2023 MEDA Summer Conference

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Thank you to everyone who attended the 2023 MEDA Summer Conference on Leadership Development in economic development organizations (EDOs)! The conference brought together an exceptional lineup of experienced speakers who shared their expertise through dynamic and engaging TED Talk-style presentations, including presentations from:

  • Jessica Aiello, Founder and CEO of Yellow Group, presented “Inclusion Means All”
  • Shannon Bahrke Happe, CEO of Team Empower Hour, presented “Bringing the Olympic Athlete Mindset to Your EDO”
  • Caitlin Cain, Vice President of LISC and Director of Rural LISC presented “Best Practices for Leading a Rural EDO” (click here for presentation slides)
  • Trayce McDaniel, President of TIP Strategies, presented “Leading the Way: Becoming an Inclusionary Economic Development Leader” (click here for presentation slides)
  • Lyneir Richardson, CEO of Chicago TREND Corporation, presented “Leadership By Doing … Urban and Inclusive Economic Development” (click here for presentation slides)

Thank you to our decorated speakers for sharing their insights, skills, and tactics for successful leadership development within EDOs.

Click here to view the draft minutes from the April Business Meeting.


Wed, Jul 26, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Conference Speakers

The 2023 MEDA Summer Conference Speakers

Conference Sponsors

The 2023 MEDA Summer Conference Sponsors


2023 MEDA Summer Conference