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Countdown to Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 13 - 17

Posted: November 9, 2016

Get Inspired! Get Started! Make It Happen! GEWeek Penn State events co-sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program or of special interest to students in the agricultural sciences.

Learn the story of the Straub Brewery from fifth-generation leader Bill Brock.

Find out how to turn an ailing company around.

Hear how an immigrant who arrived in the U.S. at a young age, opened a Chick-fil-A franchise and went on to build his locations into a business with $12.5 million in annual sales.

And learn about driving innovation within a corporation. These are just a few events at GE Week at Penn State, officially Nov. 13-17.

But events to help people explore their inner innovator are already underway at Penn State’s University Park and branch campuses. GEW Penn State was the country’s largest celebration in 2015, with 124 events drawing 5,058 people.

Here, we’ve highlighted GEWeek at Penn State events co-sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program or of special interest to students in the agricultural sciences.

Find the full schedule here.

Monday

Keynote: Bill Brock, Straub Brewery, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m., Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library, University Park

Bill Brock, fifth-generation leader of Straub Brewery in St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania, speaks about social entrepreneurship during a noon keynote address.

Brock is responsible to ensure Straub remains competitive within the dynamic modern brewing industry, and continues the family tradition and heritage of a longtime American brewer.

Straub has invested millions of dollars in quality management, product line expansion, sales and distribution network upgrades, rebranding and marketing and transforming the corporate culture.

Brock’s keynote address is 12 p.m. – 1 p.m., at Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library, University Park.

At 1:30, Brock speaks at a master class at Happy Valley LaunchBox, 224 S. Allen St.

At 3 p.m., Brock will participate in a panel discussion of social entrepreneurship. Contact Mark Gagnon, mag199@psu.edu.

Tuesday

Bill Donley, former president and CEO of Tangent Rail Corp., a railroad supply company, tells his story of leading the management buyout that created that company, then leading its turnaround. Donley speaks during a joint session of ENGR 310 Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Bill Donley serves as chairman of the Advisory Board for the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program.

Keynote: Hung Ly, Owner/Operator Chick-fil-A, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m., Happy Valley LaunchBox, 224 S. Allen St.

Hung Ly opened his first Chick-fil-A unit in 2002 in Baltimore, Maryland and his second in 2007. This year his units expect to achieve more than $12.5 million in sales. As they grow, Ly is committed to growing their influence in the community. Each month, his team donates food to Johns Hopkins Hospital to serve sick children and their families. The team also hosts monthly fun events at the restaurants for the community including Family Night, Story Time, Father-Daughter Date Night and Superhero Night.

At 1:30 p.m., Hung Ly speaks at a Master Class on Intrapreneurship & Innovation, at Happy Valley LaunchBox. The session helps students work through the specifics of building a new business with potential to be franchised both in the United States and abroad.

At 3 p.m., Donley will participate in a panel discussion about how to be entrepreneurial inside established organizations. 3- 4:15 p.m., Happy Valley LaunchBox, 224 S. Allen St.

At 4:30 p.m., students in the Entrepreneurship Program present a fast-paced, hands-on and interactive workshop to test students’ knowledge, creativity and ability to think on their feet. 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Happy Valley LaunchBox, 224 S. Allen St.

At 8 p.m., Wednesday, Christie and Mark Holloway, owners of Rooted Farmstead in Bellefonte, Pa., tell their story of conquering corporate burnout by buying a 14-acre former dairy farm and learning farming by Googling. They’ve defined their own success by working hard, spending time together outside, and reconnecting with their friends, family and community through food and nature.

The Holloways speak at the CBICC offices, 131 South Fraser. St., Suite 1, State College.

Thursday

Keynote: Dan Deaver, VP Non-Clinical R&D, Alkermes, Boston,

12 p.m. – 1 p.m., Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library, University Park

Dr. Dan Deaver is VP of non-clinical R&D at Alkermes, a biopharmaceutical company that focuses on central nervous system diseases. He leads the Life Science and Toxicology group within the Alkermes R&D organization.

Prior to joining Alkermes in 1999, Dr. Deaver spent 16 years on the faculty of Penn State where he was a tenured professor of reproductive physiology. He joined Alkermes in 1999 as director of Life Sciences. Throughout his career, Dr. Deaver has focused on innovative and interdisciplinary approaches in the Life Sciences.

At 1:30, Deaver speaks at a Master Class at Happy Valley LaunchBox, 224 S. Allen St.

At 2:45 p.m., find out about startup stories from Penn State students and alumni, at the Startup-Shakeup Panel, at Happy Valley LaunchBox, 224 S. Allen St.  Panelists include Mike Black, co-founder of Parking Bee, Anna Gokieli, Owner and Meditation Coach, Tru Meditation and Yoga, Olivia Jones, music artist and performer, Laura Kearns of Laureate Studio, and Ethan Wendle, co-founder of DiamondBack Automotive Accessories.

At 8 p.m., Scott and Mary Ann Bubb, owners of Seven Mountains Winery, tell their story of becoming award-winning winemakers during “Grapes Beneath Your Feet” at the CBICC Offices, 131 S. Fraser St., Suite 1, State College.

At the age of 17, Scott Bubb started a nearly 35-year career in manufacturing at New Holland in Belleville, Pennsylvania.

In October 2007, the Belleville plant closed, and Scott decided to pursue the career that he longed for. He left the world of amateur winemaking, went professional, and opened a winery with his wife Mary Ann.

Plus, Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau Director of Marketing Andy Rupert will explain how craft beverages are gaining in popularity and are having an increased impact on tourism.

Food and beverages provided.