Webinar - Starting from the Bottom: Building a Culture of Opportunity Within Disadvantaged Communities


March 27, 2019
1:00pm Eastern


Derrick Braziel, Managing Partner, MORTAR

Join Next City for another event in our online seminar series, this time with guest presenter Derrick Braziel, managing partner of MORTAR, on Wednesday, March 27 at 1 p.m. eastern time.

Braziel’s presentation, titled “Starting from the Bottom: Building a Culture of Opportunity Within Disadvantaged Communities,” will share the challenges and opportunities inherent in community and economic development. Our current approach to development has exacerbated economic inequality, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Drawing from his experiences in Cincinnati and Milwaukee, Braziel’s presentation will offer alternatives to stakeholders, entrepreneurs and developers looking for ideas for creating sustainable, economically-inclusive communities.

Braziel serves as a co-founder and managing partner of MORTAR, an organization dedicated to enabling historically marginalized entrepreneurs access the tools and resources needed to start businesses, change communities and build generational wealth. Derrick’s work has led to recognition from the Indianapolis Star, YES! Magazine, Next City, Politico, Forbes Magazine, the Stanford Social Innovation Review and NBC Nightly News. He has also been named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list for Social Entrepreneurs and the Cincinnati Business Courier’s 2018 40 under 40 list. He is a member of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s C-Change Class 11, is an Echoing Green and 2016-17 BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) Fellow and a 2018 Next City Vanguard.

This seminar is pay what you wish to register. Pay any amount that you would like or nothing at all. Those who become sustaining members paying at least $5 a month, or making a one-time donation of $20, will receive our latest print magazine, “15 Solutions for Cities,” and a Next City winter hat as thank-you gifts. Your contribution toward this seminar will be used to find even more amazing guests, cover hosting fees, and organize seminars like this one more frequently. A video of the webinar will be made available to those who register.

Registration fee: 

Pay What You Wish

Type of event: 

Partner Events

Learning area: 

Commun. Org. & Planning