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Panel Discussion: Public Policy and the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

  • 13 Feb 2018
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • 1776’s DC space, 1133 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005


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The Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network is organizing a panel discussion on “Public Policy and the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem”. Join us as we get perspectives from distinguished experts from academia, business, government, and lobbying on:

  • Why should entrepreneurs care about policy issues?
  • How can entrepreneurs get involved in shaping the policy dialogue?
  • Expected trends in the policy landscape and how it might shape the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the years to come

The following experts will be joining the panel:

Dr. Vanessa Beary: Vanessa is an entrepreneur, mixed methods researcher, and lecturer with a background in international education, development, and diplomacy. She has extensive experience in war zones and austere environments with the U.S. Departments of Defense and State.

Vanessa served in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB/CBA) as the Senior Advisor on Youth Entrepreneurship. She spearheaded the design of the Department's Resilient, Entrepreneurial, and Dynamic Youth (READY) Initiative.

She also spent thirteen months in Khujand, Tajikistan conducting her dissertation research as a Fulbright Fellow, lecturing at the Tajik State University of Commerce and Trade, and launching a social enterprise.

She was awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Award from the Department of Defense, the third highest public honor that the Army can grant to a civilian, for her work in Iraq. Most recently, Vanessa launched a digital forum where she interviews entrepreneurial leaders about how they explore the world, find and pursue their purpose, and create value for their communities. Vanessa is also an Adjunct Professor at American University's Kogod School of Business.

John Dearie: John is the founder and President of the Center for American Entrepreneurship. He is the former Acting CEO of the Financial Services Forum, a financial and economic policy organization comprised of the chief executive officers of the largest financial institutions with operations in the United States.

From 2001 to 2015, he was the Forum’s Executive Vice President for Policy, coordinating the group’s policy agenda, which included: financial supervision reform, the competitiveness of U.S. capital markets, free and fair trade, comprehensive tax reform, debt and deficit reduction, and accelerating economic growth and job creation.

Prior to joining the Forum, John spent nine years at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where he held positions in the Banking Studies, Foreign Exchange, and Policy & Analysis areas. He was appointed an Officer of the Bank in 1996.

He is the co-author of Where the Jobs Are: Entrepreneurship and the Soul of the American Economy (Wiley, 2013), which was called “one of the great economics books of the past few years” by the American Enterprise Institute. His writing has also appeared in the The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Hill, Politico, American Banker, USA Today, and China’s Caijing Magazine.

John Lettieri: John is the co-founder of the Economic Innovation Group (EIG) and serves as its Senior Director for Policy and Strategy. He leads EIG’s policy development, economic research, and legislative affairs efforts.

John has worked in both the public and private sectors with a diverse set of policymakers, entrepreneurs, investors, and global business leaders. Prior to EIG, John was the Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs for a leading business association, the Organization for International Investment (OFII), where he worked closely with a wide range of member companies, industry associations, and stakeholder groups. John led the OFII’s state and federal policy work on such issues as tax reform, trade, investment promotion, and manufacturing.

Before joining OFII, John was Director of Public and Government Affairs for a leading aerospace and defense manufacturer. He previously served as a foreign policy aide to former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel during his time as a senior member of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

John is a graduate of Wake Forest University where he studied political science and global commerce. He serves on the Board of Regents at The Fund for American Studies and the Board of Directors for Lincoln Initiative. He lives with his wife and children in Washington, D.C.

Brandon Pollak: Brandon is part of the founding team of 1776, a global incubator and seed fund based in Washington, DC, San Francisco, Northern Virginia, Brooklyn, and Dubai for startups transforming industries such as education, energy/sustainability, health care, transportation, and smart cities. Brandon has built a global network of influencers encompassing policy leaders, investors, innovative CEO's, and industry thought leaders to bolster startups around the world. He is a trusted advisor on the innovation economy to Mayors, Governors, Members of Congress, U.S. government agencies, and global policymakers.

Brandon possesses over a dozen years of experience in public policy and political strategy. Prior to joining 1776, Brandon was a Policy Advisor at Bryan Cave, where he drove legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts on behalf of Fortune 500 companies and trade associations. Brandon served as Deputy Regional Political Director for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Presidential campaign, and as Finance Director for U.S. Senate and Gubernatorial campaigns.

The discussion will be moderated by:

Alejandro Crawford: Alejandro Crawford, Managing Director at Acceleration Group, helps leaders of mission-driven businesses, educational institutions, and community-based organizations seize “acceleration moments” to increase their impact on the markets and communities they serve. These include both opportunities for disruptive innovation and growth, and moments when an organization needs to be repositioned, turned around, put on a sustainable footing for the future, or poised to get out ahead of major changes. Crawford develops actionable strategies that enable senior executives and boards to clarify vision, shift position in the marketplace, and turn around underperforming divisions, and seize opportunities for growth. 

Crawford's work with CEOs, founders, boards and funders, is sought out for its capacity to harness the power of the ecosystem, transform the organization, and generate disruptive innovation. A frequent writer and speaker on topics of innovation, social enterprise, and strategic growth, Crawford teaches courses in strategy, entrepreneurship, and growth through innovation, for Baruch, FIT and the New School. Alejandro earned his Bachelor's degree from Cornell University and his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Crawford previously co-founded cross-platform marketing agency Nolej Base, where he developed positioning and digital strategy to launch and grow ventures in industries that include technology, health and wellness, sports fashion, toys, consumer products, financial services, education and media and entertainment.

Event logistics are as follows:

Where: 1776’s DC space, 1133 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

When: Tuesday, February 13th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Cost: Free for DEN members and guests affiliated with 1776 or Bard College. $10 for everyone else.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Arush Chandna at arushchandna@gmail.com

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