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Entrepreneurial Insights

Entrepreneurial Insights is a fall lecture series that features a entrepreneurs, investors, innovators and business leaders who offer their experience and advice in areas critical to the creation of new ventures, the ongoing viability of existing business, economic growth and the betterment of society.


 

Welcome to Entrepreneurial Insights Lecture Series

by Michael J. Vogel, Entrepreneur in Residence, Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

August 21, 2012

Michael J. Vogel
Michael J. Vogel is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence for the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and is also an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Management in the Mendoza College of Business.
 

 

Thinking Like an Entrepreneur

by Michael J. Vogel, Entrepreneur in Residence, Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

August 28, 2012

Michael J. Vogel
Michael J. Vogel is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence for the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and is also an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Management in the Mendoza College of Business.
 

 

Innovation Park and Entrepreneurial Business Creation

by David Brenner, Executive Director, Innovation Park at Notre Dame

September 4, 2012

David Brenner
The Innovation Park and Entrepreneurial Business Creation lecture will be presented by: Dave Brenner, the Executive Director of Innovation Park at Notre Dame; Gina Anderson, CEO and co-founder of Mopi16; Kali Devaraj, Co-founder and COO of Carex Technologies; and Robert C. Williams, Vice President, Sales & Marketing for F Cubed LLC.
 

 

The Top 9 Habits of Wildly Successful Technology Entrepreneurs

by Charles DelGrande, Managing Director, Global Head-Technology, Media and Interactive Services, C.W. Downer

September 11, 2012

Charles DelGrande
Charles DelGrande, Managing Director at Global Head-Technology, Media and Interactive Services at C.W. Downer, has more than 25 years of investment banking, eBusiness and media industry experience, including venturing, investment banking, operations, sales, marketing, corporate and business development.
 

 

Keeping a 105 Year Old Family Business Innovative and Entrepreneurial

by Chuck Allen, Executive Chairman, Sloan Valve Company

September 18, 2012

Chuck Allen
Sloan Valve Company is a 105-year-old family owned manufacturer of commercial plumbing products. Keeping a 105 year old family business Innovative and Entrepreneurial will be presented by members of the Allen family: Chuck Allen, Executive Chairman and Co-Presidents and CEOs Graham Allen, Jim Allen and Kirk Allen.
 

 

Social Entrepreneurship, The Practical Side and New Business Models for Developing Economies

by Frank J. Belatti, Managing Partner and Co-founder, Equicorp Partners

September 25, 2012

Frank J. Belatti
Social Entrepreneurship, The Practical Side and New Business Models for Developing Economies will be presented by Frank J. Belatti, Managing Partner and co-founder of Equicorp Partners; Michael Belatti, research analyst for Equicorp Partners; and Melissa Paulsen who leads the Social Entrepreneurship initiatives at the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship in the Mendoza College of Business.
 

 

Spartz: How it Became a Successful Business and What is Next?

by Emerson Spartz, CEO, Spartz Media

October 2, 2012

Emerson Spartz
CEO of Spartz Media, one of the fastest growing companies in Chicago. The Spartz Media Network - including OMG Facts, GivesMeHope, and more - receives 10 million visitors each month. Spartz is best-known for founding Mugglenet, the #1 Harry Potter website, at the age of 12.
 

 

My story, Jimmy John Liautaud: Founder Of Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches

by Jimmy John Liautaud, Founder, Owner, CEO and Chairman, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shops

October 9, 2012

Jimmy John Liautaud
Jimmy John Liautaud is the founder, owner, CEO and chairman of Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shops. He founded the company in 1983 in a converted garage in Charleston, IL, when he was 19 years old. In just 29 years the company has grown to more than 1,400 corporate and franchised locations in 42 states.
 

 

SHE: Beginning, Now and Future

by Elizabeth Scharpf, Founder and Chief Instigating Officer, Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE)

October 23, 2012

Elizabeth Scharpf
Elizabeth Scharpf is the Founder and Chief Instigating Officer at Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE), a social venture recognized by Harvard Business School, the NYTimes’ Nick Kristof, and Bill Clinton for shaking up the status quo in the international development industry by using business solutions (rather than the charity/donation-only approach) to tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems.
 

 

by Sarah Robb O’Hagan , President, Equinox fitness chain; former president of Gatorade and global sports nutrition at PepsiCo

October 30, 2012

Sarah Robb O’Hagan
Sarah Robb O’Hagan became president of Equinox fitness chain, which operates 56 locations around the country, as of Aug. 16, 2012. She is tasked with expanding the company’s existing brands – upscale club Equinox, yoga studio Pure Yoga, fitness club Blink and cycling chain SoulCycle. Previously, Robb O’Hagan served as president of Gatorade North America and president of Pepsico, Global Sports Nutrition.
 

 

How We are Managing a Rapidly Growing Solar Energy Start Up

by T.J. Kanczuzewski, President, Inovateus Solar LLC

November 6, 2012

T.J.  Kanczuzewski
T.J. Kanczuzewski is the president of Inovateus Solar LLC, and has been with the Inovateus companies since 2007. He currently oversees the company operations, engineering, construction and sales. Inovateus Solar LLC has been successful in building some of the largest rooftop and ground-mounted solar energy systems in the country.
 

 

Being a Serial Entrepreneur

by John C. Kennedy, Founder, President and CEO, Autocam Corporation

November 13, 2012

John C. Kennedy
John C. Kennedy has been the president and CEO of Autocam Corporation since 1988 when he purchased the company. Autocam Corporation boasts more than $200 million in revenues from operations around the globe and has driven employment in key manufacturing jobs throughout the Midwest.
 

 

Taking Care of Our Customers

by John Anthony, Founder, President & CEO, Anthony Travel

November 27, 2012

John Anthony
John Anthony founded Anthony Travel in 1989, combining things he enjoys most: sports, travel, universities and entrepreneurship. 23 years later, he readily admits that this immature decision based on the personal likes of a 24 year old was smartest thing he’s ever done in business.
 

 

Better World Books:The Start, The Growth, The Future

by Executive Leadership, Better World Books

December 4, 2012

Executive Leadership
An award-winning social entrepreneurship venture, Better World Books benefits a number of literacy charities around the world. Better World Books:The Start, The Growth, The Future will be presented by: Christopher "Kreece" Fuchs, Co-Founder, Vice President of Operations and Logistics; Andrew Perlmutter, President and CEO; and David Murphy, former President and CEO and the current Associate Dean of Entrepreneurship and Director of the ESTEEM Graduate Program at the University of Notre Dame.