Speaking From Experience Video Archive


Tom Bloch

Monday, March 26th, 2018


Associate Director of Communications Planning, PHD Media Worldwide

At PHD Media Worldwide, Tom is at the epicenter of the dramatic changes transforming the marketing world. The internet, social media, big data and new generations of consumers are having tremendous impact on the way brands go to market and are changing the way to think about career strategies in marketing.


Ted Castle

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017


Co-founder and CEO, Rhino Foods

Rhino Foods is not a household name but is appreciated in many homes around the world as the producer of all the cookie dough that goes into Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, plus other food “components” and Chester frozen novelties. They are better known in our community as a fervent social enterprise and certified B Corp. One of the company’s missions is to hire and train members of Burlington’s refugee community. In addition to a good paying job, Rhino provides help to these families to assimilate positively into their new home.


Mitch Durfee

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016


Founder & CEO, Grunts Move Junk

After serving several tours of duty in the US Army, Mitch Durfee came to Champlain College to continue his education. While here he started several businesses, including Grunts Move Junk, a company with a unique mission: to help other military veterans re-engage with civilian life and start to build productive careers.

Abbott Stark

Tuesday, September 29th, 2016


Chief Marketing Officer, Ogee

Abbott Stark graduated from Champlain in 2005 with a degree in accounting. How he made his way to his current position as co founder and CMO of a promising skin care products start up is a fascinating tale. This spring, Abbott won the LaunchVT Business Pitch Competition, earning close to $100,000 in cash and services for his young company.

Lisa Groeneveld

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016


COO, Co-Owner, Logic Supply

Tech entrepreneur Lisa Groeneveld, co-founder of Logic Supply, spoke to Champlain College students about her experiences in the industry.


Cyrus Schenck

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015


Founder, CEO, Renoun

Cyrus Schenck, 24, was first introduced to "non-Newtonian" material in a college classroom. Convinced that this material could revolutionize ski design and performance, he founded Renoun Skis. Today, Renoun makes award winning ski designs and Cyrus recently won the $25,000 first prize at LaunchVT.

Paul Budnitz

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015


Founder, Ello

Paul Budnitz is the serial entrepreneur who founded and built Kidrobot (a retailer of art toys) and Paul Budnitz Bicycles (luxury bicycles) before starting his latest venture Ello, the explosively growing social media site that people have called the "anti- Facebook," in that Ello accepts no ads and respects the privacy of its members. To assure that Ello always remains ad-free, Ello converted to a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC). A Benefit Corporation is a new kind of for-profit company in the USA that exists to produce a benefit for society as a whole-not just to make money for its investors.


Marguerite Dibble

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014


Founder, Creative Director of Birnamwood Games

Marguerite graduated from Champlain College's Game Art and Animation program in 2012, having already founded game design studio Birnamwood Games. Since then, Marguerite and her team at Birnamwood have published two successful games, Loc and Pathogen, and Marguerite was elected to Champlain College's Board of Trustees. Marguerite will share her fascinating adventure creating a new company while in college and the bold new direction she is taking her young company in the future.

Nadya Zhexembeyeva

Monday, October 20th, 2014


Author of Overfished Ocean Strategy

Dr. Nadya Zhexembeyeva is a dynamic, passionate speaker on her favorite topic: developing strategies for a resource depleted world. She is also the author of Overfished Ocean Strategy: Powering Up Innovation for a Resource-Deprived World, which offers principles for operating in a world of scarce resources.

Brad Edmondson

Thursday, October 9th, 2014


Author of Ice Cream Social - the Struggle for the Soul of Ben & Jerry's

Brad Edmondson is a writer and consultant who helps people and organizations benefit from social change. He is fascinated by how change happens, and why. By the time Brad got a history degree from Cornell in 1981, he knew he wanted to be a writer and storyteller - so instead of going to graduate school, he edited The Ithaca Times (1981-85) and American Demographics (1985-1998). During Brad's tenure as editor-in-chief, American Demographics was nominated three times for the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Brad's articles have appeared in AARP The Magazine, The American Scholar, Utne Reader, and The Atlantic Monthly. Ice Cream Social is the first book to tell the complete story of a beloved company's inspiring rise, tragic mistakes, devastating fall, determined recovery and ongoing renewal.

Jessie Price

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014


Editor in Chief, Eating Well Media

As Editor in Chief, Jessie oversees content across all of EatingWell's media platforms including the magazine, books and digital extensions of the brand. A Williams College graduate, Price began her career with EatingWell in 2003 testing and developing recipes for the brand and rose quickly through the ranks to her current position.

In addition to its flagship bimonthly magazine with a 4.1 million readership and 750,000 circulation, EatingWell also has a vibrant website, with an average of over 5 million unique visitors a month, a growing fan base on social media, over a dozen books in print and a robust licensing program.

Jeremy Kent

Thursday, March 20th, 2014


Global Business Director, Burton Snowboard Year Round Division

Jeremy Kent, global business director of the year round division at Burton Snowboards, visited Champlain College to talk about his experiences.

Josh Murphy

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014


Founder, Creative Director of Unparalleled Productions

Unparalleled's work began with action sports and now spans commercial production, television, documentary, and feature film genres, including the release of The River Why, distributed by Image Entertainment and Fox. Additional productions have been featured on PBS, CBS, ESPN, CMT, OLN, HDNet, VH1, G4, VS, FOX, and Time-Life Video. Clients include Men's Wearhouse, The North Face, Outdoor Research, K2, Patagonia, K&G Fashion Superstore, California State Parks Foundation, Clif Bar, and Volvo.

Win Smith

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014


Author of Catching Lightning in a Bottle - How Merrill Lynch Revolutionized the Financial World

Win Smith, former chairman of Merrill Lynch International and author of the newly published book Catching Lightning in a Bottle - How Merrill Lynch Revolutionized the Financial World. Win shares his unique insights about the rise of the world's once largest brokerage firm and the decline of this legendary institution. His book is an intriguing story about visionary entrepreneurs, extraordinary achievements, and misguided priorities that persist on Wall Street today.

Michael Claudon

Thursday, January 16th, 2014


Founder of Snake Mountain Boatworks

In 1987, Michael co-founded and raised the money for the Geonomics Institute, which he grew into an internationally respected, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that helped accelerate economic and political transition, focusing on enterprise restructuring and business development in the former Soviet Union. In January 2000, Claudon started DigitalBridges2.0TM, which creates and facilitates programs that help people transition and propel thought into action. And in 2008, Michael founded MiddCORE, a business boot camp that enriches and is enriched by the liberal arts. It empowers students to pursue their intellectual and academic passions and prepares them for success in their personal and professional lives.


Ian Frisch

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013


Founder of 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.

Jason Levinthal

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013


Founder and President of 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. 

www.Jskis.com     www.lineskis.com     www.fulltiltboots.com

Bruce Duncan and Bina48

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013


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.

This event was co-sponsored by BYOBiz, EMC and the MFA program.

Charles Kittredge

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013


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. revealed 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.

John Abele

Thursday, September 5, 2013


Co-Founder of Boston Scientific, Inc. 

On Thursday, September 5, John Abele, co-founder of Boston Scientific spoke 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.

Annie BourdonAnnie Bourdon

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Founder and Executive Director of Car Share VT

The recent announcement of Avis Corporation's acquisition of Zipcar for $500 million puts new focus on the "car sharing" business model.

Although still in her early thirties, Annie Bourdon is one of the true pioneers in this new form of sustainable transportation. In early 2001, fresh out of college, Annie helped two friends launch San Francisco's City CarShare, where she spent four years expanding mission-driven car-sharing throughout the Bay Area and beyond. She currently serves on City CarShare's board of directors.


Paula RoutlyPaula Routly

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Co-founder and Publisher, Seven Days

Print journalism is supposed to be a dying business. Periodicals are dropping like flies and even The New York Times is on the financial ropes. Yet Seven Days, Vermont's weekly alternative newspaper, is growing rapidly! Paula Routly, Seven Day's co-founder and publisher, tells how they did it, and shares her insights from over 25 years in Vermont journalism.


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Jade JennyJade Jenny

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Founder of Champlain Valley Crossfit

Jade Jenny, a Business major from South Burlington, Vermont, graduated in May (summa cum laude). Following his passion for health and fitness, Jade founded Champlain Valley Crossfit during his senior year at Champlain. CVCF is a fitness studio based around group classes geared to functional fitness and an ever evolving program of custom exercise and nutritional education. Champlain Valley Crossfit recently celebrated its third year of operation, and is enjoying immense success.

Buzz HoerrBuzz Hoerr

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Founder and CEO of Electrocell Technologies, Inc.

Electrocell Technologies is a young company providing farmers with the first practical solution to profitably treating and improving livestock manure, a major source of water pollution. Electrocell's patented process not only provides farmers with a powerful tool for meeting environmental regulations — it produces productivity benefits that actually improve farm profits. The company is now poised for spectacular growth not only in agricultural applications of the technology, but in municipal waste water treatment as well. https://electrocell.us/

Pete JohnsonPete Johnson

Tuesday, October 20th, 2012

Founder of Pete's Greens

Pete Johnson translated a childhood love of gardening into a thriving four season organic meat and vegetable farm — in climate challenged Craftsbury, Vermont! Pete started with a pumpkin business as a child, built a solar powered greenhouse as a college project, and now produces and markets a wide range of agricultural products from his 190 acre farm in the Northeast Kingdom. A great story of an innovative agricultural entrepreneur. http://petesgreens.com

Chuck ManiscalcoChuck Maniscalco

February 7, 2012

Before joining Champlain College as VP of Strategic Initiatives, Chuck Maniscalco built an illustrious career as senior executive for Quaker Oats and Pepsico, and later as CEO of Seventh Generation. At Pepsico, Chuck was CEO of a $10 billion food and beverage business that included such megabrands as Tropicana, Gatorade and Quaker, and employed over 10,000 people. Upon retiring from Pepsico, the company created the Chuck Maniscalco Manifest Leadership Award, which is given annually to three associates. Chuck's talk will focus on his ideas about leadership.

Laura Fitton: Speaking from ExperienceLaura Fitton

March 22, 2012

Laura Fitton has been involved in entrepreneurial ventures since graduating from Cornell in 1994 with a degree in Environmental Science. More recently, she has become a force in the social media field, founding both Pistachio Consulting and One Forty, a Twitter related venture that was selected to participate in Boston Techstars (a leading tech business accelerator) and subsequently raised over $2 million in venture capital. On the side, she co-wrote Twitter for Dummies. In 2010, Laura was named one of the "Most Influential Women in Technology " by Fast Company magazine.

Will Rapp: Speaking from Experience, Champlain CollegeWill Raap

April 9, 2012

Will Raap, founder of Gardener's Supply Company and the Intervale Center, works to create and nurture local food, waste recycling and land restoration enterprises that support a more sustainable economy and future. His innovative efforts extend from the mountains of Vermont to the tropical forests of Costa Rica. Will will share his fascinating insights about his current passions: greening businesses, local economies and the entire economic system. http://www.willraap.org/

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Peter Dreissigacker: Speaking from Experience, Champlain CollegePeter Dreissigacker

February 8, 2011

Peter Dreissigacker, a champion collegiate rower at Stanford, moved to Vermont and, with his brother Dick, created Concept2 in 1976. Their purpose was to produce composite racing oars for some of the world's top rowers. They then transitioned into fitness machines with the Concept2 Indoor Rower. Today, this innovative product is used worldwide by Olympic athletes, cardiac and rehab patients. The company has enjoyed tremendous success and now employs over 50 people. Engagement was held on February 8, 2011.

Gary Hirshberg: Speaking from Experience, Champlain CollegeGary Hirshberg

March 15, 2011

Gary Hirshberg has a long history of working to change how we grow food, the food we eat, and the business of food. He has helped make Stonyfield Farm (stonyfield.com) one of the leading producers of organic yogurt with sales exceeding $360 million. In addition to building Stonyfield Farm, Gary is helping others go green as well, proving that it's not just the right thing to do, but a great way to build a successful business. Engagement was held on March 15, 2011.

Will Herman: Speaking from Experience, Champlain CollegeWill Herman

April 5, 2011

For over 30 years, Will Herman has been involved in the founding, managing, directing and funding of software and electronics companies across the country. He has been associated with what can be described as - 5 startups, 2 bankruptcies, 2 IPOs, 1 MBO, 3 company sales, 33 angel investments and several other ventures. Herman is also the director of three private companies, a mentor at TechStars and an active angel investor in the Boston area.

Steve Shepard: Speaking from Experience, Champlain CollegeSteve Shepard

September 27, 2011

A presentation and discussion with Dr. Steven Shepard, technology guru and international consultant on the the social, cultural and economic impact of new technology. In today's world of breathtaking technology change, Dr. Shepard's insights are particularly useful.

Benjy Adler: Speaking from Experience, Champlain CollegeBenjy Adler

November 15, 2011

Co-founder of Skinny Pancake. With virtually no funding and right out of college, Benjy Adler started his entrepreneurial journey with a food cart on Church Street serving a variety of homemade crepes. Today, just a few years later, Benjy's growing empire includes three successful restaurants, a catering business and of course, that old food cart. Benjy shares his story in an engaging, humorous, and inspiring manner.

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Dawn and Michael Lancaster: Speaking from Experience, Champlain CollegeDawn and Michael Lancaster

April 8, 2010

Dawn and Michael Lancaster, co-founders of Carved Solutions, LLC. Dawn and Michael are both Champlain College alums living out their childhood dream -- to operate a successful business together. Dawn recently spoke to students during the College's LEAD program Life Entrepreneurs Sophomore Symposium.

Melinda Moulton: Speaking from Experience, Champlain CollegeMelinda Moulton

October 12, 2010

Melinda Moulton, CEO of Main Street Landing, has devoted the last 28 years of her life to redeveloping the Burlington Waterfront. Melinda, along with her partner, Lisa Steele, spread their magic across Burlington to revitalize a long-lost forgotten treasure, persevering against all odds to transform the barren wasteland of the Waterfront into a sparkling jewel in the crown of the Queen City. Melinda shared how she has grown a small development firm into a successful corporation, while becoming a model for socially responsible, green, sustainable development in the region. Engagement was held on October 12, 2010.

Hinda Miller: Speaking from Experience, Champlain CollegeHinda Miller

March 30, 2010

Inspired by the impact of Title IX on women's participation in sports in the 1970, Hinda Miller literally sewed two jockstraps together to create the first Jogbra. She and her business partner built Jogbra into a successful Vermont-based enterprise, eventually selling the company to Playtex. With financial security, Miller focused on creating a more balanced life and various causes, and eventually a successful run in politics as a Vermont State Senator.

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Rich Tarrant: Speaking from Experience, Champlain CollegeRich Tarrant

January 20, 2009

Rich and Jerry Tarrant, Co-Founders of MyWebGrocer, work with more than 80 retail grocery chains for e-commerce and e-marketing solutions, including web design, on-line circulars, recipes, and targeted customer offerings. Engagement was held on January 20, 2009.

Alex Brandstetter: Speaking from Experience, Champlain CollegeAlex Brandstetter

September 29th, 2009

Alex Brandstetter ('10) founder and Chairman of Slam for Sudan, the highly successful fund raising program. Alex is the first active Champlain student to appear on the Speaking From Experience entrepreneurship series. Alex shared his challenges, adventures and important lessons learned in creating and staging last year's highly successful fund raising event - Slam for Sudan. He also discussed how he plans to turn the "Slam" into a productive ongoing program.

Jim Lampman: Speaking from Experience, Champlain CollegeJim Lampman

October 20, 2009

Jim Lampman is Founder and President of Lake Champlain Chocolates, a growing manufacturer of fine chocolates. Jim is a serial entrepreneur who has developed several other Burlington businesses as well. Lake Champlain Chocolates began its journey in 1983 and the company prides itself in creating quality artisanal chocolates and other specialty products. Jim shared his unique story about systematically building his business in a highly competitive marketplace.

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Win Smith: Speaking from Experience, Champlain CollegeWin Smith

January 22, 2008

Win Smith is one of Vermont's most dynamic entrepreneurs, taking you inside the challenges he and his team faced restoring Sugarbush into one of Vermont's finest ski resorts and sharing where he's taking it from here. Engagement was held on January 22, 2008.

Harrison Liebowitz: Speaking from Experience, Champlain CollegeHarrison Liebowitz

February 7, 2008

Harrison Liebowitz and Molly Liebowitz started Vermont's first commercial vineyard and grape winery, Snow Farm Vineyard, in 1996 as a way to keep land in Vermont open and working. Their story is the essence of entrepreneurship - doing what people said couldn't be done and making a sustainable business out of it.

Wendell Farrell: Speaking from Experience, Champlain CollegeWendell Farrell

February 12, 2008

Serial entrepreneur Wendell Farrell believes that his willingness to take risks and do things differently from his competition has led to his extraordinarily diverse and successful career, which includes ventures in farming, construction, commercial cleaning, furniture sales and much more. He writes all of his own print, radio, and television advertising, and creates and co-produces his television spots. Engagement held on February 12, 2008.

Alan Newman: Speaking from Experience, Champlain CollegeAlan Newman

October 14, 2008

From Seventh Generation to the Magic Hat Brewing Company, Alan Newman has founded a who's who of Vermont companies. Newman shared what he has learned as a serial entrepreneur and recounts his adventures building Magic Hat into America's 5th largest craft brewery.

Michael Lane: Speaking from Experience, Champlain CollegeMichael Lane

November 18, 2008

As a co-founder of Dealer.com, Michael Lane has driven the wildly successful online automotive marketing company to record growth. Lane shares his view from the front seat and what he has learned steering one of the nation’s fastest growing businesses. Engagement was held on November 18, 2008.

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