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Entrepreneur Connect Speaker Series

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Our next event will be in the fall of 2021


Connecting entrepreneurs, students and the community

  • Entrepreneur Connect Speaker Series seeks to connect successful entrepreneurs with students and the community to share stories and advice in a casual, open setting. A faculty panel will asks questions about entrepreneurship and encourages members of the audience to share inquiries of their own.
  • Entrepreneur Connect will be held twice a year, once in the fall during the Kauffman Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurship Week and once in the spring.
  • Entrepreneur Connect celebrates fresh perspectives, taking risks and bringing new ideas to life.

Past Events:

The Making of a Super Computer

Amy Gile, Co-founder and CEO, Silverdraft Supercomputing

November 4, 2020

amy gile

Learn how Amy Gile went from in front of the camera to behind the scenes to provide the computing power entertainers, production artists and visual effects makers need.

Tales of the 2nd Largest Grocery Store Chain

Andy Scoggin, Founding member and Executive VP, Albertsons LLC

February 5, 2020

Learn how Albertsons LLC  grew from a regional chain with $4 billion in annual sales to the second-largest nationwide traditional grocery chain and the third-largest private company in the United States with more than $63 billion in annual sales.

Read about Andy Scoggin here.

Starting PetIQ - From Card Table to Millions

Cord Christensen, Founder and CEO, PetIQ

November 18, 2019

Learn how successful entrepreneur Cord Christensen disrupted the animal health and wellness industry and created a company with a billion dollars in sales. He gives excellent business and personal advice, too. Have a listen.

Starting ClickBank and Kount

Founder Eileen Langan Barber and Founding CEO Brad Wiskirchen Share Their Stories

February 6, 2019

Read Eileen Langan Barber’s and Brad Wiskirchen’s bios here.

Inaugural Event Nov. 13, 2018

Ward and Joe Parkinson Tell the Story of Starting Micron

Tuesday, November 13, 218 marked the inaugural lecture of the College of Business and Economics’ new Entrepreneur Connect Speaker Series. A standing-room-only crowd welcomed Micron co-founders Ward and Joe Parkinson to Skaggs Hall in the aptly named Micron Business and Economics building. The twin brothers took turns recounting the early days of founding one of Boise’s biggest success stories. Ward, the engineer of the duo, had never before spoken publicly about the company making it truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the students, faculty and community members in attendance. There were lots of laughs and lessons as the duo shared experiences. They talked of the ups and down — times they nearly lost the company and times when they worked with a team of Boise’s best to keep things going.

joe and ward parkinson with small group of students
For more than an hour, Ward and Joe Parkinson answered questions from a small group of lucky students.

Many from Micron came to hear the lecture and Ward and Joe called out the names of several as stories of Micron’s early days involved them. COBE entrepreneurship faculty Jeff Sugheir and Timothy Dunne kicked off the question and answer period and several student questions followed. After the lecture in the Executive Education Classroom, a small group of MBA students was treated to the unique opportunity of having their questions answered by Ward and Joe.

Joe and Ward Parkinson and the first working DRAM chip

Joe and Ward Parkinson and the first working DRAM chip

ground breaking for Micron building

Groundbreaking for the Micron building in 1984

Joe Parkinson, Tom Nicholas and Ward Parkinson at the Stagecoach Resraurant 1983

Joe Parkinson, Tom Nicholas (early investor) and Ward Parkinson at the Stagecoach Restaurant 1983

aerial view of Micron Technology campus

Micron Technology campus 2012