Interdisciplinary Conference 2008

Entrepreneurship in a Global Economy

Panel 1: Environmental Justice

Moderator: Dr. Bruce Clemons, Assistant Professor of Management, Western New England University College of Business
•    Brian Glick, Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Fordham Law School
•    Luke W. Cole, Executive Director, Center on Race, Poverty & The Environment
•    Lisa LeSage, Associate Dean and Director, Business Law Programs, Lewis & Clark Law School

Panel 2: Globalization, Immigration & Effects on Entrepreneurship

Moderator: Dr. Lynn Bakstran Assistant Professor of Marketing, Western New England University College of Business
•    Dr. Rangamohan V. Eunni, Associate Professor of Management, Youngstown State University Williamson College of Business Administration
•    Dr. Paul Watanabe, Director, Institute for Asian American Studies, and Associate Professor, Political Science, UMass Boston
•    Steven Camarota, Director of Research, Center for Immigration Studies, Washington, DC

Panel 3: Finance & Entrepreneurship

Moderator: Robert Statchen, Assistant Clinical Professor, Western New England University School of Law
•    Dr. Tatiana Manolova, Assistant Professor of Management, Bentley College
•    Ellen Harnick, Senior Policy Counsel, Center for Responsible Lending
•    David Reiss, Associate Professor of Law, Brooklyn College of Law

Panel 4: Looking Ahead: Political Outcomes & Entrepreneurship Policy    

Moderator: Eric Gouvin, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Western New England University
•    Dr. Chad Moutray, Chief Economist, U.S. Small Business Administration
•    Anthony Luppino, Associate Professor of Law & Director of Graduate Tax Law Program, University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law
•    Jeff Lipshaw, Professor of Law, Suffolk University School of Law

Keynote Speaker: Dean Cycon

Dean Cycon is a leader of the American Fair Trade Coffee Movement and the owner of Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee, a certified 100% organic, fair trade, kosher three million dollar coffee roasting operation in Orange, MA. For over 30 years, Mr. Cycon has been a legal advocate and activist for indigenous people and he has developed new business models founded on respect, ethics, and justice.

He is the Cofounder of Coffee Kids  (a nonprofit development group), and of Cooperative Coffees, the world’s first fair trade roaster’s cooperative which has allowed roasters to buy Fair Trade coffee directly from farmers for the first time. He is the author of Javatrekker: Dispatches from the World of Fair Trade Coffee, a gripping travelogue about his adventures in the coffeelands which received the Gold Medal Award for the best travel book of 2008 from the Independent Book Publisher’s Association.

Mr. Cycon has worked in Uttas Pradesh, India, and the Kurdish areas of Iran designing and building bio-gas, alternative energy plants, turning cow manure into methane gas. He was one of the first lawyers in the world to focus on environmental issues in indigenous communities. He fought uranium, oil, gas, and gold mining on Native American reservations, and worked on the first draft of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Mr. Cycon earned his B.A. from Williams College, his J.D. from New York University Law School, and his LL.M. in International Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice from Yale Law School.

Interdisciplinary Conference 2008