Economic Perspectives with Hopeton Hay on KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin, TX

November 30 Economic Perspectives Focus on Black Business and Business History

Posted by Hopeton on November 30, 2009

Maggie Anderson, co-founder and CEO of the Empowerment Experiment will be the guest on the first half of Economic Perpsectives on November 30, 5:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. on KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin.  Listen live online at  The Empowerment Experiment, based in Chicago,  is an initiative by Maggie and her husband John Anderson to buy products and services from only Black-owned businesses for one year.

Maggie Anderson

“The Empowerment Experiment exists because we are not doing enough as a community to support Black business.,” says Anderson.  “The plight and potential of Black entrepreneurs and professionals are virtually absent from the national dialogue. We believe they are key to creating and stimulating long–term wealth in Black communities.”

Maggie is an accomplished strategy professional with twelve years of legal, research, communications and business strategy experience. With a JD and an MBA from the University of Chicago, and as a former Strategy Manager and Speechwriter for C-suite executives at McDonald’s, Maggie is a respected leader in the Chicago business community. Previously, at McDonald’s corporate headquarters, she developed, presented, and implemented influential growth strategies and venture plans in the areas of diversity, emergent industries and global markets, market segmentation, communications, business intelligence, and corporate responsibility.

The guest on the second half  of Economic Perspectives will be Gary Hoover, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.  Hoover is leading a lecture series, The Story of Enterprise: Lessons for Leaders from Business History, that is kicking off on December 2 at 5;30 p.m. with a lecture and discussion about how a handful of immigrants created the movie industry, The Big Screen.  The Story of Enterprise is sponsored by the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center and Herb Kelleher Center for Entreprenuership of the McCombs School of Business.

Hoover is the founder of Austin-based Bookstop, which grew to be the fourth largest bookstore chain in the nation before being acquired by Barnes & Noble in 1989.  he also founded Hoover’s, Inc., one of the world’s largest online providers of information about industries, companies and executives. The company went public in 1999 and was acquired by Dun & Bradstreet in 2003. Hoover has served in numerous advisory positions in education and business, including a five-year stint on the board of directors at Whole Foods Market.


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