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[RE] Mix Denison Entrepreneurship Summit

David Howitt in a session with studentsIn 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?

Reconnect, reimagine, refuel.

  • 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.

Schedule Overview

Wednesday, September 19 - Friday, September 21

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Red Frame Lab (Slayter 200)
Check in at the registration table for your name tag, final schedule, and swag bag.
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

[RE]DESIGN: Alumni & Student Design Challenge

Red 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.
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm

Campus Tour

Haven’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.
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Knowlton Center Open House

Join 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.
4:45 pm - 5:30 pm

Opening Reception

Light hors d'oeuvres available before the kickoff session.
5:30 pm - 8:45 pm

ReMix Kick Off, Opening Workshop & Dinner

Don’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.
6:00 am - 8:00 am

Morning Workout Options

8:00 am - 8:15 am

Opening Remarks

8:15 am - 9:00 am

Disruption OFF

Terry 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.
9:00 am - 9:45 am

The Design of Business

Jeff 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.
10:00 am - 10:15 am

Leap & the Net Will Appear: How to bet on yourself to truly succeed in entrepreneurship

Courtney 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.
10:15 am - 11:15 am

Workshop: Building a Capacity for Understanding & Mitigating Unconscious/Implicit Bias

Erik 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.
11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Breakout Sessions: Choose Your Own Journey

View the full list of breakout sessions
12:15 pm - 1:20 pm

Lunch Option #1: Networking Lunch

Enjoy lunchtime conversation with fellow Denisonians.
12:15 pm - 1:20 pm

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
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Second Round of Breakouts

View the full list of breakout sessions
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Unlocking Your Amazing Entrepreneurial Potential

Rick 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.
2:45 pm - 4:15 pm
4:50 pm - 5:05 pm

Turning Passion Into Paycheck

LaForce 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.
5:05 pm - 5:55 pm

How to Apply the Science of Habit Formation to Build a Better Business

James 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.
6:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Closing Remarks

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Break & Snacks

6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Closing Dinner

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Closing Reception at the Granville Inn

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Morning Exercise Options

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Power Networking Breakfast

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Golfing at the Denison Golf Course

We’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.
8:30 am - 1:30 pm

Take a Class

Throughout the morning, we’ve arranged for alumni to attend a few classes, if of interest.
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Red Frame Lab Open House

Drop by the Red Frame Lab, Denison’s Center for Design Thinking, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Meet the Red Frame Team.
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Connecting & Conversations

Red Frame Lab
Connect with alumni and students you met during ReMix, with alumni being available to students for conversations and connecting.
11:30 am - 12:20 pm

Campus Tours

Haven’t been back to campus in a while? Join this campus tour to see all the changes that have occurred on campus.
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Roundtable Conversation on Preparing Today’s Students for Entrepreneurship

Join 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 tuckerj@denison.edu with inquiries about the scholarship.


Alumni in the Class of 2007 and earlier


Alumni in the Classes of 2008-2018


Friend of Denison

Location & Accommodations

Location Image

The Summit will occur at Denison, in the Burton D. Morgan Center.

Nearby Accomodation

Granville Inn

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

Visit denison.edu for a full list of additional accommodations.