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The forums will be held Thursday from 3-4 p.m. in Devlin Hall, 107.

All forums are free and open to the public.

September 25 — "From Kitchen Table to Global Brand: The Cabela’s Story"

David Cabela will share the remarkable history of a family company that truly became “The World’s Foremost Outfitter.” From one small ad in the back of a Casper Tribune (Wyoming) to an annual mailing of 60 million catalogs, Cabela’s has served the needs of outdoor enthusiasts for nearly 50 years while remaining, at heart, a family business. Reception to follow in the lobby of Devlin Hall. 


October 23 — "Start It, Grow It, Sell It: Three Perspectives on Serial Entrepreneurship"

Learn from panelists who have started, invested and worked in multiple firms, from start-ups to those who have grown to maturity and cashed out. Moderator: Sam Moyers, WSU Faculty. Panelist: Patricia Brasted, entrepreneur & angel investor; David Redfern, executive business leader & commercial real estate developer; Toby Rush, founder and CEO of EyeVerify & Rush Tracking Systems. Reception to follow in the lobby of Devlin Hall.


November 13 — “Innovative Approaches to Benefit Society: The Future of Social Entrepreneurship”

The future of social entrepreneurship: While many entrepreneurs measure success in revenue and profits, social entrepreneurs measure success by positive impact on society. Four Wichitans dedicated to helping others talk about lessons from their business careers being applied to building a better community through non-profit organizations. Moderator: Shelly Prichard, CEO, Wichita Community Foundation. Panelists: Brian Black, corporate public affairs manager, Spirit AeroSystems; Yolanda Camarena, board president of Kansas Hispanic Education & Development Foundation; Bob Lutz, Wichita Eagle sports columnist and founder of League 43, introducing baseball to inner-city kids. Reception to follow in the lobby of Devlin Hall. 

The slideshow below features pictures from Spring 2014 forums.

The Entrepreneurship Forum Series, presented by Meritrust Credit Union and the Center for Entrepreneurship, is a free series dedicated to providing community members and students insights into entrepreneurship through presentations by and panels of local and national entrepreneurs. Previous speakers include Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr., from Helzberg Diamonds and the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program; Jimmy John Liautaud, founder of Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shops; George Laham, president of Laham Development; and Maxine Clark, founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop.

If you would like to be considered as a speaker in an upcoming event, please contact Tia Bodine, Coordinator of Operations and Student Services, at tia.bodine@wichita.edu.