Archive for October, 2010

Michael Strong and Magatte Wade: CEE’s Final Fall 2010 Guest Speakers

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

On Wednesday, November 3rd CEE’s final Fall 2010 guest speakers, Michael Strong and Magatte Ward, will each give a talk at Rockford University.

Michael Strong: “Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems”

Michael Strong is the co-founder (with John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market) and Chief Visionary Officer of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes Conscious Capitalist solutions to world problems. Michael’s work is featured in academic journals (The Journal of Business Ethics, Economic Affairs, Critical Review, etc.) and in media reaching popular audiences (The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Huffington Post, RealClearPolitics, etc.). He is author of The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice and co-author of Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems.

Magatte Wade: “How an African Entrepreneur is Working to Solve African Problems”

Magatte Wade is a serial entrepreneur who was raised in Senegal, educated in Germany and France, and began her entrepreneurial career in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she co-founded Adina World Beverages. Her current project is The Tiossano Tribe, Inc., a high-end skin care products line. Magatte writes and speaks for many audiences, and is on the boards of several non-profits that support African causes, including Afropop Worldwide, the SEEDS Academy, AllforAfrica.com, and ASNAPP.

Michael and Magatte will give their talks in conjunction with Dr. Hicks’s Business and Economic Ethics class on:

Wednesday, November 3

11 am, SCAR 220

All who are interested may attend.

2010 Upton Forum at Beloit College, Featuring Israel Kirzner

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

The 3rd Annual Miller Upton Forum starts today at Beloit College. The theme is “The Wealth and Well-Being of Nations.”  Today the forum features a panel discussion on Entrepreneurship and the Liberal Arts in Practice from 12:30-2:00 p.m, and a speech tomorrow, October 27th, by noted economist Israel Kirzner. Dr. Kirzner is professor emeritus of economics at New York University, a leading proponent of the Austrian School of economics, and winner of the 2006 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research.

See the Forum’s page on the Beloit College website for more details.

FUTURALLIA 2011: International Business Speed Dating

Monday, October 18th, 2010

FUTURALLIA 2011 will take place in Kansas City from May 18-20. From the event’s website: “Over two days, this international business development event will allow business leaders to have up to 16 personalized and pre-scheduled, 30-minute, face-to-face meetings with partners of their choice. FUTURALLIA is a springboard toward making new international partnerships, in addition to informal meetings in a professional and friendly environment.”

Find out more about FUTURALLIA 2011 here.

October 2010 Issue of Kaizen

Monday, October 11th, 2010

In our latest issue of Kaizen we feature an interview with Mary Mazzio, award-winning documentary filmmaker, Olympic rower, and former law firm partner with Brown Rudnick.

Also featured in Kaizen are student essay contest winners Rebecca Logan, Jaime Binning, and Joshua Branch, and guest speaker Douglas B. Rasmussen.

A PDF version of Kaizen is available here. We will soon post separately the full interview with Ms. Mazzio.

If you would like to receive a complimentary issue of the print version of Kaizen, please email your name and postal address to CEE [at] Rockford.edu.

Entrepreneurship in Bolivia

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Jonathan Ortmans covered Bolivia in his recent Policy Forum Blog post. “…[I]t is young firms that grow that provide the most benefits to society in terms of job and wealth creation and innovation,” he writes. “Thus, the challenge ahead for Bolivia is to enable more growth entrepreneurs.” the problem, according to Ortmans, is that the Bolivian government’s policies “discourage the participation of entrepreneurs in the economy.”

However, “young Bolivians understand that they can create a “new” breed of enterprise, different from the micro-businesses that have flourished in Bolivia due to necessity. They envision enterprises that capture opportunities for innovation and that generate more employment, more wealth and improved social conditions for everyone in the process.”

Read the full article here.