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The leader of a Missouri-based entrepreneurship foundation is slated to open the second annual Radically Rural summit this fall.

Held in several venues across downtown Keene Sept. 19 and 20, Radically Rural explores the qualities and challenges of small-town communities. Last year’s inaugural summit drew more than 500 attendees from 21 states. The event is hosted jointly by The Sentinel and the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship.

Wendy Guillies became the president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in 2015 after more than a decade with the organization. Along with the efforts in its hometown of Kansas City to boost student achievement, Guillies has led the foundation’s work in increasing entrepreneurship opportunities across the country.

She has earned accolades from several publications, including landing on the Kansas City Business Journal’s Power 100 list for three consecutive years.

Guillies will deliver the keynote address to kick off Radically Rural, at the Colonial Theatre Thursday, Sept. 19, at 8:30 a.m.

For more information about Radically Rural or to register for the summit, go to radicallyrural.org. Early bird tickets are on sale through Friday, June 14.

Sierra Hubbard can be reached at 355-8546 or at shubbard@keenesentinel.com. Follow her on Twitter at @SierraHubbardKS.