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Where innovation and creativity meet

Community College’s 10 X 25 Conference

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Doña Ana Community College’s 10 X 25 Conference is “THE regional networking opportunity for creators, innovators, educators and entrepreneurs,” said DACC Arts Department Chair Matt Byrnes.

The conference will be held Thursday and Friday, Oct. 14-15, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave.

The cost is $150.

“We feel that we have an outstanding array of sessions covering everything from creative entrepreneurship, equity in work and education, storytelling through hip-hop, to contract work in the entertainment and games industry,” Byrnes said.

The conference’s keynote speaker is Ebetuel “Beto” Pallares, Ph.D., “a really heavyweight in the world of business, finance and entrepreneurship,” Byrnes said.

A native of Ciudad Juarez, Pallares was raised in El Paso. He teaches entrepreneurship and strategic management at New Mexico State University, where he holds the Bill and Sharron Sheriff Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship. Pallares has an MBA and a Ph.D. in international business strategy from UTEP. He has a BA in economics from Brandeis University. Pallares has served as a start-up entrepreneur, telecom executive, restaurateur, nonprofit director, venture capitalist and college professor.

“We’ll be talking about film, technology, the creative economy, outdoor education, cannabis and more.”???

Jointly sponsored by DACC and the New Mexico State University Arrowhead Center, the conference will celebrate “creativity and innovation as drivers of positive economic and social growth,” Byrnes said.

Giving welcoming and introductory speeches at the conference will be DACC President Monica Torres, Ph.D., and Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima.

Panel discussions will include: City Manager Ifo Pili; Ganymede Games founder and CEO Jerry Prochazka; filmmaker Julian Alexander; marketing executive and cannabis advocate Parisa Rad; state Rep. Angelica Rubio of Las Cruces; filmmaker and NMSU Creative Media Institute professor Rajeev Nirmalakhandan; Las Cruces Film Liaison Jonathon Sepp; Arrowhead Center Program Director Brooke Montgomery; filmmaker/entrepreneur/social advocate Trish Lopez; health care expert Marvina Thomas; musician Andrea González; artist and entrepreneur Joseph Sapien; vocalist and educator A. Billi Free; business developer and sales professor Otilio Reyes; art director/actor Carlos Tejeda; John Jay College professor and Las Cruces native Amer Jandali; Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Ralph Ramos; City of Las Cruces Business Development Administrator Elizabeth Teeters; Doña Ana County NAACP President Bobbie Green; Doña Ana Arts Council Executive Director Greg Smith; and actor and storyteller Asiah Thomas-Mandlman.

Contact Byrnes at 575.527.7573 and mbyrnes@nmsu.edu.

To register and for more information, visit 10x25.com and dacc.nmsu.edu/arts.