Leslie Broudo-Mitts

I am a PhD Candidate in Cultural Anthropology. Over the last several years, I have conducted fieldwork among youth entrepreneurs who are active both on U.S. college campuses and in “accelerators” which exchange cash, physical space, and mentoring for a new venture’s equity. The data I have gathered provides evidence for how a segment of entrepreneurs create their identities associated with new forms of interaction and organization outside of religion, social class, ethnic community, or national society. This is significant as entrepreneurship as a vehicle for self-expression writ large becomes both more common as well as sustainable through the formal organization of work. The title of my dissertation project is “Entrepreneurship and Social Change: From the Innovation of the Individual to the Transformation of Society.” Professor of Anthropology Brian Spooner is Chairperson of my committee. I previously earned a BA from Bryn Mawr College and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. I am a former technology investor and ran an entrepreneurship practicum at Wharton from 2004-2015.