Daryl Williams

Daryl Williams

CEO, Urban Entrepreneur Partnership Inc. (UEP)

"The noted African-American scholar and inventor George Washington Carver left us these wise words that translate well to our work here at the Urban Entrepreneurial Partnership. 'Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible.' At the UEP, we encourage our clients to unleash their imaginations, create opportunities, reinvent the market and rebuild their communities."

Daryl Williams is CEO and executive director of the Urban Entrepreneur Partnership Inc. (UEP) Under his leadership, the UEP has expanded to a $14.5 million organization with offices in Kansas City, Missouri; New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Hammond, Louisiana; and Detroit, Michigan.

An associate of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation since 1999,
Mr. Williams is also the Foundation's director of research and policy in underserved communities.

Mr. Williams shares his expertise on entrepreneurial issues via regional radio shows and newspaper editorials. He also has served on a number of national panels, including the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship’s recent roundtable, "Encouraging Entrepreneurship in Economically Disadvantaged, Rural and Traditionally Under-Served Areas," as well as others presented by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the White House National Economic Council.

He is also a member of Rotary International and serves on the board of the Hospital Hill Economic Development Corporation at Truman Medical Center, Kansas City. Mr. Williams holds bachelor's and master's degrees in sociology from the University of Kansas and is pursuing doctoral work in the field.