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Behind the Business Speaker Series

Speaking Series: Behind the Business

Tuesday, November 13th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Roberta Hoskie

Wednesday, November 14th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Rob Morris

Thursdayday, November 15th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Miles Lasater

***Please RSVP to attend one or more sessions HERE***


Get the stories behind three of New Haven’s most successful and innovative companies!

Ever wondered what it takes to start a successful business? Launch a transforming non-profit? Activate an organization that makes life better for those in need?

Behind The Business is a special series highlighting the true stories of New Haven entrepreneurs as told in their own words.

Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week by attending one or all of these free events at The Grove, located in New Haven’s historic 9th Square.

Tuesday 11/13/12: Roberta Hoskie, President, Outreach Realty Services

From a single modest real-estate deal, Roberta Hoskie has built a thriving multifaceted business.  She was named “Minority Business Person of the Year 2011 - 2012” by Business New Haven, she is the President of Outreach Realty Services and Outreach School of Real Estate, and Chairwoman of the Economic Development - NAACP of Greater New Haven County.

Hoskie started her property management firm Outreach Property Management along with her sister Tameka Hoskie-Robinson from her home in 2004, and has since expanded her business to include bus tours, community events and even a real-estate school.

Read more of Roberta’s story here.

Wednesday 11/14/12: Rob Morris, Co-Founder, Love146

In 2002, Rob Morris, a co-founder Love146, traveled to Southeast Asia on an exploratory trip to determine how he could serve in the fight against child sex trafficking. In one experience, he and another founder of Love146 were taken undercover with investigators to a brothel where they witnessed children being sold for sex.

The story of what followed served as the inspiration to co-found Love146, a New Haven-based non-profit tasked with the ‘abolition of child trafficking and exploitation. Nothing less.’

Named an “Agent of Change” by GQ Magazine, Love146 continues to be recognized as a leader in the fight to end modern day slavery. For more information, visit

Thursday 11/15/12: Miles Lasater, Co-Founder, Higher One

Miles founded Higher One as a junior in college with two friends back in early 2000. The main idea was to expand the purchasing power of their college ID card so it could be accepted everywhere - not just on campus. They decided to create a product based on combining a college ID card with a Debit MasterCard, helping students get their refunds from their school faster, offer more choices in how to receive their money, and finally save time and money for colleges and universities.

12 years later, Higher One now serves more than half of the higher education market, providing its services to over 1,250 campuses and 10.5 million students at distinguished public and private institutions nationwide.

More information about Higher One can be found at

***Please RSVP to attend one or more sessions HERE***

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