Tim Lampkin

Co-founder and CEO of Higher Purpose Co. (Clarksdale, Mississippi)

Session: Rural Prosperity through the Arts and Creative Sector

Tim Lampkin is the co-founder and CEO of Higher Purpose Co. a nonprofit social impact agency building wealth in communities of color across Mississippi by supporting the ownership of land, businesses, and homes. The Mississippi Business Journal selected Lampkin as on of the 2019 Top Entrepreneurs in the state. Ashoka and American Express recognized him in 2018 as an emerging innovator addressing the racial wealth gap in the United States. An BALLE and Movement Voices Fellow, he has a decade of community development and entrepernuership experience. He previously managed the Racial Equity Program for the Mississippi Humanities Council which won the national 2018 Schwartz Prize. Lampkin also worked for Southern Bancorp to implement several community initiatives and assisted rural entrepreneurs at Delta State University. He continues to produce narrative change documentaries highlighting relevant Mississippi topics. Lampkin serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Community Development Advisory Council. He is a proud HBCU graduate of Mississippi Valley State University and currently finishing a Doctor of Education degree at the University of Arkansas.