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Impact Entrepreneur at the National Place-Based Education Conference


  • University of Michigan Flint Flint, MI (map)

Impact Entrepreneur’s Founder and CEO, Laurie Lane-Zucker, will be giving one of the two keynote addresses at the national Place-Based Education Conference at the University of Michigan Flint.

Place-based education transforms how teachers teach and how students learn by expanding classrooms to include a community’s organizations, history, and natural features. Investing in place helps youth engage in meaningful learning and civic life, provides vital support for teachers, and strengthens communities.  

This national conference is for K-12 educators and students, university faculty and students, non-formal educators, natural resource professionals, staff of community organizations, business leaders, policy makers, and funders.  

Notice to Impact Entrepreneur Network members: The conference planning team welcomes presentations that align with the conference theme Place-Based Education: Building Strong and Transformative Communities Together. They have identified seven conference strands, including the following one that fits neatly with many Network member’s work:

Place-Based Impact Investing and Entrepreneurship

Impact investments are investments made with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Place-based impact investing, a fast-emerging practice within the impact investing rubric, anchors impact investing within a local and regional context — often addressing the needs of marginalized and/or underserved communities. To truly strengthen communities, it’s necessary to transform the way businesses and foundations invest in them. This strand will explore how to encourage this type of investing and the role of entrepreneurship in sustaining it.

Presentation topic ideas:

  • Defining the role of PBE in shaping impact investing, impact entrepreneurship, and the impact economy

  • How PBE can be used to foster collaboration between the public, private, and nonprofit sectors that result in local and regional prosperity

  • Transforming the way business and government operate in the world to achieve true sustainability

  • Highlighting innovative models and place-based tools that support the development and sustainment of an impact economy

  • Encouraging entrepreneurship in youth