Digital Entrepreneurship in Communities of Color Workshop

Digital transformation of the economy accelerated rapidly during the pandemic, in ways that are likely to affect entrepreneurship in the longer term. How do these trends affect Black, Hispanic, Asian and Indigenous entrepreneurs and the communities they serve?

In April 2021, ASU's Center on Technology, Data and Society hosted a workshop with researchers and practitioners to explore these trends and discuss how local governments can support inclusive entrepreneurship for community development. To learn more about the speakers, visit: PDF icon workshop_schedule_and_speaker_bios.pdf

Welcome and Overview

Karen Mossberger, Ph.D., School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University


We are Using the Wrong Framing: A Black Tech Ecosystem Framework to Assess & Address Black Racial Tech Disparities in Cities

Fallon Wilson, Ph.D., Vice President of Policy, Multicultural Media and Telecom Internet Council (MMTC)

The Impact of COVID-19 on Small Business Owners and the Importance of Having an Online Presence

Robert Fairlie, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Clara

The Last Frontier: Barriers to Navajo Entrepreneurship

Heather Fleming, Executive Director, Change Labs 

Minority Entrepreneurs, Online Businesses, and Covid-19

Joseph Coll, Political Science, University of Iowa 

Post-Covid Work: Transforming Digital Hospitality to Digital Equity in the Southern U.S.

Tianca Crocker, Ph.D., Social Work, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Advancing Digital Inclusion Together

Marycruz DeLeon, Community Development Advisor, Dallas Federal Reserve

Local Government Discussion and Wrap-Up

Joshua Edmonds, City of Detroit, Director of Digital Inclusion

Xenia Hernandez, St. Paul Public Library

Christine Mackay, City of Phoenix, Director of Economic Development

This virtual workshop was made possible thanks to funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation