About Global Entrepreneurship Week
Innovation drives economic growth and changes lives—and it’s our entrepreneurs who bring those innovations to life. To move those innovations takes some serious gumption and the right team of founders, funders, designers, managers, developers, marketers, sales leaders, makers and resources. Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is where connections happen and teams come together to get inspired, prepare for the next challenge and celebrate Kansas City entrepreneurship. It’s an international celebration of the makers, innovators, and job creators who launch startups and bring ideas to life. Founded by the Kauffman Foundation in 2008, it has since expanded to more than 160 countries. Here in KC, #GEWKC2018 will be celebrated with more than 170 events and thousands of attendees.
More information about Global Entrepreneurship Week can be found here: https://www.kcsourcelink.com/gew.
This event is free and open to the public. Registration should be done on the KCSourceLink site here ».
About the Panelists
Conner Hazelrigg, recently selected for Ingram's 20 in Their Twenties, is the founder and CEO of the 1773 Innovation Company, a business focused on bridging the energy gap for impoverished countries. Her product supports digital transactions to help create jobs all around the world for locals to sell electricity to those who need to charge their cell phone. Conner received her undergraduate at William Jewell College in Physics and Math and is currently pursuing an MBA at UMKC.
Ximena Pacheco-Diaz is regional accountant at Unbound, where she serves as the financial lead of eight nonprofit partner agencies overseas. She brings more than 20 years of leadership experience across multiple industries, geographies, and scales of businesses. In 2000, Ximena created her first business with the mission to support entrepreneurship in Chile. In 2005, she created a Kansas City-based business to develop B2B between Chilean and North American companies. Additionally, she has served as an international consultant for First Step Fast-Trac Fund and as business coach for UEP coaches program of the Kauffman Foundation. She has been invited by the International Labor Organization and Latin American and Caribbean Economic System to several Latin-American countries to speak about entrepreneurship.
Katie Petty started her entrepreneurial journey at the age of twelve after inventing her product, The Brushless Paw Wash, for her sixth-grade science fair project. In 2002, she formed her company, The Paw Wash LLC. After years of hard work and determination, she recently rebranded The Paw Wash LLC to her new company, Wild Heart LLC. This allows her to create, develop and expand her pet product line with an emphasis on providing products that support active pets and pet owners.
Gary Logan (moderator), is a cultural trainer who works with individuals from every part of life in developing a deeper appreciation for, and understanding of, the many cultures in which we live and work. In 2010, Gary created SYNAGO LLC (www.synago.org). Through cross-cultural training workshops and executive coaching, Gary helps organizations and individuals relate to the challenges of working in new cultural settings. He is also an Intercultural Trainer for Brookfield Global Relocation Services and a Senior Training Consultant and Destination Services Consultant for Cultural Awareness International.