Patrick D. Walker is the inaugural Ruth Jones Lewis Faculty Scholar in Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise, an endowed position in the Lewis Honors College at the University of Kentucky. In this capacity, he examines and creates entrepreneurial ecosystems from legal, managerial and interdisciplinary perspectives. His research focuses on creating multiple avenues to bring together those who practice conscious capitalism, entrepreneurship and free enterprise to use their knowledge, experience, and platforms to help increase the success of African American and minority-owned businesses. These avenues may also be used to bring together small business owners, entrepreneurs and nonprofits from diverse backgrounds to provide shared experiences and collaboration. His teaching, research, and workshops engage classrooms, court systems, corporate boardrooms and diverse communities that include entrepreneurs, small business owners, farmers, charitable and religious nonprofit organizations, formerly incarcerated individuals and large corporations committed to building equity through community economic development. Skilled in business law and entrepreneurship, Patrick is a first-generation college graduate raised and inspired by his grandparents with over 20 years of combined expertise from federal research laboratories, higher education and private corporations. For over 15 years, he served as an award-winning Professor of Business Law and Management at universities in St. Louis, Missouri and Hampton Roads, Virginia. As Co-Founder and CEO of a business consulting firm, Patrick conducts training and evaluations for local and national organizations and Fortune 500 companies as they navigate critical management and legal decision-making processes. He has facilitated training sessions for Boeing, Edward Jones, and Walmart. A prolific fundraiser for multiple philanthropic causes, Patrick serves on several regional and national boards of directors. He frequently lectures on a variety of topics including entrepreneurship, business law, capitalism, economic empowerment and race. Patrick received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Master of Business Administration from Hampton University and his Juris Doctor degree from Regent University. His current courses include HON 251 Awakening the S.O.U.L. of Free Enterprise, HON 251 Law, Ethics & Entrepreneurship, HON 301 The New C.E.O.: Chief Entrepreneurial Officer, HON 301 Black Wall Street: The Color & Culture of Capitalism and HON 301 Batman: The Caped Entrepreneur.
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- First-generation college student challenges, mentoring, HBCU’s and experiential service learning
- The legal, managerial and interdisciplinary nature of entrepreneurship and free enterprise systems
- Black Wall Street
My research examines entrepreneurial ecosystems from legal, managerial and interdisciplinary perspectives. This area of research provides data and policy recommendations for local and state legislators, community business incubators, entrepreneurs, small business owners, nonprofit organization executives, and corporations that maximize profit and socio-economic impacts.
Walker, P., “Whistleblower Protection for Missouri Nonprofit Organizations,” Missouri Policy Journal, Number 2 - Fall/Winter 2015.
Gibson, S., Harris, M., Walker, P., McDowell, W. “Investigating the Entrepreneurial Attitudes of African Americans: A Study of Young Adults,” The Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 2.
Hettche, M., Walker, P. (2010). “B-Harmony: Building Small Business and Small Private Nonprofit Partnerships that Thrive – A Framework for Collaborative Competition,” Competition Forum Vol. 8, No.1.
Walker, P, “FTC v. Garvey: A New Trend or Aberration?” 11 Atlantic Law Journal 270 (2009).