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Candice Matthews Brackeen
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Unsung Hero Spotlight: Candice Matthews Brackeen

To you, what is an Ecosystem Builder? An ecosystem builder is a person, institution, or team that works towards a common goal to forward innovation, technology, equity, and opportunity in an ecosystem by creating initiatives, programs, and networks to help all succeed. What motivates you as an ecosystem builder? In my former role as the […]

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Zen Trenholm
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Unsung Hero Spotlight: Zen Trenholm

To you, what is an ecosystem builder? I see my role as an ecosystem builder similar to that of a gardener. I tend the soil to make sure it has the right building blocks to support a thriving, diverse, and resilient local community. But I also plant some very specific seeds, bring in fertilizer, keep […]

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Gabe Munoz
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Unsung Hero Spotlight: Gabe Munoz

To you, what is an ecosystem builder? To me, an ecosystem builder is someone who works to grow, support, and nurture entrepreneurs to create a more inclusive and equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem. We do this through linking, leveraging and sharing of capital – social, intellectual, spiritual, financial, cultural, experiential, material and living. What motivates you as […]

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Nia Richardson
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Unsung Hero Spotlight: Nia Richardson

To you, what is an ecosystem builder? I see an ecosystem builder as someone who is an architect of networking building, resources and human connections. To do this, we create pathways or guides that help people move to the next step to reaching their ultimate goal. What motivates you as an ecosystem builder? Knowing that […]

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Mark Lawrence
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Unsung Hero Spotlight: Mark Lawrence

To you, what is an Ecosystem Builder? An ecosystem builder is a person that takes the system-level view of the innovation and entrepreneurial assets in a community, connects them, and fills in the gaps where necessary in order to help the ecosystem to continue to thrive and grow. What motivates you as an ecosystem builder? […]

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Unsung Hero Spotlight: Mel Lambert

Mel Lambert is the Director of Adult & Community Services at Kirkwood Public Library. Prior to that she was a Reference Librarian at St. Louis County Library who assists small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs with using FREE library resources to grow their businesses. Mel credits her work at St. Louis County Library as her introduction to […]

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Kim Louis
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Unsung Hero Spotlight: Kim Louis

To you, what is an Ecosystem Builder? A person who connects the initiatives that otherwise would not have collaborated in a way that they can support and raise each other in their entrepreneurial journeys. What motivates you as an ecosystem builder? I am passionate about seeing people achieve what they are on earth to do! […]

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Eric Parker
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Unsung Hero Spotlight: Eric Parker

To you, what is an Ecosystem Builder? An Ecosystem Builder is someone working to make resources available to support entrepreneurs in their community. What motivates you as an ecosystem builder? Short answer: I believe that by helping people start business we build communities of people that care about each other’s welfare instead of people focused […]

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Unsung Hero Spotlight: Beth Zimmer

To you, what is an Ecosystem Builder? To me, an Ecosystem Builder is someone that is a servant leader who is naturally optimistic and focused on solving systemic problems. We appreciate collaboration and work diligently to identify appropriate networks & partners within ecosystems to convene and apply solutions collectively. Ecosystem builders exist in a variety […]

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Unsung Hero Spotlight: Lauren Mehler Pradhan

To you, what is an Ecosystem Builder? An ecosystem builder is someone who brings together the disparate and disconnected resources, engaged people and assets of a company and looks for ways to maximize their collective power. What motivates you as an ecosystem builder? I am motivated by possibility. I see the resources, expertise and desire […]

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