Conference Schedule Information

Conference Themes

  • Community Engagement, Economic Development, & Outreach
  • Instruction & Programming
  • Resources & Spaces 
  • Entrepreneurship “Outside the Box”

Keynote Information

Keynote 1: Thursday, November 12th 12:30pm-1:30pm featuring

Gary Schoeniger, Founder & CEO of The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative

Gary Schoeniger, FOUNDER & CEO
The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative

About Gary:

Author and Entrepreneur Gary Schoeniger is an internationally recognized thought leader in the field of entrepreneurial mindset education. His message has influenced a broad audience from academic institutions and economic development organizations to government and non-profit clients worldwide including the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Cisco Entrepreneur Institute, the Colombian Ministry of Education, the U.S. State Department, and the European Commission. 

As the Founder and CEO of the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative, Gary led the development of the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, which has been recognized by the Kauffman Foundation as “redefining entrepreneurship education in classrooms and communities around the world.” The Ice House Program has been featured at the United Nations General Assembly, the Papal Council for Peace and Justice at the Vatican, and the European Commission in Brussels. Schoeniger, along with Pulitzer nominee Clifton Taulbert, is also the co-author of Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur, an international bestseller described as “required reading for humanity.” 

With his focus on the entrepreneurial mindset, Gary has presented numerous keynotes, workshops, and training programs throughout the U.S. and abroad. Recent engagements include the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Rio de Janeiro and Moscow as well as speaking and training programs in Cape Town, Athens, London, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Sofia, Santiago, Aberdeen, Nicosia, Zagreb, Tbilisi, and Baku. Gary also serves as a board member for the Hershey Montessori School, a member of the Dean’s Council at Purdue Polytechnic Institute, and an advisory council member for Tecnologico de Monterrey’s Tec21 model to produce graduates in Mexico with an entrepreneurial spirit and humanistic outlook for the 21st Century.

To learn more about Gary and the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative, visit https://elimindset.com/

Keynote 2: Friday, November 13th 12:30pm-1:30pm featuring

Ashley Brown, Director of Research Services at the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ashley Brown, Director of Research Services at the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

About Ashley:

Ashley leads the research services team at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank affiliated with UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. The research services team provides a wide array of research and data support to the Institute’s faculty-led research centers. Additionally, the team is leading efforts to translate scholarly business research for broader audiences in the focus areas of economic prosperity; capital formation; and technology, innovation and strategy.

Ashley holds master’s degrees in library science and public administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history from Indiana University.

To learn more about Ashley, visit https://kenaninstitute.unc.edu/people/ashley-brown/

Programming Format

  • Three 15-minute presentations on one conference theme
  • Two 25-minute presentations on one conference theme
  • Pitch Competition- More info here.

Conference at a Glance

An idea of how you can expect each day of the conference to go. All Times are EST

Nov 12, Thursday

12:30-1:30 pm: Welcome & Plenary 1- Gary Schoeniger, Founder & CEO of The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative

1:30-2:30 pm: Community Engagement, Economic Development, & Outreach Programming

2:30-3 pm: Break

3-4 pm: Pitch Competition Sponsored by EBSCO

4-5 pm: Resources & Spaces Programming

5-6 pm: Virtual Happy Hour & Networking


Nov 13, Friday

10:30-11:30 am: Virtual Coffee Hour with Networking & Open Discussion

11:30 am-12:30 pm: Lunch Break

12:30-1:30 pm: Announce Pitch Competition Winners & Plenary 2-Ashley Brown, Director of Research Services at the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1:30-2:30 pm: Instruction & Programming

2:30-3 pm: Break

3-4 pm: Virtual Discussion Forum with Breakout Rooms

4-5 pm: Entrepreneurship “Outside the Box” Programming

5-6 pm: Virtual Happy Hour & Networking