholars who work regularly with public companies.
WiSolve Consulting Group, Inc. is a Madison-based non-profit whose mission is to solve challenging problems in the Madison business community using the critical thinking and analytical skills of UW-Madison graduate and postdoctoral trainees. WiSolve trains UW-Madison researchers in business-relevant skills, which are then applied through structured consulting engagements with Wisconsin companies.
Christopher Konop has his Ph.D. in the field of neurobiology and completed a postdoc in the Department of Integrative Biology studying neuropeptide mediated signaling pathways involved in motor control. Currently Christopher serves as WiSolve’s Executive Director. Before co-founding WiSolve Consulting Group, Christopher participated in the Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp. He has consulted for a small pharmaceutical company, working on a wide range of projects in technology assessment, market analysis, competitive intelligence, and helping to generate investor-facing materials. Christopher is an Advisory Board member for the Advocacy Consortium for Entrepreneurs (ACE) and the outreach chair for the UW-Madison Postdoctoral Association. As Executive Director at WiSolve, Christopher is responsible for fostering relationships with our strategic partners, acquiring new clients, and managing the portfolio of current engagements.
Jonathan Lenz is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology (MMI) where he studies how pathogenic bacteria interact with human tissues. Since arriving at UW he has been active in postdoctoral leadership, serving as President of the UW-Madison Postdoctoral Association from 2015-2017, sitting on the UW-Madison Office of Postdoctoral Studies Advisory Committee, and representing postdocs at MMI department faculty meetings from 2012-2016. Jonathan is a 2017 Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp alum and participated in the 2016 Postdoctoral Training Course on Scientific Leadership & Management. He is the recipient of an NRSA Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. As Director of Operations at WiSolve, Jonathan oversees organizational planning, including developing consultant teams and managing the project portfolio.