On September 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM I will be visiting with Todd live to learn more about the Melvin J. Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance and the Peery Social Entrepreneurship Program, which he leads.
Todd is the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus Change-Leader at BYU. He is the founder and director of both the Melvin J. Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance (2003) and Peery Social Entrepreneurship Program (2010). The overarching goal of the Ballard Center and the Peery Program is to help students create lasting change in the world that leads to better self-reliance. In the 2012-2013 school year over 1,700 students participated in Ballard Center programs. A faculty member of the Marriott School, he teaches social innovation courses in both the Business Management and the MBA program.
Todd worked previously in the computer industry in Salt Lake City, Boston, and Seattle. In his last position at Sequent Computer Systems he managed a team of computer professionals for that company’s $125 million account at Boeing. Sixteen years ago Todd left this IT career and started his second career in social innovation. Since that time he has been instrumental in the startup of a number of economically focused development organizations participating as consultant, board member, and executive director. Co-foundingUnitus and Help International were great adventures. He has direct economic development experience in many developing world countries.