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Spring Institute April 1: hybrid event on disability, entrepreneurship and intersectionality

  • 1.  Spring Institute April 1: hybrid event on disability, entrepreneurship and intersectionality

    Posted 03-16-2022 07:22

    Join us for a hybrid (Zoom & Chicago; 1 April 1-5pm CT Spring Institute on disability, entrepreneurship , & intersectionality. We have a great line-up of experts on disability entrepreneurship


    1:00 – 2:00 PM Panel: Supporting entrepreneurs with disabilities

    We will be joined by experts to discuss how to best support entrepreneurs with disabilities. We are excited to welcome Andrew Fogaty, SBDC, Kelly Tzoumis, DePaul University and Kate Caldwell, UIC. 

    2:00 – 3:00 PM : Chat with Jim Kales, CEO of Aspire 

    In this second session of the half-day event, we will learn more about disability entrepreneurship and working in and with intersectional groups from Jim Kales, CEO of Aspire 

    Jim Kales is a pioneer on cutting edge between non-profit and for-profit business. He is CEO of Aspire, one of the Midwest's most innovative human service non-profits.

    Aspire, a $17 million non-profit, provides bold and pioneering services to people with intellectual disabilities in Chicagoland and southeastern Wisconsin. Under Jim's lead, the organization is growing its mission rapidly and has received numerous accolades. These include awards for Aspire's work creating new employment pathways for adults with autism, Down syndrome and other disabilities (Chicago Innovation Awards, 2018 and Finalist in Fast Company Magazine's "World Changing Ideas" Award competition).

    3:00 – 3:30 PM break

    3:30 – 5:00 PM : Refugees with Disabilities

    This final session of the day is all about bridging research and practice: Rooshey Hasnain will talk about her work in supporting refugees with disabilities. Rooshey will be joined by three refugee participants from the PRIDE project.


    For those attending in person, please join us at Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, DePaul University, 1 East Jackson Blvd., Chicago IL 60604. We follow local Covid-19 regulations.


    This Spring Institute Day is organized by Maija Renko (DePaul University, USA), Oana Branzei (Ivey Business School, Canada) and Anica Zeyen (Royal Holloway University of London, UK) and hosted at DePaul University. The event is free and funded by the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies.

    Tickets available here:


    Anica Zeyen
    Associate Professor
    Royal Holloway University of London
    +44 1784 276631