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Micron Co-Founders Will Launch New COBE Speaker Series

Joe (left) and Ward Parkinson, photographed in 1981.
Joe (left) and Ward Parkinson, Micron co-founders in 1981.

The co-founders of Micron Technology are the first speakers for Entrepreneur Connect, the new speaker series in the College of Business and Economics (COBE).

The inaugural event, “Starting Micron – Founders Ward Parkinson and Joe Parkinson Share Their Story,” is free and open to the public. It will take place 3-4:15 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Skaggs Hall of Learning in the Micron Business and Economics Building. It will give students, faculty and the community an inside look at one of Boise’s largest success stories.

The speaker series will take place twice a year, once in the fall during the Kauffman Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurship Week and once in the spring. The series will connect entrepreneurs with students and the community to share stories and advice in a casual, open setting, according to organizers. A faculty panel will ask questions about entrepreneurship and encourage members of the audience to share inquiries of their own.

COBE also is welcoming Joe Parkinson as a new adjunct faculty member. He will use his experience as founder, CEO, entrepreneur, legal scholar, high school teacher and coach to teach “Being CEO of Your Own High Tech Business,” a new one-credit course (ENTREP 497) that COBE will offer in the spring of 2019.

“What an excellent starting line-up,” said COBE Interim Dean Mark Bannister. “I am thrilled with Joe’s course and the creation of the speaker series, Entrepreneur Connect. Entrepreneurship is one of my passions. I couldn’t be more pleased to have two of Idaho’s most successful and internationally known entrepreneurs kicking off our series. Entrepreneur Connect will be a useful experience for entrepreneurs and students alike.”