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.
When is it?
Wednesday, September 19 - Thursday, September 20, 2018
Where is it?
It’s where many of our entrepreneurial lives all began, our home on the hill, at Denison.
What is it?
- A gathering of enterprising Denisonians, for enterprising Denisonians, by enterprising Denisonians.
- The content and the sharing of stories will catalyze emerging entrepreneurs and re-invigorate experienced entrepreneurs.
- An opportunity for networking and building connections among Denisonians who are doing things you never realized.
- A celebration of the Denison entrepreneur community, their innovations, and achievements.
Who is it for?
Alumni and current students who are entrepreneurs, innovators, creators, and change agents. All levels of experience. Any industry. Any class year.
Why should I come?
- Our Denison network has undeniable firepower, people of skills and experiences, knowledge and successes that we can share with one another.
- This opportunity will contribute to your own professional growth and development, regardless of where you are in your career. The content and the sharing will catalyze emerging entrepreneurs and re-invigorate experienced entrepreneurs.
- This is an opportunity for meaningful engagement among entrepreneurial Denisonians. You won’t want to miss this sharing of stories, experiences, and knowledge.
- This event helps Denison claim a global leadership role and celebrate our true DNA as entrepreneurs.
Why is this thing called Remix?
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.
Speaker Line Up
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.
Nic Covey '04
VP, Partnership Development, 84.51°, The Kroger Co.
Nic Covey leads partnership development for 84.51°, the analytics, marketing and strategy unit of The Kroger Co., where he is responsible for identifying and executing strategic partnership opportunities and for driving best practices in the partnership development process. The Kroger Co. is one of the world’s largest food retailers, with nearly half a million associates serving 9 million customers a day.
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.
David Frederiksen '92
Founder & CEO, PatientFocus
David is the founder and CEO of PatientFocus, a Nashville-based, patient-billing company for healthcare providers. Prior to PatientFocus, David served as the COO of Insight Healthcare Financial, a Nashville-based, healthcare finance company managing A/R factoring transactions between healthcare companies and lenders across the country. David has over twenty years of healthcare experience including strategy consulting; financial analysis; credit underwriting; lending; workouts and restructurings.
Read David Frederiksen’s full biography
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.
Laurel B. Kennedy
Vice President for Student Development, Denison University
Dr. Laurel B. Kennedy, Vice President for Student Development, began her career with Denison University as an assistant professor in the Department of Communication in 1990. She subsequently held positions as associate professor in the Department of Communication, Dean of First Year Students, and Director of the John W. Alford Center for Service Learning prior to being appointed Vice President for Student Affairs (now the Division of Student Development) in April 2010.
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.
John Robinson '98
Managing Partner, Mazarine Ventures
Robinson’s background is diverse, but he generally operates at the intersection of environmental-tech and China. A consummate China-hand, Mr. Robinson graduated from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University – Nanjing Center, and is regularly invited to speak on US-China relations, China’s environmental market, cross-border M&A, and all things China. He is the principal organizer of the China BlueTech Awards, and an organizing partner of China InnoStars.
Mark Sanor '90
Founder and CEO of 360 One Firm
Mark is the founder of 361Firm with over 25 years of experience as a lawyer, investment banker and investor. After 10 years in Europe as a Partner with Arthur Andersen and EY, Mark partnered with a single family office in New York making investments alongside top-tier private equity funds. Recently, Mark set up a new model called 361Firm to enable hundreds of family offices to collaborate in sourcing, vetting, executing and exiting investments.
Voloe Scott ’97
Creative Strategy Director, Salesforce
Voloe is a seasoned veteran of dotcom start-ups, having worked in a series of leadership positions in early-stage companies. The first start-up he worked for, Alexa Internet, was acquired by Amazon in 1999. In 2011, Voloe co-founded Ticlr, a mobile social gift-giving service in the online dating space. He lead marketing and business development and pitched Ticlr at DEMO to leading venture capital investors, entrepreneurs and tech media. In 2014, Voloe joined Appurify a cloud-based QA mobile testing platform where he lead all marketing activities.
Read Voloe Scott’s full biography
Warner Siebert '05
SVP, Market Adoption, Sysco LABS
Warner is currently SVP, Market Adoption at Sysco LABS, the innovation division of Sysco Corporation (NYSE: SYY) and the former Co-Founder & CEO of BuzzTable, Inc., a mobile waitlist and CRM solution for restaurants (acquired by Sysco). At BuzzTable, he raised over $1M in angel and venture capital, including NYC-based incubator, Entrepreneur’s Roundtable Accelerator, and Microsoft Ventures, and in 2012 was recognized with an Under30CEO Award.
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.
Thomas Witherspoon '05
Associate Dean of Students/Director of Multi-Cultural Student Affairs, Denison University
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
Chris Wolfington '90
Most recently Chris served as the CEO of CityCar Services, which he founded after identifying an opportunity to build a stronger capability to serve the transportation needs of Fortune 500 companies. CityCar Services became a recognized leader in each of its markets and grew to the 20th largest company in the industry until its sale in late 2017.
Wednesday, September 19 - Friday, September 21
RegistrationRed Frame Lab (Slayter 200)
Check in at the registration table for your name tag, final schedule, and swag bag.
[RE]DESIGN: Alumni & Student Design ChallengeRed Frame Lab (Slayter 200)
If you arrive on campus a little early, join this alumni-student design challenge, with alumni and students in teams working to solve a problem.
Campus TourHaven’t been back to campus in a while? Join this campus tour to see all the changes that have occurred on campus. There’s another tour scheduled for Friday morning if you can’t make this one.
Knowlton Center Open HouseJoin the Knowlton Center team for a conversation about our Center for Career Exploration and share your thoughts on how the Center can identify and partner with entrepreneurial organizations to create opportunities for our students. There’s another conversation planned for Friday morning if you can’t make this one.
Opening ReceptionLight hors d'oeuvres available before the kickoff session.
ReMix Kick Off, Opening Workshop & DinnerDon’t miss this kick-off event, featuring a welcome by President Weinberg, an opening talk with David Howitt ’90 on the Future of Disruption, and a workshop entitled, “The Power of Your Signature Story.” This will be followed by dinner and dessert.
Morning Workout Options
Disruption OFFTerry Jones ‘70
Leaders are worried. Businesses are being disrupted at an ever-increasing pace and technological advances are converging to create unprecedented dislocation. Identify what these are and how you can turn them to your advantage. Terry reviews the to 10 technical forces of disruption and more importantly shows the new business models that result.
The Design of BusinessJeff Walker ’91 & Greta Dirsel ‘96
Speaking and answering how design, as a broader construct, is shaping some of the best companies and organizations. The session will include: Designing an organization’s Purpose and Values, Designing a Value Proposition and Delivering on that Promise, Design Thinking to Designed Experiences, Designing Identity in Today's World, and Designing Brands from the Inside out or from the Outside In.
Leap & the Net Will Appear: How to bet on yourself to truly succeed in entrepreneurshipCourtney Herring Bowden ‘09
Over the last decade, "entrepreneurship" has morphed into a glamorous buzzword. There have been millions of books, courses and training materials created to teach people the best tactics around how to operate in this brave new world. Many people believe the key prerequisites to becoming a successful business person lies in pedigree, education level or financial stability. However, that can't be further from the truth. In this session, attendees will better understand the real prerequisites to success in business that ANYONE can master and achieve - and none of them have anything to do with the amount of money in your bank account, the number of degrees you have or even your upbringing.
Workshop: Building a Capacity for Understanding & Mitigating Unconscious/Implicit BiasErik Farley ‘03 & Thomas Witherspoon ‘05
As our society becomes more globally connected, fostering the ability for individuals to interact intelligently across difference has become invaluable to the growth of organizations. This increased interaction forces organizations to take a look at structures and interpersonal dynamics as they are developing teams. This session will help attendees become more aware of implicit bias and its effects. As a community, we will explore strategies to mitigate bias in both professional and social settings.
Breakout Sessions: Choose Your Own JourneyView the full list of breakout sessions
Lunch Option #1: Networking LunchEnjoy lunchtime conversation with fellow Denisonians.
Lunch Option #2: Recognizing the Entrepreneur Within You!Lillian Lincoln Lambert & Susan Peterson ‘67
An inspirational story of two entrepreneurs sharing what it took for them to start and own their own businesses for almost three decades in Washington, DC. Lillian was the first African American woman to graduate from Harvard Business School and went on to employ more than a thousand people; Susan was a TV network correspondent for CBS and NBC News for a decade before founding her communication company teaching high-level executives how to do interviews and presentations. This will be an interactive conversation with Lillian & Susan.
During this luncheon, we will have the opportunity to explore together some common characteristics of entrepreneurs: Are you a risk-taker or pretty cautious? Are you often impatient with systems and want to improve them? Do you consider yourself an extrovert or an introvert? You might be surprised to discover that you are a potential entrepreneur.
Co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs & ReMix
Second Round of BreakoutsView the full list of breakout sessions
Unlocking Your Amazing Entrepreneurial PotentialRick Coplin ‘85
Your future is bright. Making consistent, intentional investments in your entrepreneurial capabilities is the key to your success and significance. In this interactive session, you will learn what your top investment is, how to take initiative, and why your future hangs in the balance of today. Leveraging the foundation of your Denison Experience, it’s entirely up to you to unlock your potential.
Growth & Exit PanelsView the list of panelists and discussion points
Turning Passion Into PaycheckLaForce Baker ‘10
Get ideas about when to start your entrepreneurial journey. Learn if you have what it takes to turn your idea into a business. Learn how to use your haters to fuel your success.
How to Apply the Science of Habit Formation to Build a Better BusinessJames Clear ‘08
The backbone of any business is a customer that returns again and again or an employee who does the right thing day after day. The long-term success of any company relies on the habits of its customers and staff. In this session, we will discuss how habits work and how to utilize the science of human behavior to build more engaging products and create more productive systems.
Break & Snacks
Closing Reception at the Granville Inn
Morning Exercise Options
Power Networking Breakfast
Golfing at the Denison Golf CourseWe’ve arranged a special rate for ReMix attendees. Book your tee-time online and tell them you’re with ReMix to obtain the special rate.
Take a ClassThroughout the morning, we’ve arranged for alumni to attend a few classes, if of interest.
Red Frame Lab Open HouseDrop by the Red Frame Lab, Denison’s Center for Design Thinking, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Meet the Red Frame Team.
Connecting & ConversationsRed Frame Lab
Connect with alumni and students you met during ReMix, with alumni being available to students for conversations and connecting.
Campus ToursHaven’t been back to campus in a while? Join this campus tour to see all the changes that have occurred on campus.
Roundtable Conversation on Preparing Today’s Students for EntrepreneurshipJoin a conversation about entrepreneurship with the Red Frame Lab and Knowlton Center for Career Exploration. Our teams invite alumni perspectives on how we continue to launch entrepreneurship opportunities and the ways we can prepare students for success post-Denison, particularly those who see themselves as entrepreneurs.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with inquiries about the scholarship.
$200Alumni in the Class of 2007 and earlier
$150Alumni in the Classes of 2008-2018
$200Friend of Denison
Location & Accommodations
The Summit will occur at Denison, in the Burton D. Morgan Center.
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