Suddenly the world has changed in ways that now require everyone to be more innovative and entrepreneurial, regardless of their chosen path.

Yet our understanding of both the entrepreneurial person and the entrepreneurial process is not well understood. As a result, our systems of education and organizational structures have not kept pace. 

In this monthly webinar series, ELI Founder Gary Schoeniger will speak with a wide variety of thought leaders, evangelists, and stakeholders. In each webinar, Gary and guests will discuss the importance of entrepreneurship education as a societal change agent while also highlighting innovative approaches and best practices as well as cultural and institutional barriers.

Check out our upcoming guests and topics. These events are free and open to all.

Tony Wagner

Tony Wagner, An Unconventional Education

In this webinar, internationally recognized author and education policy expert Tony Wagner discussed how an unconventional education informed his work and how our schools can better prepare the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.

Original Event: February 25th, 2021 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time. 

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Duncan Smith

Duncan Smith, The People’s University

As EBSCO’s Chief Strategist for Public Libraries, Duncan Smith will discuss how libraries are becoming a more vital part of entrepreneurial ecosystems throughout the US.

Original Event: March 24th, 2021 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time. 

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Jonathan Ortmans

Jonathan Ortmans, Piloting The Pivot: The Imperative of an Entrepreneur Led Recovery

In this webinar, we will talk with Jonathan Ortmans, President of the Global Entrepreneurship Network —which operates in 180+ nations—about how GEN this year is organizing governments, corporations, startup communities, and investors around what Ortmans predicts will be a post-pandemic boom for new firm formation and growth by the end of 2022.

Original Event: April 14th, 2021 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time. 

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Milena Stoycheva, A European Perspective

As an entrepreneur, educator, and CEO of JA Bulgaria, Milena Stoycheva is passionate about the opportunity for young people to develop their talents and discover their future as entrepreneurs. In this webinar, Milena will discuss the work she is doing to promote entrepreneurship in education across Europe.

May 12th, 2021 at 12:00 pm Eastern Time. 

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Thom Ruhe

Thom Ruhe, Redefining Economic Development Through Entrepreneurship

Thom Ruhe is an internationally recognized entrepreneur, investor, mentor, and philanthropist dedicated to growing vibrant economies. In this webinar, Thom will discuss the groundbreaking work he is doing at NC IDEA to redefine economic development in North Carolina through entrepreneurship.

June 17th, 2021 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time. 

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Dr. Rebecca Corbin

Dr. Rebecca Corbin, How Community Colleges are Accelerating Innovation & Equity

As the president and CEO of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), Dr. Rebecca Corbin is on the cutting edge of advancing entrepreneurship education in community colleges throughout the US and abroad. In this webinar, Dr. Corbin will discuss her efforts to help accelerate innovation and equity in community colleges across the US.

August 11th, 2021 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time. 

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Erik Pedersen and Amara Kniep, Entrepreneurship in Rural Communities

All across Kansas, residents are taking a deep dive into entrepreneur-led development thanks to NetWork Kansas. More specifically, Erik Pedersen, Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Amara Kniep, Manager of E-Community Programs.

In this webinar, Erik and Amara will discuss how they connect entrepreneurs and small business owners with expertise, education, and economic resources to promotes a more entrepreneurial environment throughout the state.

September 8th, 2021 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time. 

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Steve Mariotti, The Man Who Started the Movement

As the Founder of the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Steve Mariotti is widely recognized as the world’s leading advocate for entrepreneurship education. In this webinar, Steve will discuss how a life-threatening experience led to the creation of the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to entrepreneurship education.

October 20th, 2021 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time. 

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Margie Worthington-Smith, Embedding an Entrepreneurial Mindset into a National Education System

In this webinar, Margie Worthington-Smith will join us to discuss how she has worked to embed an entrepreneurial mindset in the national education system of South Africa. She will discuss the top-down, bottom-up methodology she has used throughout her career, as well as the role “entrepreneurials” have on improving the economy and well-being of a nation.

November 17th, 2021 at 12:00 pm Eastern Time.

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Bree Langemo, Professional woman posing for picture

Bree Langemo, A Liberal Arts Approach to Entrepreneurship

In this webinar, Bree Langemo, Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at Concordia, will be joining us to discuss her role in developing a series of entrepreneurial programs for the college.

December 8th, 2021 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time.

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