Stephen Rueff
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Director of Entrepreneurial Studies
MBA, Presidio Graduate School
BA, Empire State University

Stephen Rueff believes in the power of business to create change, and that creatives are uniquely able to respond to the interconnected systems adversely affecting the human experience. He defines his purpose as guiding others in defining their dreams, setting them on the path to realize their potential, and helping them shape profitable, equitable, and environmentally sound business models.

Rueff grew up collecting comic books in the 1960s and is the co-founder of SuperMonster市City!, a venture celebrating monsters, superheroes, and villains through museum exhibits, books, and more. Prior to joining academia, he worked in the performing arts touring throughout North America, Europe, and Asia with artists such as Blue Man Group, Karen Finley, MacArthur Genius Award Recipients Meredith Monk and Bill T. Jones, and many others.

After falling in love with business, he became an account manager and executive producer for global corporate communications companies Jack Morton Worldwide and BI Worldwide, where he produced events throughout the United States and in France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Austria, Czech Republic, and Bahrain.

Rueff is a former McKnight Fellow who now enjoys working with students who want to create change by leveraging art, design, and business. His research explores the role of fear in human development as depicted in American popular culture—especially in toys, monsters, superheroes, and villains. He is passionate about sustainability and enjoys supporting clients who are working in the arts and social entrepreneurship.