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7th Annual Conference | Keynote Speakers | Oct 2009

Harold Evans
Cameron Johnson
Mark Taylor
Carl Kuttler
Marc Schulman
Charles Guengerich
Chicago, That Entrepreneurship Town


"Meet Generation NeXt”

Mark Taylor
Sunday, October 11th

Today’s students are different. Their issues with academic preparation, responsibility and self esteem, and styles of interacting can impact their learning, persistence and academic success. While these traits and preferences present challenges to those of us charged with teaching, serving and guiding them though their academic experience, Generation NeXt students may be particularly responsive to more entrepreneurial approaches and efforts to prepare them as entrepreneurs. This keynote will help educators understand the social, personal and academic traits and preferences our students bring to school, how these characteristics impact learning, persistence and success, and how entrepreneurial approaches might best help our students reach their educational and professional goals.


"Chicago, That Entrepreneurship Town

Monday, October 12th
Heather Van Sickle, Executive Director, NACCE
Mike Hennessy, Coleman Foundation
Jim Tyree, Chairman and CEO of Mesirow Financia

That Toddling Town. The City That Works. Sweet Home. City of the Big Shoulders. The Windy City.

Chicago has acquired many names over its 176 years. With approximately 2 million people employed by companies with fewer than 500 employees and with nearly a half million businesses employing fewer than 100 employees, today’s Chicago is That Entrepreneurship Town. This town’s self-employment ecosystem is nurtured by the region’s educational institutions, some of which have long championed self-employment while others are only beginning to establish themselves in this effort.

NACCE’s opening session will welcome you to Chicago with an introduction to key educational institutions in this ecosystem and how they interact with one another.

  • The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) which delivers entrepreneurship education curricula to over 2000 Chicago high school students.
  • The City Colleges of Chicago’s new initiative to establish self-employment education across its seven member colleges.
  • The Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) and annual conference held in Chicago which provide benefits to college entrepreneurship students and faculty.
  • The Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA) conference which helps aspiring artists gain the knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain a career as an independent artist.
  • And more on how local university programs connect practicing entrepreneurs to their academic endeavors.

"Entrepreneurship: Practice What You Preach”

Carl Kuttler, St. Petersburg College
Monday, October 12th

To be effective in today’s global economy, you have to live entrepreneurially – that is you have to provide a vision that is entrepreneurial in spirit and lead and operate as a web of interlocking, synergistic opportunities. Furthermore, you have to do all of this with creativity, energy and passion. This session will offer 10 basic principles of entrepreneurial leadership.


"You Call the Shots: Succeed Your Way - and How to Live the Life You Want"

Cameron Johnson
Tuesday, October 13th

Cameron Johnson is a seriously-happy 24-year-old entrepreneur who started 12 companies before turning 21. At 15, he became the youngest American appointed to the board of a Japanese-based company and before graduating high school, he had made his first million. Learn the secrets behind his success and learn how to take control of your life and most importantly, live the life you want.

Cameron was a finalist on Oprah Winfrey's first prime time series, The Big Give, which aired on ABC. Most recently, he hosted Season 4 of Beat the Boss which airs on the BBC in the UK. Cameron has several more projects in the works and is looking forward to sharing his message with the NACCE community.


"Making It New: Innovate or Die!"

Harold Evans
Tuesday, October 13th

Innovation is the genius of America and is—more than any other single thing—the reason the nation became preeminent. Can we leave it to chance to nurture the next Edison when the world is infinitely more competitive than in his time? Harold Evans has for years studied our greatest innovators, from the steam engine to the search engine, for his book and PBS series, They Made America. The book was acclaimed, among others, by Fortune magazine as one of the best in its 75 years of publication. Harold Evans will discuss what we can learn from our innovative past to ensure a successful future.

Evans is also the author of the acclaimed best-selling book on American history, The American Century. He received the John Burton Tigrett Award for Innovation in 2004.

Evans graduated M.A. with honors from Durham University and held a Harkness Fellowship at the Universities of Chicago and Stanford. He has been variously honored by the universities of Durham, Sterling, Teesside, the London Institute, and the Royal Photographic Society. In London, he was the editor of The Sunday Times from 1967 to 1981, and editor of The Times from 1981 to 1982. His account of these years was published in his best-selling book Good Times, Bad Times

Among many recognitions, Evans was awarded the European Gold Medal by the Institute of Journalists. This followed his successful Sunday Times investigation and campaign on behalf of children injured by the pharmaceutical thalidomide. In 1999, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the UK Press Award Committee, its highest accolade. In 2000, Evans was honored as one of 50 World Press Heroes on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the International Press Institute in defense of press freedom. In 2001, British journalists voted him the greatest all time British newspaper editor and, in 2004, he was honored with a knighthood in the Queen's 2004 New Year's Honors list. Harold Evans will guide us in a discussion on what we can learn from the past.


"Building a More Perfect Community-Entrepreneur & Community College Working

Marc Schulman, Eli’s Cheesecake Company
Charles Guengerich, Wright College
Wednesday, October 14th

Marc Schulman is the President of The Eli’s Cheesecake Company, one of the country’s largest specialty cheesecake and dessert bakeries. What is now known as "Chicago’s most famous dessert” was originated by Marc’s father, Eli Schulman, in the kitchen of Eli’s the Place for Steak and made its public debut at the first Taste of Chicago. Eli’s has been a partner with Wright College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago for over 20 years and Eli’s state of the art bakery is located in the Wright Campus Business Park. Marc, with the participation of Wright College President, Dr. Charles Guengerich, will discuss how the partnership has evolved and the expansive number of participating partners. Examples include Eli’s and Wright working together with the Chicago High School for Ag Sciences to create a summer program in sustainable agriculture entrepreneurship for high school students as a component of the part of the Eli’s/Wright College Thursday Farmers Market. In addition Eli’s donates all the baked goods and desserts for the SGA Café at Wright, a student entrepreneurial initiative whereby 100% of the Café proceeds go to student scholarships.

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