Is Austin the “creative city” everyone touts it to be? I’m not so sure and think we have ways to go. From my observations in board rooms, business meetings and the community, Austin is a bit divided and homogenous. Don’t get me wrong, there are great things happening in Austin but usually only three to four perspectives and ideas are at the table. Imagine if we had ten! While I don’t think Austin has reached it’s full potential, there are people working to make that vision a reality. RISE Global is a great example. Since it’s inception, RISE has been for and by entrepreneurs from all sectors; all walks of life, and to ensure that all ideas, perspectives and experiences are represented, the Multicultural Series has been a core strategy at RISE Global.
2010 Multicultural Series
Last year’s Series introduced a great line up of session hosts from the Latino, African-American, Asian and Middle Eastern communities. We had over 50 sessions in the series with such talented speakers as Manoj Saxena (IBM), Dr. Moe Anderson (Austin’s Black Newcomers Association), Juan Garcia (UT New Media), Gary Hoover (Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at UT McCombs School of Business), Jennie Y. Chen (Chenergy Consulting), Monica Peraza (MexNet Alliance) and more. The Series opened doors to diverse communities in a welcoming, engaging and inclusive environment. Want to see the highlights from the 2010 Multicultural Series? Check out the Cultural Strategies case study or click here to see the full list of last year’s sessions.
2011 Multicultural Series: Let the creativity begin!
As I mentioned, we’re getting ready for the 2011 RISE Global Multicultural Series (March 7-11) and we would love your involvement. If you’re entrepreneurial and have ideas or want to share your experiences or have valuable insights to share, then you’re an ideal candidate to host a session at RISE.
To sign up as a session host, go to www.riseglobal.org and click on “Host a Session.” If you want to be part of the Multicultural Series or brainstorm ideas for your session, feel free to email me at email@example.com.