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Speakers for Intro to Entrepreneurship: Econ 125

We are excited to announce the following speakers will contribute their insights on the entrepreneurial mindset to next fall's inaugural class:

Dennis Whittle

Dennis Whittle was the CEO and co-founder of Global Giving, the world’s leading website that matches donors directly with community-based projects around the world. Dennis is also the founder and president of The Whittle Group, which helps people, organizations, and companies break down barriers and invent the future. Prior to founding Global Giving, Dennis worked at the World Bank for 14 years.

 Steve Case

Steve Case is an American businessman best known as the co-founder and former CEO of AOL. He is the Chairman of the Case Foundation and has also founded Revolution LLC. He was selected by President Obama to serve as the Chairman of the Startup America Partnership and the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

 Bob Langer

Bob Langer is an American engineer and Professor at MIT and he is widely recognized in biotechnology. Langer’s research laboratory at MIT is the largest biomedical engineering lab in the world.

 Bob Gaudio

American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and vocalist for The Four Seasons.

 Rick Elice

Rick Elice co-wrote the book for the Broadway musical Jersey Boys which received a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk nomination for best book for a musical in 2006

 Ed Strong

Ed Strong is the producer of Broadway hit Jersey Boys.

 Jim Delaney

Jim Delaney is the Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, which is the United States’ oldest division college athletic conference. He is regarded among college athletics as being influential in the creation of the Bowl Championship Series and its maintenance. Jim attended UNC Chapel Hill as an undergraduate as well as the UNC law school.

 Doug Mackenzie

Doug Mackenzie joined Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, & Byers in 1989 and became a Partner in 1992. Since that time, Doug has focused his investment activities in the software sector, including enterprise applications, entertainment and educational software, and internet applications, tools and services. He currently runs his own venture fund, Radar Partners.

 Brian Worrell

Brian Worrell is vice president of GE Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis. He leads a team of 750 people responsible for ensuring financial statement integrity, controllership, compliance and best practices throughout the company. He has worked on five continents and multiple businesses during his tenure with GE. He is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a degree in economics.

 CJ Skender

C.J. Skender is a Professor of Accounting at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. He has educated thousands of students and executives in North Carolina and around the globe. CJ Skender was featured in a Business Week Online about business graduates’ favorite professors.

 Atul Nerkar

Atul Nerkar is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Strategy at the Kenan-Flagler Business School.

 Geoff Sayre McCord

Geoff Sayre McCord is a Morehead Alumni Distinguished Professor in Philosophy at UNC. . Geoff is also the Director of UNC’s Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program. He has published extensively on moral theory, epistemology, and modern philosophy.

 Lloyd Kramer

Lloyd Kramer is a Professor of History and the History Department Chair at UNC. Lloyd is particularly interested in historical processes that shape cultural identities, including the experiences of cross-cultural exchange and the emergence of modern nationalism.

 Peter Coclanis

Peter Coclanis is the Associate Provost for International Affairs and Albert R. Newsome Professor of History at UNC. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Economics and a Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Asian Studies.

 Joe DeSimone

Joe DeSimone is the Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry at UNC and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at NCSU. Through a proprietary process known as PRINT® (Particle Replication In Non-wetting Templates) technology, DeSimone has established a powerful and versatile product development platform that is revolutionizing the way that companies engineer healthcare products.