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."
Dave Anderson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, American Family Insurance Group
Chairman and chief executive officer of the American Family group of companies, Dave Anderson explains how entrepreneurialism plays a part in his work with the organization.
Rob Behnke, Co-Founder, Fair Indigo
Robert Behnke is the co-founder and vice president of merchandising with Fair Indigo. He tells about his experiences opening the business, what he has learned, an what he has planned for the future.
Phil Robertson, Professor, W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University
He talks about the different facets to the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of cropping systems as well as food security. He addresses the doubt some are having about the reliability of biofuels and focuses a lot on biogeochemistry.
Faramarz Vakili, Associate Director of UW-Madison Physcial Plant
Faramarz Vakili sheds light on the energy consumption of UW-Madison's facilities and explains the plans for reducing expenses. As standards and expectations in crease, so does the cost of electricity and water. Listen to the statistics about energy spending and what the future holds for lowering the overall costs.
Dave Anderson, founder of Famous Dave’s Restaurants, shares his secrets for success using his life’s story to share valuable insight and life lessons. Passion and enthusiasm are the keys to a successful life and career.