Harvard Business Professor to Deliver 2018 Economic Development Summit Keynote

Keynote Address to Focus on Reinventing Infrastructure

Baton Rouge, LA (January 9, 2018) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School’s Ernest E. Arbuckle Professor, will serve as keynote speaker at the 2018 Statewide Economic Development Summit presented by Entergy on February 27.

Named by the Times of London as among the 50 most powerful women in the world, Kanter has enjoyed a career as a celebrated social scientist, educator and author, inspiring corporations such as IBM, Proctor & Gamble and Verizon to adopt her business strategies. Her latest book, MOVE: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lead (2015), examines which technologies are shaping the future of mobility and what kind of leadership is required for transformation.

Kanter’s address, titled “Leadership to Reinvent Transportation and Infrastructure,” will draw from points made in the book. Kanter will illuminate the roots of America’s infrastructure issues and explain how visionary civic leaders, app-creating technology entrepreneurs and established companies getting on the Big Data bus can most effectively bring infrastructure into the 21st century.

The third annual Statewide Economic Development Summit presented by Entergy will be held at L’Auberge Casino Hotel. The event will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. Registration is $90 for an individual Summit ticket and $900 for a reserved table of 10. During the registration process, attendees will have the option of adding a $10 ticket for a networking reception the night before (February 26). More information, including discounted room rates, can be found at brac.org/events.

About the Statewide Economic Development Summit

Returning for a third year, the Statewide Economic Development Summit presented by Entergy will bring together economic development practitioners, the business community, elected officials, and thought leaders for a day focused on building a stronger economy. Presentations from national and local speakers will spotlight best practices and big ideas for the future of economic development.

About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) leads economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area, working to grow jobs and wealth and to improve the business climate and competitiveness in the region. Today, BRAC investors include more than 1,500 small businesses, mid-sized firms, large industry and entrepreneurial startups, as well as individuals and organizations that support business and economic development. In this capacity, BRAC serves as the voice of the business community, providing knowledge, access, services and advocacy. More information is available at  brac.org.


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