Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch Program
2020-2021

Welcome to the start of our seventh year offering our popular Wednesday luncheon series called the Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch sponsored by Neider & Boucher, S.C. We have another stellar lineup planned for the academic year with a variety of entrepreneurs from all walks of life. These lunches provide a unique opportunity to learn from others who have ventured out to start a business or have grown a unit within a business. Come join us via WebEx to hear the entrepreneurs telling their compelling stories covering the highs and lows of entrepreneurship.

Featured entrepreneurs for the Spring 2021 semester include: 

  • February 3:  Erica Gruen, Principal of Quantum Media and President of Erica Gruen Consulting and Sand & Stars Productions
  • February 10: Brandon Farwell, Partner at XFund
  • February 17: Spencer Hadelman, Founder and CEO of Advantage Marketing
  • February 24: Pat, Debbie and Denny Hamill of iFetch
  • March 3:       Alex Canter, Co-Founder of Ordermark
  • March 10:     Adam Malka, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Signature Tracks
  • March 17:     Zach Ellis, Jr., Managing Director of Rev1 Ventures
  • March 24:     Kay Plantes, Plantes Company
  • March 31:     Robbie Reck, Founder of Kilbourn Marshall
  • April 7:         Liza Elena Pitsirilos, CEO and Partner of Mighty Peace Coffee
  • April 14:       David Law, Gourmet Mushrooms, Inc.

All lunches will take place via WebEx. RSVP to the Qualtrics survey that can be found at https://bus.wisc.edu/centers/weinert/events and you will be sent a link to join us.

Featured entrepreneurs for the Fall 2020 semester included: 

  • September 9:   Michele Boal, Founder and CEO, Kadima Forward Inc.
  • September 16: Bharat Pulgam, CEO, pkup.io
  • September 23: Sarada, Assistant Professor and Co-Founder of Elektrifi
  • September 30: Robert Phillips, TIBCO Software
  • October 7:       Darryl Schoen, Manufacturers Financing Services
  • October 14:     Stephanie Biegel, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Key
  • October 21:     Debbie Lessin, D.J. Lessin & Associates/Balancing Act Productions, Inc.
  • October 28:     Joe Coyne, Partner & Chief Investment Officer, Studio VC
  • November 4:    Ernie Hu, COO & GM, CAST
  • November 11:  Craig Schedler, Managing Director, Northwestern Mutual Future Funds
  • November 18:  Johanna Wolfson, Principal, Prime Impact Fund

All lunches will take place via WebEx. RSVP to the Qualtrics survey that can be found at https://bus.wisc.edu/centers/weinert/events and you will be sent a link to join us.

Check out the photos from previous luncheon programs.

Photo Gallery Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

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