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Anita Newton
Anita Newton is an advocate for education, seasoned marketer, and serial entrepreneur. Newton currently serves as chief innovation officer at CommunityAmerica, a $4 billion credit union headquartered in Kansas City. Newton’s mission is to create services that deliver financial well-being. Newton and her team built a suite of college planning tools that are now used […]
Karen Daniel
Karen Daniel is a retired executive director, chief financial officer (CFO), and president of the Global Finance & Technology Solutions division for Black & Veatch (B&V), a global leader in providing engineering, consulting, and construction services for power, oil and gas, water, and telecommunication sectors. As CFO, Daniel was responsible for leading the company’s global […]
Maleah Downton
The racial identity of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color students (BIPOC) has been disregarded in school resources and conversations about mental health for far too long. It is time for education leaders to rethink their approach to student mental health so BIPOC student voices can be heard safely and authentically as a valued part of their school communities.
Ecosystems in Action: Practices from the Field
ECOSYSTEMS IN ACTION: PRACTICES FROM THE FIELD Key Practice This brief outlines an example of the practice of building a cross-sector regional coalition to strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystem collaboration. Coalition building is defined as bringing together “a group of individuals and/or organizations with a common interest who agree to work together toward a common goal,” and […]
Client-connected projects (CCPs) are authentic problems which students solve in collaboration with professionals from industry, not-for-profit, or community-based organizations. Projects should require at least 24 hours of work, with at least 4 hours engaged directly with the client.