Twin Cities Startup Week 2021 Twin Cities Startup Week 2021
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Rethinking “Best Practices”


Dr. Chris Brooks
Brown Venture Group, Co-Founder + Managing Partner

Dr. Christopher Brooks is the proud son of a Jamaican mother and an American father. Born and raised in South Minneapolis, he is a lifelong resident of the Twin Cities Metro Area.

With a strong reputation as a results-oriented leader, he is a solution-focused Executive, Educator, Advisor, and Change Agent with more than 25 years of success across nonprofits, investment banking, real estate, and higher education. His broad areas of expertise include entrepreneurship, leadership development, team building, coaching & mentoring, DEI, diversity, equity, & inclusion, venture capital, fundraising, business development, and community outreach.


He earned his Doctor of Theology and Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Minnesota Graduate School of Theology. He also studied Strategic Leadership at North Central University and Business Communications with a mini MBA from St. Thomas University. Chris is currently serving as a Board Member for Social Enterprise MSP, is on the University of Minnesota Venture Center Advisory Board, and serves as a Chaplin for Hennepin County Community Corrections.


His chief passion is the intersection of race and economics, and he has focused his research and work on advocating for individuals, families, and communities caught in the vicious cycle of generational poverty.  Chris is a co-Founder and Managing Partner for Brown Venture Group, where he is actively involved in raising a $50M inaugural fund. Chris also serves as part owner and Founding Partner of Firehouse Commons, where he is intently involved in strategically redesigning a physical building to become a business incubator in South Minneapolis.


Chris and his wife have 4 children, and are actively involved in the Twin Cities community. 


The short phrase “best practices” has become a defining factor within the private equity industry, from due diligence processes for potential investments to vetting fund managers. In this session, Dr. Chris Brooks will explore how this single phrase has led to billions of dollars of missed opportunity, and he will propose steps to think differently moving forward.