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Turn On a Paradigm: Unconscious Bias and Innovation


The world of the nonprofit leader can be a tumultuous one. The belief that every decision you make will impact the organization and your constituents can make decision-making challenging. One of the main challenges may be that your training has taught you that risk-taking and profit-seeking are “not what we do.” This unconscious bias may have a detrimental effect on innovation, intrapreneurship and growth in your organization. In this talk, Dr. Dan Young — the foremost expert in Delaware on the intersection between entrepreneurship, nonprofits and academia — will talk about steps to address this bias, unlearn habits, and position your organizations for growth.

Dr. Dan Young is the Founding Director of the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program at Goldey-Beacom College (GBC) and is the curator of TEDxWilmington, which is in the top 1% of all TEDx franchises in the country with over 477 speakers and 38 million views on YouTube. 

As an “educationpreneur,” he is responsible for creating the first online DBA class for Wilmington University; the first study abroad program for the Horn Program of Entrepreneurship; and the first international internship program for study abroad at University of Delaware. 

Dan received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in marketing from University of Delaware’s Honors Program and his Ph.D. in marketing from Temple University. He has led entrepreneurship and executive leadership programs with the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Oxford.
He has been an instructor at GBC, Temple University, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, University of Delaware, Neumann University and Wilmington University. 

Dan has served on the boards of many local organizations and is the president of Theatre N at Nemours; a member of the board of governors for the University and Whist Club; and an advisory board member for the Fresh Start program.