Stephen Rueff
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Chair of Arts Entrepreneurship, Professor
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.

Early in his career, Rueff was awarded two McKnight Fellowships. Today he is passionate about exploring entrepreneurship in higher education for artists and designers. He is the co-founder of the Entrepreneurship in Higher Education Roundtable and a member of the Art and Design Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Rueff enjoys working with students and others who want to create change by leveraging art, design, and business. He is passionate about sustainability and is a consultant to emerging businesses who are working in art, design, and social entrepreneurship. His personal research explores monsters, superheroes, and villains in American popular culture. The results of this work can be seen in his curation of touring museum exhibitions and other projects for his company SuperMonster市City!