SESSION 1: 5:00-6:00

The Reality of Mental Health & Entrepreneurship

This panel will feature different perspectives on identifying and dealing with the myriad of issues related to mental health and wellness related to entrepreneurship


Ebrima "Abraham" Sisay - President & CEO,

Freedom Project

James Glenn - University Health KC


Dr. Alicia Johnson - AspireHealth

SESSION 2: 6:00-7:00

Venture for America Chats,
Jack Conway

This panel on economic innovation will be led by 2021 Fellow Jack Conway. Kansas City leaders will join Jack for a panel discussion on innovation from the economic development lens, focusing on three concepts: regional innovation systems, innovation districts, and clusters and agglomeration.

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Jack Conway, Venture for America

Kevin McGinnis, Keystone Community Corporation 


Kimberly Young, President, Animal Health Corridor

SESSION 3: 7:00-8:00

"What it Takes to be an Animator"& An Intro To The Hollywood Animation Academy of KC

Gavin Dell has been an animator, director, story artist, and character designer for 30 years at most of Hollywood's major studios. He has been a director for Family Guy, Scooby Doo, Disenchantment, Central Park, and Silent Hill. He now is founder and the lead instructor at Hollywood Animation Academy with the goal of opening in January 2023 in The Crossroads.

Don received his MBA (Marketing) from Northwest Missouri State University, his Juris Doctor and Master of Laws (Intellectual Property) degrees from University of Illinois - Chicago School of Law, his Master of Arts (Media Communications) from Webster University, and his Bachelor of Arts (Communications) from Missouri Southern State University.