Speaker Series

In the Center's Speaker Series, successful entrepreneurs talk about the paths they took on their way to starting, running, and growing their businesses, including lessons learned about things they wished they had known when they were starting out. At other times we invite thought leaders in entrepreneurship from academia or industry to share their insights with the audience. Videos of these talks are available in most cases by clicking on the title of the talk.

2014-15 Speakers

   Privacy, Data Security and Cyber Security Law: 
   Understanding the Issues and Creating a Career Path
 Tuesday February 3, 2015


       Kathleen M. Porter, Partner, Robinson & Cole LLP, CIPP/US WNE Law ’90 (Program Chair)
       Elena M. Gervino Vice President, Claim Legal and Specialized Services Travelers, WNE Law ‘88
       Andrew Levchuk, Counsel, Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, CISSP 
       Richard R. Reynolds, Privacy Counsel at Boston Scientific Corporation, CIPP/US WNE Law ’95 

   Western New England University School of Law and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship presented a cutting-edge program highlighting current issues in privacy, data security, and cybersecurity law on Tuesday, February 3, 2015. The panel will discussed current and                         evolving legal, insurance, and regulatory trends affecting this rapidly-changing area of law. The speakers identified the emerging issues to follow in 2015 and discussed the concerns that keep them awake at night.

        How to Handle an IRS Audit
        Paul Mancinone '92
        Trustee, Western New England University and, President Paul L. Mancinone Company, P.C.
        November 11, 2014

Common Legal Mistakes of Small Businesses 
Dean Eric Gouvin, Prof. Robert Statchen, and Michele Feinstein '84 
Scibelli Enterprise Center
Springfield Technical Community College
November 18, 2014

Previous Speakers Series         

2013-14 Speakers:

Lessons Learned
Ron Lalli ’61/G’67, Entrepreneur
EBTEC, Texcel, Belt Technologies, Energy Beam Sciences, PTI Industries, Litron, Overhaul Support Services
Former Trustee, Western New England University
September 12, 2013

Living the Sweet Life
Jeff Birnn '72, Co-president, Birnn Chocolates
October 29, 2013

Bringing A Legal Perspective To The Director's Chair
Lawrence Hott L'76, Owner, Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc.
November 5, 2013

         Confessions of a Serial Entrepreneur 
         Bill Bither, Software Entrepreneur 
February 27, 2014

         Intrepreneurship of Pharmacy Management 
         Michael G. Semaine, Jr., Director of Pharmacy, Big Y Pharmacy and Wellness Center 
March 24, 2014

         One Man's Vision for Xlerating Success
         Denis gagnon, G'76, President, Excel Dryer, Inc., Trustee, Western New England University 
April 8, 2014

2012-2013 Speakers

Entrepreneurship in Pharmacy
Andrew Robinson, Owner & Director of Operations, SpecialtyScripts Pharmacy
April 11, 2013

Lawyer As Entrepreneur
Joseph Kershenbaum,
Executive Vice President & CFO of Salute Homecare LLC
Jayson Falcone of the Law Offices of Jayson J. Falcone
March 5, 2013
Entrepreneurship in Creative Communications
Tina Stevens
, Principal & Creative Director, Stevens 470
Robert C. Andrews Jr., President & CEO, Digital Media Ventures (DMV) Entertainment Group
Janine Fondon, President & CEO,
Jan. 29, 2013

Computer Scientist as Entrepreneur
Jackie Fallon ’82, Owner, FIT Solutions
November 8, 2012

Brewer as Entrepreneur
Gary Bogoff,
Cofounder, Berkshire Brewing Company
October 16, 2012

Engineer as Entrepreneur
Stanley Kowalski III
'92, Chairman of the Board FloDesign, Inc.;
Founder, FloDesign Wind Turbine, FloDesign Water Turbine, FloDesign Sonics, SK3 Realty
September 18, 2012

2011-2012 Speakers

Everything I Know About Business I Learned From the Grateful Dead
Barry Barnes
, Professor of Management, Nova Southeastern University H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship
April 5, 2012

Undocumented Entrepreneurs: Business Structure and Immigration Compliance
David P. Weber
Assistant Professor of Law, Creighton University School of Law
January 24, 2012

Products, Systems and Services Innovation
Marc Meyer
Professor of Business, Northeastern University College of Business
November 17, 2011

Anatomy of a Meltdown: The Continuing Small Business Impact
Michael Malloy - Professor of Management, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
September 29, 2011 

2010-2011 Speakers

Over-confident and Unambitious Entrepreneur
Karl Okamoto
- Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Business and Entrepreneurship Law Concentration, Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University
April 13, 2011

Educating Entrepreneurs Through Immersion in the Ecosystem
Peter Russo
- Director, Entrepreneurship Programs, Boston University School of Management Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship & Commercialization
February 22, 2011 (photos)

What's In Your Dash?
Harold Epps G’84,
President and CEO, PRWT Services, Inc.
November 9, 2010 (photos)

The African American Entrepreneur Then and Now
W. Sherman Rogers,
Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law
September 23, 2010

Debt as Venture Capital
Darian Ibrahim, Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School
September 22, 2010

2009-2010 Speakers

Leading a Business in Anxious Times
Katharine G. Baker, Principal, Family Therapy and Consulting Associates
April 15, 2010  (photos)

Striking Out on Their Own: Self-employed and Financial Distress
Robert Lawless, Professor of Law and the Galowich-Huzienga Faculty Scholar, University of Illinois College of Law
January 26, 2010

Effectively Leveraging New Media For Profitable Business Development
David Bullock
, President & Managing Director of White Bullock Group and coauthor of Barack 2.0
November 5, 2009 (photos)

2008-2009 Speakers

Reflections on a Life in Banking -- The Long Road Behind and the Long Road Ahead
Dorothy Bridges
, Vice President, American Bankers Association & President & CEO, City First Bank, Washington DC
April 14, 2009

Race and Entrepreneurial Success
Robert Fairlie,
Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz
November 25, 2008

Promoting Economic Justice Through Community-centered Lawyering
Laurie Hauber, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School
November 6, 2008

2007-2008 Speakers

Financial Services for the Poor: Evidence from the Detroit Area Study
Michael Barr
, Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School
April 8, 2008

Innovation & Diversity: Lessons from The Real Pepsi Challenge
Stephanie Capparell
, journalist, author, and filmmaker
January 29, 2008

Student Entrepreneurship
Fran Harris
, former WNBA player, business consultant, and inspirational speaker
November 13, 2007

Race and Entrepreneurship
Robert Suggs
, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law
October 25, 2007 

2006-2007 Speakers

Speaker Series:

Steven Hobbs, Tom Bevill Chairholder of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law
March 7, 2007

D. Gordon Smith
, Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School
January 25, 2007

Humera Fasihuddin, President, CEO, & Cofounder of Edical May
October 25, 2006

Nadine Thompson, Cofounder, Warm Spirit
September 12, 2006 

Success Stories Series:

John and Stephen Davis, businessmen, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists
April 10, 2007

Fletcher Wiley, President and COO of PRWT Holdings and "Of Counsel" for Bingham McCutchen LLP
February 27, 2007

John Reed L'42/H'01, CEO Mestek, Inc.
September 21, 2006

2005-2006 Speakers

Building Business from a Base of Strength
Laura Gordon
, CPA, founder and owner of Gordon & Associates
April 25, 2006

Minority Oppression and the Limited Liability Company: Learning (or Not) From Close Corporation History
Douglas Moll
, Beirne, Maynard & Parsons Law Center Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center
March 7, 2006

Achieving the Double Bottom Line: A Framework for Corporations Seeking to Deliver Profits and Public Services
Lisa Fairfax
, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Law School
February 9, 2006

Building Enterprise to Empower Community
Bill Strickland
, President & CEO of the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild and Bidwell Training Center, Inc.
January 25, 2006