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Speaker Series


The Raymond V. Haysbert, Sr. Entrepreneurship Lecture Series provides a platform for successful entrepreneurs to candidly share their experiences and insights with UMBC students, faculty, alumni and the Baltimore business community. The series highlights experiences, lessons learned and unique issues and challenges faced by entrepreneurs in the creation of a new enterprise.


March 4 – 12:00-1:00 pm – Commons 331

When Challenges Arise…. Entrepreneurs Step In
Nina Beth Cardin
Founder and Director, Baltimore Orchard Project

March 30 – 12:00-1:00 pm – UC 310

So You Want To Be An Entrepreneur, Really?
Matt Tormollen
Executive Vice President/General Manager, Avalara, Inc.

April 15 - 12:00 -1:00 pm – Commons 331
Entrepreneurs Panel Discussion


March 3 – 12:00 1:00 pm – UC 310 (Canceled due to Inclement Weather)

So You Want To Be An Entrepreneur, Really?
Matt Tormollen ’87,  President and Chief Executive Officer, FuelQuest
Inc., Houston, TX

April 9 – 12:00 1:00 pm – Commons 329

Entrepreneurs Panel Discussion
Les Craig, Co-Founder and VP of Analytics, RedOwl Analytics, LLC
Rodney D. Foxworth, Jr. ’07, Founding Member BMe (Black Male Engagement)
Brooke Hall, Founder and CEO, What Works Studio, Cofounder and Publisher, What Weekly, Cofounder, Light City

April 30- 12:00-1:00 pm – UC 310

“Outside the Box”:  Finding Your Path as a Female Entrepreneur
Melinda Wittstock
Founder & CEO, Verifeed

October 1 – 12:00-1:00 pm – UC 310

Entrepreneurship and the Art  of Self Re-invention
Shelly Blake-Plock
CEO and Co-Founder, An Estuary

October 29 – 12:00-1:00 pm – UC 310

“Crab Cakes and Tech Startups – That’s What Maryland Does”
Aaron Altscher
CEO, Handteq

November 10 – 12:00 1:00 pm – Ballroom Lounge

Entrepreneurs Panel Discussion
Dr. Joseph G. Ferko III ’88, DO ,MS,  President, EMS Innovations, Inc.
Susan Malone, Executive Director, Wide Angle Youth Media
Benjamin Walsh, CEO and Founder, Pure Bang Games


April 3 – 12:00 1:00 pm – Commons 329
Alumni Entrepreneurs Panel
Adrian Rosebrock, Owner/Managing Partner, Chic Engine LLC., Shifty Bits LLC.
Mary C. Slicher, Executive Director, ProjectPLASE, Inc.
Jeehye Yun, Founder and CEO, SSG (Secured Sciences Group), LLC.

April 15 – 12:00 1:00 pm – UC Ballroom Lounge
Are You Ready To Get Started?
Chris Brandenburg, Co-founder, Executive Vice President
& CTO, Millennial Media, Inc.
UMBC alumnus

April 24 – 12:00 1:00 pm – PUP 105
Embracing the Female Voice in Our Society
Deborah Randall, Artistic Director/Founder Venus Theatre
UMBC aluma

October 2 – 12:00 1:00 pm – UC 310
The 5 most critical factors for creating a successful startup
Vlad Friedman, CEO, Edgewebhosting

October 30
Me, an Entrepreneur?
Cheryl Burke DVM, CCRP founder and medical director 
Paradise Animal Hospital

November 11 – 12:00 1:00 pm – Commons 331
Starting Up In Baltimore, Even If You Didn’t Go To High School Here

Lunch and Learn:  Jason Hardebeck, Executive Director, The Greater
Baltimore Technology Council


March 5 – 12:00 1:00 pm – UC Room 310
Social Entrepreneurship: Doing Well by Doing Good
Jamie McDonald, Co-Founder and CEO

March 28 – 12:00 1:00 pm – Commons 329
Alumni Entrepreneurs Panel
Ryan Bricklemyer, Director of Cold Ones, BeerGivr
Dr. Sheldon Broedel, Chief Executive and Science Officer, Athena Environmental Sciences, Inc.
Delali Dzirasa, Founder and President, Fearless Solutions, LLC
Nancy Krebs, Founder, The Voiceworks Studio

April 25 – 12:00 1:00 pm – Commons 331
Come Home to a Better World
BethAnn Lederer, CEO of WorkingWonders™ and LEED AP
Casey Willson, Retail Industry and Sustainability Programs Manager

October 3 – 12:00 1:00 pm – Commons 331
Artist Management: A Winding Path to a Career Managing Artists
Mike Mowery, President, Outerloop Management

October 31 – 12:00 1:00 pm – Commons 331
Product Development: If You Can Do It Better, Then You Should
Kevin Giffhorn, Founder & CEO, WeLearn Educational Software, creator of the eNotebooks note taking apps

November 12 – 12:00 1:00 pm – Commons 331
Alumni Entrepreneurs Panel
Austin Farnham, Co-Founder, Pharad, LLC
Maggie Lebherz, Owner, Lebherz Oil and Vinegar Emporium (L.O.V.E.)
Drew Westervelt, Co-Founder, Odor Balance, LLC and  Partner, BactiBarrier, LLC


February 28 – 12:00 1:00 pm – Commons 331
Back to Basics….How to Build a Successful Business
David Powell, Partner and Chief Operating Officer, Federal
Business Council, Inc.

March 30 – 12:00 1:00 pm – UC Ballroom Lounge
So You Want To Be An Entrepreneur?
Larry Davis, Vice President of Community Relations

April 25 – 12:00 1:00 pm – Commons 331
Growing Green Affordable Housing in Baltimore… One Home at a Time
David Borinsky, CEO, Bridge Private Lending
Earl Johnson, Executive Director, One Green Home At A Time Foundation

September 28 – 12:00 1:00 pm – Commons 331
Bootstrapping – The Key to Creative Entrepreneurship
Chris Jeffery, CEO, LocalUp Solutions

October 26 – 12:00 1:00 pm – Commons 331
From Engineer to CoE (aka Chief of Everything)
Christopher W. Dunn, President & CEO, Applied Network Solutions, Inc.

November 14 – 12:00 1:00 pm – Commons 331
Be Your Own Boss: Alumni Entrepreneurs Panel Discussion
Stuart Z. Cohen, President of Environmental & Turf Services, Inc.
Francisco Ward, Owner of Seton Pain and Rehabilitation Center (SPRC)

November 16 – 12:00 1:00 pm – UC 310
Deam A Little Dream With Me
Heather Harvison, Director and Founder, My Sister’s Circle, Inc.


March 1 – 12:00 1:00 pm – Commons 331
My Journey in the Technology Field
John McBeth, President and CEO, Next Century

March 24 – 12:00 – 1:00 – UC 310
Be Your Own Boss – Alumni Entrepreneurs Panel Discussion

April 28 – 12:00 – 1:00 – Commons 331
The Challenge and Excitement of Being a Student AND a CEO

September 29 – 12:00 – 1:00 – Commons 331
Algae: From Scientific Curiosity to Commercial Products
Paul Behrens, Co-founder and Director, Martek Biosciences

October 27 – 12:00 – 1:00 – UC 310
Driving Value Innovation Through Self-Awareness – A Journey to Success
Joseph Weaver, President of Global Design Interactive

November 15 – 12:00 – 1:00 – Commons 331
Lunch and Learn: Booming Industries
Greg Cangialosi, President Blue Sky Factory
Eric Conn, Founder and President, Gloto
Thomas Jarboe, Chief Operating Officer Technology Security Associates, Inc.
George Oyler, President Synaptic Research
Jill A. T. Sorensen, Executive Director Baltimore Electric
Vehicle Initiative, BEV


March 30 – 12:00 1:00 pm – UC 312
The Imperative of Entrepreneurial Leadership in Nonprofit Management
Jeannie L. Howe, President BayCliff Associates,Inc.

April 27 – 12:00 1:00 pm – UC 312
Be Your Own Boss – Alumni Entrepreneurs Panel Discussion
Eric Bennett, ’94, President and CEO, Pyxis Engineering
Janine Cormier Fleming, ’80, Owner, Massage at University One
Dr. Duke Thompson, ’78, Director, Maryland Conservatory of Music

September 30 – 5:00 – 6:00 pm – UC 310
Empowerment through Business Ownership – The Entrepreneurial Journey
Kathryn Freeland, Founder and CEO, Freeland and Associates, LLC and
Author, Navigating Your Way to Business Success: An Entrepreneur’s

October 26, 2009 – 12:00 1:00 pm – UC 310
Do What You Love
Crystal Moll, Fine Artist, Crystal Moll Paintings
Division of RCM Productions

November 16 – 12:00 1:00 pm – Commons 331
Lunch & Learn Panel Series/The Inventors
Todd Marks, CEO/President, Mindgrub
Charlene Riikonen, President/CEO, Cera Products, Inc.
Angela Singleton, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Pique


March 7 – 12:00 1:00 pm – UC 310
From Engineer to Entrepreneur
Eric Conn
Founder, Gloto Corporation and UMBC Alumn

March 12 – 4:00 – 5:00 pm – Library Gallery
Everything I Needed to Know as a Social Entrepreneur I Learned through My Study of the Humanities
Dr. Keith P. Taylor
President/Executive Director
Modest Needs Foundation

April 21 – 12:00 1:00 pm – Meyerhoff Chemistry Bdlg., Room 120
All Paths Chosen Can Lead To Success
Melvin Sharoky, M.D.
Former President and CEO
Somerset Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

September 29 – 12:00 1:00 pm – UC 310
Strategies for Entrepreneurial Sustainment
Dwayne Robinson
President and CEO
Vision Systems & Technology, Inc. (VSTI)

October 29 – 12:00 1:00 pm – Meyerhoff Chemistry Bldg., Room 120
A Close Look at the New Life Science Ecosystem
Dr. Peter T. Kissinger
Founder, Bioanalytical Systems, Inc. and
Founder, Phlebotics, Inc.


February 28
From Passion to Purpose: An Incredible Journey
John Erickson
Chairman and CEO, Erickson Retirement Communities

April 2
The Rise of WeatherBug!
Robert Marshall
Founder and CEO, AWS Convergence Technologies, Inc. (WeatherBug)

April 30
You Never Know: From Counseling Kids to Consulting with CEOs
Joni Daniels
Principal, Daniels & Associates

September 26
From Big Pharma to One Moon
Dr. Bruce Johnson
President, One Moon Scientific, Inc.

October 24
Top Tips for Getting from the Classroom to the Boardroom
Howard Block
Principal, Nuwave Solutions, LLC

November 28
Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship – Making a Difference that Matters!
James Piper Bond
President and CEO, Living Classrooms


February 27
Entrepreneurship and the Music Industry: Putting Dinner on the Table and Doing What You Love
Anjan Shah
Executive Producer, Capitol Quartet

April 3
Backpack to Briefcase: UMBC Alumns Talk About “Life After UMBC”
Eli Eisenberg
Founder and Prinicpal, Video Production Consulting
Frank Taylor
President, The First Choice

May 1
The Business of Matrimony – How to Craft a Successful Career in the Wedding Industry
Linnyette Richardson-Hall
Founder, The Business of Matrimony
Founder, Premiere Event Management

September 25
Turning Dreams into Realities
Nuby Fowler
East Coast Regional Director, Small Business Administration

October 25
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: A True Story About How a Start Up Business Made It
Mike Rosenfeld
Managing Partner, Webconnection

November 20
The ParentPreneur Edge: What Parenting Teaches About Building a Successful Business
Julie Kirk
Founder, Path Forward International

All sessions will be held in the University Center room 310 from 12 – 1 p.m. Admission is free.

Prior Speakers