Panel Tackles Entrepreneurship
at Festival of Ideas Forum

The emphasis of the panel’s discussion will be on training and access to minority communities.


Photo: The DEC

A panel of leading entrepreneurs
from the Dallas-Fort Worth area will address issues facing the entrepreneurial community Tuesday at the Entrepreneurial City Community Forum.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, 311 N. Market St. in the West End area of downtown Dallas. It is hosted by the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture, The Dallas Morning News, and The DEC. CrowdSource, the event division of The Morning News, is producing the event.

Some of the questions the panel will address include, “How can we build awareness of and support for the city’s entrepreneurial community?” and “How can we increase and emphasize training and access for minority communities?”

Trey Bowles, CEO and co-founder of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center will moderate the panel discussion. Panelists include Sejal Desai, program director at Entrepreneurs of North Texas; Mark Haider, CEO of Vinli Inc.; Michelle Williams, executive director, southern region, of The DEC; Doric Earle, founder of the Fair Park District Entrepreneur Center; and Gary Lindner, president and CEO of PeopleFund.

The idea behind the forums is “to create a public gathering where people can come to spark ideas around their specific theme.”
Tom Huang

Tom Huang, Sunday and Enterprise editor at The Dallas Morning News, said the Festival of Ideas has divided this year’s program into “cities,” including the physical, health, education, cultural, and entrepreneurship.

The forums have been focused on issues of equity, Huang said.

“Early last year, we talked about being nimble enough to talk about things that were in the news,” Huang said. One forum addressed the issues following the fatal shootings of police officers in downtown Dallas, he said.

Tuesday’s forum will be the final “cities” forum this year before the festival begins, he said.

Attendance at previous forums has ranged from roughly 50 to about 300 for the education forum in January at the George Bush Presidential Center.

The idea behind the forums is “to create a public gathering where people can come to spark ideas around their specific theme,” Huang said.

From its inception, of the main goals for the festival was to “produce tangible action, not just talk.”

Space is limited, but registration is free.

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