University Economic Development Association

Keynote Address – Perspectives on Leadership: The Role of Leaders in Entrepreneur-Led Economic Development

Speakers: Andy Stoll (Moderator) – Senior Program Officer, Entrepreneurship, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Richard (RJ) Berry – Former Mayor of Albuquerque
Betsy Hodges – Former Mayor of Minneapolis
Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr. – Former Mayor of Kansas City


As the world continues to increase in speed and our challenges and opportunities get more complex, it’s important that we evolve our leadership and economic development approaches to meet the challenges and opportunities of our time.

In this session, we’ll hear stories and leadership insights from three former US mayors — all early adopters of entrepreneur-led economic development — who launched pioneer programs to support entrepreneurs to grow their city’s economy, and they themselves, took entrepreneurial approaches in leading their communities through the aftermath of the Great Recession.

Join former Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, former Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry and former Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James in this engaging, spirited and wide-ranging fireside chat, on the role of leaders, institutions, and universities in building our communities in a 21st century world. This conversation will be moderated by Andy Stoll of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

September 20 @ 12:00
12:00 — 12:30 (30′)