- BulbHead Inventors Day for Aspiring Entrepreneurs -Montclair State pitch contest
With $80,000 in prizes up for grabs, 13 teams of Montclair State students will pitch innovative product and service ideas during our sixth annual pitch contest. Any Montclair State student or alum was eligible to apply to be in the contest, and the 13 teams have been chosen from an earlier round of the contest that included submission of a short video and executive summary. Come and be part of the excitement, and cheer on these entrepreneurs! (If you can't stay the whole time, come to whatever you can.) AGENDA (times are approximate): 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - 13 teams pitch in semi-finals 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Pizza lunch 12:30 p.m. Winners moving on to finals announced 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Final round of pitches 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Judges deliberate 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Winners announced, photos taken Master of Ceremonies for the finals: Anthony "Sully" Sullivan, OxiClean Guy and producer of all things As Seen on TV FINALS JUDGES: AJ Khubani, founder, Telebrands and BulbHead.com Arline Wall, Vice President, New Product Development and Procurement, Telebrands Andrew Gatto, principal, Andrew Gatto Consulting SEMI-FINALS JUDGES: Anthony B. Frasier, CEO, ABF Creative Jodie Dawson, owner, Java Love Coffee Roasting Co. Philip Kennard, CEO & Co-Founder, Futurestay Event is free and open to the public. Join the conversation on social media with #MSUpitch BulbHead Inventors Day for Aspiring Entrepreneurs is generously funded by Montclair State alumnus AJ Khubani. Directions and parking info: Park in the Red Hawk Deck on campus, exit the deck on Level 5 and proceed straight up the walkway (soccer field will be on your left). At the new Feliciano School of Business building, go up the outdoor staircase. University Hall will be straight ahead once you reach the top of the steps. Once inside University Hall, head to the elevator bank at the end of the first-floor hallway, and take elevator to 7th floor.
- Facebook VP, Carolyn Everson, at Montclair State
Carolyn Everson is VP, Global Marketing Solutions, at Facebook. Everson will discuss her role at Facebook, and her career path that includes stints at Microsoft, Viacom and other companies. Carolyn will be interviewed, in a fireside chat setup, by Elisa Charters of Latina Surge. Event is free and open to the public. AGENDA: 6:00-6:45 p.m. - Networking with pizza 6:45-7:00 p.m. - Welcome remarks 7:00-8:30 p.m. - Formal program, including Q&A with the audience Event is presented by Montclair State's Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship, Feliciano School of Business, School of Communication and Media, and College of the Arts. Join the conversation on social media with #MSUmeetup SPEAKER BIO: Carolyn Everson is the Vice President of Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook, where she leads Facebook’s relationships with its top marketers and agencies across the globe. Carolyn oversees a team of regional leaders, and the teams focused on global partnerships, global agencies and Facebook’s Creative Shop. Prior to Facebook, Carolyn was the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Global Advertising Sales and Trade Marketing Teams. Carolyn led the company’s advertising business across Bing, MSN, Windows Live, Mobile, Faming, Atlas and the Microsoft Media Network. Carolyn also spent seven years at MTV Networks. Her last role was as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of U.S. Ad Sales for MTV Networks where she oversaw strategic planning, operations, and finance for MTVN’s U.S. Ad Sales department. She also was responsible for MTVN’s Direct Response business and the cross platform, cross brand strategic sales and marketing group called Generator. Carolyn holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and communications from Villanova University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She also obtained a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard where she was a Baker Scholar. Carolyn has been named a Woman to Watch and Fortune included her on the 40 under 40 list two years in a row. Carolyn is also on the Board of Directors of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc; serves on the Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Board; is a board member of the Effies and an advisor to Luma Partners. She resides in Montclair, New Jersey with her husband Doug and twin daughters Taylor and Kennedy.
- Brigid Callahan Harrison in Conversation w/ Gateway Program Chairman Jerry Zaro
Curious about the Gateway Program, which proposes to build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River and update part of the Northeast Corridor line? Montclair State’s Political Science and Law Department is bringing Gateway Program Chairman Jerry Zaro to campus to discuss the project. Part of Montclair State’s Political Science and Law Salon Series, “Brigid Callahan Harrison in Conversation with Gateway Program Chairman Jerry Zaro" features Mr. Zaro discussing his leadership of the Gateway Project, and the fiscal and political challenges and opportunities in seeing it to fruition. Event is free and open to the public. NOTE: this is an earlier time than usual, so parking in the Red Hawk Deck may be more difficult.
- Entrepreneurial Journeys - 4 Tales of Startup Success
Room 140, Feliciano School of Business building
Four entrepreneurs from a variety of industries will share their stories of launching and growing their startups. Learn from the mistakes they overcame, the highs of their success, and their tips for scaling a startup. SPEAKERS: Mike Luzio, founder and managing director, The LVE Group Anthony B. Frasier, CEO, ABF Creative Clark Lagemann, co-founder and managing partner, MedPro Wellness Lauren Farrell, founder and creative director, Lauren Farrell NY Event is free and open to the public. Join the conversation on social media with #MSUmeetup. Event presented by the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship. AGENDA: 6-6:30 p.m. Networking w/pizza 6:30-6:45 p.m. Welcome, “gives and gets” w/audience 6:45-7:45 p.m. Four speakers for 15 minutes each, TED-talk style 7:45-8:30 p.m. Audience Q&A SPEAKER BIOS: MIKE LUZIO is a self-made entrepreneur, a dynamic closer, multi-millionaire, and the founder of Luzio vs Everybody, a brand that looks to inspire others to succeed through a “you vs the world” attitude. After selling his first bootstrapped business, IRG, for $50M+, Luzio launched The LVE Group, which provides access to capital, consultation, partner facilitation, brand marketing, and exit strategy for businesses along their entire lifecycle, from idea to exit. Mike hosts “52 American Success Stories,” a weekly web series featuring individuals and organizations who have overcome adversity in pursuit of their passions. http://mikeluzio.com/ Insta: @MichaelLuzio ANTHONY FRASIER is an award-winning entrepreneur, author and speaker. Frasier is CEO of ABF Creative, a multicultural branded podcast network that crafts engaging, heritage-driven podcasts that ignite and transform ethos amongst today's consumers. Current and past partners include BET, Prudential, Warner Music Group, Random House, Rutgers Business School, Brooklyn Museum. Frasier serves as the entrepreneur in residence of Newark Venture Partners, a fund backed by Audible/Amazon. He helps to attract innovative tech startups to Newark and incubate promising talent locally. He is the author of "Don't Dumb Down Your Greatness: A Young Entrepreneur's Guide to Thinking & Being Great." Prior to Silicon Valley, Anthony cofounded The Koalition, one of the first online video game publications for African Americans, and worked passionately as a journalist for several years. http://anthonyfrasier.com/about/ Twitter: @AnthonyFrasier Insta: @ABFcreative CLARK LAGEMANN is a seasoned entrepreneur and guest contributor to Fortune's Insider Network. He is co-founder and managing partner of MedPro Wellness, a results-focused wellness company that provides comprehensive fitness and nutrition programs geared towards medically based results. Clients include healthcare systems, municipalities, and corporations. Lagemann has excelled at multiple corporate positions as well as built several companies within the healthcare space. When not empowering members to reach their fitness and nutrition goals through MedPro Wellness, he devotes his time to creating communities that support entrepreneurs as well as mentoring dozens of startups throughout New Jersey. He is the founder of Scarlet Startups. A Rutgers alumnus, Lagemann was honored in 2016 with the Rutgers Alumni Entrepreneurship Award. https://www.medprowellness.com/ LAUREN FARRELL’s company makes stadium-approved purses and other apparel for the fashion-loving sports fan. Farrell graduated in 2013 from Lehigh University where she studied design and entrepreneurship, and also managed the Lehigh Men’s lacrosse team for three years. She worked for Gucci, supporting the U.S. Operations team and company’s U.S. president before deciding entrepreneurship was her true calling. Farrell combined her love of innovation, fashion and sports to create the LFNY brand. Her products are designed to offer quality, functionality and the expression of team spirit, loyalty and support in the most fashionable way. https://laurenfarrellny.com/ Insta: @LaurenFarrellNY
- James C. Rhee, CEO of Ashley Stewart
James C. Rhee, CEO of the plus-size women's fashion brand Ashley Stewart, will speak on the topic, "Joining Money with Life: Key Values in Building a Strong Community." Rhee is an impact-focused entrepreneur, investor, operator and educator, and he will discuss how he transformed Secaucus-based Ashley Stewart from bankruptcy to its former glory. FirePine Group, the investment firm Rhee founded in 2009, invests the capital of some of the world’s most sophisticated investors to fuel transformative and impactful change in multiple enterprises, including Ashley Stewart. Prior to this, Rhee was a senior investment professional at two leading, Boston-based private equity firms (growth and distressed), stewarding billions of dollars of enterprise value. The event is part of the Finding Ashley Stewart College Tour, and will also promote the Ashley Stewart Leadership Scholarship Program, an initiative to help empower part-time or full-time women identifying students. Event is presented by Montclair State's Office for Social Justice and Diversity, Office of the Dean of Students, and the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship. Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-c-rhee-68163485/ https://www.ashleystewart.com/
- Orgasmic Leadership: Entrepreneurship in the Women's Sexual Health Space
Hear from entrepreneurs operating in the women's sexual health space. Keynote speech by Rachel Braun Scherl, a "vagipreneur" and author of "Orgasmic Leadership: Profiting from the Coming Surge in Women's Sexual Health and Wellness." Plus a panel of entrepreneurs with companies in this industry. KEYNOTE and PANEL MODERATOR: Rachel Braun Scherl, co-founder, managing partner and chief vagipreneur at SPARK Solutions for Growth PANEL: Amy Buckalter, CEO and founder of Pulse Dr. Alyssa Dweck, gynecologist and author Event is free and open to the public. Join the conversation on social media with #MSUmeetup. AGENDA: 6:00-6:45 p.m. - Networking with pizza 6:45-7:00 p.m. - Welcome remarks 7:00-8:30 p.m. - Formal program, with audience Q&A Event is presented by the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship, and Montclair State's Office of Health Promotion. RACHEL BRAUN SCHERL is a respected entrepreneur and thought leader, who has successfully launched, built and revitalized companies around the globe. As Managing Partner and Co-Founder of SPARK, she has led global consulting engagements with multinationals such as Johnson & Johnson, Allergan, Bayer, Church & Dwight, and Pfizer, among others. She has also counseled numerous startups, with an emphasis on female health. Rachel previously co-founded and served as President of Semprae Laboratories, a venture-backed company engaged in developing and marketing women’s sexual health products. The company was sold to Innovus Pharmaceuticals in 2013. A self-described “vagipreneur®,” she is a market-maker in the multibillion-dollar global women’s sexual health subsector. Her first book, Orgasmic Leadership: Profiting from the Coming Surge in Female Health and Wellness, was published in May 2018. In her “Rachel Talks” speaker series, Rachel shares her experiences as a business leader and entrepreneur at leading corporations, conferences, and universities, including Stanford University, Duke University and Yale School of Management. She has appeared on ABC’s Nightline, CBS News, and MSNBC, and been interviewed for major media platforms such as The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes, and CNN. sparksolutionsforgrowth.com/about-rachel-braun-scherl and @RBScherl AMY BUCKALTER is the CEO and Founder of Pulse®, (lovemypulse.com), a new revolutionary product with patented technology invented to dramatically improve the delivery of “goops” - lotions, gels, creams, oils, lubricants, and other liquid or fluid consistencies within the health and beauty space. The company is first transforming the personal lubricant experience where there has been no dramatic innovation in over 100 years. Ms. Buckalter is a recognized business strategist, brand builder, and operational leader with more than 30 years of experience as a senior and C-level executive, and Board Director. She is a founding member of the Seattle Female Founders Alliance. womenofsextech.com/amy-buckalter and @lovemypulse ALYSSA DWECK, MS, MD, FACOG, is a practicing gynecologist at the CareMount Medical in Westchester County. She has a special interest and expertise in female sexual health and medical sex therapy. Dr. Dweck has co-authored three books, including “The Complete A to Z for Your V: A Woman’s Guide to Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your Vagina: Health, Pleasure, Hormones, and More.” Dr. Dweck contributes regularly to “Ask Anything” a monthly feature in Women’s Health Magazine. She contributed regularly to to YM Magazine, in a series called “paging Dr. Dweck”. She has also contributed to Cosmopolitan, SHAPE, Family Circle, Health, Women’s Health, Seventeen, Girl’s Life, buzzfeed, hellogiggles, womenshealthonline, Foxnews.com, and Shape.com. She was a research assistant for Dr. Joyce Brothers. drdweck.com and @drdweck
- Women Entrepreneurship Week Conference
A day of inspiration and motivation for female founders, aspiring entrepreneurs, corporate women, millennials, students and anyone who wants to take a risk and launch a new venture. Conference will feature short TEDx-style talks from the Garden State’s top women entrepreneurs from a variety of industries. A corporate panel will include execs from Google, WeWork, PSE&G and more. A panel of funders will offer advice and tips about how to raise capital. Last year, more than 400 people (mostly women) attended the conference, and the event offers some of the best networking in New Jersey! Event is free and open to the public. Men are welcome, and encouraged to attend. AGENDA: 8:00-8:45 a.m. – Networking and continental breakfast 8:45-9:15 a.m. – Welcome remarks by Susan Cole, president of Montclair State; Mimi Feliciano, founder and CEO at FEM Real Estate; Kimberly Hollister, vice dean of Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State. 9:15-10:15 a.m. – "Being Innovative in the Corporate World" Panelists include: Emma Aer, former CEO of Finlandia Cheese; Maria Comella, global head of regional public affairs and policy for WeWork; Carley Graham Garcia, Head of External Affairs for Google; Kim Hanemann, Senior VP of Electric Transmission and Distribution at PSE&G; Pearl Pugh, VP, Global Commercial Leader, for Rheumatology and Dermatology at Johnson & Johnson. Moderator: Kelley Holland, business journalist and coach. 10:15-11:10 a.m. – "Inspiration from Female Founders" (Part I) Short TEDx style talks about the founder's entrepreneurial journey. Speakers include: Michelle Bajwa, co-founder, Domain Computer Services (Starting a business in college); Liz Vilchis, CEO, latinoTech (Validating customer needs); Nicki Radzely, co-founder, Doddle & Co. (Product design); Hakika DuBose, founder, Kika Stretch Studios (Expanding your business) 11:10-11:30 a.m. – Networking break 11:30-12:25 p.m. – "Show Me the Money: Tips from Funders" Panelists include: Ita Ekpoudom, partner at GingerBread Capital; Kelly Ford, partner at Edison Partners. Moderator: Kathleen Coviello, VP at New Jersey Economic Development Authority 12:25-12:45 p.m. – Casual lunch is served; networking break 12:45-1:45 p.m. – "Inspiration from Female Founders" (Part II) Short TEDx style talks about the founder's entrepreneurial journey. Speakers include: Sejal Lakhani, CEO, TechWerxe (Leaving corporate to start a business); Ozi Okaro, founder, Ikuzi Dolls (Solving a problem); Kristine-Ellis Petrik, owner and head roaster, Java Love Coffee Roasting Co. (Taking on the competition); Sarah Hill, former co-founder and CEO, Bookstr (Selling your business) 1:45-2:00 p.m. – Closing remarks Join the conversation on social media with #WEW2018 This event is free and open to the public because of the generous support of our WEW sponsors. We especially recognize Diamond Sponsors PSE&G and Wells Fargo. Directions and parking info: Park in the Red Hawk Deck on campus, exit the deck on Level 5 and proceed straight up the walkway (soccer field will be on your left). At the Feliciano School of Business building, go up the outdoor staircase. University Hall will be straight ahead once you reach the top of the steps. Once inside University Hall, head to the elevator bank at the end of the first-floor hallway, and take elevator to 7th floor. https://www.montclair.edu/conferencecenter/directions-and-parking/
- Focus on Fashion Entrepreneurs (Women Entrepreneurship Week)
What does it take to succeed in the world of fashion? A panel of women who have started fashion companies will share their stories, including tips, advice, lessons learned and more. Speakers include Fabiola Arias, owner and designer at Fabiola Arias LLC; Susan Hess, owner/designer of Golftini; Suuchi Ramesh, founder and CEO of Suuchi, Inc.; and Eleanor Turner, co-founder and chief creative officer of Argent. Moderator: Meg Fry, business reporter at ROI-NJ. This event is a partnership with Montclair State's Fashion Studies and Department of Art and Design. Event is free and open to the public. Men are welcome, and encouraged, to attend. AGENDA: 6:00-6:45 p.m. - Networking with pizza 6:45-7:00 p.m. - Welcome remarks 7:00-8:30 p.m. - Formal program with audience Q&A Join the conversation on social media with #WEW2018 This event is free and open to the public because of the generous support of our WEW sponsors. We especially recognize Diamond Sponsors PSE&G and Wells Fargo. Directions and parking info: Park in the Red Hawk Deck on campus, exit the deck on Level 5 and proceed straight up the walkway (soccer field will be on your left). At the Feliciano School of Business building, go up the outdoor staircase. University Hall will be straight ahead once you reach the top of the steps. Once inside University Hall, head to the elevator bank at the end of the first-floor hallway, and take elevator to 7th floor. https://www.montclair.edu/conferencecenter/directions-and-parking/
- How Design Is Key to Sustainable Companies
Montclair State Feliciano School of Business building (room 101)
From funding and product to ethics and culture, design is key to sustainable companies. Find out how--and why--during this event with Cat Noone and Benedikt Lehnert, experts in design. Set in a fireside chat format, the discussion with Cat and Ben will be moderated by Tyrone Ross. (Bios below.) Ben had a successful exit, selling Wunderlist to Microsoft, but he and Cat want everyone to know there was a lot of learning (which they will share!) during the journey from failed startups to acquisitions. Cat and Ben will also talk about how to balance personal and professional when immersed in the world of startups. Plus, both Cat and Ben are just really cool people, so this promises to be an informative and entertaining discussion, led by Tyrone! Event is free and open to the public. Join the conversation on social media with #MSUmeetup. Event is presented by the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship and the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies, both at Montclair State. AGENDA: 6:00-6:45 p.m. - Networking with pizza 6:45-7:00 p.m. - Welcome remarks 7:00-8:30 p.m. - Fireside chat, with audience Q&A CAT NOONE is CEO and founder of Iris Health, your lifelong health companion enabling you to track and understand your health. Her focus is on building products and technology that maximize the way we connect and help others. Cat is also co-founder of Lyra, the best symbol-to-speech app for children with autism; and Stark, the color-blind simulator and contrast checker. Together with Benedikt Lehnert, Cat is an angel investor in design-driven startups around the world. You can follow Cat here: Twitter: @imcatnoone Web: www.heyimcat.com Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/catnoone BENEDIKT LEHNERT is the Director of Product Design for Microsoft’s M365 Mobile Experiences, responsible to lead the charter of delivering world-class mobile services across the company’s wide range of products. Benedikt is also a co-founder of Lyra, the best symbol-to-speech app for children with autism, and the color-blind simulator and contrast checker Stark. Together with Cat Noone, Benedikt is an angel investor in design-driven startups around the world. You can follow Benedikt here: Twitter: @blehnert Web: www.benedikt-lehnert.de Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/benediktlehnert TYRONE ROSS is a managing partner of NobleBridge Wealth Partners and has over a decade of experience in the financial services industry. He’s worked with institutional and corporate companies, and retail clients; all the while advising early-stage startups and educating clients on emerging technologies like blockchain and cryptoassets. Tyrone has worked for large brokerage firms like Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch where he gained investment management experience. He’s an established speaker having done so for teams at Etsy, Spotify, Uber and Wyndham as well as students at Columbia, York College, Seton Hall and Montclair State University. Tyrone is a graduate of Seton Hall University and was also a 2004 Olympic Trials qualifier in track and field in the 400 meters. You can follow Tyrone here: Twitter: @TR401 Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tyroneross/
- Innovation, Design and Makerspaces
Learn about the intersection of innovation, design and makerspaces at this event. This is a three-way event presented by the New Jersey Tech Council, the Manufacturers, Inventors & Tech Hardware Startups, and Montclair State University (MIX Lab and Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship). Event includes a tour of the MIX Lab at Montclair State. The MIX Lab has 50 digital devices, most of which are 3D printers. The lab is our new interdisciplinary hub for transformative innovation, and digitally mediated making. MIX stands for Making and Innovating for X, where X is the unknown, that which exceeds our grasp, the future, and the open-ended nature of creativity, good design and big problems. This event will feature talks by Iain Kerr and Laate Olukotun. Event is free and open to the public. Event will be held in room 014 (MIX Lab) in the basement the Feliciano School of Business. AGENDA: 6:00-6:30 p.m. - Networking with free pizza 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Formal program, including tour of MIX Lab Directions and parking info: Park in the Red Hawk Deck on campus, exit the deck on Level 5 and proceed straight up the walkway (soccer field will be on your left) to the Feliciano School of Business building. Proceed to room 014 (basement of the business school). Campus map with directions http://www.montclair.edu/media/montclairedu/feliciano/pdf/campus_map.pdf SPEAKER BIOS: IAIN KERR: Iain Kerr is a designer, systems thinker, and social entrepreneur, working at the intersection of creativity, ecology, and emergent systems. With a background in Architecture, Design, Art and Philosophy, he brings a unique perspective to issues of social innovation, design and entrepreneurship. His work is focused on inventing novel creative processes to transform seemingly intractable problems into problems worth having. As the co-director of the MIX Lab, Iain has developed new curriculum for using 3D printing to activate innovation design processes far from the normal realms of Industrial Design and Engineering. This innovative curriculum is at the heart of the lab’s certificate program in Innovation Design and Rapid Prototyping, as well as at the forefront of re-imagining innovation design as a powerful tool of innovation at all scales of action. In addition to co-directing the MIX Lab, Iain is a co-founder of the boundary-blurring design consultancy SPURSE which has been at the forefront of ecological research, experimental design, and innovation leadership for the last 15 years. Iain regularly works as a consultant, lecturer and workshop leader on creativity, innovation and design (MIT, Harvard University, Columbia University, Parsons, Yale, CCA, and RISDI). His work, and that of SPURSE, has been exhibited internationally. Learn more at: themixlab.org LAATE OLUKOTUN: Laate is a ThoughtFull Director with a passion for leading creative teams through uncharted territory. He has designed and delivered products, services, and experiences in a range of unique settings – from multi-billion dollar corporations to new startups in new industries. He has worked with a wide array of renowned brands, including Steelcase, the Mayo Clinic, and NextFab. Laate holds a B.A. in Economics from Yale University, and a Masters in Design from the Institute of Design at IIT. ThoughtFull is a Design Strategy firm that helps organizations create products, services, businesses and experiences that delight users, empower culture and transform business. Through a co-creative partnership with their clients, along with the application of human-centered design methodologies, ThoughtFull takes organizations on a journey to build deeper empathy for its users, through to the translation of those insights into new and meaningful offerings. Learn more at thoughtfulldesign.com.