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National Conference on Business Development in Under-Served Communities

Watch the video above to learn more about the conference

The goal of the national conference is to bring together business schools, centers, and programs with the similar values and goals in developing diverse businesses in under-served communities to:

  • Share best practices and resources
  • Create a network with a goal of open-source curriculum and program development
  • Facilitate early-stage and advanced program development
  • Discuss scholarly research
  • Analyze strategic approaches to closing the wealth and income gap

Information about the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Conference can be found here.

Consulting and Business Development Centers are developing a pipeline of resources and programs through business schools to support and develop diverse businesses in under-served communities creating economic empowerment. These centers are learning laboratories that give students real-world consulting experiences they can use to jumpstart their careers and help support and develop diverse businesses in under-served communities.

The University of Washington’s Consulting & Business Development Center has generated more than $100 million in new revenue and 100,000+ jobs created and retained across Washington State. Centers at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Tuck School of Business, Morehouse College, Rutgers University, NYU’s Stern School of Business and UCLA’s Anderson School of Management grow thousands of jobs annually.

Questions? Please contact Michael Verchot, director of the UW Consulting & Business Development Center, at or 206-543-9327.

This conference is made possible by the generous support of JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Academic Institutions

Albany State University
Kathaleena Monds, Co-Director, Center for Economic Education/Small and Minority Entrepreneurship

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc.
Matthew Enstice, CEO
Ekua Mends-Aidoo, Community Relations Manager

Clark Atlanta University
David Duncan, Director of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurial Development

Columbia Business School, Columbia University
Natalie Moses, Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center
Kaaryn Nailor Simmons, Director, Small Business Development Center

Cornell University Johnson School of Business
Monica Touesnard, Associate Director, Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise

Emory University, Goizueta Business School
David Kagulu-Kalema, Program Associate, Social Enterprise @ Goizueta
Brian Goebel, Associate Director, Social Enterprise @ Goizueta
Peter Roberts, Academic Director, Social Enterprise @ Goizueta

Fordham University, Gabelli School of Business
Gregory Cooper, Director of Executive Education Programs

Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business
Ladan Manteghi, Executive Director, Global Social Enterprise Initiative

Georgia Institute of Technology
Lynne Henkiel, Director, Entrepreneurial Partnerships, Enterprise Innovation Institute

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Iqbal Quadir, Professor of the Practice of Development and Entrepreneurship, Founder and Director, Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship

Medgar Evers College
Lloyd Grant

Miles College
George T. French, Jr, President

Morehouse College
Tiffany Bussey, Entrepreneurship Center

Morgan State University
Omar Muhammad, Director, Entrepreneurial Development and Assistance Center

New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Cynthia Franklin, Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Robert Seamans, Associate Professor

Portland State University
Lara Damon, Director, Business Outreach Program

Providence College
Sylvia Maxfield, Dean, School of Business
Keith Morton, Professor of Public and Community Service

Rutgers Business School
Lyneir Richardson, Instructor in Entrepreneurship and Executive Director of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED)
Jerome Williams, Distinguished Professor and Prudential Chair in Business

Spelman College
Angelino C. G. Viceisza, Assistant Professor, Economics

St. John's University, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
Linda Sama, Associate Dean for Global Initiatives and Joseph F. Adams Professor of Management

UCLA Anderson School of Management
Al Osborne, Senior Associate Dean, Professor, School of Management

University of North Carolina, Department of Geography & Earth Sciences
Qingfang Wang, Associate Professor in Geography and Public Policy

The University of Iowa, Tippie College of Business
Philip Jordan, Assistant Director, Economic Development, and Adjunct Lecturer

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
Leonard Greenhalgh, Professor of Management, Director, Programs for Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses
Fred McKinney, Managing Director, MBE Programs

University of Arizona Eller Economic Development Program
Ildefonso "Poncho" Chavez, Manager

University of Louisville
Daniel Hall, Vice President for Community Engagement
Mitchell Payne, Senior Associate Vice President for Business Affairs

University of Michigan Ross School of Business
Rishi Moudgil, Managing Director, Center for Social Impact

University of Washington Foster School of Business
Ivan Barron, Assistant Director, Consulting & Business Development Center
William Bradford, Endowed Professor of Business and Economic Development
Lakeisha Jackson, Assistant Director, Consulting & Business Development Center
Megan Sevigny, Program Manager, Consulting & Business Development Center
Wilfredo Tutol, Associate Director, Consulting & Business Development Center
Michael Verchot, Director, Consulting & Business Development Center

Washington State University, Vancouver
Mistie Josephson, Business Growth Mentor & Analysis Program Manager

Wayne State University
Timothy Bates, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Economics

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Therese Flaherty, Director, Small Business Development Center
Stephanie Kim, Manager of Community Impact, Wharton Social Impact Initiative
Sherryl Kuhlman, Managing Director, Wharton Social Impact Initiative


Billion Dollar Roundtable
Sharon Patterson, President & CEO

Boston Consulting Group
James Lowry, Senior Advisor

Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship- Caribbean
Donnelle Christian, Relationship Manager- Mentorship

Ennovae & Company
Samantha Trinh, Managing Director

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Alicia Robb, Senior Fellow

Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Claire Kramer Mills, Assistant Vice President and Community Affairs Officer, Outreach & Education

Flatbush Junction Business Improvement District
Kenneth Mbonu, Executive Director

Georgetown Day School
Danielle DuCré, Community Relations Associate, Advancement

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
Kim Zeuli, Senior Vice President and Director, Research and Advisory Practice

Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership
Jill Johnson, Co-Founder/CEO

Jean Horstman, Chief Executive Officer
Tanya Pope, National Expansion Senior Manager

JPMorgan Chase
Amy Bell, Executive Director – Social Finance
Thasunda Duckett, CEO Chase Auto Finance
David Goldberg, Vice President, Global Philanthropy
Bill Kapfer, Vice President Business Analysis & Rptg Mgr
Jennifer Piepszak, CEO Business Banking
Jacqueline Rosa, Managing Director, Sourcing Executive

KIP/TMS-Total Marketing Solutions
Lloyd Grant, Chief Client Strategist

Minority Business Development Agency
Albert Shen, National Deputy Director

National Minority Business Council, Inc.
John Robinson, President/CEO

Niche Marketing
Rohena Miller, Owner

North Carolina Institute for Minority Economic Development
Farad Ali, President and CEO

United Negro College Fund
Michael L. Lomax, President and Chief Executive Officer