Leader in Residence Roanoke Entrepreneur Attends Conferences
LEXINGTON, Va., Feb. 24, 2014 – Entrepreneur, lawyer, and educator Ed Walker has been selected as the VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics’ Leader in Residence for the 2013-14 academic year. He is on post this week and is attending VMI’s Honor Summit and Leadership Conference, and will return in March for another week-long residence.
Walker is founder and CEO of Commonwealth Capital Partners LLC, CityWorks LLC, PlaceMakerNation, and several other for-profit and non-profit organizations. As leader in residence, he is interacting with the VMI community through formal and informal settings including class visits, barracks visits, and athletic events.
“We’re going to be challenged by Ed Walker,” noted retired U.S. Air Force Col. David A. Miller, interim director of the Center for Leadership and Ethics. “His energy, his wisdom, and his willingness to connect personally with cadets, faculty, and staff will be inspiring and thought-provoking. His style is to encourage others to think and dream big, then develop strategies to achieve big.”
In 2002, Walker began redeveloping Kirk Avenue in Roanoke, Va. In less than a decade, he bought and renovated more than a dozen underused historic buildings. In 2011, Walker founded CityWorks(X)po in Roanoke, now an annual multi-disciplinary idea exchange and festival conference focused on big ideas for better communities.
Walker’s work seeks to strengthen the citizenry and their communities through interdisciplinary collaboration involving social entrepreneurship and investment, arts and design, food and drink, outdoors and recreation, new media and knowledge, and good government including politics, policy, and citizenship.
In addition to his focus on the U.S., he explores opportunities in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
Walker attended University of St Andrews in Scotland, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Washington and Lee University School of Law. In the 2012-13 academic year he served as a Loeb Fellow at Harvard and as the Gleitsman Visiting Practitioner at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership. He continues to serve as a senior fellow at the Center and as an adjunct professor at Washington and Lee School of Law.