Wednesday, September 19 - Friday, September 21, 2018
100 West College Street, Granville OH
In celebration of the generations of creative problem-solvers, innovators and entrepreneurs from Denison, we are hosting ReMix: The Denison Entrepreneurship Summit. This event is for Denison, by Denison, designed to help you in your journey to learn, grow and achieve great things - created and led by our very own alumni.
ReMix provides opportunities to re-connect, re-imagine, and re-fuel一engaging alumni and students to discover new ideas, learn from peers, and celebrate the “something special” about Denisonians that is the foundation for so many interesting life experiences. This will not be your typical corporate retreat or conference.
Join us and be inspired by the lessons that can only be found in the complete stories of your fellow alums - the real triumphs and tragedies of the entrepreneurial path. Creators, visionaries, and innovators from a range of fields and industries provide the foundation, along with specially designed interactive sessions and workshops to take you a little bit out of your comfort zone and onto a path of growth and transformation.
Wednesday, September 19 - Friday, September 21, 2018
It’s where many of our entrepreneurial lives all began, our home on the hill, at Denison.
Alumni and current students who are entrepreneurs, innovators, creators, and change agents. All levels of experience. Any industry. Any class year.
It’s an opportunity to remix the energy, intellect, and passions of Denison alumni and students, amplifying the value of their accomplishments and the impact of their Denison experience. We’ll re-connect with peers and classmates and build new relationships across class years and generations of Denisonians.
Capacity is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot today. You won’t want to miss this inaugural celebration of Denison alumni.
Remix is for Denisonians, by Denisonians. Here’s just a taste of the incredible line-up of Denisonians. Check back often to see the new speakers added to the list.
LaForce Baker '10, Founder & Executive Chef, Moon Meals, Inc.
LaForce Baker is the Founder & Executive Chef at Moon Meals. Inc., a manufacturer of tasty refrigerated plant-based meals and their ingredients (vegan meats, cheeses and sauces). Their products have been featured in the “grab & go” delis of Chicago-area major retailers like Whole Foods Market, Albertsons and Kroger. He manages day-to-day operations, new product development, sales, marketing and strategic partnerships.
Cynthia Booth ‘79, President, COBCO Enterprises
Cynthia Booth is President/CEO and Owner of COBCO Enterprises/McDonalds, a privately held company that owns six McDonald’s Franchises. Four of the six restaurants she constructed from the ground up, and she acquired the remaining two through acquisitions. Formerly with Firstar Bank (currently US Bank), Ms. Booth was one of the highest-ranking females at the executive level.
Maddie Callander '09, Director of Operations, Boost VC
Maddie Callander runs operations for the pre-seed VR/AR & Blockchain accelerator, Boost VC, co-founded by Adam Draper and Brayton Williams. She loves working with the incredible founders in the Boost VC ecosystem, learning as much as she can everyday, and staying curious at all times. As a deep believer in the power of emerging technologies, Maddie is on a mission to get more women into leadership in early tech sectors.
James Clear '08, Author & Speaker
James Clear is an author and speaker on habits and decision making. His writing focuses on how to apply the science of habits and behavior change to everyday life. Over one million people read his articles each month on jamesclear.com and more than 400,000 people subscribe to his weekly email newsletter. His work has been featured by The New York Times, CBS This Morning, TIME, Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, and many other media outlets. His first book will be published by Penguin Random House later this fall.
Alex Constantinople '91, CEO, The Outcast Agency
Alex Constantinople is the CEO of OutCast, where she partners with some of the world’s most well-known companies to help shape their businesses and share their stories. Prior to joining OutCast in 2010, Alex served in marketing and communications roles for GE, Condé Nast, NBC, and CNN.
Rick Coplin '85, CEO, Rick Coplin International
Rick advises C-suite leaders, speaks internationally & consults with entrepreneurial companies and universities.
Rick’s background includes consulting with Fortune 500/100 companies in manufacturing, finance, marketing, and technology acquisition & deployment. Today, Rick advises executives in small (25-200 employees), rapidly growing companies as they transition from Founder to CEO.
Greta Dirsel '96, Creative Director, Landor
As Creative Director at Landor, Dirsel leads and inspires a multi-functional team of designers to achieve strategic, stunning and effective design work. Areas of expertise are packaging, visual ID systems and brand experience for the health, beauty, food & beverage categories. Clients include Procter & Gamble, Vitamix, KraftHeinz and Nestlé.
Erik Farley '03, Dean of Student Leadership & Community Engagement, Denison University
Erik Farley is responsible for leading students, staff and faculty in efforts to imagine, build and sustain a strong, healthy and dynamic community on campus. He provides supervision and support to key offices that cultivate Denison’s legacy attributes of leadership, civic engagement and appreciation of diversity among our students. He contributes to and guides strategic and operational decision-making as a member of Student Development’s leadership team.
Matt Gillin '89, CEO & Founder, Relay Network
Matt is the CEO and co-founder of Relay Network, an award-winning mobile engagement automation company helping service providers simplify and improve the customer experience. Matt is an active technology entrepreneur and has been widely recognized for turning innovative ideas into successful businesses. Prior to Relay, Matt was the CEO of Ecount, an electronic payment company that became a recognized leader in the prepaid card industry before being purchased by Citigroup in 2007.
Steven Hauck '91, Managing Director, AP Intego Insurance Group
Mr. Hauck is Managing Director of Prestwick Holdings and AP Intego Insurance Group, a leading commercial lines insurance broker. Prior to this role, he was co-founder and Co-CEO of Agencyport, a software firm focused on delivering innovative insurance solutions to over 100 insurance carriers globally. Prior to co-founding AgencyPort in 2001, Mr. Hauck spent nine years in financial services sales and marketing.
Courtney Herring '09, Digital Marketing Strategist & Copywriter
Courtney Herring ’09 is a digital marketing strategist and certified copywriter based in metro Atlanta. She has spent the last several years serving purpose-driven business leaders, billion-dollar corporations, nonprofit organizations, socially conscious start-ups, and faith-based organizations. Her passion for writing strategic sales messaging makes her the perfect fit for those companies and organizations looking for effective digital marketing strategies to communicate clearly and attract more customers and clients authentically – without compromising their own voice or values.
Read Courtney Herring’s biography
David Howitt ‘90, Founder and CEO, Meriwether Group, Author of Heed Your Call
David M. Howitt, founder & CEO of Meriwether Group, and author of Heed Your Call, is an inspiring thought leader and guiding mentor in the world of commerce. He is an accomplished entrepreneur and published author with over twenty years of experience providing business strategy and brand counsel to startups and Fortune 100 companies.
Simms Jenkins '96, Founder, EiQ and Founder & CEO, BrightWave
Simms Jenkins is Founder & CEO of BrightWave, the leading email, eCRM and cross-channel agency focused on revenue and relationships. He has led BrightWave in establishing a world-class client list including Aflac, CarMax, Chick-fil-A, Cox Media Group, Ferrari North America, Panera Bread, Synovus and more.
Terry Jones '70, Founder of Travelocity and co-founder of Kayak
Terry Jones is an author, venture capitalist, innovator and keynote speaker. Best known for founding Travelocity.com and serving as founding Chairman of Kayak.com, Terry Jones has become a powerful voice in the world of entrepreneurship through his numerous speaking engagements and the publication of his book, ON Innovation.
Lillian Lincoln Lambert, Entrepreneur & Author, The Road to Someplace Better: From the Segregated South to Harvard Business School and Beyond
When Lillian arrived at the Harvard Business School in September 1967, her first thought was “Why am I here!” She had been assured that Harvard was the top business school in the world for training managers and she was encouraged to go there. What she did not know was no African American woman had ever attended HBS. She would be the first.
Joe Maxwell '90, Managing Partner, FINTOP Capital
Joe Maxwell is the Managing Partner at FINTOP Capital. Joe was most recently at IPreo Inc. where he led the Private Capital Markets, acquiring Clear Momentum Inc. in December 2015 and ILevel Inc. in August 2015. Prior to its 2014 acquisition by Ipreo, Joe was Chairman and CEO of Shareholder InSite. He was also the founder and CEO of CapControls, Inc., and founder, CEO and Chairman of Investment Scorecard, Inc. Investment Scorecard sold to Informa PLC in April 2007.
Emily Merrell '09, Founder, Six Degrees Society
Emily decided to study Spanish and Communications at Denison University. Upon graduating, she moved to Buenos Aires to master her Spanish and worked in various industries. Following her return to New York City, she landed in the Fashion world specializing in Events & Marketing working at Ralph Lauren, Club Monaco, Tory Burch, and INTERMIX. In 2014 she founded a women’s focused networking organization called Six Degrees Society. In 2016 she turned her side hustle into a full-time hustle and has expanded the reach to 10 chapters across the country.
Susan Peterson '67, Founder, The Communication Center
Susan Peterson is the Founder of The Communication Center. A talented and dynamic communicator, Susan draws from her media experiences to enhance the communication management skills of her clients around the world. Susan established TCC in 1983 after a decade as a network television correspondent for CBS and NBC News.
Heather Stouffer '96, Founder & CEO, Mom Made Foods
Eating healthy, well-balanced meals have always been an important part of Heather Stouffer’s life. She left Denison not sure what she wanted to do but she knew she wanted to work in a field related to children’s health. In 2006, as a new parent, she launched Mom Made Foods at a local farmer’s market to offer frozen organic meals for children. She has since expanded the company’s frozen food lines into thousands of grocery store freezers nationally.
Jack Tankersley '72, Founder and Managing Director, Meritage Funds
Jack is a co-founder of Meritage Funds with 40 years of experience as a private equity investor, having raised, invested and managed more than $1.0 billion of capital during his career. Jack is responsible for a number of highly successful investments in companies such as Crown Castle and Brooks Fiber Properties.
Jeff Walker '91, Senior Partner, VSA Partners
Jeff leads teams serving influential companies worldwide, with expertise in design-driven branding and integrated communications. Since joining VSA in 1995, he has led brand initiatives including brand strategy, brand identity, digital and interactive experiences, package design, film production, environmental and retail branding. In over two decades with VSA, Jeff has played a role in helping transform VSA from a regional design firm into an integrated creative agency, serving clients with international reputations for design excellence, and data-driven brand experiences.
Adam S. Weinberg, President, Denison Univeristy
Adam Weinberg is Denison University’s 20th president. He previously served as president and CEO of World Learning, one of the premier international education, exchange and development organizations.
Dr. Thomas Witherspoon '05, Associate Dean of Students/Director of Multi-Cultural Student Affairs, Denison University
Dr. Thomas Witherspoon is responsible for supporting students and student groups in their co-curricular learning. This work takes the form of coaching around self-advocacy, intergroup dynamics, and conflict resolution. His work has a very distinctive focus on persistence, identity exploration, and graduation and emphasizes connecting university-wide in support of students from marginalized communities.
Read Thomas Witherspoon’s biography
Wednesday, September 19 - Friday, September 21
Visit the registration table to check in and pick up your name tag, summit schedule and swag.
More than your average dinner, this opening workshop sets the stage for the whole summit. This dinner workshop will unveil the power of storytelling and provide an opportunity to re-connect, re-engage and re-mix with Denisonians, old friends and new.
Friday will be the travel day home for most participants. However, before you depart Granville, we do encourage attendees to take advantage of any of these opportunities on Friday morning: Coaching and mentoring opportunities and appointments with current students, meetings and coffee with fellow alumni entrepreneurs, attending a course with a favorite professor, a campus tour, golfing at the Denison Golf Course
The registration fee provides access to all presentations, meals, networking events, and Summit swag.
Due to space constraints, capacity will be limited to 100 alumni, first come first-served. We encourage registering as early as possible to ensure your attendance.
We don’t want cost to be a hindrance to attendance. If the registration fee proves to be a significant hurdle for your attendance, a limited number of scholarships are available to assist with the cost of attendance. Email Julie Tucker, Assistant Vice President for Student Development, at email@example.com with inquiries about the scholarship.
Registrations before July 1
314 E. Broadway
We have reserved a block of rooms at the Granville Inn, available first come, first-served. This block is only available until August 17. Please contact the Granville Inn directly to reserve your room, referencing the Denison Entrepreneurship Summit, to get a discount.
Call the Inn to reserve a room, referencing the Denison Entrepreneurship Summit.
Rates range from $144 – $244 nightly plus tax