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Entrepreneurship Summit

April 24 @ 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us at Wheaton’s First Annual Entrepreneurship Summit, which will be held on Wednesday, April 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Discovery Center.

This is a dynamic, free, and open-to-everyone summit that aims to foster student entrepreneurship, collaboration, and skills development.

Register here.


9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  |  Location: Discovery Center Lobby
Registration & Breakfast

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. | Location: Hindle Auditorium
Opening Remarks:

Dr. Leanna Lawter, Chair of Business Department

Welcoming Remarks:
Dr. Michaele Whelan, President of Wheaton College

Keynote Address:
Karina Holyoak Wood
, Founding Executive Director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Rhode Island program

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  |  Location: Hindle Auditorium
Breakout Session 1: Art, Design, and Sustainable Social Impact Enterprises


Tania Schlatter, Professor of Practice in Design at Wheaton College
Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) Team, A non-profit organization dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs with a focus on social impact through our programs and services
The Nest Team, A Sustainable fashion collective on a mission to end the toxic cycle of overconsumption and textile waste (Representative Charlotte von Meister, Co-founder)

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  |   Location: Filene Center
Breakout Session 2: Rethinking Healthcare Entrepreneurship & Biochemistry in a New World


Elisabeth Borno, Army Veteran, Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and Co-founder of Born-O Uniforms
Dr. Joke Alesh, Dentist, Professor, and Owner of Marigold Dental Studio
Dr. Ida Pavlichenko, CEO, Scientist, Inventor, and Co-founder of PionEar Technologies

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  |  Location Hindle Auditorium
Breakout Session 3: Accounting, Finance, Technology, & Resources for Startups


Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program Team, a Goldman Sach’s national investment in the growth of small businesses initiative
Ben Holstein, Veteran Startup & Fintech Leader
Kristina Piasecki, Professor of the Practice of Business at Wheaton College & Licensed CPA
Narine Emdjian, Federal Funding Expert, Director of Grants at SEG, and Founder of IFUND Lab

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  |  Location: Filene Center
Breakout Session 4: Business Law, Education, Community Development & Resources


Attorney Sean Fontes, Attorney at Partridge Snow and Hahn, LLP
Mary Steele, Town of Norton Representative & Entrepreneur
Monique Fuchs, Ph.D, Strategic Advisor, Executive Coach and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at MITDESIGNX
Juliana Badaro Langille, President and CEO of The International Community Empowerment Center

1:00  – 3:00 p.m.  |  Location: Faculty Dining Room in Emerson Dining Hall
Lunch Reception and Networking

Sponsored by Diana Davis Spencer ’60 and John and Kendra Malloy P’22


April 24
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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