GEW Oklahoma Virtual Kickoff

Activity Description

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11:30 AM Welcome & Overview of GEW Oklahoma

Kristin Garcia, OK State Coordinator Welcome                                                   

Brent Kisling, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce                                                         

11:40 AM Introduction of Dr. Dell Gines & Keynote   

12:00 PM Entrepreneurship Stories from Around Oklahoma

Abbey Marino, Director of Programs at 36 Degrees North

12:35 PM Virtual Networking

Katy Boren, President and CEO of Oklahoma City’s Innovation District                                                 

David King, Founder and CEO of Exaptive                                               

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12:55 PM Closing Remarks

About Dr. Dell Gines:

Dr. Dell Gines is a national thought leader in entrepreneurship ecosystem building, a local economic development strategy that leverages entrepreneurship's power to create local economic growth. His specific focus is on communities of color and economically distressed small rural communities. He has authored six guides and one eBook on the subject. His most notable work is a 2018 research report on Black women business startups, cited in PBS, Forbes, Black Enterprise, CNN Business, and Entrepreneur magazine. He is also a well-traveled speaker, speaking in over 20 states and 50 cities, often serving as a keynote in rural and urban conferences.

Dell is one of less than 5,500 Certified Economic Developers (CEcD) and has holds and Masters of Business Administration, a Masters of Finance, and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska School of Public Administration. In 2011, he received the Omaha Jaycees as a TOYO award for being one of the top ten Omahans under forty, positively impacting the community. In 2014 and 2019, he received the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s President’s award for innovative community development work. In 2020 he was inducted into the Kansas City Black Achievers society.