Speaking From Experience Lecture Series
Speaking From Experience brings interesting entrepreneurs to campus to share their experiences and insights with the community. Over the past six years we have been fortunate to present over forty entrepreneurs, mostly local, who have informed and inspired our students, faculty and staff.
All events are held in the Perry Hall Presentation Space on the Champlain College campus. Admission is free and all are welcome.
The Fall 2013 series features some of our best speakers yet! Each of them had engaging stories and great advice. they include:
John Abele, co-founder of Boston Scientific, Inc.
On Thursday, September 5, at 6:00 PM, John Abele, co-founder of Boston Scientific will talk about his quest to solve the mystery of the USS Grunion, a World War II submarine that sank without a trace off the Aleutian Islands. All hands were lost, including John's father, the commander of the sub. For decades, the U.S. Navy was unable to reveal further information about the sub's fate—it had simply vanished. But Commander Jim Abele's family never gave up their quest to discover the truth. They repeatedly applied to the Navy, corresponded with the families of crew members, consulted with Japanese sources, and finally undertook the quixotic task of locating the Grunion herself. More than six decades after the submarine's loss, Jim Abele's three sons astonished the experts by locating the lost submarine 3,000 feet below the surface of one of the world's most dangerous bodies of water.
Thursday, September 5, 6:00 PM, in Perry Hall
This event is being co-sponsored by Champlain College and the Ethan Allen Institute.
Charlie Kittredge, Chairman, Crane & Company
How does a 200+ year old company stay relevant in today's "paperless" world? Charlie Kittredge, Chairman and CEO of Crane & Co. reveals how. One of the oldest names in paper making, Crane & Co., best known for its high-end stationery, is literally printing money. The company, based in Dalton, Massachusetts, and run by the same family since its founding in 1801, has a lucrative contract to manufacture currency paper for the U.S. Treasury and print money for countries such as Sweden, Saudi Arabia and India. And, by adapting paper making technology to create a range of new products, it has moved into markets as diverse as energy, environmental services and office furnishings. Learn more about this fascinating company and the family that has run it successfully for over 200 years.
Tuesday, September 24, 7:00 PM, in Perry Hall
Bina 48, (with Bruce Duncan)
BINA48 is the world's most advanced humanoid robot. BINA48 is modeled after a real person (Bina Rothblatt, the co-founder of TFM)—complete with humanistic movement and a digital mind capable of conversing with other humans. She recently appeared as the first android panelist at the 2012 South by Southwest Interactive conference and has made multiple TEDx event appearances. She speaks. She learns. She feels. BINA48 is like no other robot.
Bruce Duncan is Managing Director of Terasem Movement Foundation based in Lincoln, Vermont. TMF is a nonprofit interested in artificial intelligence and the ethical use of technology for human life extension. He is the caretaker of BINA48.
Tuesday, October 1, 6:00 PM, in Perry Hall
This event is co-sponsored by BYOBiz, EMC and the MFA program.
Jason Levinthal, Founder and President, Line Skis, Inc.
Jason Levinthal is one of the lucky ones, and he knows it. At age 40 the founder of Line Skis & Full Tilt boots has built both brands into leading winter sport brands. However he's recently left his job and gone back to this entrepreneurial roots to start a new ski company again. Hear directly from Jason about his modest start literally building his skis in his garage, as well as all of his trials and tribulations in building Line into the top ski brand it is today. Also be the first to hear exactly what he's got planned for his next start-up ski business.
Tuesday, October 22, 7:00 PM, in Perry Hall
Ian Frisch '09, Founder, Relapse Magazine
As a Professional Writing major at Champlain College, Ian and his wingman Keegan Flynn started Short Bus Ice Cream, a hipper take on the old Good Humor Man trucks of an earlier era. After graduation, Ian moved to Brooklyn where he founded Relapse, a glossy fashion and lifestyle magazine that's gaining traction in the challenging magazine business, which is definitely taking notice.
Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 PM, in Perry Hall