Speaking Engagements

Bring Ellen Shepard or one of our allies to your next conference, workshop, or media event. Topics for advocacy and education include:

Why Local Matters and How to Go Local. The latest data and strategies behind localizing your community’s economy. Can be tailored for policy makers, business networks, community groups, and business owners.

Radical Community Engagement. Learn how to invite all of the voices in your community to be equal partners in determining the community’s future. 

Your Unique Place. How to find and leverage your community’s unique identity through physical place-making, branding, and community engagement.

Business Association Excellence. Learn best practices for events that promote your community and raise money; member benefits, retention, and attraction; Business Improvement District programs and operations; collaborating with other community organizations; navigating the politics of board, staff and members.


"Hundreds of communities and practitioners have looked to Ellen to learn her game-changing approach to Localism and local economic development." 
-- Sara Dinges, Executive Director,
Pittsburgh Strip District Neighbors
"Ellen has a talent for moving communities and organizations forward by combining an inspiring long-range vision with immediate, practical steps for making change." 
  -- Stacy Mitchell, Director, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
 

Ellen Shepard select keynotes, panels, and interviews
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)
     "Local First: Foundations and Innovations" 
     "The Quadruple Bottom Line: Harnessing the Power of Place" 
     "Inspiring Sustainable Community"

Chicago Center for Green Technology
     "The Economics of Locally Owned Businesses"
Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection
     "The Economics of Locally Owned Businesses"
Chicago Department of Planning and Development
     "
Localism: Building Strong Economies One Community At A Time"  
     "Economic Impacts of Chicago's Neighborhood Economic Development Agencies"
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
     "
Localism: Building Strong Economies One Community At A Time" 
City of Evanston Downtown Plan Commission
     "Chicago's Andersonville Neighborhood and Local Economic Development"

City of Evanston Green Festival
     "Responsible Shopper"
Center for Urban Research and Learning

     "Localism: Building Strong Economies One Community At A Time"
Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago
     "Localism: Building Strong Economies One Community At A Time"
Family Farmed
     "The Economics of Locally Owned Businesses"
Goodman Theatre
     "The Economics of Locally Owned Businesses"
Green Festival
     "Responsible Shopper"
     "Why The New Economy Will Be Local"
International Economic Development Council
     "Growing Local: How Locally-Owned Drives Innovation, Entrepreneurship and
         Investment"
Local First West Michigan
     "The Economics of Locally Owned Businesses"
Loyola University
     "The Economics of Locally Owned Businesses"
National Lewis University
     "The Economics of Locally Owned Businesses"
National Main Streets
     "Growing Local: How Locally Owned Drives Vibrant, Resilient Main Streets"
     
"Localism: Building Strong Economies One Community At A Time"
NBC-TV News, Chicago
     "Benefits of Supporting Local Business"
North Park University
     "The Economics of Locally Owned Businesses" 

North Shore Earth Day
     "Consuming Passion: Keeping Money Local" 
Team Englewood
     "The Economics of Locally Owned Businesses" 
Think Local First Ann Arbor
     "The Economics of Locally Owned Businesses" 
University of Chicago Women M.B.A. Alumni Association
     "The Economics of Locally Owned Businesses"
University of Illinois Chicago
     "Economic Development and the Role of Community Organizations"

WBEZ Public Radio
     Interview with Naila Boodhoo
Woodstock Institute
     "The Economics of Locally Owned Business"