Mark Copelovitch, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison
Professor Mark Copelovitch discusses the causes of the global economic crisis, taking a look at what has happened so far. He speaks of the effects on the financial system and economy. He covers the politics of financial stability, the history of policy responses, and the possibility of future repercussions.
Michael West, Chief Executive Officer of BioTime Inc., discusses the commercialization of human stem cell technology, what has happened in the past and his hopes for the future. The history of stem cell research is introduced by Mark Bugher and Tommy Thompson.
Toni Sikes, Founder, The Guild
Founder and artistic advisor of The Guild Inc., Toni Sykes talks about how she started her business and where she is today.
Founder of Oompa Toys, Milanie Cleere tells the story of how she got her business started. They specialize in non-branded, specialty toys, gear and furniture.
Steve Pogorzelski, Former President of Monster North America
Steve Pogorzelski gives insight to labor markets in relation to work and unemployment. He discusses the current state and future projections for the labor market in relation to changing demographics as well as other factors.
Nancy Christy, Ownder of Meaningful People, Places and Food
The lecture starts with a 17 minute video about Nancy Christy's ideas in relation to the extremely successful Wilson Street Grill followed by questions from the audience. She co-owns Meaningful People, Places and Food, which provides advice, research and analysis in food related business sectors.
Barry Gaberman, Senior VP, The Ford Foundation and Shep Zeldin, Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, UW-Madison
Barry Gaberman discusses the context of civil society and its importance. Then he goes into a discussion of philanthropy, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Lastly he touches on the current economic crisis and its impact on civil society.
Loren Mortenson, Mortenson Investment Group
Loren Mortensen is the chairman of the Mortensen Investment Group, a multi-dimensional commercial real estate development leasing and private investment company. He discusses his business as well as his experiences as an entrepreneur.
Roger Bird, Director of Concept Stores and Retail Services, Trek Bikes, Dream Bikes
Roger Bird talks about the history and current standing of Dream Bikes.
Lisa Kivirist, Author and Innkeeper. John Ivanko, Author and Innkeeper
Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko are the proprietors of the award-winning Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast, which is completely powered by renewable energy. The pair's most recent book is "ECOpreneuring: Putting Purpose and the Planet before Profits."