Phoebe Cade Miles: Spirit of Gainesville nominee


Published: Monday, August 19, 2013 at 1:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 19, 2013 at 1:19 p.m.

If “entrepreneurship” connotes “one who undertakes innovations or introducing new things,” then Phoebe Cade Miles is a perfect choice for this award.

Facts

Category: Entrepreneurship

About Phoebe Cade Miles

Occupation: President and CEO, Cade Museum for Creativity & In

Years in Gainesville: Childhood, then fulltime since 2012.

Spouse Richard Miles

Children Christian, Cecilia, Elena

Phoebe is the creative force behind the Cade Museum, a new kind of interactive museum that will celebrate creativity and invention (entrepreneurship itself?).

Phoebe and her family created the Cade Museum Foundation in 2004 to honor her father, Dr. Robert Cade, the UF physician-scientist whose research led to the invention of Gatorade, one of the most successful and profitable inventions ever produced at the University. As president and CEO of the Foundation, she's tirelessly led efforts to promote creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation among people of all ages, from children to adults, throughout the community. She has invested not only her time but also her resources in the project, and she and her husband, Richard, even moved to Gainesville to focus on creating the Museum and promoting the creative process.

She recruited a strong Board of Directors and a talented staff, and through her leadership the fundraising for the museum is on pace to reach its goals. Phoebe has supported programs and events to teach and increase appreciation for science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the arts. This includes lessons offered at the Cade laboratory where participants can perform hands-on experiments and activities. Phoebe and the foundation also arranged to bring a mobile science lab to Gainesville and nearby communities as the only Florida stop in the truck's national tour. Under her leadership, the Cade Foundation also implemented the Cade Instrument Loan Program, which allows UF music students to borrow high-quality instruments to use during the academic year.

Phoebe also lends support to the local business community with the Cade Prize, which is a $50,000 cash grant offered to Florida inventors and entrepreneurs who are working to change the world through their work. Now in its fourth year, the Cade Prize has captured the imagination of inventors and entrepreneurs and applications for the Prize have increased annually. Several Gainesville companies have benefited from the prize.

The 2015 opening of the Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention in Depot Park will have a significant impact on promoting and understanding the processes of creativity, invention and entrepreneurship. The museum has a series of exhibits and classes already scheduled that will teach “purposeful creativity” to inspire future inventors and entrepreneurs to become a positive force in the community. The Museum will also strengthen Gainesville's aim of becoming an international center for innovation and successful entrepreneurship.

Nominated by Marilyn Tubb

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