The History and Legacy of Black Entrepreneurship in the United States initiative has aimed to provide the Keller Center community an opportunity to learn from the country’s most prominent academic scholars. 

Join us for a roundtable as we gather our fall cohort of speakers. Attend this discussion to understand how these leaders weave together their research and scholarship to help build an understanding of black entrepreneurship in America.

More about the History and Legacy of Black Entrepreneurship in the United States lectures and workshops

Moderator Bio

Ihsan Beezer is a PhD student in Organization Management at Rutgers Business School. He is also affiliated with The Rutgers Advanced Institute for the Study of Entrepreneurship and Development (RAISED). His research focuses on urban and minority entrepreneurship. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park and M.S. in Management from the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Panelist Bios

Simone T. A. Phipps, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business at Middle Georgia State University (USA), and an Associate Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School's Centre for Social Innovation (UK). She is also a member of the Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2021. Her research interests include Management History, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Social Innovation, Social Sustainability, and relationships between the organization and society. Her research usually involves the exploration of gender, racial, and ethnic minorities, with the aim of highlighting their struggles and contributions, as well as finding possible solutions to improve the minority experience in business and society. She has published in a number of scholarly outlets including the Journal of Business Ethics, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, and the Journal of Management History. She and her co-author have been recognized by the Academy of Management for publishing “ground-breaking African-American Management History research,” and have also written a book entitled African American Management History: Insights on Gaining a Cooperative Advantage. 

Dr. Keith Hollingsworth is a Professor of Business Administration at Morehouse College, where he has served since 1994.  Recently, Hollingsworth served as the Coordinator of SACSCOC Reaffirmation for the College, where he oversaw the campus-wide effort to pass this two-year process occurring every decade. He also served as Chair of the Business Administration department from 2007 – 2018, including formally leading the 2017 AACSB accreditation reaffirmation effort. Hollingsworth currently co-chairs the Committee for Curriculum and Educational Policy. His classes include Data Analytics & Modeling and Black Entrepreneurial History in the US.

Leon C. Prieto, PhD is the Director of the Center for Social Innovation & Sustainable Entrepreneurship, and Associate Professor of Management at Clayton State University. He also serves as an Associate Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School's Centre for Social Innovation. His research lies at the intersection of Management History, Business Ethics, Sustainable Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation, and can be found in the Journal of Business Ethics, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, and Journal of Management History.

Who can attend?

Open to the public and the campus community.

Registration is required.