CEDET Staff Leads Panel on Fostering Leadership

l-r: Ian Mooers, Jason Rainey and Kristel Smith

Three members of the Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology (CEDET) staff were among the discussants at the recent East Kentucky Leadership Conference in Pikeville.

CEDET Executive Director Ian Mooers, EKU SBDC Director Jason Rainey, and Kentucky Innovation Network at Eastern Kentucky University Executive Director Kristel Smith were on the panel discussing “Fostering Leadership” at the conference. Panelists discussed fostering entrepreneurship in the eastern portion of Kentucky (East KY Leadership Foundation). Key topics included how to continue to move the region forward by developing an entrepreneur community and what each of the offices are doing to develop those communities. They also shared stories of clients being successful in the region as entrepreneurs.

The East Kentucky Leadership Conference is an annual event, organized by the East Kentucky Leadership Foundation. This year's conference is expecially important as a next step in the important public conversation about the future of eastern Kentucky and strategies needed for a just economic transition.

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Published on May 01, 2015