Written on October 31, 2008 by admin
The Extreme Entrepreneurship Team and keynote speakers from NYC and LA met in the center of the country on October 28, 2008. Our stop: Iowa Valley Continuing Education (IVCE) Center in Marshalltown, Iowa. Our objective: Inspire the next generation of young entrepreneurs.
The night before the conference, we had a great time connecting over dinner and bag stuffing with two of the meeting organizers—Amy Pieper, director of business and industry at IVCE, and Deana Inman, associate dean of student services at Marshalltown Community College (MCC). Amy had ordered really cool drawstring bags to give out to all of the participants, which made our conference giveaways even cooler.
The day of the event, community members and high school and college students from all over the region filled the room. Joel Akason, president of the Marshalltown Economic Development Impact Committee (MEDIC), opened up the conference and introduced Mike Ladehoff, Owner and CEO of Phoenix E Waste Solutions (www. phoenixewaste.com). Mike shared about his local start up, and then the tour’s moderator, Arel Moodie (www.arelmoodie.com), and the tour’s co-founder, Michael Simmons, pumped up the energy in the room with interactive exercises. Arel also kept the audience engaged by leading the workshop and networking after the first key note speaker.
It was fantastic to have Jake Sasseville back with us as our first key note speaker of the day! He’s incredibly energetic and passionate about growing his late-night talk show The Edge with Jake Sasseville (www.edgewithjake.com). Jake refuses to think small or believe small and pushes everyone in the audience—including the other members of the tour—to keep thinking ENORMOUS!
After a quick cookie break, Lauren Berger a.k.a. the “Intern Queen” entertained and inspired the audience with her story of turning 15 internships in college into an internship placement business (quarterlife.com/internships). Lauren emphasized the importance of researching your options, getting yourself out there, and having fun in the process. Some of her internship experience even involved following movie stars!
To close out the event (and to give Jake and Lauren a chance to tell a few more celebrity stories,) Elizabeth Grace Saunders, founder of the speaking company Real Life E™ (www.RealLifeE.com) facilitated the panel Q&A discussion. The panelists shared about everything from where they plan to be in 20 years to how they recommend picking a college.
We’re so glad IVCE, MCC, MEDIC, the Martha Ellen Tye Foundation, VenturePort.org, and Operation Enterprise, gave us the opportunity to spread the message that entrepreneurship can happen anywhere. We look forward to seeing these students start businesses to benefit their local communities and their state.
Until Next Time!
The Extreme Entrepreneurship Team!