August 05, 2011 — Coral Gables — Carl J. Schramm, president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, is the distinguished speaker of this year’s New Student Convocation, an annual event that invites a distinguished guest to campus to enlighten the University of Miami community on the educational world that students will encounter.
The event will be held Friday, August 19 at 9:30 a.m. at the BankUnited Center. It is open to students, faculty, and staff with UM identification.
Schramm, an internationally recognized authority on entrepreneurial innovation, job creation, and economic growth, will present “Learning to be a Productive American: Preparing for the New Economy.”
The Kauffman Foundation provided the initial planning grant for the University’s innovative entrepreneurship program, The Launch Pad. Schramm also introduced the University to the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, which has enabled UM to become a national leader in entrepreneurship education through the Blackstone Launch Pad program.
Under Schramm’s leadership, the Kauffman Foundation has funded and produced fundamental research on innovation and growth in the U.S. that now shapes public and economic policy across borders. Just months ago, Schramm introduced the Startup Act, a proposal for government policy changes to spur new business growth in America.
Schramm is a prolific writer whose commentary often runs in publications such as Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, and The Financial Times.
The Kauffman Foundation is the world’s premier organization dedicated to creating new firms and understanding the role they play in economic growth. It is the leading private funder of economic research related to growth and innovation in the United States and plays a leading role in educational reform.
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