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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 2 – 12:00-1:00 pm – UC 310
Start-Ups Are Hard Work
Greg Vetter, Co-Founder, Tessemae’s All Natural

March 30 – 12:00-1:00 pm – UC 310
Turn on your Creativity
Neil Beller ’83, President, Kit & Kaboodle Productions & The Beller Group

April 20 – 12 – 1pm – UC 312
Entrepreneurs Panel Discussion
Stephanie Day ’96, Owner and CEO,  Stephanie Day Events
Perry Ogwuche ’14 , Co-founder and CEO, Shypmate
Scott Townsley, President and Co-Founder, The Center for Innovation, Inc.


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
Dr. Kimberly Brown, Founder and CEO, Amethyst Technologies, LLC
Joseph M. Hyman ’11, CEO and Founder, MoJoe Brewing Company
Patrick Rife ’10, Innovation Entrepreneur, Pixilated, Startup Soirée
Maneet Sarai ’11, CEO/Founder, SeeFuture

September 30 – 12:00-1:00 pm – UC 310
Remixing Social Innovation
Shayla Adams
CEO and Founder, RemixEducation

October 21 – 12:00-1:00 pm – UC 310
Design Entrepreneurship: Creative People with Great Ideas
Alyson Beaton
Owner and Creative Director , Grow Studio, LLC

November 18 – 12:00 -1:00 pm – UC 310
Entrepreneurs Panel Discussion
Danielle Burnett ’05, President, Applied Technology Services
Arsham Mirshah ’08, Cofounder, WebMechanix
Mike Vess ’98, Chief Technology Officer, Kinglet



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

Prior Speakers