August 25th 9:30am
Starting October 1st through the 2nd Register with the YWCA here
M Adams: M. Adams is a community organizer and co-executive director of Freedom Inc., where she has been for seven years. Freedom Inc. works with low to no income Black and Hmong wimmin, queer folks, and youth in Dane County. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Adams has been in Madison since 2003. Adams’s dad has been incarcerated most of her life and she comes from a community that has been the extreme target of police violence. Adams, herself, is also a proud dad to a 2-year-old who is a primary motivator for her work. As a queer Black person, Adams has developed and advocated for a strong intersectional approach in numerous important venues: Adams led four contingencies to Ferguson, Missouri last fall and is a leading figure in the Take Back the Land Movement. She presented before the United Nations for the Convention on Eliminating Racial Discrimination, is the co-Author of Forward from Ferguson and a work in progress on Black community control over the police, and author to intersectionality theory in Why Killing Unarmed Black folks is a Queer Issue. Most recently, Adams can be seen in person, on TV or in the newspapers giving near weekly presentations, testifying and city council meetings, and energizing crowds at protests as a member of the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition.
Thursday August 20
9:30am - 3:30pm
Entrepreneurship at its best incorporates the business of improving the world we live in -- caring, sharing, building community, and unleashing new creative economies. Join us for a daylong summit to collectively redefine entrepreneurship in terms that reconsider the value of social good in all the work that we do. Through a moderated panel discussion, participant engagement activities, and networking opportunities, we will, together, build a larger kind of entrepreneurship worthy of Wisconsin – one where prosperity benefits everyone, without exception.
The Summit is an all day event on Thursday August 20th. We're starting with a Redefining Entrepreneurship panel in the morning where Amy Gannon, Edgewood College School of Business Interim Dean and Co-Founder of the Doyenne Group, will challenge a panel of entrepreneurial leaders and grassroots community builders to answer core questions such as: How should a city like Madison define what entrepreneurship means to us as a community, as we focus time, energy, and finances on developing entrepreneurs? What definition of entrepreneurship do we value?
After the panel and Q&A, we'll grab a catered lunch from Steenbock's, over which we'll engage as small groups in the afternoon's Really Big Questions workshop. Eric Upchurch, Lead Organizer with Young Gifted & Black Coalition and Director of Development and Marketing for the YWCA, will lead us as we dig into what it really means for entrepreneurship to best deliver the social goods. We'll then come back together afterwards to compare and discuss what we found.