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Entrepreneurial Insights 2011

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.


Entrepreneurship: Myths and Reality

by Laura Hirschfeld Hollis, Director, Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

September 6, 2011

Laura  Hirschfeld Hollis

Laura Hirschfeld Hollis is the director of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Hollis, a “double domer” who earned her bachelor’s in English and law degree from Notre Dame, has expertise in entrepreneurship and public policy, technology commercialization, economic development and general business law. 

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Entrepreneurial Sales and Sales Management

by Chris Stevens, Vice President Corporate Relations, Keurig Inc.

September 13, 2011

Chris Stevens
Chris Stevens is the Vice President Corporate Relations at Keurig Inc. He is one of the original four team members to develop and launch the Keurig Premium Coffee System in 1998. Keurig is now the #1 selling coffee brewer in America and Chris is now responsible for overseeing Keurig’s corporate social responsibility initiatives. 
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Entrepreneurial Solutions to Poverty

by Andreas Widmer, Cofounder, SEVEN Fund

September 20, 2011

Andreas Widmer

Andreas Widmer is the cofounder of SEVEN Fund, a philanthropic organization run by entrepreneurs who invest in original research, books, films, and websites to further enterprise solutions to poverty. 

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Leadership, Start-ups, and Transition

by Neil Kane, former CEO and co-founder, Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc.

September 27, 2011

Neil Kane

Neil Kane is recent past CEO and co-founder of Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc. a firm he founded in 2003 by licensing technology from Argonne National Laboratory. Immediately prior to forming ADT, Mr. Kane was a principal at Illinois Partners Executive Services, a firm he founded.  

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Entrepreneurialship and Social Good

by Fred Keller, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cascade Engineering

October 4, 2011

Fred Keller
Fred P. Keller is Chairman and CEO of Cascade Engineering, a leading multi-business manufacturer in the office furniture, transportation, recycling industries and renewable energy, primarily with plastic injection molded products with 1000 employees in five U.S. and Europe locations.  
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Effectuation and Entrepreneurial Decision Making

by Saras Sarasvathy, Associate Professor, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

October 25, 2011

Saras Sarasvathy

Associate Professor Saras D. Sarasvathy is a member of the Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Ethics area and teaches courses in entrepreneurship and ethics in Darden’s MBA program. In addition, she teaches in doctoral programs not only at Darden, but also in Denmark, India, Croatia and South Africa. 

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Building a For Profit Business to Help Solve Social, Economic, and Environmental Problems

by Chris Yura, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sustain U

November 1, 2011

Chris Yura
Chris Yura is the founder and chief executive officer of Sustain U. As CEO, Chris Yura is responsible for leading the company and overseeing all aspects of its business development initiatives designed to achieve long term growth. 
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Design Thinking

by Dennis Boyle, Partner, IDEO

November 8, 2011

Dennis Boyle

Dennis Boyle is a partner and one of the founding members of IDEO. He has worked as a project leader and designer for many of IDEO’s early startup and key clients. Dennis now helps to lead IDEO's Health and Wellness practice. This part of IDEO's business focuses on a range of work from medical device design to programs that encourage healthy behaviors in patients and customers for government, health care and retail based organisations.

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Making Government More Entrepreneurial

by Mitch Daniels, Governor of the of the State of Indiana

November 15, 2011

Mitch Daniels

Due to limited space in the auditorium, this lecture is open only to the students enrolled in the lecture series.

Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. is the 49th Governor of the State of Indiana. Governor Daniels came from a successful career in business and government, holding numerous top management positions in both the private and public sectors. 

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Building the Entrepreneurial Economy

by Carl Schramm, President, Kauffman Foundation

November 29, 2011

Carl Schramm
Carl Schramm is the president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the world's premier organization dedicated to creating new firms and understanding the role they play in economic growth. 
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Athletes, Entrepreneurship, and Franchising

by Hank Aaron, Baseball Hall of Famer and Humanitarian

December 6, 2011

Hank Aaron
Due to limited space in the auditorium, this lecture is open only to the students enrolled in the lecture series.

Hank Aaron, Baseball Hall of Famer and Humanitarian, is one of the greatest home run hitters of all time. Since his retirement from professional baseball in 1976, Aaron has gone to bat for the nation’s youth. He established the Chasing the Dream Foundation to provide grants to children to enable them to pursue advanced study in music, art, writing, dance and sports.
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