Interdisciplinary Conference 2007

Current Issues Issues in Community Economic Development

Panel 1: Set-Asides/Affirmative Action

Moderator: Sudha Setty, Assistant Professor of Law, Western New England University School of Law

Malcolm Graham, Senator, North Carolina State Senate
Bessie House, Associate Professor, Kent State University
Leamon Sowell, Senior Counsel, Sowell & Associates, LLC

Panel 2: Public-Private Partnership

Moderator: Robert Statchen, Assistant Professor of Law, Western New England University School of Law

Koen Byttebier, Professor of Economic Law, Free University of Brussels
Audrey McFarlane, Associate Professor of Law, University of Baltimore
David Panagore, Chief Development Officer, City of Springfield
Maureen McAvey, Executive Vice President, Initiatives Group, Urban Land Institute

Panel 3: Urban Entrepreneurship

Moderator: Harlan Spotts, Director of the MBA program, Western New England University College of Business

Susan Jones, Professor of Clinical Law, The George Washington University School of Law
Jeffrey Robinson, Assistant Professor of Management, New York University, Leonard N. Stern College of Business
Victor Fleisher, Associate Professor, University of Colorado School of Law
Stephen Adams, Regional Advocate, Small Business Association

Panel 4: Fringe Banking

Moderator: Eric Gouvin, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Western New England University School of Law

Peggy Hamilton, Selma M. Levine Visiting Lecturer in Clinical Law, Yale Law School
Jean Ann Fox, Director of Consumer Protection, Consumer Federation of America
Robert E. Rochford, Esq., Special Counsel, Winne, Banta, Hetherington, Basralian & Kahn, P.C.

Keynote Speaker: Andrea Silbert

Andrea Silbert is a nationally recognized advocate for nonprofit entrepreneurship and cofounder and former CEO of the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE). The CWE, created in 1995, is the largest nonprofit entrepreneurial training center in New England. Under Ms. Silbert’s direction, CWE helped in the creation of over 14,000 jobs and $400 million in new wages for small business with a focus on assisting disadvantaged women.

Ms. Silbert has been decorated with numerous awards for her work in small business development. In 2001 she earned a spot on Working Woman magazine’s list of the top 25 leaders of the past 25 years. Ms. Silbert received the Abigail Adams Award from the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, the Pinnacle Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and has earned several accolades from the U.S. Small Business Administration. She is also active in environmental issues.

Ms. Silbert earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, an MBA, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University. Prior to joining CWE, she worked as a financial analyst for Morgan Stanley and in a non-profit, grassroots capacity for economic development in Costa Rica, Colombia, and Brazil. In 2006, Ms. Silbert campaigned for the Democratic nomination for the position of Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor.