The next Human Progress and Flourishing Workshop is set to feature Sameeksha Desai, who will present “Before Start: Policy and Access to Entrepreneurship Opportunity.” The talk is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 15, at noon in Beckwith Recital Hall.
All members of the NDSU community and the public are invited to attend the free event. After the presentation, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served in the Challey School of Music Atrium.
Desai is an associate professor in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and director of the Manufacturing Policy Initiative at Indiana University. Her research examines the nexus of entrepreneurship, resilience and economic development policy.
In her presentation, Desai will discuss how the ability to access entrepreneurship opportunity reflects barriers and freedoms across an individual’s lifetime. According to her research, direct and indirect influences play an important role in who can become an entrepreneur and how their businesses evolve.
Desai is an affiliate researcher with the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and previously was director of research at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. She earned her doctorate in public policy from George Mason University.
The Human Progress and Flourishing Workshop, which is hosted by the Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth, invites internationally-renowned scholars from universities across the country to present their research and engage with the NDSU community.
The series continues every other Friday through Dec. 3.
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