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[RE]MIX 2021

Denison Entrepreneurship Summit

When

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 – Thursday, September 23, 2021

Where

A Virtual Conference for 2021
Denison University

celebration of the generations of creative problem-solvers, innovators and entrepreneurs from Denison

In celebration of the generations of creative problem-solvers, innovators and entrepreneurs from Denison, Denison created and hosts ReMix, an entrepreneurship summit for Denison by Denison. This extraordinary summit is designed to help alumni and students in their 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. Creators, visionaries, and innovators from a range of fields and industries provide the foundation, along with specially designed interactive sessions and workshops.

2021 Speakers

Virtual Summit Schedule

Please see below for schedule details to date.

1:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Welcome from President Weinberg 

The Power of ReMix: 
  • Joe Maxwell ‘90 & Becca Gardner ‘09
  • David Howitt ‘90 & Nick Yehle ‘20
   
1:15 pm - 1:35 pm

Startup Stories: Darren Lachtman ‘04

1:35 pm - 1:55 pm

Building Connections: Breakout Tables

1:55 pm - 2:25 pm

The Power of the Pivot: Finding Strength, Inspiration and Joy in the Midst of Great Change with Katie McKenna ‘04

2:25 pm - 2:55 pm

Breakout Sessions: Choose Your Own Journey

  1. Why Startups Fail: A Conversation with Terry Jones ‘70
  Join Terry Jones, Founder of Travelocity and Founding Chairman of Kayak, for a conversation about why startups fail.  
  1. How to Foster Belonging on Campus or in your Organization: Paige Robnett ‘14
  Diverse, equitable, and inclusive (DEI) organizations have been linked to greater innovation, performance, and productivity. Yet, if 2020 taught us anything, it’s that institutions have a long way to go when it comes to DEI. While so much of DEI can feel out of our control, every one of us has the power to foster a greater sense of both inclusion and belonging for their peers and teammates. In this 30 minute DEI introduction, participants will learn basic DEI definitions and what it takes to transform an organization’s culture. Most importantly, participants will leave with actionable strategies to foster a greater sense of belonging on campus or within their organization.   
  1. Behind the Curtain on Venture Capital: Rick Kienzle ‘85
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bonus Networking Hour + 1-1 Alumni Coaching Appointments

1:00 pm - 1:25 pm

An Interview with David Lucchino ‘91

1:25 pm - 1:45 pm

Entrepreneurship…..From Good to Great to Mindfulness and back to Start-Ups…lessons along the way with Rip Gellein ‘69

1:45 pm - 2:10 pm

Small Group Conversation

2:10 pm - 2:40 pm

Breakout Rooms

  1. Building a Strong Team and Culture and Retaining that Talent: Jack Tankersley ‘72
 
  1. DEI Conversation with James Anderson ‘85 
 
  1. Coaching: Turn your passion into a profitable business with Emily Merrell ‘09, Alison Nissen ‘89 and Marcy Stoudt ‘94
2:40 pm - 2:50 pm

Opportunity to Build Relationships

2:50 pm - 3:20 pm

Breakout Rooms

  1. Tapping into Revenue: Determining market demand vs market need for a product/service with Winters Heafey ‘14 and David Frederiksen ‘92
  Determining and addressing a market need is one thing, but market demand is another. Need analysis can be done from the comfort of your laptop, but until you actually talk to customers, true demand remains a mystery. Discovering a need for your product is only the first step. The real question is what will people pay for it and why? Winters Heafey and David Frederiksen share their stories of discovering market needs and chasing customer demand.  
  1. You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know with Warner Siebert ‘05
  Bouncing back and pivoting is ~90% of an entrepreneur’s everyday life… mostly small failures that are correctable, but sometimes you hit unforeseen hurdles that are entirely outside of your control. Therefore, certain challenges are impossible to conquer, no matter what you do. Smart and seasoned entrepreneurs know when to quit and how to do it gracefully without burning any bridges. In my case, trying to start a food company that involved a key ingredient (CBD), which turned out to be federally disapproved as a permissible food and beverage ingredient - after I started the company - made it impossible to continue… but I still salvaged a fire sale “exit” and did everything in my power to provide transparency and value to my investors and various business partners.   
  1. Taking the Lead – Females Forging Forward in Business and Life with Liz Pryor ‘04, Maddie Callander ‘09 and Emily Merrell ‘09
  Join these three women for a conversation about female leadership.  
3:20 pm - 3:50 pm

A Conversation with James Clear ‘08

3:50 pm - 4:00 pm

ReMix Wrap up

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bonus Opportunities

  • Reception
 
  • Entrepreneurship on the Hill: Join the Red Frame Lab for a conversation about entrepreneurship at Denison. You’ll get to hear student pitches and hear about the cool and innovative things students are doing.

ReMix Testimonials

“The was a best in class summit! I’ve been to many, and this ranks right up there with the best! It was engaging, informative and collaborative.”


“The sessions were excellent. The networking excellent. The energy excellent!”


“A terrific inaugural effort at bringing together some of the can-do, entrepreneurial spirit of Denisonians — sharing lessons and methods between Alumni and Students.”


“The entire Remix Program was an extraordinary event. The event was well planned and gave students and alumni a great opportunity to network and learn from each other.”


“The was a best in class summit! I’ve been to many, and this ranks right up there with the best! It was engaging, informative and collaborative.”


“The was a best in class summit! I’ve been to many, and this ranks right up there with the best! It was engaging, informative and collaborative.”


“The entire event was an A+.  content.   curation.   energy.  interaction. facilitation.  organization.  It was a defining moment for Denison.”


“The sessions were excellent. The networking excellent. The energy excellent!”

“A terrific inaugural effort at bringing together some of the can-do, entrepreneurial spirit of Denisonians — sharing lessons and methods between Alumni and Students.”


“The entire Remix Program was an extraordinary event. The  event was well planned and gave students and alumni  a great opportunity to network and learn from each other.”


Registration

Register Today!

We want ReMix to be accessible to all Denison alums. If the registration fee proves to be financially burdensome for you, please let us know. There are a limited number of scholarships available. Contact Julie Tucker (tuckerj@denison.edu) to learn more.

$75

Recent Alumni (2011-2021)

$100

Alumni (2010 and earlier)

Free!

Student Registration

Students Register Here