Our Speakers

As an Adventure Capitalist, Max invests in humans and specializes in relationships. He is dedicated to helping others discover their ability to change their own lives and the world around them through interface and experience.

Max Baptiste Founder, We Are This City

In 2008 the film “Book of Eli” staring Denzel Washington came to the small New Mexico town of Carrizozo where Dirk was serving as president of the chamber of commerce. After that positive experience Dirk became film liaison for the town and created a county film commission to promote the area to other film productions.

For a year and a half, Dirk worked for the New Mexico State Film Office as the Outreach Programs Manager and oversaw programs such as the New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase, the New Mexico Filmmakers Experience, the Education Summit and the annual New Mexico Film and Media Industry Conference.

Dirk left the New Mexico Film Office in December 2013 in order to run the New Mexico Film Foundation full time.

Dirk Norris Executive Director, New Mexico Film Foundation

Prior to joining WESST in 1991, Agnes served as a small business consultant in the United States Peace Corp in Costa Rica and as the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. She holds a BA in Political Science from Berea College and a MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University. She has received numerous honors: Top-Performing CEO (2009), Junior Achievement’s New Mexico Business Hall of Fame, (2005); Women of Influence (2005); and New Mexico’s Small Business Advocate of the Year, United Stated Small Business Administration, (1995). Agnes is particularly passionate about personal and business financial literacy. She loves to read and fantasizes about becoming a beach bum.

Agnes Noonan President, WESST

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