Spring 2021 Lectures

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Class Intro | Jan. 12
Mark Seastrand
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Creating Luck in Business | Jan. 19
Jennifer Jenkins
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Daring to Dream | Jan. 26
Brad Robins
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No Excuses | Feb. 2
Lindsey Estes
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The Startup Journey | Feb. 9
Brian Fruit
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If You Own It You Can Grow It | Feb. 16
Natalie Monson
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Listen & Don't Listen | Feb. 23
Scott Johnson
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Holistic Entrepreneurship: Your Business is a Reflection of You | Mar. 16
Kristi Holt
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Venture Investing with Purpose | Mar. 23
Leslie Goldman
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Intention, Design, Implementation | Mar. 30
Angela Dayton
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Branding and Culture | Apr. 6
Colby and McKenzie Bauer
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Utah's Startup Tech Boom Against Other Rising Tech Hubs | Apr. 13
Kimmy and Sergio Paluch
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Interview Insights and Take Aways | Apr. 20
Andrew Van Buren and Cam Treu

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Mark Seastrand
Former Director

My job is to help you start your own business. If you're a student, faculty member, staff or alumni with a business idea then come and visit with me. Don't just think about it, do it! Be your own boss!

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Jennifer Jenkins
Founder/Author | Writers Cubed, Inc.

Jennifer Jenkins is the author of eight published novels, including her nonfiction, Teen Writer's Guide: Your Road Map to Writing (2020). She is a co-founder of TABC and divides her free time between teaching creative writing classes at UVU, reading, taking spontaneous trips, researching random events from the past, and fostering her adrenaline junkie addictions.

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Brad Robins
Co-founder | Gentri

Brad is a graduate of BYU’s Marriott School of Management, and a member of the tenor trio, GENTRI, with a background in business and technology. 

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Charlie and Lindsey Estes
Co-founders | Vox Nutrition

From meager means to serial entrepreneur. Charlie grew up in a home that had him collecting cans on the side of the road to put food on the table for dinner. Today he and his wife Lindsey run a series of companies in the supplement industry and beyond including the largest Private Label manufacturing company in the U.S.

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Brian Fruit
Founder/CEO | Lizard Skins

Over the past 25 years Lizard Skins has created a company that sells millions of sporting goods items into over 80 countries.

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Natalie Monson 
CEO | Prepear

Natalie Monson is the CEO of Prepear and also runs the successful food blog Super Healthy Kids. Natalie is a registered dietitian and began her career working in the medical field with people suffering from chronic illness. She saw first-hand how nutrition and fitness can play a significant role in preventing disease and improve quality of life. Natalie started working on Super Healthy Kids 10 years ago and has continued to grow it while raising their 4 kids. She is dedicated to help create a healthy and empowered future generation.

Natalie and her husband Russ co-founded Prepear 4 years ago as a platform for food bloggers to sell subscriptions to their content including cookbooks, meal plans and ad-free recipes. Consumers use Prepear to connect all the parts of their cooking life in a single app. From discovering and organizing their recipes to grocery shopping and cooking, they can do it all with Prepear's uniquely built features. Now that Natalie has some life experience under her belt, her hobbies include, cooking and eating really good food, building relationships, being active outside, and not taking life too seriously! Natalie loved her college experience and is incredibly excited to speak to you today.

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Scott Johnson
Founder/CEO | Motivosity

Scott Johnson is recognized as a technology leader and entrepreneur who has spent his career focused on making people’s time at work count for something more. As Founder and Chairman of Workfront, Scott has helped knowledge workers around the world be more productive. As Founder of Motivosity, Scott is helping people be happier about being at work.

Scott is passionate about leveraging technology in social ways to ultimately help people be more effective and get more value out of life. When he’s not stuck behind a computer screen, you can find Scott trying to live up to his personal motto of ‘Stay Young’.

Scott graduated from Brigham Young University in 1994 with a degree in Near Eastern Studies and a minor in Business.

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Lyle Beecher
 

Lyle Beecher has been involved in the Architectural Design and Construction business for over 35 years. He has been a Principle Architect and Partner at his own Architectural firm for 20 years. Some of his notable projects over the past years include Hale Centre Theatre, Living Planet Aquarium, KSL TV, KUTV Studios, multiple Office Parks and Hospitality Projects. His involvement in the community would include service on the U of U Hospital Foundation Board serving as President, U of U Hospital Board of Directors, Sandy City Police Department Honorary Colonel and service on the Hale Centre Theatre Board.

Lyle is married to Lori and they have 3 daughters and 3 grandchildren.

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Kristi Holt
CEO | Vibenox

Kristi Holt is a born entrepreneur. Her success over the past 20 years is a direct result of the collaborative effort of people who are encouraged to operate and thrive within their own personal zones of genius. She is currently working on the voice technology business with enormous new opportunities and potential that arise in the healthcare sector. Every business endeavor from Health and Beauty, Solar, E-Commerce, Auto Lending, and Manufacturing has brought her to her true place of passion and purpose. She believes that sustainable entrepreneurship stems from resilience, curiosity, and determination.

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Leslie Goldman
General partner & co-founder | The Artemis Fund

Leslie Goldman is a General Partner and Co-Founder of the Artemis Fund, a female-led, female-focused Venture Capital Fund. 

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Angela Dayton
CEO & President, Founder | MedForums, Inc.

Angela Dayton is a successful entrepreneur, investor, executive, speaker, and author. Angela has sold two companies, delivered hundreds of presentations, and invested in eight companies and is an LP in VC firm. Her expertise includes executive leadership, technology development, strategic partnerships, project management, workforce development, and public speaking. At age 20, Angela graduated with a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology. She currently serves as the CEO & President for MedForums, Inc. and is the only female member of the SLC Angels. Angela’s expertise with developing, managing, and implementing education resource consolidation and data analytics technology platforms is now being applied in the healthcare industry via MedForums.

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Colby and McKenzie Bauer
CEO and CMO | Thread Wallets

McKenzie and Colby Bauer co-founded Thread Wallets at the start of their marriage in 2015. They have two little girls (a four year-old and 1 and a half year-old). They enjoy traveling together and eating good food while they travel. They're on the search to find the world's best eggs benedict.

McKenzie graduated from BYU-Hawaii with a degree in Peace Building and Conflict Resolution. She loves entertaining and throwing fun parties with friends and family. Colby graduated from BYU-Hawaii with a degree in Business Management and an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. He played soccer at BYU and is passionate about skateboarding and business.

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Kimmy and Sergio Paluch
CEO and CMO | Thread Wallets

Kimmy and Sergio Paluch are founders of Beta Boom, a pre-seed fund that invests in diverse founders and helps them grow their startups with daily coaching. Beta Boom’s unique post-investment model pairs portfolio companies with a team of coaches and operational experts that work alongside them daily for six months to jump-start execution and build long-term operational capacity.

Before Beta Boom, both founded and ran Boom Factor, a Silicon Valley innovation consultancy with clients ranging from YC-backed startups to Fortune 500 companies like Bank of America and Google.

Sergio has a B.A. in Physics and Economics from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in Development Economics from Boston University. Kimmy has a B.A. in Computer Science from Dartmouth College and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Andrew Van Buren and Cam Treu
Co-founders | Nitty Gritty Podcast

Andrew is the founder and CEO of Aventus Wealth and Co-Host of the Nitty Gritty podcast, a top 100 podcast in over 20 countries in Business/Entrepreneurship and Education/Self-Improvement. 

Cam is the founder of Bam Bam’s BBQ and Co-Host of the Nitty Gritty podcast, a top 100 podcast in over 20 countries in Business/Entrepreneurship and Education/Self-Improvement.