Cade Museum Board names Stephanie Bailes as CEO and adds three new Directors
Gainesville, FL., February 15, 2022—Since starting STEAM educational programming and the Cade Prize for Innovation in 2010, the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention has a developed into a major player in Florida’s educational and tech communities.
For its next stage of programmatic expansion across the state and the country, the Board of Directors recently promoted President and Executive Director Stephanie Bailes to Chief Executive Officer. They also added three new Board members, each of whom bring enormous experience to accomplishing the Museum’s mission.
Bailes was named Executive Director of the Cade Museum in 2017. In the years following, she has embraced the mission, vision, and educational programming model conceptualized by co-founders Phoebe Cade Miles and Richard Miles. Bailes has guided the museum to a landmark in visitation— over 100,000 visitors—while completing a $12 million construction project and expanding the museum’s programming. She’s also grown the museum’s team from four to 36 staffers.
“Stephanie is a phenomenal leader and visionary,” said Board Chairman Phoebe Cade Miles. “She lives and breathes our mission and is perfect for taking us to the next stage of being an institution with statewide and national impact.”
New Cade Board Director Marti Hancock has spent her professional life connecting people to opportunities, too. The Tampa resident assists the public as Director of Investor Relations at Bayshore Capital, and she serves on the board for the Tampa Pig Jig, the Florida House on Capitol Hill, and Tampa General Hospital Foundation Gala committee.
Greg Bradley, President of the G. Bradley Insurance Agency, founded Mirror Image Leadership Academy, a leadership development experience for young Black males. He is also an alumnus of both Leadership Gainesville and Leadership Atlanta, and currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Risk Management and as a Foundation Board member at Santa Fe College.
U.S. Army veteran Rhys L. Williams was a green beret commander of a Special Forces Combat Diver Detachment. He has directed the Harvard Alumni Association national board and continues to serve the Harvard Club of the Palm Beaches as president. Williams also co-founded and works as director of MedicSmart, a company specializing in workplace safety and emergency medical response.
“We are lucky to have these three innovative entrepreneurs and visionaries joining our board of directors. They will be invaluable assets for the museum,” said Cade CEO Bailes. “Through their ideas and pool of resources, we will reach new levels of outreach and programming. I am thrilled to be collaborating with them and our existing team of dedicated and passionate board members.”
About the Cade Museum
The mission of the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention in Gainesville, Florida, is to transform communities by inspiring and equipping future inventors, entrepreneurs, and visionaries. Named after Mary Cade and her husband, Dr. James Robert Cade, the lead inventor of Gatorade, the project has been spearheaded by their daughter, Phoebe Cade Miles, and her husband, Richard Miles, since 2006. They encourage the development of innovation ecosystems through the Cade Prize for Innovation, the Cade's proprietary Innovation Education learning framework, and the 2018 opening of a 21,000 sq. ft. hands-on learning museum designed to promote the development of an inventive mindset which the Cade calls Inventivity™. The Cade believes every person should have access to the right to invent and innovate inherent in the DNA of the United States and works diligently in outreach efforts to bring this understanding to all, with an emphasis on the underserved. To learn more about the Cade Museum visit cademuseum.org.
Bench adulting woes at Cade After Dark 21+
The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention’s popular adults-only evening event, Cade After Dark 21+, returns with spring dates and all new activities centered around a different theme each month.
At Cade After Dark 21+, guests can relax with adult beverages while reliving their childhood with board games and science experiments and checking out the museum’s latest exhibits. Past events have gotten visitors’ hands sticky with gooey slime while blowing minds with Shrinky Dinks, 3D-pen drawing tables, and radioactive snow, and entertaining with giant Jenga and other old school games.
Cade After Dark guests can enjoy some snacks and then work them off by testing their strength and endurance in the Sweat Solution, the Cade’s permanent exhibit that tells the story of the invention of Gatorade.
They can then take an afterhours look at the Cade’s current museum-wide themes and temporary exhibits. This spring, the Cade unravels textile technology in the theme Tech Tapestry and exhibit Fabric Frontiers, demonstrating how a penchant for fancy silks in 18th century France inspired the first computers, or how the evolution of cold weather clothing unfolded through three generations of Antarctic explorers.
A host of tactile, experimental and STEAM-powered activities fill every nook and cranny at Cade After Dark. Each month something new and surprising awaits participants.
Cure the end-of-season, post-Super Bowl blues at the February 18 Cade After Dark, where a roster full of football-themed games, refreshments and activities provide adults a much-needed timeout.
Recharge those drained, mid-semester batteries on March 18. Participants will have an electrifyingly good time as all things light and electricity course through the museum’s activities and games. The Cade’s brand-new exhibit on the inventions you find in bathrooms (that’s right, bathrooms) will be brimming with scavenger hunts and other bathroom-related distractions and adventures.
After getting wired up in March, the Cade will switch its flip for an ultimate glow in the dark vibe session on April 8th. Attendees’ smiles will surely light up the room, along with their glow sticks and glowing slime. Afterall, growing up can be hard. Why not glow up instead?
Speaking of growing up, the Cade is turning four in May! Party hats and kazoos will be encouraged at the Cade After Dark Birthday Bazar on May 20th. Attendees will also be able to explore the world of storytelling through animation in the Cade’s latest exhibit, Animationland.
“We’re thrilled to be able to set aside this time just for adults, away from the hustle and bustle of daily museum activities, field trips, and group tours,” says Cade Museum President and CEO, Stephanie Bailes. “It’s a chance to really be immersed in the museum. I love seeing the wild experiments our educators come up with and the games that take over the museum at night. It’s the perfect date night or friends’ night out!”
Cade After Dark 21+ takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18, March 18, April 8, and May 20. To register in advance, visit cademuseum.org/calendar. Adults 21 and older only will be admitted. Admission is $15 per person and includes a drink ticket, redeemable at the Cade’s cash bar. Additional drinks will be available for purchase. Also included is a free ticket to a raffle prize drawing.
Cade After Dark is sponsored by First Magnitude Brewing Company and Goldie’s Burgers.
About the Cade Museum
The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention, a museum in Gainesville, Florida is committed to transforming communities by inspiring and equipping future inventors, entrepreneurs, and visionaries. Since opening in 2018, more than 100,000 visitors have experienced the Cade’s unique hands-on programming for children designed to spark imagination and inspire creativity. The Cade’s programs also help to build bridges to the innovation economy for those without access, low-income families, underserved communities, and those needing assistance to access education and start on the career paths available to them to fulfill their dreams. To learn more about the Cade Museum’s mission, visit cademuseum.org. Located at 811 S Main Street, Gainesville, Florida. Hours of operation: Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
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