Future Building Summit Agenda

How Community College Entrepreneurship creates equity and prosperity

Convening innovative thinkers and doers from higher education and philanthropy with public officials and policy makers to chart a unified course  of economic recovery and equity. The Future Building Summit will conclude our Annual Conference that convenes innovative thinkers nationally. We will use facilitated ideation and design thinking strategies to chart a new course of economic recovery and equity by leveraging the assets at community colleges. 


9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT

IMPACT ED: How Community College Entrepreneurship Creates Equity & Prosperity 

Pre-summit survey results of challenges and opportunities and brief highlights on each topic from NACCE’s renown podcast guests with listeners in 350 U.S. cities and 27 countries and growing

Inequality - from Reality to Opportunity

Mindset - from Stuck to Action

Purpose - from Partnership to Progress

  • Beth Colosimo, Executive Director, The Mill Entrepreneurship Center and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (GS10KSB), Salt Lake City Community College (UT)
  • Dr. Gene Coulson, Executive Director, EntreEd (WV)
  • Dr. John Rainone, President, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (VA)

Accelerate - from Upskilling to Influencing 

Community - from Static to Catalyst

Transformation - from Trial to Expansion

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM CT

Lunch & Keynote: Future Building through Ecosystems

Ecosystem Building: Leveraging Existing Assets, Being Inclusive & Amplifying Impact through Entrepreneurship


  • Philip Gaskin, Vice President, Entrepreneurship, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (MO)

Reflections Roundtable | Q&A from the Audience

Ideating on Solutions

  • Bryan Mattimore, Author & Co-Founder, The Growth Engine Innovation Agency

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM CT

Panel Discussions | Ideating Solutions & Connecting Existing Resources

Funders & Industry Panels: From Assets to Action

Panel 1

  • Carlene Cassidy, Chief Executive Officer, Philip E. & Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation (MD)
  • Erica Lock, Vice President, Blackstone Foundation (NY)
  • Thom Ruhe, President & CEO, NC IDEA Foundation (NC)

Panel 2

  • Kaitlin Davis, Manager, Social Innovation, CSR, Verizon (NJ)
  • Lisa MacDougall, Principal, Philanthropy & Social Impact, BDT & Company, LLC (IL)
  • Lydia Logan, Vice President of Education and Skills, IBM (DC)
  • Tiffany Eubanks Saunders, Managing Director, Head of Diverse Segments, Private Bank Business, Bank of America (TN)

Elected Office Panel: The Opportunity for Transformation

Policy Solutions Panel: Designing for Success with Live Ideation 

  • Renee Johnson, Senior Advisor, Public Private Strategies (DC)
  • Tom Downs, Principal, Downs Government Affairs (DC)
  • Veronica Pugin, Senior Policy Advisor, Small Business Administration (DC)


  • Andy Stoll, Senior Program Officer, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (MO)