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Fall Speaker Series: Follow your Passion

September 12, 2018 by Lee Erickson

Get actionable advice on following your passion (and making something real).

Our Fall Speaker Series kicks off September 26th. We’re featuring entrepreneurs who have followed their passion and created businesses they love with people they care about.

Reserve your spot now (see details below). Everyone welcome.

Learn (and eat).

All talks are held downtown at the Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank and include:

  • 35-40 minute actionable advice and best practices
  • 10-minute open Q&A
  • Office hours for 1-on-1 advice
  • Light lunch

Spend time with the experts.

Want to talk 1-on-1 with experts? Sign up in advance for office hours to dig deeper and discuss your specific challenges with these experts


F O L L O W    Y O U R    P A S S I O N    S P E A K E R S


:: Sept 26th ::
Entrepreneurship for artists: How to build a business that leverages your artistic talents.

Will Snyder, Local artist creating thought-provoking installations and playful, bold paintings for display in public spaces.
Office hours: 1:30 – 3:30

(Register to attend lunch session)
(Sign up for office hours)

:: Oct 10th ::
Friends as co-founders: How to balance friendship and business.

Spud Marshall, Cultivator of Changemaker Communities & Christian Baum, Purpose-Driven Creative for Hire
Office hours: 1:30- 3:30

(Register to attend lunch session)
(Sign up for office hours)

:: Oct 24th ::
Success and passion: How to create a successful business built on what you love.

Joe Battista, Retired Penn State hockey coach (who negotiated the largest donation in Penn State history)
Office hours: 1:30 – 3:30

(Register to attend lunch session)
(Sign up for office hours)

:: Nov 7th ::
Passion to business: Turning what you love into a viable business.

Nick Gilson, Founder & CEO of Gilson, a manufacture of snowboards and skis
Office hours: 1:30 – 3:30

(Register to attend lunch session)
(Sign up for office hours)

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