Sponsored in part by KeyBank, Lectures in Entrepreneurship is a course that brings successful entrepreneurs from the community into the classroom with the purpose of exposing students to a wide variety of businesses and industries. Each entrepreneur will discuss critical issues relevant to his or her business, including raising funds, planning ventures, launching a company, sales and marketing, etc.
"The course is designed to illustrate the various ways people can go into business for themselves, highlight the common keys to entrepreneurial success and create networking opportunities for our students," said Dr. Michael Glauser, director of Westminster's Institute of New Enterprise. "The course allows us to bridge the gap between textbook theory and real-world practice, which is an important aspect of our teaching philosophy in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business."
Below is a list of the 2009 Lectures in Entrepreneurship speakers:
March 4: 6:30 p.m. - Mark Young, owner of five McDonalds franchises
8:00 p.m. - Becky Anderson, founder of For Every Body
March 11: 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - Anthony Kennedy Shriver, founder and CEO of Best Buddies International
March 18: 6:30 p.m. - Michael Bills, co-owner and CEO of Tesco Williamsen
8:00 p.m. - Steve Spencer, co-founder and president of Twelve Horses
March 25 6:30 p.m. - John Winterholler, founder and CEO of Synteck Global
8:00 p.m. - Eric Jacobsen, founder of TNT Sound and MECA Software and Home Financial Network
April 1: 6:30 p.m. - Alice Jackson, founder and CEO of Lifetree Clinical Research
8:00 p.m. - Larry Rigby, founder of Larada Sciences, Alton Dean Medical, CardioPulmonics
April 8: 6:30 p.m. - Steve Thomas and Stephanie Greenwood, founders and owners of Bubble and Bee
8:00 p.m. - Brent Watts, founder and owner of Axiom Design
April 15: 6:30 p.m. - Mike Levinthal, founder and managing partner of Levinthal Capital Group
8:00 p.m. - Dan Clark, entrepreneur, professional speaker and author of numerous books
About Westminster College and the Institute for New Enterprise:
Westminster is a nationally recognized, comprehensive liberal arts college. With a broad array of graduate and undergraduate programs, Westminster is distinguished by its unique environment for learning. Westminster prepares students for success through active and engaged learning, real world experiences and its vibrant campus community. Westminster's unique location, adjacent to the Rocky Mountains and to the dynamic city of Salt Lake, further enriches the college experience. For more information, visit www.westminstercollege.edu.
The mission of the Institute for New Enterprise is to help individuals create organizations that promote independence and self-sufficiency, and make significant contributions to our communities. To accomplish this, the institute provides extensive training in the skills of entrepreneurial leadership: innovating, validating, planning, funding and launching new ventures. The Institute offers an exciting learning format that bridges the gap between formal education and real-world experience. For more information, visit www.westminstercollege.edu/institute_for_new_enterprise/.