Promising Practices Webinars

Forward Cities’ most powerful asset is our national capacity-building and learning network. Our Equitable Entrepreneurship Ecosystem (E3) learning network includes cross-sector, cross-generation practitioners and policy-makers dedicated to accelerating equitable entrepreneurship opportunities in local communities and exploring collaboration between cities.

Webinars are one of the many tools within our learning network to highlight some of the latest developments in the industry of entrepreneurial ecosystem building.

Leading Inclusive Conversations

March 31, 2020 at 1 pm ET

Join Forward Cities for a chat on the art of facilitating conversations that lead with an inclusive lens and help move communities to action through a more well-informed dialogue. With social distancing in full effect as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more critical than ever to ensure all perspectives are honored, voices are heard, and buy-in is had.

The webinar will be facilitated by Forward Cities’ Senior Director of Learning Networks, Brett Brenton. Featured panelists include Forward Cities’ Director of Talent Development, Shayla Herndon-Edmunds, Jamey Stowell of Delta Leadership, Inc., and Forward Cities’ Local Directors Kim Louis (New Kensington, PA) and Gabriel Muñoz (Kansas City).

The Role of Effective Leadership in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems for Innovation and Growth

November 14, 2019

Forward Cities and Dr. Elsie Harper-Anderson of Virginia Commonwealth University explore the factors that shape dynamic and collaborative relationships between entrepreneurial support organizations to create more robust economic development strategies in cities.

Drawing on Dr. Harper-Anderson’s research, this vibrant conversation focuses on the importance of connection, partnership, and leadership in shaping collaborative environments in entrepreneurial ecosystems in Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Richmond.

Anchor Institutions’ Contributions to Building Small Business Ecosystems

September 26, 2019

Communities around the country are increasingly recognizing the transformative economic and community-building power of Anchor Institutions (Anchors). These institutions are often an under-tapped resource that can play pivotal roles in creating and growing a prosperous economy by focusing on fostering a vibrant, inclusive small business sector.

The Anchor Institutions’ Contributions to Building Inclusive Small Business Ecosystems report was jointly developed by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Forward Cities with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Interested in learning more about the E3 national learning network?