Culture + Capacity: How Traditional Professionals Can Partner with Visionary Entrepreneurs to Enrich Diverse Communities

March 22, 2023, 12:15 to 1:15 pm
Walter F. Mondale Hall
Room 25

University of Minnesota Law School
229 19th Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

The Corporate Institute and Black Law Students Association will be hosting a lively panel discussion with SomSull partner Tim Sullivan ('10) and his client Houston White, a local entrepreneur making waves in local and national news media for his efforts to “to create a vibrant future for the Camdentown neighborhood of North Minneapolis” through his various businesses including “Black Excellence'' and “BE the Change” apparel, The Get Down Coffee Co., Target + Houston White, and Camdentown Flats. 

Tim and Houston will be joined on the panel by business consultant Ron Richard, who leverages his prior career in big banking to help thriving, early-stage businesses get to scale, and Billy Mzenga,  Director of the Institute for Social Innovation at the University of St. Thomas, an entrepreneur and business advisor. A student from the Black Law Students Association will be moderating the panel.

Houston, Ron, and Billy will share their experiences as Black entrepreneurs and business advisors, with a reflection from all of them and from Tim on the role of lawyers as a trusted advisor, saving time for an audience Q&A.

Join this vibrant discussion about how lawyers and other traditional professionals can partner with visionary entrepreneurs to enrich diverse communities.


  • Houston White, Entrepreneur
  • Ron Richard, Entrepreneur and Business Advisor
  • Billy Mzenga, Director of the Institute for Social Innovation, University of St. Thomas

Discussion hosted by:

Boxed lunches will be provided by Afro Deli for those who RSVP by March 15, 2023. 

CLE Credits
1 Elimination of Bias CLE (pending)
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A Zoom meeting has been created for this event if virtual attendance is preferred. 

  • Meeting ID: 955 7280 8993 
  • Passcode: b7Z1nX  
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