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Entrepreneurs Speaker Series

2012-2013 Entrepreneurship Speaker Series at Holy Names University

In Honor of Professor James Durbin

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Entrepreneurs see the world far differently than most people. Where most see problems, entrepreneurs see opportunities. Don Jones, one of the founders of cable television says, “I get up every morning and I see tons of opportunities, far more than one person could possibly pursue.”

Entrepreneurs not only see opportunities, but they find creative ways to make them happen. Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.”

Entrepreneurs take delight in adding value to people’s lives. Julie Meyers, a classics graduate of Valparaiso University, raised the capital so the inventors of Skype could create their company. Ron Rivera spent 25 years traveling all over the world showing local potters how to make a simple ceramic filter so that rural populations could have clean water.

William Hynes, President is pleased to announce the 2012-2013 James Durbin Entrepreneurship Speaker Series in honor of Professor James Durbin, featuring a selection of entrepreneurs who will speak on occasions throughout the academic year, sharing their stories and reflections on the nature of entrepreneurship.

Fall Speakers:
Passionate Leaders in Food and Wine

  • Wednesday, November 7th, 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    Cathy Corison, Winemaker and Proprietor, Corison Winery

    Along with her role at Corison Winery, Cathy Corison was the San Francisco Chronicle's 2011 Winemaker of the Year.
    Location: Valley Center for the Performing Arts, Regents' Theatre

Recent Speakers:

  • bartlettThursday, September 20th
    Mary Clark Bartlett, Founder & CEO, Epicurean Group

    Discover how Mary Clark Bartlett built The Epicurean Group, based on pure, sustainable, and satisfying foods. Learn how she created a $35M innovative food provider group and was cited in 2012 by Gentry Magazine on their 'A' list.
  • Thursday, October 25th
    Paul Bertolli, Founder & CEO, Fra' Mani, Handcrafted Foods

    Paul Bertolli is a Chef Emeritus Chez Panisse as well as the recipient of the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef in California for 2001.

Location: All events will be held in the Valley Center for the Performing Arts at HNU. The first two events will be held in the Studio Theatre; the third will be held in the Regents' Theatre.

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