Panelists, Breakout Sessions Leaders, and Guest Speakers
The 2015 California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference featured a number of inspiring top entrepreneurship educators and researchers serving as panelists, breakout session leaders, and guest speakers. The individuals who actively engaged and challenged attendees included:
An entrepreneur, educator, speaker and writer with a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship, Bruton was named one of Calgary's "Top 40 Under 40" in 2011 and Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year by the Canadian Youth Business Foundation in 2012. Bruton also teaches and does applied research at Mount Royal University in a program that provides an entrepreneurial training ground and launch pad for creative 17-30 year olds in all disciplines. Additionally, Bruton serves as President of The Innographer, a practical open education firm that helps people learn to innovate.
Holder of the Franklin W. Olin Chair in Entrepreneurship, Dr. Candida Brush is as a professor at Babson College. Brush is known for pioneering research in women's entrepreneurship, conducting the first and largest study of women entrepreneurs. She has authored over 120 articles published in leading management and entrepreneurship journals, serves on the editorial review boards for a variety of others and received a number of awards and accolades for her research and work in the field. Additionally, her research has often been cited in popular media including the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Boston Globe, and Inc.
University Distinguished Professor and Conn Chair in New Ventures Leadership at Texas A&M University, Ireland has authored or co-authored more than 20 books and published numerous articles in leading management and entrepreneurship journals. Past President of the Academy of Management, he has also received numerous best article published awards in top academic journals.
Professor at McGill University in Canada, Etemad is well known for his work on international entrepreneurship and business, with much of his research focusing on the internationalization of small and medium size enterprises. Dr. Etemad has previously been presented with the McGill Faculty of Management Distinguished Teaching Award in recognition of his outstanding teaching service. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles which have appeared in such publications as Journal of Research Policy and Technovation, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, and International Journal of Business and Globalization. Additionally, he is a founder and organizer of the McGill International Entrepreneurship Conference as well as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Entrepreneurship.
Henry W. Bloch/Missouri Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship and Associate Director, Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Missouri – Kansas City Bloch School, Jeff Hornsby has authored or co-authored more than 130 journal articles and proceedings with nearly 60 refereed articles appearing in top journals in entrepreneurship and management. Additionally, he has coauthored five books and has consulted with startups and Fortune 500 companies in areas such as business planning and creativity and innovation.
Academic Director of the Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Florida, Morris is an accomplished entrepreneurship educator having launched nationally ranked programs at universities across the nation and serves as founder of the Experiential Classroom. As a pioneer in curricular innovation and experiential learning, his entrepreneurial outreach has facilitated the development of numerous ventures. Additionally, he has authored 11 books and published over 130 articles in top journals and was selected as a top twenty entrepreneurship professor by Fortune Small Business. He has won several awards including the Edwin & Gloria Appel Prize for contributions to entrepreneurship and the 2013 USASBE Educator of the Year Award.
Zoller directs the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Kenan-Flagler school of business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he oversees its teaching and outreach programs. He is the founding instructor of UNC's "Launching the Venture" course, which has increased the number of companies to spin-off from the university. Zoller is a former associate dean and high-tech entrepreneur and additionally serves as a senior fellow for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.