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Derrick Braziel on Building a Culture of Opportunity

March 27, 2019

Braziel's presentation, titled “Starting from the Bottom: Building a Culture of Opportunity Within Disadvantaged Communities,” will share the challenges and opportunities inherent in community and economic development. Our current approach to development has exacerbated economic inequality, but it doesn't have to be this way. Drawing from his experiences in Cincinnati and Milwaukee, Braziel's presentation will offer alternatives to stakeholders, entrepreneurs and developers looking for ideas for creating sustainable, economically-inclusive communities.

Braziel serves as a co-founder and managing partner of MORTAR, an organization dedicated to enabling historically marginalized entrepreneurs access the tools and resources needed to start businesses, change communities and build generational wealth. Derrick’s work has led to recognition from the Indianapolis Star, YES! Magazine, Next City, Politico, Forbes Magazine, the Stanford Social Innovation Review and NBC Nightly News. He has also been named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list for Social Entrepreneurs and the Cincinnati Business Courier's 2018 40 under 40 list. He is a member of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s C-Change Class 11, is an Echoing Green and 2016-17 BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) Fellow and a 2018 Next City Vanguard.

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