Florkowski is responsible for the overall administration and management of IVMF’s portfolio of entrepreneurship training programs including Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE), SU’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), SU’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities Families (EBV-F), Operation Boots to Business, and the Reboot program. Florkowski joined the IVMF team in January 2012 as Program Manager of V-WISE.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, Florkowski has experience in operations and project management and served domestically and abroad in Germany, Poland and Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. An Army engineer officer for five years, she held positions as a platoon leader, Battalion S1 (administration and personnel officer), doctrine writer and assistant operations officer.
Post-service, while residing in Germany, she worked as a Transition Assistance Program (TAP) facilitator at assigned locations across Germany and the Netherlands, aiding service members in their transition from military to civilian life. In this role, she facilitated workshops to veteran groups of up to 50 personnel on how to successfully transition, covering topics including small business ownership and military-related benefits.
Once stateside, Florkowski served as operations manager for the USO of Metropolitan New York, operating a key service center in the metropolitan area. There she planned and executed higher headquarters projects and comprehensive outreach across the tri-state area.
Florkowski holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering psychology with a minor in systems engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a master’s in exercise science and health promotion from California University of Pennsylvania.